Prize for schoolgirl ‘against the odds’

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Ateenage girl has been rewarded for achieving 100% attendance at school ‘against the odds’ while playing a key role in helping her family and seriously-ill brother.

Niamh Martin, 13, was presented with the prize of a Land Rover bike on the last day of term at Friesland School, Sandiacre.

Staff nominated Niamh for ‘outstanding attendance against the odds’ after she managed to attend school every day during a difficult time for her family.

Niamh’s younger brother has leukaemia, which means she spends a lot of time looking after and cooking for her three younger siblings when her parents are at the hospital.

Her form tutor, Rachel Beckett, said: “She’s amazing, I don’t know if I could do what she does.

“I can’t think of anyone who deserves a treat as much as Niamh.”

Another bike was awarded to 12-year-old Paige Sisson, who also achieved 100 per cent attendance.

Head teacher Peter Monk plans to repeat the event next year to encourage attendance from pupils.

He said: “They have caused a lot of excitement around school all year.

“Attendance is so closely linked to achievement in school that it’s absolutely right we should reward it this way.”