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STAR pupil Mark Carter has gone through ALL six years of primary school without taking a single day off.

Delighted Mark, 10, received an award for his 100 per cent attendance in what was a first for St Aidan’s Memorial Primary School in Hartlepool

He was rewarded in a special assembly with a shield, cinema tickets and book tokens and the whole school is proud of his achievements.

Judith Skirving, deputy head at St Aidan’s, in the town’s Loyalty road, said: “We are absolutely amazed and proud that he has managed this.

“It’s the first time that it has happened.

“He came in everyday and did his best and achieved very good results at the end of year 6.

“e’ll all miss him when he goes on to his next school.”

Mark, an avid swimmer at Aquaforce swimming academy in Hartlepool, made a special effort throughout primary school and even in the past year when other children could be tempted to take a day off school, Mark has been adamant that he is attending.

His parents, Claire, 42, and David, 40, both teachers at Manor College of Technology in Hartlepool.

They have another son, Sean, eight, who also attends St Aidan’s and he achieved 100 per cent attendance this year.

But he won’t be following in his brother’s footsteps - because Sean was forced to take a day off sick last year!

Beaming dad David said “We’re both really proud of his attendance and he’s taken it all in his stride.

“After the second year of full attendance we joked that he might go all the way through primary school and we’re so happy and proud that he has.”

Mark’s parents, from the town’s Westbrooke Avenue, were both at the assembly to see him receive his award.

They are now hoping for more curricular success when Mark attends Manor College.

Can you beat Mark attendance record? Let us know.

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