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As part of the BTFT celebration event that took place in the Rhondda Heritage Park Hotel, Shane Maunder (Year 11) was awarded the ‘Personal Achievement Award’ out of the 19 schools throughout RCT.

Shane has taken part in many activities while working with the BTFT Youth Coach and Key Worker. Shane has shown commitment and dedication to taking part in a number of interventions that have been arranged through the Key Worker and Youth Coach at Tonypandy Community College this past year.  Shane has attended and successfully completed the following interventions including Gotcha international Academy, Educ8, OCN Level 1 Employability Skills, Youth Gateway revision programme, a long-term work-placement at Spick and Span car valeting garage and is on target to gain 5 GCSE qualifications grade C and above, having worked particularly hard this year with the Youth Coach, Key Worker and Science learning coach.  Shane has shown initiative by taking ownership of his workload and completing outstanding coursework with the help from learning coaches, BTFT staff and teaching staff.  Prior to this academic year Shane had shown consistent poor behaviour in the classroom environment and was highlighted to BTFT staff as being disengaged from education, he was very agitated, got bored easily and would find the pressure of the classroom particularly difficult.  Entering year 11, Shane has committed himself to a number of interventions and has made a conscious effort to change his attitude towards work and his behaviour in the classroom. Shane has become a role model to younger students and has demonstrated how having a positive and strong attitude can transform your education and performance dramatically. Shane has achieved positive outcomes through shear hard work and commitment, and is a particularly deserving winner of the ‘Personal Achievement Award’.  Shane is respected by his peers and staff alike.

Congratulations Shane and Good Luck for Year 12!