Why young charlotte is celebrating

Published: 20th Jun 2007

Please note this is an archived Press Release

FOUR year old Charlotte Buckley showed real signs of delight when she became the youngest winner at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's first Celebration of Success event across the Borough's primary and secondary schools.

Charlotte, who attends a nursery class at Dormanstown Primary School, was nominated by the school's assistant headteacher Val McLellan and her mum and dad, Jackie and Paul for her marvellous efforts.

For Charlotte, a child with special needs, uses a special sign language to communicate with her classmates and staff, while her proud parents also wanted to praise Charlotte for her 'wonderful' help as a big sister to baby Katie and for achieving her duckling swimming certificate.

Val, in charge of the nursery which cares for 11 children from all parts of the Borough who are not not able to stay within their own school, said: "Charlotte is a delightful little girl who is so hard-working to overcome the considerable difficulties
she has got. She's always smiling and always happy."

The Council's Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Ian Jeffrey said: "Not only does Charlotte demonstrate enthusiasm for her own learning, she provides a perfect illustration of the Council and the staff's commitment to 'Every Child Matters', the Government's policy on young people."

The awards, presented by the Council's Mayor Councillor Wendy Wall at the City Learning Centre, Eston, were presented across three main categories - academic work, achievement in sport and the arts plus social and community work, with nominations from friends, family and school staff.

Staff and pupils from four primary schools - Dormanstown, Ings Farm, Green Gates and Ormesby and four secondary schools - Huntcliff, Laurence Jackson, Redcar Community College and Rye HIlls took part.

Adult award winners included caretaker Mike Carter, from Green Gates Primary School, Redcar for his outstanding contribution to the school and two staff members from Rye Hills, Redcar - teacher Mrs Gemma Sands for raising £10,000 over the last two years for the Smiles Foundation and Mrs June Duncan, a Learning Support Assistant, who is retiring at the end of term, for supporting student learning.

The event's Master of Ceremonies Stuart Nimmo, Director of the City Learning Centre, said: "The range of achievements being acknowledged was impressive. The award winners have provided an inspirational example to others and have demonstrated the Council's commitment to excellence in all aspects of personal development. "

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