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Fewer kids are bunking off school in York.

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12:01am 24th August 2011

Fewer kids are bunking off school in York.

The latest stats show, percentages have dropped at both local primary and secondary schools.

There's also been a significant reduction the number of pupils who have missed 20% or more of their classes.

That stat is now at just 4%, the lowest its ever been in York.

Cllr Ruth Potter, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People's Services, at City of York Council said:

"I'm extremely pleased with these latest figures and would like to acknowledge the excellent attendance of the children and young people in York schools.

"There are clear links between children who have good school attendance and good achievement in their education. Research suggests that missing 17 days from school can result in a drop of one GCSE grade.

"I know that schools, parents and the council put a tremendous amount of work into encouraging and maintaining good school attendance. These latest figures show that that combined effort has had a significant impact, which has led to this improvement.  

"However, our aim is to ensure that wherever possible, concerns are tackled at an early stage and my advice to any parents who have any concerns about their child's attendance at school is that in the first instance they contact their child's school."

BREAKDOWN OF THE STATS FOR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

2009-10 Autumn & Spring term

Authorised absence 4.2%

Unauthorised absence 0.5%

Total absence 4.7%

Percentage of persistent absentees 1.4 %

2010-11 Autumn & Spring

Authorised absence 4.0%

Unauthorised absence 0.5%

Total absence 4.5%

Percentage % of persistent absentees 1.2%

(persistent absentee being anybody missing 52 or more session, equates to approx 20% absence)

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