Finalist at Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards
Former Barnhill Student is Finalist at Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards
Demi Phillips reaches the final of the Novae Educational Achiever of the Year at the prestigious Celebrate Success Awards organised by the Prince’s Trust.
Now in its 10th year, Celebrate Success recognises the achievements of exceptional young people in education, skills development, employment, enterprise and in the community. The London and the South East regional Celebrate Success Awards took place at the Emirates Stadium last Thursday.
Educational Achiever of the Year, recognises young people who have been on Prince’s Trust xl programmes, and have overcome significant personal barriers to develop new skills which enabled them to re-engage with education.
Demi, 16, from Hayes, has cerebral palsy and her physical disability made school a struggle. Staff at Barnhill recognised potential in Demi and worked with her using the Prince’s Trust xl programme which is offered at the school. Demi’s self-belief grew and she actively began helping other students where previously she was struggling:
“I actually started learning something, and it made me want to raise my game so that people would take me seriously. I loved xl and I was really sad when my time in the programme ended. I wanted to come back for more lessons. It really helped me focus and enjoy learning.”
She understands herself better and she now has aspirations of becoming a child physiotherapist so she can help children with ability issues to accept their condition and live with it happily.
Two members of Barnhill staff played a key role in helping Demi achieve success and both were at the awards evening with her.
Amanda Martincevic was her xl tutor:
“I am really proud in what Demi has achieved and look forward to following her progress in her chosen career”.
Her Learning Mentor, Angela Gabriel is also very pleased for Demi:
“I worked with Demi over many years and it was wonderful to see our work helping her to deal with life and to her achieving this success.”