It doesn’t happen often - but two Sheffield pupils have finished primary school with perfect 100 per cent attendance records.
Eleven-year-olds Thomas Stevens and Tia Sheldon have between them completed well over 2,500 days of lessons over the last seven years without a single one off.
“It is a remarkable achievement,” said Neil Frankland, Thomas’s headteacher at Brunswick Primary in Woodhouse.
“It’s not happened at this school for quite a few years and we are all very proud of him.”
Neil praised Thomas’s positive attitude, his eagerness to learn and parents who had supported him all the way.
“He’s a cracking lad, he’s always fully engaged with lessons and works hard. There have been times when he’s been feeling a bit off colour but he’s still come in. Thomas has always shown great commitment,” he said.
“He’s also an all rounder, good at all subjects - he even did a great Bruce Forsyth in our school production of Grease, which had a Strictly element to it!”
At a special assembly Thomas was presented with a new BMX bike, a signed Sheffield United shirt, a John Lewis voucher and chocolates.
Tia, a pupil at St Catherine’s RC Primary in Pitsmoor, also had her achievement recognised with a presentation at assembly.
Mum Tracy Brough said even a broken wrist had not kept her daughter away from school.
“She hurt herself at playtime, it kept hurting and eventually she had it checked out - but only after school as she didn’t want to miss the afternoon,” Tracy said.
“Next day she was at school again with her wrist in a cast, she’s barmy - but she really loves school.
“In many ways Tia’s not norma, she even managed to catch chicken pox over the Christmas holidays so she was feeling better again by New Year.”
Tracy, of High View, Shirecliffe, said Tia would never miss a day for anything like a cold.
“She’s been more keen about her record the longer it has gone on, but she’s always been keen from the start.
“Her favourite subjects are reading and literacy but she enjoys sport too, she’s very competitive and loves cycling.”
Both youngsters will be hoping for equally successful spells at their new secondary schools - Thomas is off to Aston Academy and Tia to Notre Dame High.