IT was 12 years ago that James Newton started his very first day at school – and he’s never missed a single one since.
The 16-year-old’s perfect attendance record was celebrated at his leaving assembly at Sheffield’s City School with the presentation of a special plaque.
And after taking a dozen GCSEs over the next few weeks, he’ll be hoping to keep up his 100 per cent record during his sixth form studies.
Proud dad Andy said James had a fantastic attitude. “He started at Intake Primary in 2000 when he was four and he’s never had a day off since,” he said at the family home on Sharrard Grove, Intake.
“He’s gone all the way through primary school and secondary school. Even when he’s not been well and we’ve given him the chance to stay at home, he’s always insisted on going in.
“James really loves school, he enjoys every lesson and he enjoys being there. His mum Jayne and I are really proud of him – we’re proud of him all the time but especially now he’s completed this fantastic achievement.”
Teacher Ryan Hall said James was a hard worker.
“The predictions were for him to achieve D and E grades but he’s getting Bs and Cs, really punching above his weight,” he said.
“To complete nearly 12 years at school and never have a day off is just amazing, and he’s always in school on time too. The special presentation really is well deserved.”
James is still undecided about whether he will take his A-levels at Peaks College or All Saints High School, depending on his results.
He’s busy outside school hours too, and has moved through the Cubs, Scouts and onto the Explorers. And James is also a keen member of an Intake musical society.
“James is always on the go, whether in school or not – that’s just the sort of lad he is,” Andy added.