Mel’s ‘unique’ record

PUBLISHED: 16:11 06 December 2012 | UPDATED: 17:24 06 December 2012

Beverly Dubash the principal education welfare officer for Devon County Council presenting a certificate of Excellent Attendance to Axminster College student Mel Ayres. Photo by Terry Ife ref mha 5344-49-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Beverly Dubash the principal education welfare officer for Devon County Council presenting a certificate of Excellent Attendance to Axminster College student Mel Ayres. Photo by Terry Ife ref mha 5344-49-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Axe Valley Community College sixth former recognised for never missing a single day of lessons in five years.

A student has been recognised for a unique achievement - never missing a single day of lessons in five years. Sixth former Mel Ayres, who is currently studying for her A-level’s at Axe Valley Community College, has an unblemished attendance record.

Attendance officers at Devon County Council cannot find another single instance of 100 per cent attendance over five years at a secondary school and say her achievement may be unique in the county.

She was presented with a certificate and vouchers by Devon County Council’s principal education welfare officer, Beverley Dubash, at a celebration assembly at the college.

Mel said: “When I was at Axminster Primary School, I only had one afternoon off school in the whole time I was there. But for that, I would have had 100 per cent attendance throughout my entire primary and secondary education.

“I think I got my work ethic from my mother. She also attended Axminster Primary School followed by The Axe Valley Community College and her attendance record was almost as good as mine. I was determined to beat her record.

“I have always enjoyed school because that’s where I see my friends. I still cannot imagine taking any time off if I can possibly help it. I genuinely enjoy my lessons.

Greg Horn, head of sixth form at Axe Valley Community College, added: “Mel is a great example to other students.”


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