Henry Webster was 15 when he was attacked by a gang of teenagers armed with a hammer at his school in Wroughton, Wiltshire.
The attack in 2007, masterminded by five men and carried out by 18-year-old Wasif Khan, Amjad Qazi, Nazrul Amin (both 19) and four others, left him with brain injuries which he has since battled to overcome.
I remember most of it. I didn't actually lose consciousness, but it's all blurry and it wasn't pleasant. When I stood up, I fell over and looked at my hands. There was blood all over them. That's when I realised it was serious.
Henry Webster, now 16, wanted to face his attackers in court
Before the attack, I played rugby and enjoyed school with my friends. I didn't do too well in lessons, but got Bs - quite well. I had a good social life and played all sports.
Now, I can't play rugby anymore but I've been playing tennis and a bit of football.
My work has dramatically gone down. My concentration levels aren't very good.
I can sit through a lesson but I can't do two things at once. With A-levels, it's difficult because the teacher expects you to write notes, listen to her and read all at the same time and I can't do that.
After about 15 to 30 minutes, I'm just dazed and find I'm gazing out the window and have missed five minutes.
I wanted to face them (in court). I hadn't seen them really. Just to get a feel of how they felt about it. If I'd given evidence via a video, it would have just been me and a barrister.
It was good to reassure myself they were scared now and on the back foot.
The last few weeks have been pretty horrible. Not as bad as I thought, but not pleasant. I've been through it so many times, I don't get upset by it really.
Khan and Qazi had denied the charges
It has been a big distraction. My family hasn't been into work and me and my brother have been out of school for almost a year.
Hopefully everyone can get back to normal life, my parents can get back to work and get on normally again.
I've seen an improvement with my fatigue. It's a long healing process. They are not sure what effects it'll have on me in later life, but will probably know in four years' time.
I was hoping to do A-levels and maybe a civil engineering degree. I don't think that is going to happen - it's too much work and I can't concentrate properly.