Clipstone Samuel Barlow Primary pupils set attendance record

NMAC11-1937-1''Gaynor Nash, right, the East Midlands link with the London Olympics, presents an award to Staff and pupils at Langwith Bassett School on Tuesday. Receiving the award from the left are; Amanda Williams, head teacher, Connor Emery, Adam Stacey, Ella Cawley-Baugh and Louise Hanby
NMAC11-1937-1''Gaynor Nash, right, the East Midlands link with the London Olympics, presents an award to Staff and pupils at Langwith Bassett School on Tuesday. Receiving the award from the left are; Amanda Williams, head teacher, Connor Emery, Adam Stacey, Ella Cawley-Baugh and Louise Hanby

TWO Clipstone school children have set the ‘ultimate record’ after turning up to classes for four years without a day off.

Tarren Pearson and Neve Cotton, both 11, say their love of creative lessons at Samuel Barlow Primary is what has helped them keep up the 100 per cent attendance.

Both were presented with gold award certificates and treated to a surprise day of treats as term came to an end last Thursday.

Said the school’s deputy headteacher Paula Dunn: “This is the first time we’ve had two pupils make it all the way through four years - it’s essentially perfect attendance all the way through key stage two.

“Tarren even came to our ‘booster groups’ which means he studied for an extra hour at school on some days.”

Said Tarren, known as ‘TJ’: “It’s probably because of my mum.

“Every time I’ve woken up and thought my throat hurts, she’s said ‘you’re alright’.

“Maths is what I enjoy the most because the teacher always makes it fun.”

Tarren’s mum Jayne said school seemed a fun activity for him than rather than a chore.

“He just genuine enjoys it”, she added.

Both children were awarded with a trip to McDonalds, the cinema and got a game of bowling as well as receiving certificates marking the achievements.

Said Neve: “I just enjoy coming here and I want to achieve things.

“I probably enjoy literacy the most and I like how the teacher does activities.”

Her mum Sarah said: “She just likes school, she’s never poorly or anything, she just always wants to go to school.

“I think the school helps as well with the awards they give out.”

Mrs Dunn added reward systems were key to helping children reach such high attendance levels.

“This is the ultimate record from them,” she said. “Children say they want to come because they actually enjoy lessons.

“We hand out half-termly certificates and have a very creative curriculum,” she added.