Four Barnstaple students are celebrating after finishing secondary school without missing a single day.

Caitlin Curtis, Charles Liu, Naliah Ruhleman, Joanne Roper and Brendon Chadwick (not pictured) have finished their five years at Park Community School with 100 per cent attendance.

The students’ achievements were recognised by headteacher Gareth Roscoe, who presented them with special certificates and badges.

Mr Roscoe said: “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 five 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 August 23.”

Speaking about the achievement, Joanne admitted there was an element of luck involved.

“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,” she said.

“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.”