A YOUNG girl who has overcome difficulties has been recognised for her efforts with the Percival Whitley Primary School Award.
Aisha Hussain, aged 10, is a pupil of Savile Park Primary School, Halifax.
When she started at the school she was struggling with a severe hearing impairment alongside general developmental delay, which affected her ability to concentrate and engage with others.
Staff were initially concerned about her ability to cope but Aisha’s determination surprised everyone.
Headteacher Karen Lomas said: “Through her sheer guts and determination, indeed through her bravery, Aisha has worked and worked making such fantastic progress that in Year 2 her statement of special educational needs was withdrawn – an amazing feat in itself.
“Aisha always has a smile on her face and, given all the challenges she has encountered in her young life, she is an exemplary role model for other pupils – the school is immensely proud of her.”
Her parents Ansar and Samera Hussain, of Norton Tower, Halifax, said the school had been very supportive in helping Aisha reach her goals.
Mrs Hussain said she hoped other parents of struggling children would be heartened to know that with support, success would follow.
“If they keep pushing their kids will get through,” she said.
“We are very proud after all she has been through.
“She has had brain scans and other tests and we are very lucky she has come through.”
The judges said nominations were very deserving but Aisha stood out for her exceptional qualities of perseverance and determination alongside her thoughtful and caring nature.
To counteract the problems that hearing aids create amplifying the slightest background sounds in class, Aisha has worked hard at improving her lip reading and signing skills.
Runners up were Cameron Bastin-Mitchell, of Scout Road Primary, Mytholmroyd; and Demileigh Evans, of Ash Green Community Primary, Mixenden.