St Davids College


Well done Thomas!

Published: 04.06.2024 ( 13 days ago )

His journey thus far, both academically and personally, epitomizes resilience, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to excellence

Despite facing numerous medical challenges, Thomas has soared academically, achieving outstanding results in his GCSEs, including four grade 9s, five A*s, one A, and a distinction in Additional Maths.

His passion for STEM subjects is evident through his participation in enriching projects and extracurricular activities, including the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Head of Sixth Form, Mr Owen Davis, who nominated Thomas for the award said: “Thomas exemplifies the values of the Lexden Prize through his outstanding achievements, unwavering determination, and commitment to making a positive impact on the world around him. It is with great honour and enthusiasm that I recommend him for this esteemed accolade.”

Thomas hopes to go on and study medicine and says his 40+ surgeries are his motivation.

“I guess that this would either put me off or inspire me and I won't ever let my medical situation define me,” he said.

He was asked to speak at the European Symposium Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2023. He did a PowerPoint presentation to over 100 surgeons on his airway interventions and their impact on him.

Subsequently he was invited to be a guest speaker for the 10th Cleft and Craniofacial course for junior doctors at Alder Hey hospital.

Thomas said: “These presentations led me to being invited onto an NHS panel as a patient representative for children with complex surgical procedures. This has resulted in me being recommended to apply for another NHS patient representative role.

“I have volunteered at a local group for young adults with communication difficulties, which I could relate to, having had similar challenges when I had a tracheostomy for six years.”

As if this wasn’t enough, Thomas also volunteers every Saturday at a care home, chatting with residents and making them hot drinks.

He is also a keen kickboxer and is a black belt in karate!

“It’s an absolute honour to be nominated for this award, but to win it really is incredible,” said a delighted Thomas.

“I’m so grateful to Mr Russell and Mr Davis for nominating me. I’ll be going to the House of Lords later in the year to receive the award which I think is a trophy, it’s an amazing feeling!”

So well deserved Thomas. We all know that you are truly an extraordinary young man, now everyone else will too.