Starting a new school can a nerve-wracking experience for anyone.
But for Huzaifah Gora, a week after joining Batley Business and Enterprise College he underwent bone realignment surgery, which kept him off school for three months.
Growing up, the 11-year-old had a condition where both of his ankles were growing inwards.
He had an operation in September last year to insert a metal rod into each leg to help realign them.
Huzaifah was invited to the school’s end of term awards and to his surprise, he was presented with a special diamond award.
“The roar and applause from everyone was a real shock. I just did not expect it,” he said.
“I was sitting next to my teacher, Mr Hussain, and when he started talking, I realised it all related to me.
“He spoke about a pupil’s time in hospital and having an operation. I could hear whispers from everyone saying he was talking about me.
“I was really nervous when I was about going back but after the awards I know BBEC is the school for me.”
Huzaifah was presented the award by former BBEC pupil and England junior boxing champion Hamza Hussain.
The end of term awards celebrates the achievements of year seven pupils.
Huzaifah’s mum, Zaynab Rajah, praised the Batley Field Hill school for its support during her son’s recovery.
She said: “He had only been there a week before surgery but the school has been fantastic. After his surgery I had a lovely voicemail from Mr Hussain saying they had an assembly for him and to pass on their regards from all the pupils.
“This really helped put my mind at rest. My sister was there to pick him up after the awards and she was in tears.”
Huzaifah currently attends school three days a week and is home tutored for two days, while he builds up the strength in his legs.
Support officer Jim Probert has been working with Huzaifah since his operation.
He said: “It was a kind gesture and you can see the confidence it has given him.”
Headteacher Samantha Vickers said: “We are incredibly proud of the courage and bravery Huzaifah has shown.
“He is a wonderful role model to his year seven peers but also to all of our students.”