Britain’s most dedicated pupil is celebrating a 100 per cent attendance record – after never missing a single day of school – in 12 YEARS.
Jack Barron-Highfield, 16, has attended every single day of school since he started at the age of five in September 2004.
He sets his alarm at 6.30am every day which gives him enough time to put on his uniform and have breakfast before leaving his home on the dot of 8am each morning.
That gives him ample time to get the bus to his school where he always strolls into the playground at 8.50am.
The punctual pupil received an award for his 100 per cent attendance after spending seven years at Lyppard Grange Primary School in Worcester between 2004 and 2011.
He then moved to Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College four miles away where he kept up his incredible record of never missing a minute of school.
During his schooling career Jack, who doesn’t own a watch preferring to check the time on his phone, has attended 2,280 days in class.
This week Year 11 pupil Jack left the school after completing his GCSEs meaning he has gone through 12 years without missing a single day.
Yesterday (Fri), Jack, who lives with his mum Bernadette Barron, 57, in Worcester, said: “I started Lyppard Grange Primary School in 2004. I was there for seven years.
“I was given an award for my 100 per cent attendance at the end of Year 6.
“I was so delighted and wasn’t sure how I managed to achieve it.
“When I started at Blessed Edwards in September 2011 I didn’t think I could carry on throughout my time at Blessed with a 100 per cent attendance.
“I am extremely proud of myself that I did.
“I would like to thank my form teacher who gave me so much encouragement which enabled me to enjoy school.
“I didn’t want to miss any days of school as then it just means you have to catch up on your work.
“I also think that it is probably due to my mums home cooking as she always ensured that I eat healthily and not too many late nights.
“I think it’ll look good on my CV as it shows I’m never ill.”
Single mum Bernadette, who works as an NHS administrator, added: “As a lone parent I didn’t start school properly until I was eight due to my mother not taking me to school.
“Before I had Jack I was in the RAF in intelligence. I had to be extremely disciplined and punctual and I suppose that must have been hard-wired into me which I passed on to Jack.
“Ever since he started secondary school he set himself the target of 100 per cent attendance and even when he was ill with a cold or had a bad headache he’d drag himself in.
“I wanted to make sure that Jack attended school every day.
“He never really got ill, but if he was feeling a little bit under the weather he didn’t make a fuss and just kept going.
“Having such a good attendance record will give him a good work ethic for the future.
I am very proud of Jack’s achievement.”
Teachers at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College have also paid tribute to Jack’s incredible record.
Principal Sean Devlin said: “Jack deserves every success that comes to him in the future. What an amazing role model for us all.”