THE coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped one keen pupil from leaving school with a perfect attendance record.
Carys Lindley (11, pictured) followed in the footsteps of brother Evan by completing her four years at Rosehill Junior School in Rawmarsh without missing a single day through absence or illness.
The Year 6 student, whose mum works in finance and admin at the school, said she loved coming to school every day and proud of her record.
“I enjoy coming to school,” she said. “I get time with my friends and have a lot of fun.
“I’ve never been tempted to take the day off because I just like it a lot at school.”
Carys said school had been very different since the lockdown kicked in but she had enjoyed the chance to make lots of different craft items and a variety of PE sessions, from tennis and running to online workouts with fitness guru Joe Wicks.
Mum Natalie Lindley said Carys and Evan had both been determined to maintain their 100 per cent record, adding: “I am a school governor and attendance is quite important to me but it’s quite important to them, too.”
Another notable departure this summer is Martin Wagstaff, who is retiring after 20 years as head teacher.
He has actually put in 25 years in at Rosehill, having briefly moved on from the deputy head role for another job before realising his heart belonged in Rawmarsh.
“It is a great community to work in,” said Mr Wagstaff. “It feels like a huge ambitious challenge all the time and that is what has kept me here.
“I feel like we’ve achieved a lot together over the years.
“It is a demanding job being head with all the importance attached to education, with the likes of Ofsted and so on.
“I am looking forward to having a bit of a rest but I feel proud of what I’ve done and I feel like I’m leaving the school in good shape.”
Mr Wagstaff said the impact the coronavirus pandemic had been challenging for himself and his staff but they had dealt with it using strategic planning as they would many other scenarios, ensuring they were able to accommodate vulnerable and key workers’ children as well as organising home learning.
“We’ve had to work out different ways to communicate with the children and get the children back whose parents wanted them to be here,” he said. “It’s been really interesting.”
Mr Wagstaff said his message to Year 6 students moving on to secondary school was to remember the school motto to “be positive and keep learning”
Current deputy head Scott Holmes will be acting head for a year after governors decided not to appoint a new permanent head during the pandemic.