THREE schools in Blackburn were ranked among the best in the country in terms of attendance.
Olive School, Tauheedul Islam Girls ‘High School (TIGHS) and Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (TIBHS), all of which are academies, were in the top 1% of schools in England with student absence rates the lowest.
Data released last week by the Department of Education showed that for the 2017/18 school year, TIGHS, on Preston New Road, was ranked fifth in the secondary rankings with an absence rate of 2.1% .
And TIBHS, on Shadsworth Road, ranks ninth with an absence rate of 2.5%.
Speaking of the fantastic attendance records, TIGHS Director Lukman Ahmed said: âI am incredibly proud that our students have the fifth lowest absence rate in the country.
âThe well-being of our students is of the utmost importance to us. Our staff team is committed to creating a school environment where students want to be and where they enjoy learning.
âWell done to our students, parents and staff for achieving such exceptional attendance levels. ”
Olive School, on Meins Road, was also in the top 1% of primary schools in England with the lowest student absence rates, with the school ranked eighth, with an absence rate of 2% , which is well below the national average of 4.7. %.
Susannah Berry, Principal of The Olive School, Blackburn, said: âWe try to instill a sense of responsibility and discipline in all of our children and this includes the basic need to come to school every day so that they can learn. Well done the students.
TIBHS Principal Majid Ditta said: âWell done to our students who came to school with a desire to learn and grow. Every day spent at school counts for our students to realize their academic potential.
The schools are part of Star Academies, one of the country’s leading multi-academy trusts.
In total, seven of the Star Academies schools were named in the top 40 secondary schools in England with the lowest student absence rates, including two schools in Manchester, one in Bolton, one in Preston and one in Birmingham. .
Star Academies General Manager Mufti Hamid Patel CBE said, âOur teaching staff work hard to plan and deliver engaging sessions for our students to inspire them to want to be in school every day. We are also fortunate to have the support of our parents and guardians who encourage and ensure that their children arrive on time each day, ready to learn.