Celebrations as brothers triumph over adversity

Saint Aidan's Technology College - former pupils visit.' L-R Mrs Karen Smith, Assistant SENCO at Saint Aidan's, Phillip and Lee Williams, Mr Anthony Lord, Deputy Head Teacher at Saint Aidan's
Saint Aidan's Technology College - former pupils visit.' L-R Mrs Karen Smith, Assistant SENCO at Saint Aidan's, Phillip and Lee Williams, Mr Anthony Lord, Deputy Head Teacher at Saint Aidan's

TWO hardworking brothers from Pilling have triumphed over adversity to pick up higher education diplomas.

Former St Aidan’s technology College pupil Lee Williams, 22, received a National Diploma in Motorsports at Myerscough College

And his younger brother, Philip, 20, gained a First Diploma in Performing Arts plus a First Diploma in Media Studies at the Paul Nicholas School of Acting in Cleveleys. 

Philip has also picked up a Hero Award for a short film he made and had premiered at Blackpool Odeon.

It is a huge achievement for the pair, who were diagnosed with foetal anticonvulsant syndrome, which affected their school studies and meant they both required a lot of help from the special educational needs department.

They returned to school to share their success with assistant special educational needs co-ordinator Mrs Karen Smith.

Mrs Smith said: “As a school, we are incredibly proud. The boys are a credit to their family and their school. 

“St Aidan’s would like to wish the lads every success for the future in their chosen careers.”

Motorsport enthusiast Lee is now continuing his study at Myerscough, with a foundation degree in management and logistics for motorsport.

And Philip is now pursuing his film-making career after completing a further BTEC National Diploma for Media Studies (Television & Film).