A Blackpool teenager is in a class of her own when it comes to her school attendance record.
For 16-year-old Emily Platt has just finished high school having never missed a day’s lessons throughout her entire 12-year school career.
There are some days that are a bit harder when you have to force your way out of bed but once I’m there you just wake up
She is believed to be one of only a handful of pupils across the entire country with an unblemished record.
Since starting at Westcliff Academy, North Shore, and then moving onto Montgomery High School in Bispham, she has turned up to classes on 2,280 consecutive school days.
Emily, from Bispham, said: “I’m not special. I just wake up and go out to school every day. I’ve done it all my life.
“There are some days that are a bit harder when you have to force your way out of bed but once I’m there you just wake up.
“I have been ill a few times, but it was always in the school holidays, which was a shame!
“When I realised I could achieve a perfect record, my mum was helping me and said I could achieve it. I was lucky that I made it.
“I’ve also got great friends at school and most of them haven’t missed much time either, and they get you through your lessons as well.”
Emily’s mum Jane said she was really proud of her daughter’s achievement.
Mrs Platt said: “The only time she was ill was when she got chicken pox at half term when she was five but she is generally just a very healthy girl. The schools have helped a lot too and I’ve always pushed to make sure she goes in to school.
“She is very special to us. We think we’ve set a good example by continuing to go in to work every day. It stands her in good stead for the rest of her life and teachers her that when you have a commitment to a job in the future you can’t just have a day off.
“Our other children have also got good attendance records, and my other daughters have only had one day off, while my son only missed some time because he had to have an operation.”
Emily, whose favourite subjects are music and graphic design, celebrated her achievement with mum Jane, dad Stephen, and siblings Oliver, 18, Alicia, 15, and Annie, 10, as well as with her friend Lily Hambly, 16, who she has known since nursery school.
The teen, who completed her GCSEs this summer and hopes to go on to Blackpool Sixth Form College, has been rewarded for her dedication with VIP tickets to the Sandcastle Waterpark and the High Ropes course at Stanley Park, and to see The Vamps, play as part of the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-on.
Despite more than 2,000 continuous days at school Emily still can’t decide on a favourite teacher.
She added: “I like them all – they’ve all been really nice.
“I can’t pick my favourite one.”
Figures show good attendance sets youngsters on right path
Department for Education figures say pupils who don’t miss school are almost five times more likely to exceed expectations at the end of primary school, and are 4.6 times more likely to get more than five A* to Cs in their GCSEs.
Tim Burns, inclusion manager at Montgomery High School, said: “Emily’s achievement is an absolutely inspiration to every child.
“Having this achievement will be one of the best lines of a CV anyone will ever have. We’ll be using her as an example to our students for many years to come.”
Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for school improvement, said: “The facts clearly show pupils do better when they regularly attend school and I’m delighted for Emily.”