13:36 Thursday 06 February 2014

Success for school after bid to boost punctuality

Written byROB SMYTH

TEACHERS at a South Derbyshire school have been rewarded for their determination after securing a massive improvement in timekeeping among students

Staff at Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, revealed that a drive to improve punctuality had seen a massive 73 per cent improvement since September.

The school installed a clock on the outside wall and daily checks on pupils’ punctuality now also take place.

Amanda Chiswell-Burgess, pastoral manager at the school, said: “We have stressed the importance of punctuality to the students and installed the clock so they are through the school gates by 8.27am ready for an 8.30am start.

“We are grateful to the parents and carers for their support in achieving this improvement.

“We wanted the pupils to hear this important message from the viewpoint of an employer.”

In a bid to get the message home to pupils, Jason Duncan, of Swadlincote-based Chameleon School of Construction, went into the classroom to hammer it home.

He told pupils: “‘I cannot express enough how important punctuality is.

“Poor punctuality will have an effect on you as an employee and on the business you are working for.

“The business will rely on you and will feel let down if you cannot get to work on time each day.

“At school you will be given a detention but at work poor punctuality will mean you ultimately will lose your job.

“The key to good punctuality is good routines and so get to know what time you need to get up and then leave the house in order to be at school or work on time. Good punctuality is important at school to make sure you achieve.”

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