A Brighouse primary school pupil has been recognised as an outstanding pupil in the Percival Whitley Primary School Awards 2014.
Highbury Special School pupil Nathaniel McLachlan has endured what teachers termed a difficult year after changes to his home life and concern about going up to high school have affected Nathaniel who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
His ASD makes it difficult for Nathaniel to communicate his feelings. Changes to personal circumstances have impacted on Nathaniel’s Brighouse school life.
Over the last few months, Nathaniel’s teachers say the year six pupil has began to come to terms with these changes and has began to show improvement in expressing himself which has, in turn, improved his relationships with others and his ability to make independent choices which benefit his school and home life.
Highbury School headteacher Debbie Sweet said Nathaniel’s confidence and self esteem have improved over the last few months. Nathaniel’s sense of humour has returned and developed now he is feeling more secure about the future, said Mrs Sweet.
Mrs Sweet said: “Nathaniel has shown great spirit in coping with changes in his life and is now a confident young man ready for secondary school.
“We will miss him enormously at Highbury and wish him well for the future.”
Nathaniel was one of six runners-up from Calderdale primary schools.
Founded in 1991, the Percival Whitley Educational Trust is a local charity providingeducational grants within Calderdale to groups or individuals to help them achieve their goals in life.