David came to Wings Notts following a challenging and unsuccessful placement at a previous mainstream school, where his behaviours had become unmanageable.
His upbringing was disjointed and disruptive and this had led to him being taken into care by his maternal grandparents. This had a negative impact on David’s self-confidence, self-esteem, overall behaviour and general outlook on education.
He came to Wings School Notts as a day student when he was in Year 7 struggling with attachment difficulties and high levels of anxiety due to the significant childhood trauma he had experienced.
A unique aspect of what the school has to offer is the therapeutic and systemic clinical model that is embedded throughout care and school. The school works as a team around the child and draws on a range of evidence-based interventions that are tailored to each young person’s individual needs.
He was able to benefit from significant therapeutic input on offer, including DBT, Speech and Language therapy and being part of a nurture group. DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) is an evidenced based therapy programme that aims to help young people manage and regulate their difficult emotions and behaviours, increase problem solving skills and equip them to manage stressful situations.
He took part in many of the other programmes at the school for example the Duke of Edinburgh Award and their Alternative Offsite curriculum within the local community. David also thoroughly enjoyed music sessions at the school, as he is particularly keen on playing the guitar.
He built fantastic positive relationships at the school with both peers and staff, and is a likeable, funny and friendly young man.
His family were keen for him to move back into a mainstream placement, so when the time was right the school supported with finding an appropriate school who would continue the nurturing approach to learning with him.
He has recently completed a successful transition to the new mainstream school, which was managed and guided by his Wings Notts SENCO in order to maintain consistency for him throughout the process.
Everyone at the Kedleston Group wishes David a bright and happy future at this new school and has thoroughly enjoyed supporting him with his journey.
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