A STAFFORD schoolboy with “amazing potential” is dancing for joy after being awarded a Blue Peter badge.
Darnell Baugh joined the Dance Nuvo school, in St Patrick’s Street, Stafford, three years ago after being excluded from several clubs because of behaviour caused by his autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Since then he has become a popular member of the group and has performed at venues including the Gatehouse, Stafford Castle and in Birmingham.
The nine-year-old sent a picture of himself performing to the popular children’s show accompanied by a letter telling them how the dancing has helped him with his concentration.
Darnell, who attends St John’s Primary School, Weston Road, was delighted to receive a letter with a much sought-after Blue Peter badge.
His proud mum Amy Hollinshead said: “He’s not got a very good opinion of himself but he’s really, really good at dancing and he’s done different shows and competitions and he’s going for his exams in a couple of weeks. When he’s dancing he feels really proud and he knows he’s good.
“I’m very, very proud because he’s had a lot of negativity towards him in the past before he had diagnosis. Just before Christmas he was on the verge of being expelled from school but he’s on medication now and it’s turned his life around.” Lucie Talbott, who runs Dance Nuvo, said: “He had this skill from the start. His potential is amazing.”