A BURTON primary school is giving pupils the chance to win one of two bicycles in an attempt to increase attendance figures.
The bicycles were donated to Anglesey Primary Academy in Clarence Street by building and maintenance firm G Taylor & Sons and will be used as prizes for students with 100 per cent attendance.
Pupils regulalry missing school was one of the problem areas highlighted in an Ofsted report that resulted in the school being placed in ‘special measures’ earlier in the year.
Head teacher Charlotte Hopkins is keen to increase attendance figures in line with the national average of 95 per cent in order to achieve a ‘good’ Ofsted rating and hopes the incentive of a new bicycle will help matters.
She said: “We are really hoping it will encourage children to come to school regularly. We need to get 95 per cent to get a good rating - one hundred per cent would be great but as much over that as possible.”
Mrs Hopkins is working hard to combat the attendance issue.
She added: “Holidays in term time are a problem, but since the government changed the legislation last July we have seen a reduction in this.
“Often it’s children missing a day every couple of weeks - parents aren’t aware of how that builds up. We will be running workshops for parents later in the year to highlight how it soon mounts up and to raise awareness.
“Lots of our families are already on board. They know the importance of attendance, we just need to keep the momentum going.”
There are two bicycles available - one for older children and a smaller one for younger children.
The winners will be picked out of a hat with the names of pupils who have achieved 100 per cent attendance this school year.
Mrs Hopkins expressed her thanks for the donation of the bicycles.
She said: “I want to say a big thank you to G Taylor & Sons for their donation of the bicycles, without them we wouldn’t be able to do this.”
She added that she is looking to keep up the incentives for pupils with excellent attendance.
To donate items, days out or vouchers to be given as prizes, call the school on 01283 563811.