BARNSLEY Academy is celebrating this week after a pupil and staff member took home two of the most coveted awards at a prestigious show.

Year ten student Kaitlyn Walker won the ‘Leadership and Service Award’ for her role in both the school and local community at the Best in Everyone Awards in Sheffield last week.

Kaitlyn is the chair of the school’s first ever Student Council, where she presides over meetings and ensures ideas and voices across all year groups are heard.

Locally, in her role as Barnsley Youth Mayor, she works with young people across the region to campaign on key issues that are impacting them, which has included meeting with magistrates and key political figures, such as local MP candidate Dan Jarvis.

She said: “I’m honoured to have been chosen to receive such a prestigious award, alongside some of the most talented students in the UK.

“I wish to inspire the young people of my local constituency to possess the ambition and determination to lead a fulfilling life and reach their goals.”

Staff member Sarah Morgan was named ‘Secondary Early Career Teacher of the Year’ for her proactive approach to exposing her students to music in new and exciting ways.

She said: “It was lovely to be recognised for this award and to see the awards presented to other students and staff for such amazing accomplishments. t was really inspiring evening.”