PUPILS were driven home from school in style when a limousine turned up to reward them for their class attendance.

The six youngsters from King James I Community College, in Bishop Auckland, were given the VIP treatment yesterday for a 100 per cent attendance to school during the term.

Assistant headteacher Elizabeth Varley said: "It is a wonderful award for the students who have improved their attendance.

"I also think it's really motivating for all the other children."

The Reach project promotes school attendance by offering children prizes for high scores. It operates in three comprehensives and nine primary schools around Bishop Auckland as part of a wider Behaviour Improvement Programme.

Sarah Marsh, link-learning mentor for Bishop Auckland Excellence Cluster, said: "Today was a big aspect of the project to make children more aware of what we are trying to do."

Louise Kwa, 15, from Bishop Auckland, who was one of the six to be driven home said: "This is brilliant, I feel really special. It's good to get high attendance, it puts you in good stead for university."

Pupils who also received star treatment were Elizabeth Bainbridge, 16, Sarah Hodgson, 16, Emma Louise Hawley, 13, Daniel Jefferson, 13 all from Bishop Auckland, and Paul Lumley, 13 from Coundon.