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%.
It has generally been a positive and productive week with the majority of pupils taking full advantage of what is meant to be an interim marker of progress leading up to the final exams in the summer term. It has been very pleasing to see the number of Year 11 children revising before school, during break, lunch time and staying behind after school as well.
Response to “what are you having for your breakfast?”
Thank you! We have seen a significant shift already with the choices your children are making with regards to the reduction in pupils bringing in energy drinks (Lucozade, Red Bull, Monster etc) and making much healthier choices by simply buying bottled water. Similarly, pupils are buying less chocolate and sweets in Belle Vale Shopping centre which is ultimately better for their long term health and means they are less likely to develop dental decay. To see the extent of the impact of high sugar diets on children’s teeth all you have to do is type in ‘childhood dental decay’ into Google and a series of not very nice images of rotting teeth appear!