This term we have had two winners of the award, one pupil and one teacher. The winner of the pupil award was Natanya and for a variety of reasons! Natanya has been learning to manage her emotions well and informing her tutors not only when she is feeling sad or upset but also why, and this has drastically reduced her problem behaviour. She has also become increasingly independent around school, learning to make her own lunch and how to independently type so that she can play her favourite songs on YouTube by herself. Not only have her independence skills improved but Natanya has been increasingly initiating conversations with her peers and knowing when and how to say hello and goodbye appropriately. Using her improved interaction skills she has started talking with staff to find out if they would like café food on a weekly basis. Natanya used her prize money to hold a party for her and her friends. A band (who previously came in for Black History Week) came in to play some jazz and soul music and there was a range of food and drink for her to enjoy with her peers.

Our staff winner, Matt Le Blanc, continually goes above and beyond at work and his greatest asset is his ability and eagerness to organise a vast variety of events for our pupils; from discos, to cultural days and inter-school sports competitions. Matt's events are hugely successful and loved by both the children and the staff. He is always willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of the pupils and is constantly making an effort to establish new links in order to give our pupils exciting and diverse experiences.

Matt is an extraordinarily dedicated individual and constantly exceeds his own duties in order to support and help out his colleagues, always making himself available and often 'saving the day' by being the extra pair of hands needed. He is always open to helping others out and is a great source of advice for all staff.

Well done to both of our winners!