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Friday, 9 May 2014

Good Friday

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.

Mx

15 comments:

  1. That's wonderful news about the school place. It must be a huge relief for you all. Congratulations to your daughter for passing her test, my eldest son is at uni & thinks he doesn't need to learn to drive yet as he wouldn't be using a car there. I want him to get it out of the way & he has it then. There is no talking to them sometimes!

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    1. No they always think they know better than us, but no doubt we were the same as at their age. She won't be able to have a car while she is at Uni but she seemed to get this bee in her bonnet about learning and at least she has done it now.

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  2. Yup, that's definitely a good Friday. Hope Saturday and Sunday are just as good,
    Kate x

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    1. Unfortunately it's been cold wet and windy all weekend which hasn't been so good. On the upside I've been able to do a lot of reading, crocheting and some knitting so a productive weekend none the less.

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  3. A very good Friday indeed. What a relief getting Number 3 in to the school you wanted. It sounds like he's going to love it there. Congratulations to your daughter on passing her driving test. Daniel sent off for his provisional licence but he's not interested in learning to drive yet, he just wanted it for ID so he could get in to the pubs and clubs, typical.

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    1. That's how it started so that she had ID and then when she went back to Uni in September she got the bee in her bonnet about learning and there was no stopping her. She can't have a car where she is so she won't be having a car anytime soon.

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  4. Congrats to your daughter. Luckily we don't have the school nightmare, our daughter had her last day today. Exams start next week. She's only done secondary school and had she not passed the entrance exam would have stayed home educated. Glad your son has been offered a place and is happy about the school. Being excited about going always helps x

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    1. If we hadn't got the school we wanted I think home educating would of been another option. Will the boys go the same route if the pass the entrance exam?

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    2. Sorry, only just seen this! The two eldest boys have already decided they don't want to do secondary school, the youngest are only 9 and 7 so we've got a few years to see what they want to do x

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  5. Congratulations all round it seems :) I hope you also had a good weekend.

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    1. It was all good apart from it was cold, wet and windy. Hope the bedroom is coming along a treat.

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  6. I'm a bit late to this post, but congratulations all round. Glad it was a good weekend, despite the weather. Hope this is turning out to be a good weekend too.
    Jane x

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  7. Just been catching up with your posts in May. Many congrats to your daughter for passing her test and I'm also so pleased for you have you have managed to secure a place for your son at a school he will be happy at. Good news.
    Love the poppy you have in your garden, so colourful.
    Well done with the challenges you are doing really well with all of them.
    The dragon made me laugh, such a funny look on his face!
    Lisa x

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    1. Yes he is very pleased. I've been back to have another look around and meet his new teacher today and I think he's going to do really well there. Daughter was very happy when she passed it took her 3 goes but she got there in the end.

      I do love that little dragon it's got such a cheeky little face.

      How are things with you and yours?

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