Comparing the end of the half term this year to the same point last year, we have made some huge improvements. Last year, in terms of percentage, we barely made the high 80s - a range of issues and illnesses from; several strains of flu, to parents taking children on holiday, or simply just having a day off -all contributed to a low figure.
Regular readers of the Newsflash will note that good school attendance and punctuality play very high on our school improvement agenda. If the pupils are not in, they cannot learn. Unfortunately, in all the schools I have worked in or with, in supporting those schools to be better, pupil attendance issues have featured far too many times. Trying to gain as much parent and carer support in improving both custom and practice has time and again been the biggest hurdle to overcome.
Another strange week for attendance with some very irregular patterns emerging. For example, on Tuesday Year 9 had 97% attendance but the following day only 90%. That is a huge 7% difference in the space of 24 hours.
Strange week for attendance this week as some year groups have performed exceptionally well however, there has been quite a lot of fluctuation; Year 8 as an example starting strongly with 94% but only managing 88% attendance on Thursday.
We had a wonderful week reading with pupils across all year groups and, together, we have raised a staggering £2,195. Quite unbelievable. We think we might be the best fundraising school in Liverpool, however, we are waiting on an official summary. As to whether we are top, middle or bottom, we are really proud of what our pupils, parents and carers have helped us achieve. We are a very lucky school. Read more here: we rocked Readathon
A roller-coaster of a week regarding our attendance this week. Despite only having four days, some year groups seems to have succumbed to having time off. Of course, we understand that there are bugs, colds and illnesses floating about but we would also not be doing our job if we weren’t challenging those pupils who have attendance lower than 94%. We are bound by a duty of care to have actions for those who are persistently absent, below 90%.