Mel’s ‘unique’ record

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.

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“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.

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

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