‘Conor is leaving a boy and returning a man!’

Conor Heath becomes an LSA at Pebble Brook School, where he was a student - pictured with Jackie Robson (in red) - head of the Further Education Department and Julie Green - from the South East Apprenticeship Company

Conor Heath becomes an LSA at Pebble Brook School, where he was a student - pictured with Jackie Robson (in red) - head of the Further Education Department and Julie Green - from the South East Apprenticeship Company

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A sporty student is returning to his former school as an apprentice member of staff after the Easter break.

Conor Heath, 17 , will re-join Pebble Brook School as a learning support assistant in physical education after impressing staff so much that they ‘didn’t want to let him go’.

Conor, who lives in Princes Risborough, first caught the eye of Jackie Robson, who is head of sixth form, during an open day at the school in Churchill Avenue, Aylesbury.

Mrs Robson said: “I remember seeing Conor with his young brothers and thinking how good he was with them.”

Since then, he has flourished doing work experience with the school’s P.E teachers as well as helping out at Oak Green School in Southcourt.

Mrs Robson teamed up with Julie Green from the South East Apprenticeship Company to create the tailor-made position just for Conor.

The Arsenal fan said he is ‘excited but nervous’ about returning as a member of staff next term, where he will be working towards achieving his Level 2 in Activity Leadership.

Mrs Robson said: “He’ll be leaving a boy and returning as a man – and I’m sure he will rise to the challenge!”

Headteacher David Miller said: “Congratulations to Conor – he should be very proud of his achievements. As a school we are delighted to be able to employ young peopple with learning difficulties and we hope this is an encouragement to other employers.”

Mrs Robson is passionate about generating work placements for her students and is always looking for new businesses to take them on, but despite sending out letters and appealing via the Bucks Herald and Mix 96 last year, she did not get one response.

But she refuses to be disheartened, and has organised an information session at the school for 10am on Thursday, June 4 in a bid to reach out to businesses and show them that taking on a student with learning difficulties can be a hugely enriching experience.

Businesswoman and charity campaigner Rosa Monckton, whose daughter Domenica has Down’s Syndrome, is guest speaker and attendees will get the chance to talk to companies who have already taken students on.

Call 01296 415761 or email jrobson@pebblebrookschool.com to RSVP.