5 July 2017

Joe Murray, left, was nominated by his Head of Year, Mr Pringle, for his overall development as a person and the positive contribution he now gives to school life at Longbenton. Despite struggling in year 7 to manage his ADHD and build positive relationships, Joe has challenged himself to breakthrough barriers and become an advocate for the views of minority communities. Joe reached the final 4 candidates to become a Member of Youth Parliament for North Tyneside and contributes to all aspects of school life including drama and musical productions. Mr Pringle describes Joe as "a fantastic example to others".

Mathew Williamson, right, was nominated by Ms McPherson, his year leader, after his selfless donation of bone marrow for his younger sister. Despite a difficult and painful procedure, Mathew returned to school very shortly after to complete his work experience opportunity. Mathew showed "an amazing attitude and was very mature" throughout this difficult time.