Life turned around for Rothesay Academy pupil

Published Date: 

4 Dec 2013 - 15:07

Rothesay Academy pupil Michael Mitchell, 16, has won the Prince’s Trust Educational Achiever of the Year award.

Argyll and Bute Council Provost and depute Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Len Scoullar has praised Rothesay Academy staff and 16-year-old Michael for the work they have done together to turn his life around.

Once labelled a troublemaker, Michael joined a Prince’s Trust xl programme which aims to build self-esteem: as a result his negativity stopped, his school work improved and he discovered a passion for youth work.

Councillor Scoullar said, “Michael is truly one of our success stories and his achievement represents a tremendous team effort at Rothesay Academy. I offer Michael my warmest congratulations and good wishes for his future career in youth work.

“I would like to mention Michael’s youth worker Ailsa Cassidy, employed by the school, who was at the centre of turning things around for this young man. Staff tell me she works quietly in the back ground and deserves recognition for her dedication and hard work.

“During five years in her post, Ailsa has nurtured, supported and nominated four finalists and two winners for this prestigious award. She is a credit to the school and a great ambassador for the council’s education service.”

This year was the tenth anniversary of The Trust’s annual awards, which have recognised the achievements of young people in Scotland for the last decade.