Pupils are top of the class for at­ten­dance

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

TWO school­boys have man­aged to make it all the way through high school with­out ever hav­ing a day off.

Jake Gavin, from Mid­dle­ton and Daniel Vere, from Rochdale, are both fin­ish­ing high school with per­fect at­ten­dance records, af­ter never tak­ing a day off in the en­tire five years they at­tended St Anne’s Academy in Mid­dle­ton.

It means they have been present in school for al­most 1,000 days of lessons with­out fail.

Daniel’s twin brother Matthew also very nearly achieved the same feat.

He was sent home for two and a half days to re­cu­per­ate af­ter com­ing into school sick in year seven - but sib­ling ri­valry meant he went on to make it in ev­ery day for the next four years.

Now the boys have been pre­sented with a £200 gift for their ded­i­ca­tion to their stud­ies.

A school spokes­woman said: “Imag­ine start­ing as a starry-eyed Year 7 with high hopes and good in­ten­tions.

“Imag­ine com­plet­ing the first one hun­dred and ninety days at se­condary school with not a sin­gle ab­sence and then imag­ine com­plet­ing one hun­dred per cent at­ten­dance four more times.

“These boys are not to be sneezed at and they did not al­low snif­fles to de­ter them.

“We, at St Anne’s Academy, are re­ally proud of these three young men who have al­ready shown true grit in their ap­proach to life and ed­u­ca­tion.”

Jake’s mum Ch­eryl said even when he was poorly, he was de­ter­mined to make it in to school.

She says Jake told her that he rea­soned that he wouldn’t be able to take time off when he started work­ing - and de­cided to take the same at­ti­tude to go­ing to school.

She says Jake is now look­ing for­ward to start­ing an ac­coun­tancy ap­pren­tice­ship with a firm in Manchester.

She said: “His dad and I and his whole fam­ily are so proud of him.

“He’s been re­ally and still went in school.

“He said to me ‘ I’ll have to do it when I go to work, so I should do it for school too’.” ill to

Jake Gavin and Daniel and Matthew Vere with St Anne’s Academy prin­ci­pal Caro­line Preece and head of year Brid Ron­aghan

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