A headteacher has pledged to continue working with parents after poor pupil attendance was highlighted by an education watchdog.
The progress of some pupils at St Edmund’s Community Foundation School in North Lynn is suffering as they do not attend regularly enough, according to an Ofsted inspection report published on Friday.
The criticism comes as the Kilhams Way school is told it requires improvement in its latest Ofsted report.
As well as improving attendance, inspectors said the school must improve pupil achievement, and push the more able to do even better.
Headteacher Lisa Cook said: “I think the report is a fair judgment. We have made lots of improvements over the last few years and raised our standards significantly.
“We have come a long way but we have still got further to go.
“The main things for us is to continue to work on raising standards, particularly with our most able pupils, and to improve school attendance.
“We need to raise awareness of the importance of coming to school and how that links with good progress, and will continue to work with parents on that.
“Attendance has a significant impact on children’s progress and sometimes I don’t think people really appreciate the importance of coming to school every day.”
The report, published on Friday following an inspection in July, said the school has already spent “considerable time and effort” in improving attendance from a low point two years ago, when attendance was below the national average. Attendance is now average overall, but there remain a small number of pupils whose attendance is poor.
Inspectors said the 173-pupil school needs to improve achievement so more pupils make consistently good progress, particularly in English and maths.
They also said: “Teaching is not consistently good across the school. Tasks for the more able do not bring out their best because they are not demanding. As a result, too small a proportion of pupils reach the higher levels in the national tests.”
The report praised the school for “significant improvement” in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where children “make rapid progress”.
It also said pupils feel safe and enjoy going to school, and disabled pupils and those with special needs are well supported.