Shoreham girl loves school so much, she has not missed a single day

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
A Shoreham girl is heading to high school in September after not missing a single day at primary school.

Martha Griffin-Tester deserves recognition for her efforts, according to her grandfather, like Jade-Louise Bedford, who made national headlines for not missing a day of school in seven years in Pontefract.

Martha, 11, is off to Shoreham Academy in September and fully expects to keep up her excellent attendance record.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Mum Clare Griffin said Martha had loved her time at Swiss Gardens Primary School.

Martha Griffin-Tester in her Shoreham Academy uniform, ready for SeptemberMartha Griffin-Tester in her Shoreham Academy uniform, ready for September
Martha Griffin-Tester in her Shoreham Academy uniform, ready for September

She added: “Martha wasn’t expecting any special recognition for her attendance, she just loved her primary school and was happy to go there every day.

“This is testament to a great school as well as her resilient attitude. We’re always proud of her.”

Martha started her education at Billingshurst Primary School, then moved to Swiss Gardens Primary School in Shoreham.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

John Griffin, her proud grandfather, said: “She went through her entire primary school life without missing a day’s attendance, except that in February this year, her family took a half-term break in New York, returning on an early Monday morning flight.

“While the rest of the family had a day off, Martha, wishing to keep to her 100 per cent attendance record, dutifully went into school.

“However, after lunchtime, she was deemed to be too tired and was sent home. Because she was not present for afternoon registration, she was denied the 100 per cent attendance achievement.

“Although disappointed, we thought no more about it until I saw a piece in The i newspaper a few days ago and thought maybe the Herald would give Martha a little boost by mentioning her heroic feat.”

A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, I am asking you to please purchase a copy of our newspapers.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspapers.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

Stay safe, and best wishes.