David Alexander leaves Vale of Leven Academy to attend a Games Development course at City of Glasgow College.
David joined the Communication Base with the challenging diagnoses of ASD, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome but over the years, his commitment to learning became evident when his support became less intense and he became more independent.
Despite David’s difficulties with social communication and interaction, his curiosity of people and his desire to be accepted by others have given him the self-determination to overcome any limitations and fears that his diagnoses presented. David was awarded the Base Champion award in 2021 and was the first pupil to be awarded the Excellence in Maths Award for his commitment to learning during the pandemic.
David has been equally determined to achieve academically gaining A’s in Higher Maths and Music; National 5 in Chemistry and sitting Higher Chemistry and National 5 Computing this year.
David’s love of the outdoors was recognised when he was awarded the John Muir Award and Junior Park Ranger Award from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and he also spent time volunteering at West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare.
David has always shown an interest in games development and attend a part-time Games Development course at Clydebank College while still at school. This course led him to apply to the City of Glasgow College Games Development course.
David, said: “My teachers have been really supportive and I wouldn’t have achieved what I have without their support. In general, I can be very easily distracted but the teachers have kept me focused on my work. I know games development is a very difficult thing to get in to but I’m keen to start the course and see how I get on. I have enjoyed my time at school and will miss all the teachers who have helped me over the years.”