16-year old Jason joined The Keresley Centre in 2014. He attended mainstream school, but faced many difficulties. He faced both behavioural issues and difficulties at school as well as at home. At first he was reluctant to join the centre and hesitated as he mentioned: “I was very nervous after coming from a mainstream school. It was scary knowing that there could be some fairly misbehaved students there but after some time I settled in well”.
After two years as a student, he has now become a member of staff, as a ‘Assistant Teaching Assistant’, he recognises “how good the school is compared to mainstream schools” and how “the staff will always try and help as much as possible” while he thought that a mainstream school was too busy for this and much more restricting.
Jason has now received the following 4 GCSE qualifications: City & Guilds, Functional Level 1 English, Maths and Science and is following his path towards teacher training. We asked Jason about his plans for the future, he mentioned that he is excited about opportunities that are now within reach: “I can either follow teacher training and become a qualified teacher or go to university and join the Royal Air Force, becoming a regiment gunner or office in regiment”.
For Jason, the Keresley Centre has not only made a difference in his academic and professional career, but “they have steered me in the right direction of life. I am now happy with the path I am following and my direction in life”. This is a phenomenal story for the SYP’s Keresley centre, we have helped a young person in the many ways explained and assisted him to reach the path that many young people are capable of, but unfortunately fail to reach.
Keresley in three words to Jason: “important, inspirational and caring”.
Interview with a former SYP student- Aged 16
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