A Halewood pupil has been rewarded after completing the whole of primary school without ever taking a day off sick!
Year 6 pupil Libby Peers left Yew Tree Community Primary School in Halewood last month, having achieved 100% school attendance.
Libby achieved this accolade despite breaking her leg last year. Her commitment to attending school every day never faltered and she still made it in on time everyday, even with her full leg in plaster!
We caught up with Libby to find out why school attendance is so important to her as she moves from Yew Tree Community Primary School and looks forward to starting at Halewood Academy in September.
Why do you think good school attendance is so important?
“To allow us to learn more which will help us to do well in the future.”
What is your favourite subject?
“Maths – because I am good at it!”
What is the best thing about attending school?
“Learning and spending time with my friends.”
How are schools improving attendance in Knowsley?
Libby’s school, Yew Tree Community Primary is not alone in hoping to encourage more pupils to give school 100% just like she has – in fact all Knowsley’s schools are working hard to improve attendance and punctuality.
Knowsley Council’s School Attendance team has been working with all schools across the borough to encourage pupils to achieve 100% attendance through its ‘Attend, Achieve, Succeed’ campaign. It has been targeting both pupils and their parents to reiterate the importance of outstanding school attendance. Pupils are encouraged to strive towards a ‘gold attendance badge’ at the end of the academic year (with rewards of a bronze and silver badge at the end of the Autumn and Spring term).
Record attendance rates in Knowsley
At the end of the Summer Term, 2,045 gold medals were awarded, which is just over a 10% increase on last year. The latest official attendance figures for the Autumn Term, published nationally, shows Knowsley with its best primary and secondary attendance rates in five years.
Cllr Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:
“We know that pupils who have better attendance tend to do better in their exams, and we are keen to celebrate excellence. This year’s campaign has been well received by the pupils who have been inspired to progress to the next badge award. These fantastic achievements are something we will build on in the next academic year. Well done to everyone involved!”