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Head Boy does Standish proud

It was an emotional day this year for the teachers at Standish Community High School who watched on with pride as head boy, Joseph Roberts, received his fantastic results this week. Joseph has had a lot to cope with during his time at secondary school as his sister Jemma Louise Roberts passed away very suddenly at February half-term in 2014 – when Joseph was just 11 years old and in his first year at Standish. As a response to this tragedy, Joseph has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about Toxic Shock Syndrome and has raised money charities such as Sepsis UK and Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and this work has resulted in him being nominated by Wigan Council for a national award from the RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) recognising his work as a Young Health Champion. Joseph’s positive attitude and courage in the face of adversity was also reflected in his amazing examination results. He achieved 6 Grade 9s, 3 Grade 8s and 1 Grade 7 – making him the highest achieving boy in the school. Joseph is a member of Squadron 723 Air Cadets and is hoping to go on to Winstanley College with the aim of one day becoming an Intelligence Officer for the RAF. Mrs Murray, assistant head teacher at Standish, said, “Joseph is a credit to his family and everyone here at Standish is so proud to see how well he has done. He deserves all his success and we wish him the very best in the future!”