KIND hearted Valley School pupil Sam Davison has been given the prestigious Diana Award for befriending a class mate who has severe autism.
Sam, 14, has learned sign language so he can communicate with the pupil and he meets him each morning so he knows his timetable for the day.
“He has independently decided to make this student a priority and has become a true friend to him,” said senior teaching assistant Helen Nixon who nominated Sam for the award.
“He sets a wonderful example and has enabled the student to be accepted as an equal member of a large, busy mainstream comprehensive school.”
The Diana Award is a lifetime honour given to young role models for their selfless contributions to their communities.
Sam said: “I’m ecstatic to get the award, and my parents are over the moon.”
“Learning sign language was hard but now we can communicate better. We eat dinner together, go for walks and spend time chillaxing in the sensory room.”
Valley headteacher Brian Rossiter said: “I’m so impressed with Sam, he shows how our pupils can achieve at the highest level.”