As pupils across the borough make a start on their final GSCE year, Barnsley Council is sending out a very clear message that results are linked to school attendance.
The GCSE results from 2018 are still being verified, but data on English and maths results from 2017 shows that the higher pupils’ attendance is, the more likely they are to achieve a positive outcome.
Over 77 per cent of Barnsley pupils with 100 per cent attendance achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths in 2017 in comparison to just 24 per cent of pupils with less than 90 per cent attendance.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “The link between attendance and attainment is clear to see. The road to truly achieving your potential is by being present in school to learn the skills you need for later life and career prospects.”