Former King’s Lynn Academy student, Alfy Knott won the Citizen of the Year Award at the NOSCAs – Norfolk Safer Community Awards – held in Norwich on Thursday evening.
Alfy’s behaviour and attendance was beginning to deteriorate in 2011/12 therefore the Academy put Alfy’s name forward for The Challenge Project; a collaborative venture funded by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary designed to give young people an opportunity to raise their self-esteem, build confidence and raise aspirations by taking people out of their comfort zone.
Alfy was accepted on to the 6 week long project (one day a week release and one week residential camp) and thrived. It made him realise the direction in which his life was heading, unless he changed his ways. At the end of The Challenge Project, Alfy spoke in front of his peers about what a big difference the project had made to him. Since then, Alfy has offered to volunteer on future Challenge Projects to give something back and encourage other young people not to make the same mistakes he made.
In June, Alfy was on his way to King’s Lynn Academy to take his Maths GCSE exam. As he neared the Academy, he witnessed a member of the public being knocked to the ground by a cyclist. She states that he took complete control of the situation, calling the emergency services and staying with her until a paramedic arrived, even though he know in doing so he would be late for his exam and maybe jeopardise his chance of taking it all together. On reaching the Academy and explaining what he had done he was allowed to enter the exam albeit late. The injured lady wrote to the Principal of Kings Lynn Academy to pass on her sincere thanks for the then unidentified student’s help.
Principal of Kings Lynn Academy, Craig Morrison said “Everyone here at King’s Lynn Academy is so proud of Alfy for the great attitude and care he showed when coming to the aid of a member of the community in distress. He acted selflessly, not thinking about the repercussions for himself, as he would have been late for his exam. It is great to see real decency and good nature rewarded in this way.”