Guild Award for ex-pupil of Ysgol Y Deri

17 March 2016

An ex-pupil of Ysgol Y Deri Special School has been presented with an award for his achievements in education.

Billy Laing was recognised by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales in their annual Guild Awards, for his achievements at the school and presented with a cheque for £250.   

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Ysgol Y Deri caters for students aged between 3 and 19 with a range of learning and physical needs and autism.  Billy began attending Ysgol Y Deri when it opened in 2014 and earned the accolade of being the school’s first head boy.  He has also represented the school in many sporting activities such as swimming, having been a member of disabled swimming clubs since childhood.  


Now studying ICT at Bridgend College, Billy returns to Ysgol Y Deri once a week on work experience as part of the ICT team.  It is hoped that the award will help him in his transition from school to further education and access further courses such as multimedia.  

Billy said, “I was surprised to be chosen for the award but felt very grateful.” 

Chris Britten, head teacher at Ysgol Y Deri said, “Billy is a worthy recipient of this award.  He is enjoying further education, building on the skills and experience he gained at Ysgol Y Deri.  We are all very proud of him”.

The Worshipful Livery Company was established to promote education, arts, science and technology and develop the talents of young people throughout Wales.  Billy was presented his award by Dr Kathy Seddon, the chair of the Welsh Association of Churchill Fellows.