Staff and pupils at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe are celebrating the attendance achievement of many of their pupils. They rewarded the Year 7 and Year 8 pupils with a trip to Chester Zoo where they were able to see a wide array of animals and learn more about the zoo’s conservation work. .
The programme is run by Manchester Airport and is part of the school’s comprehensive approach to improving attendance. The trip was for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils who had to have 100% attendance to qualify.
Saint Paul’s sees good attendance as essential if students are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and gain the appropriate skills which will equip them for life.
Ms Claire Le Marquand, Education Welfare Officer at Saint Paul’s said: “The trip was promoted to all Year 7 and Year 8 pupils from the start of September and this helped to motivate pupils to attend school and be aware of their attendance record. I am really pleased that these pupils got the recognition and praise that they deserve. Due to the success of this reward trip and the excellent attendance figures, we will be running another reward trip next year,” added Ms Le Marquand.
“We use incentives such as this trip to create a school-wide culture which has a specific emphasis on attendance linked to our commitment to ensure that pupils are engaged in the classroom,” explained Mr Seamus McAuliffe, Assistant Headteacher. “Good attendance helps pupils succeed in school and bolsters their self-esteem. Good attendance is rewarded at Saint Paul’s, we work in partnership with parents and carers and help pupils to achieve and feel supported.”
“The school aims to provide a long term positive impact on attendance by developing a culture whereby attending school regularly is an accepted practice and children and parents/carers can see the benefits of learning,” said Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall. “Good attendance shows potential employers that the youngster is reliable. All staff at Saint Paul’s encourage punctuality and good attendance and will liaise with home about a child’s attendance when this is appropriate. It is essential to work in partnership with parents, they play a very important role in ensuring the good attendance records of their children.”
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