Both awards were for citizenship, and were open to pupils throughout Sunderland, Durham and South Tyneside. Stephen, now returned to mainstream school after four months at the 36-pupil unit, won his for improved behaviour and attendance.
Jake, pictured in the unit's new wildlife garden, won his for being the most improved pupil: since arriving in January his attendance has improved from 50 per cent to 92 per cent; he has played for Tudor Grove in a local schools' five-a-side football tournament - his first ever time playing in a representative team; he has worked in the wildlife garden; and he has helped set up a bird watching club.
"When Jake came to us he'd had lots of problems in mainstream school," says key stage 2 teacher Lisa Winship. "At first we were seeing occasional little bits of bad behaviour, but his whole attitude to school has really impressed us. I think the small group setting has been the major factor for him.
"He went to the Stadium of Light to get his award, and he also got tickets to a Sunderland match. He's a boy of few words but he obviously thought it was great."