Model student chalks up five years of perfect attendance

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A model student has won an A for attendance – after chalking up a fantastic five years without missing a single school day.

Dedicated James Darling has been ever present for the morning roll call at Boldon School since setting foot on his educational path back in September 2010.

This is a fantastic achievement for James and Boldon School, we are very proud of him.

Bev Winn

James, from Biddick Hall Drive, South Shields, was hailed for his sterling achievement at the school’s leavers ceremony.

The 16-year-old was presented with a certificate and a special prize highlighting his efforts by the Boldon Colliery school’s attendance officer Bev Winn.

James’s absence will be felt at the start of the new term in September – as he will finally be missing in action as he continues his studies in Sunderland.

But the Year 11 student will be back at the North Road secondary one last time next month, to pick up his GCSE results.

He will be hoping for more certificates to be proud of when results day comes around.

James has a simple secret to his success – he is always in good health.

He said: “I got a certificate from the school. I have never had a day off as I’ve never felt ill. I have enjoyed my time at the school.”

James will be setting his sights on continuing his perfect streak when his college career gets under way.

He added: “I will be going to study ICT at Sunderland College.”

Bev Winn, attendance officer at Boldon School, said: “James is 16 years old and has had five full years attendance at the school.

“He started in September 2010 and has not missed a day, which is a fantastic achievement. James’s special reward was an Apple iPad presented in the Year 11 leavers assembly.

“James had 1,900 sessions of attendance from 2010 to 2015 without missing a day. This is a fantastic achievement for James and Boldon School, we are very proud of him.

“He has finished his GCSE examinations and is awaiting his results.”