Clevedon teen handed Prince’s Trust award for hard work with studies
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:55 02 November 2018
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A Clevedon teenager has been handed an award for her achievements after a difficult childhood.
Autumn Jarvis has won the South West Ascential Educational Achiever Award at the Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx and Homesense Awards.
The 16-year-old was presented with the award at a ceremony in Bristol last week.
Autumn spent much of her childhood feeling angry and unleashed her frustrations when at school.
She eventually stopped going to school altogether and had been out of education for five months when she was referred to the trust’s Achieve programme.
There, Autumn learned how to reflect on how her behaviour affected others and returned to school happier and ready to learn.
Autumn said: “I was referred to Achieve to help with my confidence and learning and loved it straight away. No-one really knew me there, so I could be myself without being judged.
“Achieve taught me to take a step back and reflect on how my behaviour affected others.
“I was also able make up with some of my teachers and my headmistress.
“I earned my personal development and employability skills qualification and decided to go back to school so I could get the grades I needed to get to university.
“Going back was a big step for me, but it was the right one.
“I was predicted passes for all my GCSEs, I have had commendations for my work, and I have had conditional offers to study the A-levels and diploma I need to get onto a criminology degree course.
“I have got my life back thanks to The Prince’s Trust and I am on my way to my dream career.
“I am so happy to have won my Educational Achiever award. Not so long ago I would never have thought that possible.
“I have had a lot of ups and downs, but coming to The Prince’s Trust made me feel happier about my life.”
The trust recognises the achievements of young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact in their community.
Chief executive officer of Ascential Intelligence, Natasha Christie-Miller, said: “She should be proud of her progress and what she’s achieved. We wish her every success for the future.”