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Attendance figures for York schools


2:41pm 19th October 2011

Figures released by the Department of Education (DfE) today show that York has once again achieved excellent attendance in its schools.

The data shows that in the autumn and spring of 2010-11 attendance in both primary and secondary schools was excellent and above national average.

Out of 150 local authorities, only four had better attendance rates over that period of time than York’s primary schools. This means York had the best attended primary schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region and also performed better than all it’s statistical neighbours (a group of authorities deemed to have similar characteristics).

This continues the excellent performance from primary schools, which has in recent years seen them regularly amongst the best performing nationally.

Similarly, York’s secondary schools are the second best attended within the Yorkshire and Humber region. Whilst the rate of absence at 6.09 per cent is significantly lower than the national average at 6.5 per cent.

In addition, the data shows that using the old definition of persistent absence (anybody absent for 20 per cent or more) that the figure has fallen to a low of four per cent. This is the lowest figure since the data has been collected and shows that in recent years York schools have managed to reduce this figure by almost half.

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 our 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 an impact and led to this improvement.”

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