Thomas Gainsborough School student from Hadleigh praised after going seven years with 100 per cent attendance record
A Suffolk student has been praised after going through seven years of secondary school education without missing a single day.
Ben Lowe, from Hadleigh, enjoyed a flawless attendance record at Thomas Gainsborough School – from the age of 11 and up to his two years studying A levels at the Great Cornard school.
The 18-year-old said: “I think some of the reason is just down to luck as I have never been ill when I was at school.
“But I have also always been brought up knowing the importance of a good education so I have not wanted to miss any school.
“I am proud of my attendance record and I have enjoyed my time at TGS. Even during lockdown, we stuck to the same routine which helped with motivation.”
Ben, who is now planning to study paramedic science at Anglia Ruskin University, follows in his mum Karen’s footsteps, after she also never missed a day of secondary school education.
His achievements were almost matched by fellow TGS sixth former, Aimee Sharp, 18, from Preston St Mary, who only missed a handful of days during her seven years at Thomas Gainsborough School.
She said: “I had a sickness bug in Year 10 but other than that, I have always gone to school, even if I felt a little under the weather.”
Kenny Alexander, head of sixth form at TGS, said: “Ben and Aimee’s achievements have been quite magnificent and deserve to be celebrated.
“They clearly understand the importance of education and this commitment and dedication will stand them in good stead going forward.”