Search

Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston celebrates record final year attendance

15:18 18 June 2012

A Norfolk high school is proving that reward works better than punishment when it comes to encouraging pupils to turn up for lessons.

Archbishop Sancroft High School, in Harleston, has achieved record attendance among its Year 11 pupils – a year group which more usually has the lowest attendance – after a major push this year which is more carrot than stick.

This year’s overall school attendance to date is 94.94pc, with the current Year 11 being the best in the school at 95.87pc.

Assistant headteacher Robert Connelly said: “Attendance is usually very good in Year 7, dropping off each year as students get older.

“This year, we decided to focus on attendance generally, and on Year 11 in particular, emphasising the link between attendance and achievement. We’ve made real progress across the school, and the best ever Year 11 figures.”

He added that among the initiatives which had contributed to the rise were the school’s “enrichment” programme, the celebration of good attendance at special assemblies and the rewards system.

“Enrichment” includes an initiative started this year in which pupils who are not fulfilling their potential are invited to attend extra, more informal, lessons after school in small groups of four to six pupils, often accompanied by parents. This has proved so successful that other pupils have joined in.

“We believe it’s done a lot to improve pupil engagement and to get across the importance of being in class,” added Mr Connelly.

“Celebration assemblies” each term also highlight attendance, and a competition is run between tutor groups with a reward for the group with the highest attendance.

In addition, the school has introduced early interventions to help children whose attendance is below the whole school target of 95pc through regular updates, correspondence and meetings with pupils and their parents/carers.

Mr Connelly said pastoral care was very important to the school’s ethos and that, if a pupil was regularly missing lessons, the child and parents were invited in to discuss the problem and to decide an action plan.

“It’s far more effective to work with parents and students in this way, and to do so early on, than to adopt punitive measures,” he said, adding that the school was also proud of the low number of pupils whose attendance is below 85pc (classified as persistent absence). This figure, which stands at 4pc, is below the target set by governors and the local authority of 8pc.

8 comments

  • My goodness lucy, you certainly know how to make a point!

    Report this comment

    point du jour

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Being rewarded for going to school? I thought by law you had to attend.....When I went to school in the 1970 I went without being rewarded, from memory we did not have high non attendance.Ican remember when I was in the first year at Secondary school, I f you class had a full attendance for a week, you were let out early on Friday.This stopped because many children were bussed in.(me included) and the incentive was lost. If you fast forward, When the students leave school and hopefuly get jobs, will they expect to be rewarded just for turning up! I now some companies do work this incentive,but most don't. Being rewarded for doing something compulsary is daft.

    Report this comment

    lucy

    Monday, June 18, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other news

Yesterday, 11:44
Jamie-Lee Weller opens up J W Core in Long Stratton.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A fitness instructor has started a new gym teaching exercise, martial arts classes and massage therapy.

Yesterday, 11:24
Norfolk's chief fire officer has warned if he has to make substantial cuts it would put firefighter jobs and engines at risk.

Firefighter jobs and fire engines could be at risk if “substantial cuts” are forced on Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in the years ahead, the county’s chief fire officer has warned.

Tue, 22:23

Emergency services have been on the scene of a crash near Diss.

Tue, 19:31
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters are currently dealing with a straw stack blaze near Diss.

Most Read

Monday, April 22, 2013

We called on Canaries fans to make as much noise as possible in their match against Reading.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Entrepreneur Nicola Osbon at her Star Therap-ease business in Great Ellingham

A desire to help people feel good about themselves was the main motivation for a Norfolk entrepreneur to start her own beauty and massage business, which she has now moved to Great Ellingham.

Read more
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hartismere Hospital at Eye

A major £1.5m project to refurbish and improve a north Suffolk hospital is set to come to fruition when the building is officially reopened this weekend.

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2012
George Robson, former schoolmaster at Banham Marshalls College, arrives at Thetford Magistrates Court in 2004.

Ex-students of a Norfolk private school have begun to receive compensation of up to £50,000 each, more than four years after a child abuse case concluded.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition