Top school attendance for third year

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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PUPILS in Portsmouth have achieved record high attendance levels for the third year running.

Primary school attendance rates in the city this year have been confirmed at 95.6 per cent – an improvement from 94.3 per cent in 2009/10.

Secondary schools showed an increase to 93.2 per cent – a significant improvement from 91.8 per cent in 2009/10.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council said: ‘There is a clear link between attendance levels throughout the academic year and what a pupil can achieve at school. I’m therefore delighted there is a continued increase in our schools.’

‘The provisional results for key stage one and two tests are better than ever this year and improved attendance levels are helping to make a difference in what pupils achieve.’

He added: ‘We are determined these improvements to attendance levels, tests results and achievements by our pupils will now continue.’