A primary school pupil from Lavenham has been named ‘inspirational young person of the year’ at Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar awards ceremony.
Phoebe Swann, a Year 6 pupil at Lavenham Primary School, was given the award for the effort she has put into understanding her sister’s autism diagnosis and in helping the school and her fellow pupils better understand the condition.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” said headteacher Jan Foster. “She is very deserving, we are extremely proud of her.”
Mrs Foster explained that as her little sister prepared to join the school Phoebe knew very little about autism but took it upon herself to find out more so she could help.
The 11-year-old from Lavenham held a full school assembly an talked about her sister and autism.
“She wrote the most beautiful poem about her sister, autism and how people could help,” said Mrs Foster.
The headteacher added that the school community had been very supportive of Phoebe and the family as a whole, with fundraising events taking place to purchase specialist resources.
St Gregory’s Primary School teacher Donna Ford was shortlisted for the excellence in middle leadership award which was won by Sarah-Louise Neesam from West Suffolk College.