School’s out for the pupil who did not miss a day

Matthew Holden has never missed a day at St John's Primary School, Clifton
Matthew Holden has never missed a day at St John's Primary School, Clifton

Brighouse schoolboy Matthew Holden has been rewarded for having 100 per cent attendance from his first to his last day of school.

The 11-year-old who lives in Clifton has not missed a day during his time at St John’s Primary Academy.

The achievement is so rare that teachers at the school are only aware of three others reaching the milestone in the past 16 years.

Head Helen Lever said: “He has never been ill. He has come through so many childhood illnesses like chicken pox unscathed so he must be extremely healthy. He is also a very determined young man.

“It is very unusual I have never come across it in all the years I have been teaching.”

Matthew was treated to a special surprise before breaking up for the summer holidays in recognition of his achievement. He was presented with a certificate and a trophy which was engraved. Several other students were also presented with certificates for achieving 100 per cent achievement this year.

“We have had a tough year with illnesses. One class at one point only had 17 children in it because they were all off with the flu including the teacher. So anyone who achieved 100 per cent so be very proud especially Matthew.”