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William, Rory & Timothy James - Thurrock Schools

Thurrock triplets are all high achievers!

17 year old William James joined his two brothers as the third triplet to receive a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award.

William, who has autism, was recognised for the role he played as Head Boy at Treetops School in 2014, and his success in the performing arts. A drama and music enthusiast, William has performed in a range of song, dance and theatrical performances and spent the £200 he received for winning the award on Treetop’s drama department.  William is determined that his disability doesn’t hold him back and this autumn will attend South Essex College in his efforts to pursue a career in music production.

William’s achievement is the fourth Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award to be presented to the family. His brother Timothy, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has actually won tw awards through his school and scouting group. A keen linguist, Timothy aspires to study languages at university in an effort to establish a career that enables him to travel.

He said, “I keep the Jack Petchey certificates on my bedroom wall to remind myself of how I have achieved. They have given me confidence to believe I can achieve success more often.”

The youngest brother Rory also won a Jack Petchey award through Scouting, specifically for his role as a Young Leader and his achievements in long-distance running. Rory also completed his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award while he also has very high aspirations for the future.

“I want to study English at a top-tier university and ultimately become a Professor of English and a playwright. The award has shown that I am capable of high achieving, and it helps set me apart, in my mind, from the crowd.”

The brother’s parents, Murray and Mo James are both delighted with the achievements of their three boys.


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“I keep the Jack Petchey certificates on the wall in my bedroom to remind me of how I have achieved”



“The award has shown me I am capable of high achieving, and it helps set me apart, in my mind, from the crowd”