Dedicated duo Amy and Sam pen a reward for not missing a day at Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech, for five years
- Credit: Archant
Two Thomas Clarkson students have been rewarded after not missing a day of school for five years - a feat which began as a simple case of ‘friendly competition.’
Despite sports injuries and chest infections, dedicated pair Amy Coates and Sam Bothamley made sure they made it through the Wisbech school’s gates every day and say their good GCSE results last summer were partly down to their impressive attendance levels.
The pair were inspired to not miss a school day after listening to teacher Gerwyn Williams during an assembly in Yr 7.
As the years passed by, they began a friendly competition with each other to see who could make it to the end of Yr 11 with full attendance.
Sam, who is studying at TCA sixth form and hopes to become a PE teacher, said: “I made sure I came in each day, sometimes even when I was not feeling well.
You may also want to watch:
“I gained 10 GCSEs at C grade and above in August and I know that part of this was because I came in for every lesson.”
Amy, who is now at Kings Lynn College doing a teacher training course, made it in each day – even coming into school the day after going to hospital after sustaining an injury during a lesson.
- 1 Crews tackle huge Fens blaze
- 2 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 3 £330,000 fraudster burning evidence as police raid his home
- 4 'I think I hurt him bad mum' says Murder on the Doorstep killer
- 5 Watches and electric display box stolen in village burglary
- 6 Lucky Cambridgeshire neighbours win People's Postcode Lottery
- 7 Three charged after £2m Hotpoint arson attack
- 8 Tonight's 24 Hours in Police Custody follows brutal Cambridgeshire murder
- 9 Photos show grim reality of life on the streets
She said: “At the end it became a personal challenge and I was determined to do it.
“I will carry on this work ethic into my career as it is something that I am proud of.”
Gerwyn Williams, who presented Amy and Sam with an engraved Parker Pen said: “It is a truly fantastic achievement for these two students to not miss a day off school. They are both extremely dedicated and their good GCSE results reflect their hard work. “With an attitude like this employers will be keen to give them a job.”
Attendance Manager Krystal Humphries added: “Amy and Sam prove that the better a student’s attendance levels the better they perform. Student attainment is linked to attendance and poor attendance can lead to lower grades at GCSE.”