A RECORD number of school children across Durrington have been rewarded for achieving 100 per cent attendance in the 2012/13 academic year.
More than 400 students and parents were invited to a special presentation at Durrington High School on Monday, October 14.
Worthing mayor and mayoress, Bob Smytherman and Norah Fisher, presented certificates to students and stressed how important working hard and attending school is for young people now and in the future.
The presentation marked a rise in school attendance as the number of students achieving 100 per cent was up on previous years.
Around 100 certificates were presented to students at Durrington High and more than 70 were awarded to pupils from West Park.
Chris Woodcock, deputy head teacher at Durrington High, said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people smiling and proud of receiving their certificates.”
Regarding the increase in attendance figures, he said: “There has been an increased focus to make attendance a priority across first, middle and secondary schools.
“There are 14 schools in the Durrington family who were all involved and achieved, including two secondary, two special and ten first and middle schools,” Mr Woodcock said.
“It’s important to recognise high attendance as it shows a level of commitment to education.
“As the mayor said, good attendance is all about the world of work and delivering a positive message that people can achieve in lots of ways - an output of which is learning.”
Thanks went to all the schools for their contribution to the event and Durrington High school for hosting it.