STUDENTS are celebrating after winning an array of awards.
Three pupils, a former student and the therapy department at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick, successfully beat off strong competition from schools throughout the country to leave with five awards from the Engage in their future, National Awards 2011.
Engage in their future is a charitable organisation that seeks to improve services for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and to recognise and celebrate the achievement of students, they set up the awards, which were held for the first time this year at Wiltshire. The special guest for the evening was Scott Quinnell, Welsh international Rugby Union player, who presented the students with their awards.
Curtis Brown won the award for outstanding selflessness in the face of adversity award after overcoming a number of obstacles.
Nathan Patton was second in the outstanding contribution to the community. Nathan came across a small boy who was lost in Huddersfield and managed to calm him down and phone the police.
Tom Bradshaw came joint third in the outstanding achievement award for his social progress in a rapid time along with former student Elliot Clayton. Elliot has now left the school and is studying sport at college. The school felt he had done extremely well to achieve what he had and nominated him.
The therapy department, Time4me, was awarded third in the innovation and creative award.
The department is now at the school and is part of the curriculum.
Anthony Hemmingway said they all had a really good time.
“We are more than happy we did very well we couldn’t have asked for anyone. I was really proud to be there for them,” he said.