St Helens boy maintains incredible attendance record - despite battling cancer

Young citizens Aron Duffy (left) and Alexander Prescot with headteacher Melanie Hignett (right) and attendance officer, Julie Lombari
Young citizens Aron Duffy (left) and Alexander Prescot with headteacher Melanie Hignett (right) and attendance officer, Julie Lombari

A St Helens primary school pupil has been hailed by teachers for maintaining an incredible attendance record - despite being diagnosed with blood cancer.

Alexander Prescott was honoured at Broad Oak Primary’s Citizens of the Year celebration.

Staff and pupils at Broad Oak Primary recently rallied around brave Alexander, turning up to school in vibrant wigs, dyed hair, silly hats and outrageous hairstyles, and raising over £600 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Alongside Alexander was year six pupil Aron Duffy.

He set a new record by never missing a single day since joining the school in 2008.

Aron’s gleaming attendance record rightfully earned him a Citizen of the Year award – proof of his dedication to learning.

Head teacher Melanie Hignett said: “Each year Broad Oak pupils surprise us with their dedication to the school community, and this year was no exception.

“Aron’s attendance record is a fantastic achievement – one that very few adults, let alone children can boast! And Alexander has proved his dedication to school attending as often as he can – we’re all so proud of him!”

Meanwhile, the school ran an online singing competition for Key Stage 2 pupils. Each class produced their own music video, which was uploaded to Facebook.

Class 4B topped the ‘likes’ list to win a day out at a state of the art recording studio in Liverpool to have their song recorded professionally.

Melanie added: “We love to sing at Broad Oak. We set up the Singing Superstars competition to build on the fun we have in our Friday ‘pop shop’ singing session and the children have really enjoyed it.

“I can’t wait to hear the professionally recorded winners!”

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Andy Bowden said: “It’s great to see how pupils at Broad Oak have been going the extra mile - and overcoming personal difficulties – to maximise their time at school. Their efforts are a real inspiration.”