Pupils celebrate success in South Tyneside

Back left, Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, Coun Joan Atkinson, Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.'front left to right Aaron Moore, Ruth Slater, Elizabeth Dunn, Isobel Jordan and Max Clark who all have at least five years consecutive 100 per cent school attendance.
Back left, Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, Coun Joan Atkinson, Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.'front left to right Aaron Moore, Ruth Slater, Elizabeth Dunn, Isobel Jordan and Max Clark who all have at least five years consecutive 100 per cent school attendance.

Schoolchildren who are celebrating 100 per cent attendance have had their achievements recognised.

The South Tyneside youngsters have been rewarded for their attendance at a special ceremony.

In the borough, more than 850 primary school pupils achieved 100% attendance last year, with 200 managing two consecutive years.

Thirty-six pupils have 100% attendance over three years, 20 have four years, one has five years, one has six years, two have seven years 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 Max Clark, 13, 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.”

She added: “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 Ruth Slater who achieved 100 per cent attendance every day of her school life at Biddick Hall Juniors. She is 11.

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.

“I think this event is amazing and is a once in a lifetime experience. Her dad and I are just so proud of her.”