Attendance record of North-east school pupils beats country’s average

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Councillors have welcomed figures that show attendance rates for school pupils have remained above the Scottish average.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s services committee discussed stats at a meeting yesterday.

Data collected by the local authority shows that attendance in the region for 2016/2017 is 94.9%.

The Scottish average is 93.3% with Aberdeenshire schools recording no change from the 2015/2016 records.

Primary schools in the area have performed well against the country’s average recording 96% attendance rates against the 94.9% average.

For secondary schools the local authority has 93.2% attendance which is 2% above the Scottish figure.

Chairwoman of the committee councillor Gillian Owen welcomed the figures.

She said: “It is great that the attendance rates have stayed strong in Aberdeenshire.

“This is down to all the hard work by teachers, carers/parents and pupils. We provide a great environment for people to come and want to learn.”

Across the local authority’s six area committees, Garioch provided the highest attendance figures with 95.9%.

Meanwhile, Banff and Buchan had the lowest between the six areas with 93.5%.

In a report to councillors, Maria Walker, director of education and children’s services, said: “Levels of attendance of children within schools have largely been maintained, with Aberdeenshire attendance ranked fourth highest across all 32 authorities.”