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Five North Devon students rack up 100 per cent attendance record

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 11, 2013

  • TWIN ACHIEVERS: Katie and Chloe Holland.

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FIVE pupils have made it through secondary school without missing a single day, the Journal can reveal.

Twin sisters Katie and Chloe Holland and Jordan George, of Park School in Barnstaple, Cassie Allsop, of Bideford College and Harry Gilbert, of Great Torrington School, have gone five years without being absent through illness.

Even a broken leg did not stop Katie Holland getting to school.

Her sister Chloe also racked up a 100 per cent attendance record.

The pair were following in the footsteps of older sister Rebecca, 19, who left school three years ago with an identical record of attendance.

"For three sisters to do that makes me very proud," said mum Claire.

"Katie broke her leg at one point and Rebecca broke her pelvis. For both of them to still go to school is quite an achievement."

And it's Claire the girls have to thank for their record.

"There have been times I haven't felt like going in," said Chloe, "but mum doesn't give us a choice."

Katie was proud of her "impressive achievement".

"It will look quite good on my CV," she said.

Another Park School perfect attender is Jordan George, aka Mr Indestructible.

Jordan, 16, was given the nickname by his tutor, who often joked about his perfect attendance record.

Having been given a certificate at the end of each year Jordan knew he had racked up the record and his run was never likely to come to an end.

"In Year 9 I was being sick all day on a Sunday but mum still made me go in on the Monday," he said. "That was the closest I ever came."

Mum Paula said she was very proud of Jordan.

"My motto is go to school if you don't feel well and come home if you still feel ill, because you never feel your best in the morning," she said.

Cassie Allsop, 16, started at Bideford College when she was 11. Little did she know that she would finish school five years later having never missed a day.

As a result the college has awarded Cassie with a certificate of outstanding school attendance.

She said: "Some of my friends only just missed out on having 100 per cent attendance too.

"In the lead up to exams you really need to be there for every lesson.

"I never really got ill, I had colds but never bad enough to stay at home, I just persevered."

Cassie is now going on to study at Petroc in Barnstaple in September.

Harry Gilbert, 16, of Great Torrington School also racked up a 100 per cent attendance since joining the school in 2008.

He said: "I found school enjoyable. Once you are there you just make the most of it.

"I have a good group of friends, we always have a laugh."

Harry caught the bus to and from school every day. After each academic year he would be presented with a certificate marking his attendance records.

He said: "I don't really think about it. I just went in everyday.

"I don't get ill so there was no reason for me not to go."

Mum Cherie said: "Harry always enjoyed school. It was never a problem to get him there."

Harry's tutor, Bill O'Donnell, was sure Harry would achieve good exam results.

He said: "It has been great to have Harry in my tutor group. Not only because of his fabulous attendance record but for the fact he was such a good student who contributed to various aspects of school life."

Harry, who aims to go to Petroc in September, said he wanted to thank some of his teachers for their support during his time at school.

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