A MONK Bretton teenager who ‘completely turned her life around’ after joining the fire cadets has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

Kaitlan Sindlay, 15, has been struggling with mainstream school for the past two years according to her mum, Faye Holmes.

She told the Chronicle: “She kept getting excluded from school and they put it down to her behaviour but she’s on the autism spectrum and that’s how she deals with things.

“In April Kaitlan was permanently excluded from school.

“She was identified to have additional needs.

“Covid hit and referrals were slower than normal which set her back.

“When Kaitlan was permanently excluded her mental health hit rock bottom.

“She didn't want to be here anymore – she felt worthless and like she didn't serve any purpose.

“This broke my heart like it would any parent.

“Day by day Kaitlan's gaining confidence back in herself and showing great strengths and is continuing to do this daily.

“Two months ago she joined the fire cadets and is really enjoying it.

“She then saw an advert regarding joining the police cadets – she filled the application in and was shortlisted for an interview. “Kaitlan was very nervous, she struggles with communication and interaction due to her additional needs – but she attended and was successful.

“She’s really turned her life around.”

Upon hearing of her daughter’s nomination in the Young Superstar category, Faye added: “Kaitlan is such kind and caring young lady that will help anyone.

“I feel she needs to be nominated due to everything she's been through and overcome and also how far she's come from being at rock bottom.

“This shows what a strong and amazing young lady that she is.

“I couldn't be anymore prouder of Kaitlan, she's achieved so much in a short space of time.”