NEITHER tummy aches nor the lure of a sunny holiday can keep these bright young things away from school.
A sensational 50 youngsters from Purbrook Juniors have just won official recognition for their 100 per cent attendance record this year – with 10 boasting an extraordinary four-year record.
The seven to 11-year-olds enjoyed a special assembly on Friday where they were awarded with certificates and book vouchers worth up to £50.
Macauley Ware, who hasn’t missed a day of school since he joined four years ago, is living proof that good attendance boosts academic performance after getting full marks in his maths Key Stage Two exam.
The 11-year-old said: ‘Even when I’m unwell I go to school and I always get better after a while.
‘When I broke my arm in year four I was back at school the next morning.
‘I enjoy school so much and I couldn’t have done so well in maths if I didn’t make an effort.
‘I never missed a day of infant school either.
‘I think it helps that I eat fruits, vegetables and protein every day when I get home. It must run in the family as my sister hasn’t had a day off school either and my parents go to work every day.’
Adela Barrett, 11, is also celebrating four successive years of 100 per cent attendance. She said: ‘Part of it was luck, but a lot of it was down to swimming three times a week which keeps me fit and healthy.
‘I really enjoy school because it’s fun and gives me a great education. I want to be a vet but to qualify I need top grades.
‘I disagree with pupils who go on holiday in school time. While it may be cheaper, our education is priceless.’
This is the first year Shannon Murray, 10, has not missed a day of school.
She said: ‘It is such a major achievement for me.
‘I’ve had up to 25 days off a school year through sickness or going on holiday.
‘I’ll never go on holiday in term time again, because I want to be a success when I grow older and get a good job.’
Purbrook Juniors boasts a 96 per cent attendance rate – above the 94 per cent average.
Headteacher Kevin Parfoot said: ‘We’re lucky to have such a strong record in this department because from this year’s Sats results we can prove there is a direct correlation with high attendance and good grades.
‘Today’s celebration is also dedicated to the families of those children who have made a terrific effort to be in school, because we couldn’t do it without their support.’