2,000 days

PUBLISHED: 12:31 28 July 2006 | UPDATED: 22:00 28 May 2010

Carrie Harding, with her attendance trophy, with Charlie Robinson and her mum Jackie Harding in the background - Pic: BRIAN PURDY 5904

Carrie Harding, with her attendance trophy, with Charlie Robinson and her mum Jackie Harding in the background - Pic: BRIAN PURDY 5904

Carrie Harding just LOVES going to school. The Year 11 student at Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, has gone through her entire school career without missing a day. Carrie even turned down offers to go shopping for a day in London s Oxford Street and

Carrie Harding just LOVES going to school.

The Year 11 student at Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, has gone through her entire school career without missing a day.

Carrie even turned down offers to go shopping for a day in London's Oxford Street and to attend a family wedding in America to concentrate on her education.

Carrie, 16, of New Road, Manea, attended Manea Primary School, aged four, as a reception pupil and left at the end of Year 5.

She went to Glebelands Primary School, Chatteris, for Year 6, before moving to Cromwell School as an 11-year-old.

She said: "People keep telling me I'm a geek because I never missed school."

Carrie said the only time she ever fell ill was on a school trip to New York, but she kept going to see some of the Big Apple's landmarks.

She said: "I was doing prefect duty once and I had a ring on. I pushed through a door and pushed the ring into my finger.

"The school said go to hospital but they cut the ring off and I came back ready for my next lesson. I probably missed half-an-hour."

Carrie's mother Jackie, resource centre manager at Cromwell, said: "Because she has always loved school it has not been a hard thing to achieve.

"We have been lucky to have been blessed with good health as a family as a whole and it goes to show it can be done.

"She broke her toe once when she attended Manea Primary School . . . and went into school wearing wellies."

Carrie plans to study A-levels in English, French, psychology and possibly art, and would like to either teach French in England or teach English in France.

Her achievements were recognised by the school, which presented her with a special trophy at its presentation evening last Wednesday. It was presented by Mike English, one of her former teachers at Manea.

Charlie Robinson, head of Key Stage Four at Cromwell, said: "Carrie's achievement is outstanding, if not unique.

"It shows what can be achieved with the correct support from parents, a clean bill of health and a very determined approach by the individual.

"Any future employer or education establishment seeing this record could not help but be impressed.

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