Hartlepool girl loves school so much she hasn’t had a day off sick in seven years - despite breaking her arm three times!

Leah Coulson, who has not missed a day at school in seven years, with her teacher Amanda Howell, left, and proud mum Bev.
Leah Coulson, who has not missed a day at school in seven years, with her teacher Amanda Howell, left, and proud mum Bev.

Leah Coulson loves school so much she has not had one day off in seven years – despite breaking her arm three times.

The happy 11-year-old has gone through her entire time at Sacred Heart Primary School, in Hartlepool, without ever being absent.

She is a great example to other pupils in terms of her commitment and determination. It is an incredible achievement.

Jeff Cook, headteacher

She started in the Reception class in 2008 and hasn’t been off school since.

The achievement is even more remarkable as during that time Leah has broken her right arm three times, requiring an operation.

But she has been ‘lucky’, as it always happened over a weekend and did not affect her 100 per cent attendance record.

Mum Bev Coulson, 35, said: “The first time it happened was on a Friday afternoon when Leah fell off some monkey bars.

“A year later she broke it doing gymnastics and had to have it manipulated into place, then the third time she fell off her scooter and had to have a metal plate put in.”

But Bev, a teacher at St Hild’s School, in Hartlepool, said Leah has always been out of hospital in time to return to school on a Monday.

She added: “Leah loves school. Sacred Heart has always been a happy environment for her and she has always wanted to go.”

Her other child, Robert, aged six, looks set to follow in his sister’s footsteps.

He has just notched up his first full year at Sacred Heart, on Hart Lane, without a day off.

Sacred Heart Primary School headteacher Jeff Cook said: “Leah is a ray of sunshine and has always been very positive about school life, so it came as no surprise when looking through the attendance record to find she hadn’t been absent once in seven years.

“She is a great example to other pupils in terms of her commitment and determination.

“It is an incredible achievement.”

Leah, who lives with her family, including engineer dad Rob, 41, at Hutton Henry, will say a fond farewell to Sacred Heart at the end of term this Friday.

She hopes to continue her perfect attendance at English Martrys School when she starts in September.