Cinema trip for diligent students
HUNDREDS of children have been rewarded for not missing a day of school in the last year.
Their perfect attendance records were recognised with a free trip to the cinema.
Nine primary schools joined together to show their youngsters how well they had done to not miss a single day from the start of the school year, last September, until the June half term.
A total of 256 children managed to avoid having a sick day.
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Liz Harrison, head teacher at The Bewbush Academy, explained that the schools came up with the idea to improve attendance.
She said: "All schools have worked hard to increase attendance and we wanted to recognise all of those children who have not missed a single day.
"I think to get children into a routine of attending school at a young age is important.
"This bodes well for their future and being in school at every opportunity will help them to achieve their full potential in later life."
Last week, two visits were made to Cineworld in Crawley Leisure Park to reward the children.
On June 19 Key Stage 1 pupils got to watch Puss In Boots and last Thursday the Key Stage 2 children watched Alvin And The Chipmunks Chipwrecked.
All of the children also received certificates.
The 22 pupils with perfect attendance at Waterfield Primary School are also in with the chance of winning an extra prize.
The school, in Waterfield Gardens, Bewbush, is part of the Bike It programme, which encourages children to cycle to school.
A bike has been donated to the school and the names of the perfect attendees have been put into a hat so one lucky pupil can win it.
Deputy head Justin Moss said: "Having children in school all the time makes a difference, not only to the individual but the whole class.
"It creates a continuity and if children are missing the dynamic changes because children can be working in smaller groups, it does make a difference."
The Government expects every child to have a 95 per cent attendance record. At Langley Green Primary this year's overall attendance figure has improved to 93.9 per cent.
Head teacher Alison Wallis said: "It is really important for children to get into the habit of coming to school every day.
"Several secondary schools have produced statistics about how attendance affects GCSE grades.
"One has reported that if a child's attendance is 90 per cent or less, they only have a 30 per cent chance of getting an A to C grade in that subject."