Law Firm Supports Initiative At Emmaus School
Pupils at Emmaus Catholic and Church of England Primary School have been rewarded for their high attendance over the past term, thanks to a donation by law firm Irwin Mitchell.
The firm’s Sheffield office, which has sponsored the school attendance awards for a number of years, provides prizes to two randomly selected pupils who have achieved more than 95 per cent attendance during the last term.
This term the lucky duo were Year 1 pupil Coen Broughton, who achieved 96 per cent attendance, and Year 6 pupil Ryan Webster, who achieved 98.5 per cent.
Coen selected a Micro Scooter as his reward, while Ryan chose a £50 voucher to spend at Toys R Us. Irwin Mitchell also rewarded all pupils who achieved the 95 per cent target with a commemorative bookmark for the Royal Wedding.
Louise Morgan, an Associate Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “Initiatives like this are really important, and in the years we have been working with Emmaus they have proven to be great ways of encouraging children to stay motivated and stay in school.
“The prizes provide a reward for the efforts of the children, and in turn help boost their self-esteem and improve their aspirations. Hopefully Ryan and Coen will enjoy their prizes, and they and other children will be motivated to achieve high attendance at school.
“A key part of our role as lawyers is to support the local community by providing legal services, but Irwin Mitchell also has a long history of charitable giving and donating our time to schools and charities in the region.
“We hope that being presented the prizes by lawyers and business people will also help to encourage the pupils to become more interested in their futures and inspire them to put in the hard work required to succeed.”
Huw Thomas, Head teacher at the school, said: "The attendance incentive scheme has been a great success with the children and teachers alike. We are delighted that Irwin Mitchell once again agreed to support this initiative.
"Having someone visit from respected businesses such as Irwin Mitchell presents the children with positive role models from the Sheffield business community."