Jordan was extremely proactive in coming to Wings Nottingham – he knew he wanted to come to the school and felt strongly that it could meet his needs. So he sourced an advocate, contacted Citizen’s Advice, a solicitor and the Autistic Outreach Team – all with a view to gaining support in being referred to a suitable school. He was successful.
Due to disruption in his personal life, Jordan missed the end of Year 9 and was being educated in his care home by a home tutor. While the input was welcomed, it was not enough. Jordan was clear he had ambitions to achieve academically and wanted and need more.
The team Jordan had assembled came together and found Wings Nottingham. Jordan was offered his place and is amongst the first to experience the new assessment and admissions service at Wings Nottingham. This sees new students spend between 2-6 weeks in the dedicated service while their needs are thoroughly assessed.
There is a gradual integration into the school and the residential areas so students can be educated in the home if they struggle to come in to school. They also have the chance to socialise in the other homes in the evenings - but there is the fall back of going to the admission home. All of this makes the experience more settled for young people and helps the school match their needs to the other young people at Wings.
Jordan explains: “This is the first time that there’s been a transition period which has been really helpful. It gives you a chance to settle, get used to the school, get used to the houses and the other students.
“Mainstream was really challenging for me. I have been told I have autism, dyspraxia and ADHD but half of that I don’t even believe. In my third care home before here I got in trouble with the police and I decided that day that it wouldn’t happen again, I needed to get my education and I wanted to achieve. It was a real trigger for me. I like my lessons and care for education.
“I want to be an actor, be involved in film-making and I want an education. The timetable here is the same as mainstream but I’m being supported to also do the other things I want to – the staff here are helping me get my Equity card for example and we’re sourcing a drama academy. I want to go to college and university and I think this school can help me get there.”