Wisbech pupils praised for attendance

Thomas Clarkson Academy students Amy Coates and Sam Bothamley are recognised after not missing a day at school for five years.
Thomas Clarkson Academy students Amy Coates and Sam Bothamley are recognised after not missing a day at school for five years.

Two former Year 11 students have been rewarded after not missing a day of school for five years.

Despite sports injuries and chest infections, Amy Coates and Sam Bothamley attended Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Academy every day – and say their good GCSE results last summer were partly due to their attendance.
The pair were inspired to not miss a school day after listening to teacher Gerwyn Williams during an assembly in Year 7. They then began a friendly competition to see who could make it to the end of Year 11 with full attendance.
Sam, who is studying at TCA sixth form, said: “I made sure I came in each day, even when I was not feeling well.”
Amy, who is now at King’s Lynn College, even went into school the day after going to hospital with an an injury she sustained during a PE lesson.

She said: “At the end it became a personal challenge. I will carry on this ethic into my career as it is something I’m proud of.”
Mr Williams, who presented Amy and Sam with engraved Parker Pens, said: “It is a truly fantastic achievement. With an attitude like this employers will be keen to give them a job.” 
• Sam Bothamley and Amy Coates are pictured above with, from the left, TCA principal Clare Claxton and staff Gerwyn Williams and Krystal Humphries.
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