Pupils and staff from St Helen’s School and Merchant Taylors’ School in North London have won a national award for their contribution to the inclusion of disabled young people.

The schools were presented with the Lord Irene Morris of Manchester award by Lady Irene at an annual Phab UK ceremony held at the House of Lords. Phab supports children and adults with and without disabilities to work and live together.

The St Helen’s and Merchant Taylors’ Phab week, held over Easter, provides residential care for physically and mentally disabled young people aged 12 and over. They socialise with their peers and take part in activities that they might not normally be able to do, such as flying an aeroplane or visiting Harry Potter World.

Dr Mary Short, headteacher at St Helen’s, said: “I am delighted that the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment of the staff and pupils of St Helen’s and Merchant Taylors’ Schools have been acknowledged in this way.”

Main pic: Lady Irene presents representatives from both schools with their award. Left to right: Father Dan Bond, Miss Karen Baker, Lady Irene, Mrs Sheilagh Marsh, Mrs Julie Rose, Miss Hannah Blazewicz


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