HARD-WORKING pupils enjoyed a luxurious end of year surprise as a reward for not missing a day at school.
A dozen youngsters at St Helen’s Primary School, Hartlepool, were delighted when they looked out of the window to see a gold Hummer-style limousine pull up.
It got even better for the youngsters as the dedicated pupils, who have a 100 per cent attendance record since September last year, spent the afternoon riding around the town in style.
They even sipped non-alcoholic champagne and stopped off in Seaton Carew for an ice cream.
Sandra Wilson, social inclusion officer at the school, in Durham Street, said the treat for the youngsters was well deserved.
She added: “The children who haven’t missed a day this year couldn’t believe it when I told them to look outside.
“It was a fantastic limousine and the children’s faces just lit up. They were all so excited. We went around the town and then stopped off in Seaton.
“It was a real treat for them, but very much deserved.”
Staff at the school have always organised a reward for the pupils with a 100 per cent attendance record at the end of each year. But this was the first time they had arranged a limousine.
Mrs Wilson said it shows all the other pupils the type of thing they can enjoy if they don’t miss a day at school.
She added: “Attendance does have a great impact on results in the classroom. It is easy to fall behind if children aren’t attending school and this shows what the pupils can enjoy if they do have a 100 per cent record.
“We would like to say well done to the children. It’s a great effort.”