Sheffield school celebrates significant rise in attendance and punctuality

Fir Vale Academy headteacher Simon Hawkins with a pupil
Fir Vale Academy headteacher Simon Hawkins with a pupil
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Strong partnership work has been highlighted as the key to improving attendance and punctuality at a Sheffield secondary school.

Figures for Fir Vale Academy, in Fir Vale, has shown that attendance is at its highest since 2014 - and is now higher than the national average.

Abi Brooks, secondary consultant for Vision for Education with a Fir Vale pupil

Abi Brooks, secondary consultant for Vision for Education with a Fir Vale pupil

Punctuality has also improved at the school, with the number of late marks cut by 30 per cent since September.

Headteacher Simon Hawkins said there has been big improvements throughout the year.

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"The big improvements since September 2017 in attendance and punctuality reflect strong partnership work between our academy, pupils, parents and families and the local community," he said.

"The attendance and pastoral teams work tirelessly to promote attendance and our morning community team promote active engagement and welcome pupils into school on time.

"Being open, welcoming, inclusive and offering a caring, safe and ambitious place to learn are part of our ethos.

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"We know better attendance and improved punctuality are vital to achievement.

"Thank you to parents and pupils and the community for working with us to make our school an even better place to learn."

Pupils who have gained 100 per cent attendance have been rewarded with a chance of winning a £25 meal voucher thanks to Vision for Education.

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The agencies branch manager for Sheffield, Laura Wilkinson, said: "Vision for Education go beyond just providing temporary and permanent teaching and support staff for schools.

"We understand that going to school every day is vital to helping young people achieve and get the best possible start in life.

“Our attendance incentive shows our commitment to helping schools improve and promote good attendance, and the positive impact on attendance rates has been overwhelming.”