Life begins at 18 for Abi

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From temporary exclusions and teenage pregnancy to model student – the journey taken by Most Improved Student Award winner Abi Hill (18).

The Bourne Academy student, who risked permanent exclusion from the school four years ago because of her disruptive behaviour, is now on route to become a social worker after a turnaround in attitude and behaviour.

Most Improved Student award winner Abi Hill of Bourne Academy with Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide Fruit Ltd.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Most Improved Student award winner Abi Hill of Bourne Academy with Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide Fruit Ltd. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Abi was presented with the award by Steve Maxwell, chief executive officer of award sponsors Worldwide Fruits Ltd, who also presented certificates to finalists Tilly Parker of Wyberton Primary School and Felix Gill of Spalding Grammar School.

“I wasn’t very well-behaved and I wasn’t very good in school at all,” Abi said.

“But then I got pregnant with my three-year-old son, got a place in the sixth form and it’s gone on from there.”

Abi’s mum, Susan Hill, said: “The teachers were fantastic in supporting Abi throughout the bad times and I’m one very proud mum.”

Tilly Parker of Wyberton Primary School and Felix Gill of Spalding Grammar School with Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide Fruits and sponsor of the Most Improved Student Award.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Tilly Parker of Wyberton Primary School and Felix Gill of Spalding Grammar School with Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide Fruits and sponsor of the Most Improved Student Award. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The nomination for Abi said: “Her success follows on from a turbulent time lower down the school when she received many fixed-term temporary exclusions and there was discussion about whether she would be able to remain in the school.

“However, Abi has turned her life around and is a great role model for others.”