A North-east school is celebrating the life of a former pupil who died in tragic circumstances with an award in his honour.
Kincorth Academy held its annual end of term prize giving yesterday with a new award in memory of Michael McLean, who passed away in August last year.
The 17-year-old died after an incident while he was on a summer placement at Denholm MacNamee Ltd in August 2015.
Kincorth Academy had been in discussion with Michael’s parents Angela and Mark about having an award in his memory.
Michael was dyslexic and the award is for people who have had similar struggles or have shown great resilience in the face of adversity.
Angela said it was great to see her son’s memory live on at his old school.
She said: “It is amazing to see this award and makes us realise how special Mike was and how well thought of he was in the community. He always went out his way to help.
“It has been an emotional day but it makes us happy to know that his memory will live on through this award.
“It is amazing to know that we brought up this amazing child. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about him – the house is so quiet without him.”
Kincorth head teacher Grahame Whyte said: “The whole school wanted to do something after Michael’s death, and we have been in discussion with his parents and had them involved with getting this award put together.
“Michael was a great kid who died in tragic circumstances. I am so glad that Michael’s parents were on board with this award to keep Michael’s memory alive.”
Speaking after Kincorth pupil Daniel Cooper became the first recipient of the award, dad Mark added: “Michael will be remembered.”