Dedicated duo Amy and Sam pen a reward for not missing a day at Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech, for five years

Thomas Clarkson Academy Principal Clare Claxton (far left) with students Amy and Sam and TCA staff G

Thomas Clarkson Academy Principal Clare Claxton (far left) with students Amy and Sam and TCA staff Gerwyn Williams. - 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.

“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.

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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.”