Born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Michael is registered blind and suffers from epilepsy; he cannot walk and is fed by gastrostomy. When he arrived in the Primary Department, the idea of him swimming and riding a bike would have seemed impossible. His mother and grandmother took it in turns to be in the classroom to help staff get to know Michael. He had such severe medical complexities that he was restricted from doing any form of physical activity and he was so weak that he had even stopped communicating with his little gurgling sounds.
Since then michael has made amazing progress, mainly thanks to the holistic approach of integrating learning with therapies and the positive partnership built between class members and his family. His attention levels have improved as a result of the responsive environment in which he learns. Any form of communication, the slightest smile, is responded to and built on, allowing school staff to develop Michael’s pupil voice, confidence and interaction skills.
Our ethos of always ‘pursuing potential’ is certainly evidenced by Michael’s achievements. His mum says,
“Michael’s personality has developed and he is much more outgoing, which is wonderful to see. Chailey Heritage has changed all our lives.”