Ashley Smith, a Year 11 student from Redcar Academy, is celebrating after being honoured at the prestigious Diana Award ceremony, receiving a prize in the Active Campaigner category. The Diana Award is a charity which encourages young people to make a difference in their communities by being socially active.
The prestigious accolade marks the culmination of Ashley’s exceptional efforts throughout the year, in campaigning to improve the lives of students at Redcar Academy. His initiatives have included organising and delivering an assembly on autism to raise awareness of the condition, starting and leading a Year 7 and 8 football club, and mentoring younger students to improve their behaviour and work ethic. He has also played a key part in the School Council and in various fundraising schemes at the academy, all while completing his final GCSE exams this summer.
Christine Parker, Headteacher, commented: “This represents a remarkable achievement for Ashley, who has shown himself to be an exceptionally engaged student and a role model to his peers. Despite the pressures that Year 11s are under with their GCSE exams, Ashley has continued his active campaigning throughout this year, and he is fully deserving of this award. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Ashley will now attend the charity’s National Awards Ceremony in London on 1 July, to collect a certificate signed by David Cameron and to meet his fellow award winners.
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