Bradley is 21 and has been at St Rose’s since he was 11. He has athetoid cerebral palsy. He is a residential student at St Martin’s – St Rose’s post-19 centre. With support from our teaching and speech and language therapists, he has been using an eye gaze communication aid for two years. The eye gaze has made a big difference to him – Bradley can now communicate much more quickly.
St Martin’s has supported Bradley to pursue his interests and independence. Staff work closely with him to plan for his future and put in place the steps to enable him to achieve his goals. He is a keen musician, and also uses his eye gaze to play music. We have actively supported him in taking part in cutting-edge music activities and events, and being a member of the UK’s first regional disabled-led youth orchestra. Through St Martin’s links, he has also been studying horticulture at a local partner school, with support from St Martin’s staff.
Bradley’s independence and self-confidence have grown as he has matured. Increasingly he voices his needs clearly with staff. He uses a power wheelchair and makes trips out in the local community, such as driving himself to local shops, with staff support, and is learning more about engaging with new people.
Bradley has gradually increased the number of nights he stays at St Martin’s: staff worked closely with him and his family so he drove the pace at which this happened.
Bradley’s talents also include being a tenacious and successful fundraiser – and during the year he pursues several initiatives, including plant sales and raffles, to raise money for his charity – the baby unit where he was cared for after he was born.
St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.
A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.
When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.