Kirsty McLachlan, who joined Sunderland High School at the age of four, has just completed her A levels with a full attendance record. She has received headteacher's award for excellence. "I don't really know how it happened. It started years ago and I was determined not to miss school. I just kept on going," the Mirror quoted McLachlan from Ashbrooke, as saying. "There have been times when I have felt poorly, but I went to school anyway," she added.