Pupils from around County Durham have been honoured for never missing a day of school.
Almost 30 pupils who attend schools in the county achieved 100% attendance during the course of their secondary school careers, never having missed even a half day of school.
They included young people from Aycliffe schools Woodham, Greenfield and the UTC.
The savvy students were officially recognised for their commitment to their education with an invitation from Durham County Council to a presentation evening at Durham County Cricket Club’s Emirates Stadium.
All were presented with certificates by the Chairman of Durham County Council, Cllr Katie Corrigan, alongside Karen Oxley from Metro Radio.
Two of the students, Ronan Phillips and Adam Chapman-Dodd, had 100% attendance at secondary and primary school. Another, Izzy-Mae Maddison, was ‘keeping it in the family’ with an older sibling who had also achieved 100% attendance at secondary school.
Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “These young people have shown tremendous dedication to their education and they deserve huge praise.
“School is an important place where young people learn not just about particular disciplines, but about life more widely.”
They received a commemorative prism, Metro Radio goodies and a certificate to include in their Record of Achievement files in recognition of their dedication.
Standing, back row (L-R) Lucia Robinson, Easington Academy; James Thornton, The Durham Federation; Ronan Phillips, UTC South Durham; Thomas Hodgson, Greenfield Community College; Connor Machin, Wolsingham School; James Gibbins, The Academy at Shotton Hall; Karen Oxley, Metro Radio; Councillor Katie Corrigan, Chair of Durham County Council; Jessica Lancaster, The Academy at Shotton Hall; Catherine Batty, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Daniel Avery-McAleese, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Luke Atkinson, St John’s School and Sixth Form
Seated, middle row, (L-R) Adam Chapman-Dodd, St Leonard’s Catholic School; Zoe Rutherford, Greenfield Community College; Emily Danson, Woodham Academy
Elisha Yorke, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Millie Humphrey, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Tegan Walmsley, Sedgefield Community College; Jody Whitehouse, Sedgefield Community College
Kneeling, front row, (L-R) Chantelle McGarry, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Katie Bell, The Academy at Shotton Hall; Emma Watson, The Academy at Shotton Hall; Lukasz Przybysz, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Catherine Dolphin, Sedgefield Community College; Amelia Ord, Easington Academy; Thomas Barker, St Leonard’s Catholic School
Those unable to attend: Izzy-Mae Maddison, St John’s School and Sixth Form; Emma Birkwood, Dene Community School; Sydney Oates, Parkside Academy; Edward Turner, Teesdale School; Nicole Blackwell, The Academy at Shotton Hall.