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Absence in York Schools Amongst Some Of The Lowest in The Country


6:51am 21st October 2014

The DfE figures revealed that only 3.2 per cent of pupils in York were regarded as persistent absentees [absent for 15 or more per cent of their lessons], a reduction from 5 per cent for the same period in 2012-13.

Only two of the other 150 Local Authorities in England and Wales had higher attendance rates than York (96.1 per cent) and the city was also the best performing area in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, City of York Council, said:

“These excellent attendance figures are testament to the hard work and focus on attendance from teaching staff, police and our partners in the health sector. It also demonstrates parents’ commitment to ensuring that their children have access to a good education. I’d like to thank them all for their efforts.”

Pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school tend to have lower attainment levels than average, with only 35 per cent achieving five A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths.

Jon Stonehouse, Director of Children’s Services, Education and Skills, City of York Council, said:

“Schools in York work hard to ensure that they can support pupils and their families in overcoming any barriers to attendance.  I would encourage any parent who is concerned about issues that they feel may lead to their child missing lessons to contact their school straight away.”

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