Looking to the future

WHS awards'Nathan Patton, front, Curtis Brown, Tom Bradshaw and Scott Quinnell.

WHS awards'Nathan Patton, front, Curtis Brown, Tom Bradshaw and Scott Quinnell.

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STUDENTS at William Henry Smith School are celebrating after winning an array of awards.

Three students, a former student and the therapy department at the Rastrick school 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” is a charitable organisation which seeks to improve services for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and to recognise and celebrate the achievement of students.

The inaugural presentation of the awards was held in Wiltshire.

The special guest for the evening was Scott Quinnell, the former Welsh international rugby union player, who presented the students with their awards.

Curtis Brown won the award for outstanding selflessness in the face of danger or 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 town centre 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 such 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 for the award.

The therapy department, Time4me, was awarded third in the innovation and creative award. The department is now at the school and is an alternative part of the curriculum.

Anthony Hemmingway, representing the school, said they all had a really good time.

“We are more than happy. The school did very well. We couldn’t really ask for any more.

“I was really proud to be there for them,” he said.