Absence figures revealed

FIGURES just released reveal the schools in Wigan with the highest number of truants.

Information from the Department for Education shows that from September 2009-July 2010, Rose Bridge High School in Ince had the highest rate of persistent absences at 5.2 per cent. It also had the highest rate of overall absence at 9.1 per cent.

The information also showed that Hesketh Fletcher in Atherton had the second highest overall absence and persistent absence rate at 7.9 per cent and 6.8 per cent respectively.

Headteacher of Rose Bridge High School, Debbie Wood, said: “The figures shown reflect the academic year 2009-2010. However, over the last 12 months, Rose Bridge High School students and staff have worked hard to improve attendance and we are continually developing new strategies to further improve.

“For this current academic year we have seen improvements in students attendance to school. This is a key priority for Rose Bridge High School.”

The statistics come one month after data was released from the Office of National Statistics indicating that truancy rates in Wigan were improving.

Standish Community High School had the lowest number of pupils skipping school at just 1.6 per cent while St Peter’s RC High School in Orrell had the lowest overall absence rate at 5.3 per cent.

Both schools also had the lowest number of unauthorised absences.

Fred Longworth in Tyldesley and Abraham Guest in Orrell both had the second lowest overall absence rates at 5.3 per cent.

Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People Sue Loudon said: “I think these figures show that our schools are working hard to ensure our young people enjoy school; our parents and families are working with the schools to support and enhance the young people’s learning experience and the young people are obviously making the most of every opportunity they are being given –as teachers may say ‘an all round good effort’.”

The information can be viewed on the DforE website.