School attendance record breakers

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Pupils at Queen’s Park Primary School clearly can’t get enough of school, after 125 children achieved 100 percent attendance this term.

After noticing a dip in school attendance, staff have been working hard to improve the number of children regularly attending school, and so decided to introduce a number of strategies - one of which being a rewards scheme whereby pupils would be in with a chance of winning a brand new bike.

During a special end of term assembly, Year 3 pupil, Jessica Randle was announced the lucky winner after having her name picked from a hat - and each child received a certificate in recognition of their excellent efforts.

Headteacher, Justine Kellett said: “I am so proud of each and every one of them. Thank you to the council’s Education Welfare Service and Linzi Ashton, Joanne Ellison and Russell Curran from the school’s attendance team.

“But most of all – thank you to the parents and guardians of our children who are supporting our attendance strategy to improve positive outcomes for children at Queen’s Park.”

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Jeanette Banks, added: “Queen’s Park Primary School has put into place excellent strategies on how to boost school attendance and I am confident that this has set the bar on increasing attendance even further.”

Meanwhile, as part of the assembly, kind-hearted Year 4 pupil Thomas Blackburn was praised for raising over £400 for Willowbrook Hospice.

Thomas, who had his luscious locks cut at the school’s Christmas Fair as a tribute to a family member who had stomach cancer, was invited on stage to hand over a large cheque for £431.79 to a representative of Willowbrook Hospice.

“For someone so young to take it upon themselves to raise so much money for such a worthy cause is a fantastic achievement and shouldn't go unnoticed.

"We are all very proud of Thomas - and the support shown from everyone at the school in helping him raise such a figure is overwhelming,” said Justine.