A pupil who gained 13 A*s at GCSE and raises money for charity has been presented with a prestigious award.
Year 12 pupil Declan Pang was presented with the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan at a ceremony in London.
Declan – who studies maths, chemistry, biology and music A-levels at St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields – was chosen by a panel of judges for the award for his range of achievements in and out of school.
Declan said: 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 fantastic 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.”
Declan was honoured for his educational achievements; raising money for local charities; mentoring young swimmers as a member of Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club; and visiting local primary schools to encourage pupils to take up sports.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “This award not only champions high standards in education, but also encourages activities that build character – essential qualities that help prepare our children for life in modern Britain.
“This is the spirit in which we are reforming our schools system and so it is hugely inspiring to see how the contenders for this year’s prize are excelling.”
“Not only has Declan excelled academically, musically and in sport, but he has used his considerable talents to selflessly contribute to his school and local community.”