Wisbech school acts on bad attendance

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A Wisbech primary school has gone from being one of the worst in the country for pupil attendance to above the national average.

Education inspectors said Peckover Primary School has taken effective action to improve attendance, following an unannounced visit from Ofsted last month.

The Leverington Road school was judged inadequate for attendance at its last inspection three years ago, with an attendance of 92.6 per cent placing it in the bottom 20 per cent of schools in the country.

But “effective strategies” including rewards, certificates and work with parents and carers, has pushed attendance up to 96.6 per cent – above the national average.

Ofsted inspector Marianick Ellender-Gele visited the school on November 27 following concerns about attendance and also pupil behaviour.

But she found leaders and managers have taken “effective action to improve behaviour, secure consistently positive attitutes to learning and improve attendance”.

In a letter to principal Carrie Norman, she said: “Since the previous inspection in November 2011, and significantly this academic year, the behaviour and attendance of pupils are much improved.

“This is as a result of the academy’s improved leadership and your very effective management of the small number of pupils who do not attend school regularly and those who display challenging behaviour.”