TEEN ASPERGER SUFFERER’S CHANCE AT SPARKLING FUTURE
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