Honoured for work in and out classroom

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A young student has been rewarded for his outstanding achievement in and out the classroom.

Declan Pang, of North Shields, has been awarded the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize, which recognises the academic and civic achievements of youngsters in the north east.

Judges chose the Year 12 pupil at St Thomas More RC Academy for his achievements, which included 13 A* grades in his GCSEs, raising money for local charities, and mentoring young swimmers as a member of Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club.

Declan will receive his award from Education Secretary Nicky Morgan at a ceremony in London next month.

She said: “It was difficult for the panel of judges to choose a winner as there were many excellent nominees.”

Declan said: “It’s an absolute honour to be selected for such a prestigious award.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to inspire young people, both within school and my local community. I could not have done it without the support of my teachers, family and friends.

“I will try my best to use this prize to develop a lifelong interest in furthering the educational opportunities of children and young people.”

The scheme was set up in 2012 in memory of former Education Secretary Lord Glenamara – the first headteacher to hold the post who first served the north east as a headteacher in Blyth before representing Newcastle in the House of Commons.