Wilfrid is 7 years old and is in Class 1 at St Rose’s School with five other peers. He came to school after leaving the nursery at St Rose’s.
Wilfrid has special needs and has been very poorly for much of his young life, with a bowel and heart condition, as well as Cerebral Palsy. Wilfrid’s parents were told that Wilfrid would never walk, but during his time at St Rose’s he has built his strength up through the use of a walking frame and a standing frame, and with a weekly range of therapists working in collaboration with classroom staff and teaching assistants, Wilfrid is now able to pull himself upright, and walk short distances completely independently.
Wilfrid has also developed academically during his time at St Rose’s. Skilled therapists and teaching staff work together using a Total Communication approach and Wilfrid is now learning to use a high tech communication aid. He is learning to put together sentences that express his needs, and he can independently say ‘I want to watch Mr Tumble please’!
Wilfrid has a rich and varied curriculum in his class that includes the St Rose’s Phonics programme, literacy, numeracy, R.E., art, music, topic, P.E. and PSHE. His learning is tailored specifically to his ability and needs, and Wilfrid enjoys his time in school.
St Rose’s also supports Wilfrid to attend the mainstream primary school that his brother attends, for one half day a week. This enables him to benefit from socialisation with a wider group of peers and gives him the opportunity to build relationships in the wider community.
As well as access to a variety of therapists and a fully qualified nurse, St Rose’s familiarity with the network of professionals means that visits and calls from community professionals are easily accommodated. This means that Wilfrid’s specific medical, physical, sensory and educational needs can be met seamlessly, and Wilfrid is enabled to be a happy child developing at a pace that suits him.
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.