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Top attendance figures for two local schools

A North Yorkshire primary school and a secondary school from Lincolnshire are among some of the best in the country when it comes to attendance records. The Department of Education has published statistics on absence for the 2011-12 academic year.

And they show that Great Ouseburn Community Primary School is fifth in the table of primary schools with the best attendance records in England, and Caistor Grammor School in Lincolnshire ninth in the table of Secondary schools.

Almost 60,000 fewer children were persistently absent from school last year. The decline follows the Government’s decision to lower the persistent absence threshold from 20 per cent of school missed to 15 per cent of school missed so that heads can step in earlier to tackle problems.

If children are are not in school they cannot learn. Too many children are still missing too many lessons. We must continue to tackle poor attendance and make sure every pupil gets a good education.

– Department of Education spokesperson

Overhaul announced for two Sheffield schools

Sheffield City Council is backing plans to rebuild two primary schools. Fox Hill Primary on Powey Road will be rebuilt on the same site as the existing school. The old school will then be demolished.

Prince Edward Primary School, on City Road, will also be rebuilt on part of the existing school site and part of a cleared Council housing site. The future of the cleared site will be discussed at a later date.

Pupils will be able to continue with their studies in both cases and will have minimal disruption while work is carried out. All staff will retain their jobs as well.

"It is great to be able to rebuild these two schools that need lots of improvements. Research has shown a good educational environment improves educational attainment and behaviour."

– Councillor Jackie Drayton

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Ofsted release findings into school standards

One in five students attend a good or outstanding school in Barnsley Credit: Calendar

Only one in five children in Barnsley is attending a good or outstanding secondary school.

It is not much better news in Bradford, according to a report out today by Ofsted. The two authorites came bottom of a table showing the percentages of pupils attending good or outstanding secondary schools in their local authority.

And Wakefield was amongst the worst when it came to primary education. Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says children are victims of a postcode lottery in gaining a decent education.

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