Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Stephen's a Class Student; Very Good Attendance Helps Teen on Way to University

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Stephen's a Class Student; Very Good Attendance Helps Teen on Way to University

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Byline: JOANNA DESIRA

THE famed corridors of one of the world's top university's could await a teenager who grew up on a Teesside estate and is set to be the first in his family to go on to higher education.

Stephen Cox from Easterside could also become the first student from The King's Academy to be accepted on to an Oxbridge course.

The 17-year-old already has offers to study at Warwick and Durham University but also hopes he will be offered a place at Cambridge University to read maths and physics following his interview next year.

And he is proof a good attendance record can lead to success academically.

Government figures have shown there is a link between good school attendance and high academic achievement.

Figures given to the Evening Gazette by Middlesbrough Council show a student in the town who has more than 96% attendance has almost twice the chance of achieving good GCSE grades compared to a student who has 91% attendance and three times the chance of a student with 86% attendance.

Stephen has had a 99% attendance record and achieved nine A*s and an A at GCSE, all As in his AS-levels, and is expected to get a full set of A*s -the new high standard being introduced this year -in his A-levels.

He is also head boy and a senior prefect at The King's Academy in Coulby Newham and last year he was only of only five people from the UK to be invited to an International Science School at the University of Sydney.

Stephen, who is studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, said: "I've only missed school when it's been authorised.

"My parents have always been very supportive about going to school because they had reasons why they didn't attend school as much.

"I want to do the best I can in order to do well and I have to be here to learn."

Fewer than 20% of students in Middlesbrough with less than 80% attendance achieved good GCSE results. …

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