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. Photo: SUPPLIED