Aycliffe students Jordan Kent and Curtis Craggs celebrated with their families the amazing achievement of five years without a day’s absence at Greenfield Community College.
The school’s head David Priestley and assistant head Mrs Stubbs joined them at the Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street along with Durham’s corporate director for children and adult services Margaret Whellans, head of education Caroline O’Neill and Metro Radio presenter Karen Wight.
The five-year 100% attendance has paid off for the students – Jordan has done exceptionally well achieving 7A’s and 4 B’s in her GCSE’s allowing her to go onto study English Literature, Drama, French and Psychology at Queen Elizabeth sixth Form College in Darlington.
Jordan was a star performer in the school productions and was always very determined not to miss a day at school.
Curtis was determined to make every moment of his time at Greenfield count, this resulted in six high grades and he too has now moved onto Queen Elizabeth sixth Form College in Darlington.
When Year 11 officially left in June Curtis kept coming back and even thought about applying for an Apprenticeship in the ICT department. We encouraged him to spread his wings and try out new things.
Caroline O’Neill congratulated the students and expressed her thanks to the proud parents and teachers who had supported and encouraged the young people to show such a commitment to attending school.
Excellent attendance is a quality sought after by all employers and certainly something worth putting on any CV.
By encouraging excellent attendance at school we believe we are preparing our students for their lives beyond school.
Mrs Stubbs said: “Greenfield has now celebrated 100% attendance at this ceremony for 12 years. It has become a regular date for the diary.
“Students want to attend Greenfield and be a part of the continuing success and caring environment in which every child is valued as an individual.
“We aim to develop resilient young people, a trait necessary to progress through life.”