A PUPIL from Ysgol Plas Cefndy in Rhyl has picked up The Prince's Trust Ascential Education Achiever Award, a nationally recognized prize.

Rhys Morris was also awarded with the Wales Education Award earlier this year.

Only two years ago, Rhys could not leave his bedroom due to his anxiety levels.

He was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2020, and had completely withdrawn from education due to struggles with anxiety.


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At times, Rhys’ anxiety was so severe that he found he could not go to school.

Rhys was referred to Milestones, Ysgol Plas Cefndy, which is a pupil referral unit that helps young people who feel they are struggling.

He is studying for a BTEC in uniformed protective services at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhyl.

The awards were live-streamed from London yesterday, and Rhys was presented with the award by presenters Ant and Dec.

Cllr Gill German, Denbighshire County Council’s deputy leader and lead member for education, children and families, said: “The staff at Ysgol Plas Cefndy regularly go above and beyond to support the young people they teach. This award is a testament to their work.

“I met with Rhys when he won his previous award, and what a journey he has been on.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved with supporting Rhys at Ysgol Plas Cefndy and the wider education team.

“The Prince’s Trust do amazing work, and their awards are so prestigious. For Rhys to win a nationally recognised award is just brilliant.

“A life transformed, it’s incredible. A huge congratulations to Rhys.”