A HEAD boy has just left school, with never a day off ill!
Edwin Prior, 18, of Outlane, left Crossley Heath Grammar School in Halifax yesterday for the final time.
He walked away with a remarkable 100% attendance record spanning 14 years.
He now hopes to carry his record into university and the workplace.
He said: “It was never something I was aiming for; it was more luck that it happened.
“I’m very proud of the record.
“Some people may think it’s a bit geeky, but I guess I’m just a healthy person.
“I’ve always liked school so it was never a problem not wanting to come in.”
Edwin has attended every single school day since he started as a four-year-old.
His first school was Bowling Green Primary in Stainland. At 11 he moved to Crossley Heath, where his run continued.
Edwin added: “Like everyone else there were days when the clocks went back and I’d rather have stayed in bed, especially when it was dark going to school and coming home.
“But I’ve always enjoyed school and had a lot of friends and everyone just pulls through it.
“Our school has always had a good attendance record. It’s not unheard of for people to have 100% attendance throughout the year.
“For me it’s just built up over time.’’
Last year Edwin was selected to be head boy, an honour that gave him great pride.
It meant he worked closely with staff and pupils, held regular assemblies, gave presentations and took part in fundraising events, including those which supported the school’s bid for a new sports hall.
Edwin went on: “I’ve really enjoyed school life; it has been a great experience.
“I got to the end of primary school with a full attendance record and it has just gone from there.
“I think my mum expected it to stop at high school, but thankfully it never has done.”
Edwin has just secured a gap year scholarship with finance firm KPMG in Leeds.
He will go to university in September next year, but continue to work with the company.
Edwin has also received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award.
This is a training programme for young people which recognises their contribution to the community and encourages leadership.