Highfield’s pupil heroes celebrated

Pupils at Highfield Leadership Academy have been honoured for their hard work and dedication to the community during lockdown.

Teachers and staff at the school in South Shore showed their appreciation for pupils who went the extra mile by personally taking prizes to pupils’ homes during the holidays.

In March, schools across the country were closed to the majority of pupils as part of the government’s measures to control the coronavirus pandemic.

For some pupils, this meant that their education and normal life was disrupted, despite this many pupils at Highfield Leadership Academy continued to help others who were suffering during the pandemic.

These pupils have since had their charitable and community efforts rewarded with a special ‘unsung hero’ award and were given certificates, trophies, balloons, sweet treats and a special superhero cape.

Unsung hero Kian Kane-Manderson was awarded his prize for helping to raise the spirits of essential civil servants working at Peel Park. Kian created messages of thanks and wellbeing through a series of posters that were displayed around the office building.

Kind-hearted pupil Willow Nicholson was awarded an unsung hero award for ‘braving the shave’.  Willow raised just over £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The courageous pupil, was inspired to do something good to help others during lock-down and reached for the clippers after being inspired by others who had taken the plunge.

Lucy Alcock helped fight food poverty in Blackpool during lockdown through her work as one of Blackpool’s Tangerine Angels. The inspiring pupil chose to give up her free time to help deliver food parcels to vulnerable people as part of her charitable work for Amazing Graze.

Andrew Galbraith, Principal at Highfield Leadership Academy praised pupils for their hard work and dedication during times of adversity.

He said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have so many kind and caring pupils at Highfield Leadership Academy.

“Together, our wonderful pupils have helped to make a real difference to people suffering hardship during the pandemic.

“I am incredibly proud of our school community and their messages of hope and practical support they have offered to Blackpool’s vulnerable communities.

“I know that as we begin our new school year, our pupils’ recent experiences will make them even stronger and more caring.

“We are all now looking forward to the academic year ahead and helping our pupils secure the very best outcomes.”