A Layton lad turned his life around thanks to a starring role in a new reality TV show.
Harry Trask, 18, was one of five British boys hand-picked by Channel 4 to jet off to India for six months for its new reality show Indian Summer School.
The show follows the boys as they are given a second chance at education at the prestigious Doon School, ranked the best residential school in India.
Harry, who jetted off to India in May and returned in October, said: “It was like a rollercoaster. It had its ups and downs but I made it through.
“I learned more about culture, maths, science and English. I didn’t get the best GCSEs so this was my chance to improve them.”
A former Aspire Academy pupil, Harry left school with two D grades in Maths and Science.
He took IGCSE exams in English, maths and biology upon his return to the UK, and is currently studying barbering at VLLancs. He has also taken up part time work at Home HQ and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
He said: “Since I have come back I have had a real confidence boost and so I’ve been doing well.
“My attitude has changed as well. When I was in school I had a lot of fights and since I have come back and I’m in college, I’ve not had any arguments or tiffs with anyone. I would hopefully like to become a barber in the future.”
Harry’s mum, Jodie Sutton, said: “He has come back with a bigger work ethic. He wants to achieve something, when before he was just dilly-dallying with the wrong crowd.
“We’re really proud of the person he has become.”