TEEN ASPERGER SUF­FERER’S CHANCE AT SPARKLING FU­TURE

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

A school­boy with Asperger syn­drome has the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a mas­ter crafts­man af­ter a teacher recog­nised his jew­ellery-mak­ing skills.

Ni­cholas Franklin will start at The Gold­smiths’ Cen­tre, near Lon­don’s fa­mous Hat­ton Gar­den, in Septem­ber af­ter be­ing one of only 10 suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants se­lected for a gold­smithing and crafts­man­ship course.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the course the 15-year-old, who at­tends East Malling’s The Malling School, will go on to un­der­take a five-year ap­pren­tice­ship be­fore hope­fully be­com­ing a mas­ter crafts­man.

Par­ents Paul and Kelly said: “This amaz­ing ac­com­plish­ment and unique op­por­tu­nity is all thanks to teacher Robert Birch.

“He is a highly ex­pe­ri­enced sil­ver­smith de­signer, who spe­cialises in hand­made jew­ellery and sil­ver­ware, and se­lected Ni­cholas to join his af­ter-school club, spot­ted his tal­ents, and sub­se­quently rec­om­mended he had the nec­es­sary skills to ap­ply to The Gold­smiths’ Cen­tre.”

In ad­di­tion to his work at The Malling School’s spe­cial­ist speech and lan­guage unit, The Ty­de­man Cen­tre, Ni­cholas also com­pleted a two-day work­shop at Kil­burn Jewellers, based in The Royal Star Ar­cade, Maid­stone.

Ni­cholas Franklin, 15, has won a place on a highly pres­ti­gious jew­ellery-mak­ing course at The Gold­smiths’ Cen­tre, Lon­don

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