Lions are the mane attraction in ensuring youngsters go to school

Roaring: Branton lion Johnny Senior.
Roaring: Branton lion Johnny Senior.

An INITIATIVE to encourage pupils to increase their attendance at school has been labelled a ‘roaring’ success.

Denaby Main Primary School in Doncaster was suffering from poor pupil attendance.

However, the school teamed up with St Leger Homes of Doncaster – the organisation that manages around 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council – to offer an incentive of a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster to pupils who could maintain a high level of attendance.

The scheme was so successful that pupils who had achieved 96 per cent attendance or more had to have their names drawn out of a hat to decide the 50 who went on the trip.

Money used to pay for the initiative was from St Leger Homes’ positive activities budget.

The budget is used to pay for initiatives which encourage young people to attend school, to be fit, active and healthy, and to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

Dave Wilkinson, housing manager for St Leger Homes in the Denaby area, was delighted with the success of the scheme.

He said: “We worked with the school, which teaches young people from the estates we manage, to offer this trip as an incentive to improve attendance and it was an overwhelming success.

“I want to thank Yorkshire Wildlife Park for working with us and offering us greatly reduced entry fees.”

The park, in Branton, is home to animals, including lions and tigers.