Five Year 100% Attenders

It is widely acknowledged that good attendance has a positive impact on progress. For any student to achieve 100% attendance over a school year is fantastic, showing real determination and strength of character. To achieve 100% over five full years of secondary education is extremely rare and a remarkable achievement.

Caitlin Curtis, Charles Liu, Naliah Ruhleman, Joanne Roper and Brendon Chadwick achieved 100% attendance during their five years at The Park Community School. Headteacher Mr Roscoe congratulated them with their certificates and badges.

Headteacher Mr Roscoe said “it is widely acknowledged that good attendance has a positive impact on progress. For any student to achieve 100% attendance over a school year is fantastic, showing real determination and strength of character. To achieve 100% over five full years of secondary education is extremely rare and a remarkable achievement. Caitlin, Charles, Naliah and Joanne have been great ambassadors for Park School during their 5 years with us, between them they have already achieved GCSE exam success, passed graded music examinations and taken part in regional and national competitions in a variety of subject areas. It was a pleasure to present them with their certificates and I look forward to seeing them all on examination results day on 23rd August. I have no doubt that they will achieve highly due to their work ethic and attitude to learning.

Brendon Chadwick said “"I remember when I was Year 7, and I read the first Park News magazine, I remember reading about the students who had achieved 100% attendance, and deciding that's what I wanted to do. Over the five years at Park it’s definitely been a challenge, and I’ve had days where I wanted to give up whether it was lack of sleep or a bad timetable. Sure a lot of it is put down to luck on illness, but I still had days when I was ill or suffering hayfever, but managed to pull though. And I don't regret it.
I definitely suggest keeping a close eye on your attendance. Only recently I had a job interview. The only detail on my progress folder that was mentioned was my attendance, and I believe is what got me the job. So if you have the chance to, aim for full attendance, because it will help you when you leave school."

Naliah Ruhleman said “I can’t take much credit for 100% attendance really. If I’d broken a bone or had a sickness bug during the week, I would have had to miss a day. The only credit I can take is that on days when I woke up feeling rubbish, I’d still go to school because I knew I was more likely to feel better if I was up and busy. I have really enjoyed my time at Park and sometimes it is worth putting in that extra effort.”

Joanne Roper said “I’d be lying if I said that my attendance record wasn’t partly due to luck: luck that meant I was never ill enough to miss school, at least according to my parents. Beyond that, it’s a mix of enjoying being at school, because of both education and friends, and stubbornness: once I had 100% attendance, there was no way I would willingly lose it.”