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He's a different person thanks to teachers
3:00pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
IT was a long battle to get their son a place at Oakwood Avenue Primary School but a Latchford couple say it was worth the time, the effort and the stress.
Karen and Ste Bates have seen their son, Jack, change in more ways than one since he started at the school which has facilities to deal with children with behavioural and emotional needs.
The mother of three said: “It’s like he’s a different person. He can deal with situations a lot better now.
“Before he went to Oakwood, if he couldn’t get to grips with something then he would just get frustrated and angry.
“Now he takes himself away to his bedroom and takes some time out.”
Jack was diagnosed with learning difficulties when he started school at St Augustine’s Primary School around seven years ago.
“We were having a few problems with him,” said Karen. “We knew he needed to go to a school that could deal with his learning disabilities but the option we were given was in Manchester.”
The parents, who have two other children, Lloyd, aged 20, and Billy, aged 15, were desperate for Jack to attend a school in Warrington.
Karen said: “The school in Manchester just wasn’t right for Jack. All the children there had been expelled from their previous school.”
After countless conversations and research, Jack was given a place at Oakwood and Karen claims this is ‘best thing that could have happened’.
Since he started at the Oakwood, Jack has had the support and care that he desperately needed.
Karen said: “Jack is about to start a mainstream high school in September. What Oakwood has done is unbelievable.
“We never thought he would be able to go to a school like Sir Thomas Boteler High School.”
“Warrington Borough Council and everyone at Oakwood have been incredible. It’s like he’s a different person and it’s with their help that he can attend a school like other kids his age.”
Despite the outcome, Karen still feels that the Government should be doing more to support families like the Bates.
Karen said: “I have been on three parenting programmes, which try to help families with kids that are having problems, but they have all been a waste of time.
“The Government needs to put the money into schools like Oakwood where they actually make a real difference to people’s lives.”
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