STUDENTS who have previously struggled in mainstream education have proved that, with the right support, they can still make the grade.

Ten pupils from the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre (PLC) in Neyland – formerly known as the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) – were presented with their Records of Achievement on May 22.

Pupils are referred from schools all over Pembrokeshire, and come from diverse social and emotional backgrounds, with a variety of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

At the PLC, they have had the chance to follow an alternative curriculum that mixes academic and ‘hands-on’ courses, from catering and hospitality to health and beauty.

Among those praised for their achievements were 16-year-old Caitlin Cumberland, Dylan Moseley and Natasha Mruk.

Caitlin was awarded this year's highest achiever award due to her outstanding work ethic, and for being an excellent role model for other pupils.

As well as gaining a BTEC Level 1 Hair and Beauty and Essential Skills Level 1, she is also predicted to achieve excellent results in her GCSEs too.

Dylan received the highest attendance award as well as the coveted Motor Vehicles Trophy for his commitment to the Motor Vehicles subject. He also gained the Music Award for his outstanding achievements in music.

Natasha, who joined the PLC in year 10, was named most improved student for the ‘enormous change’ in her academic achievements and her attitude towards school. This year, she gained qualifications in Essential Skills, Art and BTEC Level 1 Hair and Beauty.

A presentation was also made to pupils educated at the Youth Service facilities in Pembroke Dock on May 23, who sat GCSEs and a range of Agored Cymru qualifications in motor vehicles, carpentry, catering, music and PSD. They also gained their first aid qualification through the Heartstart course and took part in outdoor education, film making and team building activities.