Class act Jade has never missed a day

Jade Brady (16) who has never missed a day at Collegiate High School and her mum Sheila.
Jade Brady (16) who has never missed a day at Collegiate High School and her mum Sheila.
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THIS Fylde coast schoolgirl loves school so much she hasn’t missed a day in her life.

But it could have been a different story for Jade Brady who missed out on all three choices for high school when she applied five years ago.

The 16-year-old from Anchorsholme had hoped to go to Hodgson Academy, Montgomery High School or Baines School, but just weeks before she was due to start high school she was not registered at any.

The youngster eventually found a place at Collegiate High School but without any familiar faces she feared she may not settle in.

Now, five years on, Jade is the only pupil at the Blackpool Old Road school to boast a one hundred per cent attendance record.

She said: “I think it is down to my mum really, I don’t think she would ever let me have a day off, if it was just down to me I might have had one or two.

“I do enjoy school though, I was worried when I first started because all my friends had gone to other schools and I only knew one other person.

“But I settled in and never missed a day.

“I know my mum was really proud of me.”

Jade is currently taking her GCSEs and hopes to study English language, media studies, history and psychology at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

She added: “I would like to be a journalist, either on TV or writing for a magazine.”

Jade’s mum Sheila Brady, of Richards Way, said she thought her daughter’s perfect record was a massive achievement.

She said: “To go in every single day is a huge effort and I am very proud of her for that, especially considering the start she had, she could have gone the other way.

“It was a very difficult start to high school, we came back from our summer holiday towards the end of August and she still didn’t have a school.

“We were offered a place at Millfield High in Thornton but it wasn’t on any direct bus route and was basically inaccessible.

“But despite my appeal to Lancashire County Council and the Ombudsman we failed to get her a place at her three choices.

“I remember one day Jade just came up to me and said mum I want to go school, so I went down to Blackpool Council and there were still places available at Collegiate. She didn’t have an induction day and had just three days to buy her uniform, it was very scary but look at her now.”