Delight from schools in Scunthorpe area over low absence figures
SCHOOL children in North Lincolnshire are among the best in the country at not taking time off.
Hard-working pupils in North Lincolnshire had fewer days off than children in the rest of Yorkshire and the Humber – and are the 10th best nationwide, new figures show.
Kirmington C of E Primary School recorded the lowest absence rate in North Lincolnshire with 2.1 per cent of half days missed in 2011/12.
Head teacher Rachel Murray said: "I am delighted to hear the news that our absence figures are the best in North Lincolnshire.
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"It is a testament to the hard work of staff in making it a really exciting place for our pupils. That leads to children enjoying school and wanting to come every day.
"It is also related to parents valuing education and not taking time off during term time."
John Harrison C of E Primary School in Barrow recorded 2.6 per cent of half days missed in 2011/12.
Head teacher Jacqui Poustie said: "This is a marvellous achievement for both us and North Lincolnshire.
"We work very hard and this is not something that we take for granted. It shows our children look forward to coming to school each day and enjoy it."
The latest statistics show the total percentage of half days – mornings and afternoons – which pupils missed in a year.
In 2011/12, pupils in North Lincolnshire primary schools missed just 3.9 per cent of half days, compared to 4.4 per cent the previous year. This is also better than the overall percentage for Yorkshire and the Humber, at 4.4 per cent this year.
Secondary school students showed similar improvements, with just 5.6 per cent of half days missed in 2011/12, compared to 6 per cent in 2010/11.
The overall absence rate in all schools across England has decreased from 5.8 per cent in 2010/11 to 5.1 per cent.
Unauthorised absences are also decreasing on a national scale, going from 1.1 per cent in 2010/11 to 1 per cent in 2011/12 – and from 0.8 per cent to 0.7 per cent in North Lincolnshire.
Ken Rustige, North Lincolnshire executive officer for the National Union of Teachers, said: "I am very encouraged that North Lincolnshire has one of the lowest absence rates in the country. The teachers are very good here and the students will be motivated to come to school."