Student expelled from Hackney’s Petchey Academy bags ‘young builder’ award
PUBLISHED: 11:14 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:38 03 November 2017
A teenager who found himself drifting towards street crime after being expelled from his Hackney college has won second place in the “young builder of the year” awards at a Houses of Parliament ceremony.
Zafar Tandel was at risk of getting mixed up in crime and anti-social behaviour when they expelled him and referred him to The Hub education skills centre – in Stepney Green – run by the Barnardo’s children’s charity.
The Barnardo’s team encouraged the 16-year-old to learn practical skills like carpentry and painting and decorating.
Zafar was among a handful of finalists invited to the awards ceremony, when he was named the sole runner-up in the 14-to-18 category for his “exceptional progress”.
Cathie Short, school liaison placement officer at New Regent’s College in Hackney, who referred Zafar to The Hub, said: “I’m so proud of Zafar. He always had massive potential that was sadly missed in mainstream education. This award proves that alternative provision can be so successful for our young people.”
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Hackney Gazette. Click the link in the orange box above for details.