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York & North Yorkshire Have Lowest School Absence Rate in Region


3:12pm 2nd June 2014

York has the lowest school absence rate in Yorkshire, according to new figures from the Department of Education.

Overall, there was a 3.8% absence rate in the city's schools with the county just behind at 4.0%.

In York's primary schools, the absence rate was 3.4%, with an unauthorised absence rate of 0.6%. For secondary schools in the city there was a 4.4% absence rate with 0.9% unauthorised absences.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, City of York, said: “I’m delighted that the figures show once again that unauthorised absences in York are amongst the lowest in the country. The figures are testament to the hard work and focus from parents, children, schools and our partners in health and the police.

“Statistics show that being regularly absent from school can have a significant impact on a child’s attainment. We know that of those pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school, only 35 per cent manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths.”

In North Yorkshire's primary schools, the absence rate was 3.5%, with an unauthorised absence rate of 0.4% In secondary schools, the absence rate was 4.6% with an unauthorised absence rate of 0.7%.

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