Not to be confused with the other Good Friday. Today has been a very good Friday in our family.
Anyone who is going through the school placement system will know how stressful that can be whether it is for primary or secondary level. You always want to make sure you have made the right choice for your child don't you.
We were very lucky after number 3 received his diagnosis of autism. We researched the local schools and were very fortunate to obtain a place in the best additional needs school in the Lincolnshire for children with ASD. He has spent the last 6 years at GHS and has come on leaps and bounds thanks to the dedicated staff there. The downside to all this is that they only cater for children up to the age of 11 years and therefore number 3 would have to move schools next year. With this in mind we had started the process of looking at whether he could transition into mainstream but very quickly decided that was not the way to go but at least we can say we had explored every possibility. Because of the hours I work poor D has had to do the majority of the leg work visiting each of the additional needs school in the county within reach of the cottage. He had been very taken with one particular school and at number 3's annual review put his case across for transitioning to another school other than the feeder. After a bit of wrangling with the local education authority they agreed to send notification to the school of our choice for consideration. Today number 3 has been for a visit and has formally been offered a place at the school of our choice. GANF takes children from 3 - 19 years and has a place for this September for year 6 so he will take up his place this year instead of transitioning next year. He is a very excited young man I can tell you and says he has already made some friends which for an ASD child is quite an achievement in one morning.
I have to say it is a great relief to have this sorted for him but I know the head and all her staff are going to miss him when he leaves GHS this summer.
and why else is it a good Friday apart from the fact is in deed Friday, well daughter who has been learning to drive these past few months has finally passed her driving test on her 3rd attempt. She is very excited about it and very relieved. So am I let me tell you I don't think I could take the stress of her going through another test.
Whilst she is still in Uni she won't have anywhere to park a car but for her it was something very important to get under her belt. Like a lot of our young people they just seem to want everything now in case tomorrow never comes. Still this may motivate number one as he still hasn't passed his driving test. He did learn a few years ago and took his test a couple of times but failed. He then went off traveling and various other things and just hasn't got around to going back to it. But as both his younger siblings have now passed I'm thinking it may just be the incentive he needs. As he says though if you can step out of your front door and get a bus that takes you to both the nearest towns or City and not have the hassle of parking it's not necessarily on your priority list. He wants to live in our village where there is a bus once an hour and they stop running at 6 O'Clock. I would be lost without my car.
Have a lovely weekend one & all.
Fingers crossed for Sunshine.