Devoted student celebrates the end of her A-Level exams after going 14 YEARS without taking a single sick day
- Olivia Allen, 18, from South Yorkshire, has enjoyed 16,000 hours of teaching
- The teenager miraculously managed to avoid ever getting seriously sick
- Studious Olivia never felt an illness she had warranted missing school for
A devoted student is celebrating the end of her A-levels having not taken a single sick day in a colossal 14 years.
Studious Olivia Allen, 18, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has enjoyed 16,000 hours of teaching since entering education in 2005.
While her peers were afflicted with chicken pox, ear infections and head lice, Olivia miraculously managed to avoid ever getting seriously sick.
The diligent student says she did sometimes wake up feeling under the weather but she’d always brush herself off and go in anyway.
Studious Olivia Allen (pictured left, and right, on her first day of primary school) from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is celebrating the end of her A-levels having not taken a sick day in 14 years
A bright eyed and bushy tailed Olivia on her first day of secondary school in 2012 at Penistone Grammar School in Barnsley
She explained: ‘I’ve been really lucky to never have had any serious illnesses that have stopped me from going in. I’m not someone who hates school, I’ve always quite liked it really.
‘Getting educated is a good opportunity and I have always wanted to make the most out of it. I always thought that if I missed a day I would have to spend time catching up, which I didn’t want to do.
‘School is only six hours of the day, it’s really not that bad. If I just woke up with a cold or a sore throat then I would go in. I always knew I could go to bed when I got home if I really needed to.
‘There were a few occasions during the holidays when I was actually quite ill and I might not have been able to go to school then. Luckily that never happened during term time though.’
Olivia, who went to Penistone Grammar School in Barnsley, only realised her unbelievable achievement when a teacher pulled her aside to tell her before giving her a letter of congratulations.
The diligent student (pictured left, aged 10, and right, aged five) says she did sometimes wake up feeling under the weather but she’d always brush herself off and go in anyway
Olivia Allen, 18, has a perfect 100 per cent attendance record from day one of primary school to the end of sixth form
In 2012, Olivia received an award from Hoylandswaine Primary School for never missing a day there either.
Olivia’s family have expressed their pride in the student’s unbroken attendance record.
Her father, Paul Allen, said: ‘It’s a great achievement – we are really proud. People in our local area keep coming up to us to say they’ve heard about Olivia doing so well – it makes you feel incredibly proud as a parent.’
Paul, who also shares Olivia’s 15-year-old brother Finlay with wife Sarah Allen added they had never struggled to get her to school.
He said: ‘Sometimes we had to tell her she was going to be late but we’ve never had to push her to get her to school – she’s always wanted to go.
‘Even if she felt a bit funny in the mornings, she would always go in to school and start to feel much better as the day went on.’
The teenager volunteering in Swaziland in 2018. Olivia only realised her achievement when a teacher pulled her aside to tell her before giving her a letter of congratulations
At Penistone Grammar, Olivia took A-levels exams in maths, chemistry and geography
At Penistone Grammar, Olivia took A-levels exams in maths, chemistry and geography.
After getting her results in August she is hoping to study geography or natural science at university, although she’s not sure where yet.
When she’s not studying, Olivia’s big passion in life is dancing, which she usually goes to classes for five days a week.
Over the summer she will earn money teaching children and when she goes to university Olivia will keep up her favourite hobby.
Penistone Grammar School head teacher Paul Crook said: ‘We are really proud of Olivia’s achievement over her 14 years in education.
‘She encompasses our core values, showing determination, bravery and always aiming high.
‘We will continue to use Olivia as a role model to our younger students and wish her every success in the future.’
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