South Tyneside students who have not taken a day off school for up to eight years have been rewarded at a special celebration event.
More than 850 primary school youngsters in the borough achieved 100 per cent attendance last year and 200 managed two consecutive years without a day off.
A total of 36 pupils have 100 per cent attendance over three years, 20 have four years, one has five years, one has six years, two have seven and one has eight years.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “These youngsters are an absolute credit to themselves and their parents and carers.
“We know children who attend school regularly perform better and gain better qualifications than those with poorer attendance.
“By investing their time wisely in school, I am confident that these young people can look forward to a bright future.”
Among those at the event was 13-year-old Max Clark who has never had a day off school in his life.
Max, who attended St Aloysius Primary School and is now at St Joseph’s Academy, even went to school for a week on crutches after an injury at football.
His mum Ashleigh said: “Max has had the occasional illness, but it always seems to have been at the weekend.
“He likes school and is doing really well, and I think that is due in part to his excellent attendance.
“I’ve always encouraged him to go to school regularly because learning is important, and I would hate him to miss out on some vital information.
“I think this event is a fantastic idea and will probably encourage more young people to aim for 100 per cent attendance.”
Also at the event was 11-year-old Ruth Slater, who achieved 100 per cent attendance every day of her school life at Biddick Hall Juniors.
Her mum Janette said: “I think going to school regularly is incredibly important.
“We did consider taking her out of school for holidays for one day, but I think she would have missed so much, so we always chose not to.
“Her dad and I are just so proud of her.”