MSPs welcome school attendance rates

Scotland's First Minister and Gordon MSP Alex Salmond
Scotland's First Minister and Gordon MSP Alex Salmond

Aberdeenshire East MSP – Alex Salmond and North East MSP – Christian Allard have welcomed the news that Aberdeenshire schools have the fourth highest attendance records in the country.

The latest figures were outlined in a report for Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee.

Attendance levels for 2012/13 reached a high of 94.5% compared to the Scottish average of 93.6%. Schools in Garioch had the highest attendance in Aberdeenshire of 95.2%.

Unauthorised absences remained the same from 2010/11 to 2012/13 at 1.2%.

Commenting Alex Salmond MSP stated: “The statistics are encouraging for school attendance in Aberdeenshire and I would like to congratulate teachers; pupils; and parents alike for their concerted efforts towards high attendance.

“A 94.5% average for attendance is a great feat.”

“I would like to encourage parents to work with schools and the local authority in eliminating unauthorised absences.”

“We have fantastic teachers in Aberdeenshire and are putting forward a multi-million pound funding package towards improving facilities like the new Ellon Academy. I hope that we will continue to aim higher for Aberdeenshire’s young people. ”

Christian Allard MSP stated: “These attendance levels are excellent. It is great to see that communities in the North East value the need for a full education.

“Parents, carers and staff should be commended for the positive role they play in ensuring attendance levels exceed the national average.

“Scottish Government investment into Scotland’s schools for the future programme and free school meals for P1-P3 pupils will also help towards improving the educational experience for children.”