Local News & Archive — February 18, 2016 at 4:06 pm — Updated: February 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Denbighshire tops league for school truancy

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The number of Denbighshire high school pupils playing truant is the highest across Wales.

New figures released by the Welsh Government reveal that while absentees are down sharply across the nation, 6.3% of local secondary schoolchildren were regularly skipping classes last year. Meanwhile, 1.6% of children between the ages of 4 and 11 were also absent in the county’s primary schools.

In neighbouring Conwy county, truancy among secondary school students stood at 3.3% and 1.4% of primary school pupils were ”persistent absentees”. Overall, the figures across Wales are at their lowest since records began, though in the North, there were more primary school pupils missing classes than elsewhere.

Education Minister Huw Lewis said: ”While these statistics are undoubtedly good news we can not and will not be complacent. We will continue to do all we can to tackle absenteeism and in particular, persistent absence to help learners get the most out of their education.”

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