At Parkhall Integrated College we recognise that young people with high attendance are most likely to attain their full potential. The Covid-19 pandemic taught us all that, as much as home learning may have facilitated a need for a period of time, there is no substitute for high quality teaching in a classroom environment.
The Department for Education states,
‘Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.’
In recognition of this, we seek to consistently reward our pupils with full attendance through our 100 Club program. Each half-term these young people are recognised for their achievement and they are also entered into a lottery draw to win gift vouchers.
At the end of each term, the pupils with highest attendance in the school will benefit from a rewards trip to the local cinema.
Each of our classes with the top attendance in their year group will be recognised and rewarded at the end of each half-term.
For those who have concerns over the level of attendance of their young person, we have a highly experienced pastoral team who are there to help. We believe that young people flourish to reach their full potential best in an environment where all of the adults involved work in partnership to support that young person. To this end, we work closely with the Education Welfare Service, providing a further layer of support and link between home and school.