The pupils who have never missed a day of school

Hebburn Comprehensive School Year 11 student with full attendance record. From left Aaron Overman, Aidan Matthews, Lauren Rodgers, Mark Dyer and Nathan Benson
Hebburn Comprehensive School Year 11 student with full attendance record. From left Aaron Overman, Aidan Matthews, Lauren Rodgers, Mark Dyer and Nathan Benson

These Hebburn pupils are practically perfect in every way.

The Hebburn Comprehensive School students have never missed a day of school in five years .

We are all very proud of them, they all have a very positive attitude and are focussed on being successful.

Robert Moore, Assitant headteacher

Nathan Benson, Mark Dyer, Leon Kyle, Aidan Matthews, Aaron Overman, Dylan Pheonix-Morrison and Lauren Rodgers have been awarded for their perfect attendance during their time at the Campbell Park Road school, in Hebburn.

The Year 11 pupils have finished their GCSE examinations and are awaiting their results.

In September, they’ll be heading off to Sixth Form or college to continue their education.

While their classmates have had days off due to illness, injury or family strife, these 16-year-olds have gone above and beyond to make sure they were there every single day.

The keen pupils have set a new record for the school as the highest number of pupils to leave with perfect attendance.

Last year, only one student managed the feat.

Assistant headteacher, Robert Moore, said: “All the pupils had five years of full attendance and, because of this, we are expecting great things when their GCSE results return.

“They have done particularly well considering the various flu outbreaks over the last few years, and they have all been strongly supported by their families. They have all received places at college and their attendance gave them a stronger application than others.

“I just feel sorry for the other half dozen who missed one or two days over their five years.”

Mr Moore added: “We are all very proud of them, they all have a very positive attitude and are focused on being successful. To achieve 100% attendance over five years is rare – most people miss a day here or there, so this is a great achievement.

“To put it into context, last year we were delighted that one pupil had 100% over five years. This year is our best ever cohort and we are confident that they will go on to greater success.

“We continue to emphasise the importance of good attendance as unsurprisingly the evidence shows that the more time lost from school, the poorer are the young person’s outcomes and career opportunities.”

The perfect pupils and their classmates will receive their GCSE results in August.

Last year, the school saw 88% of its pupils achieve the national measure of A* to C in English and 77% gaining the same A* to C grades in maths.

Headteacher David Thompson said: “This means that three-quarters of the year group leave with the all-important English and maths link-up, putting them in an excellent position for the future.”