At boarding school
Luke had been diagnosed with dyslexia from an early age and mild ADHD. He had never really settled at his prep school and when he moved to public school found it hard to make friends; he started getting into trouble. Aged 14, he was moved again to a new school with high hopes that this would improve his behaviour – they had a good sports facility and it was hoped that this would change his mindset.
Unfortunately, despite the ‘excellent pastoral care’ promoted by the school, he became increasingly isolated and disruptive; in the end he was threatened with expulsion. His exasperated and worried parents were referred to Forward by a friend.
In no time Forward was able to find the root of the problem. Luke was simply not receiving the individual care and support he needed from inside the school. To solve this a Forward mentor was appointed to work with Luke and provide him with the individual attention and focus that helped him perform at his best. Working with the school and housemaster, Forward set up a programme of external mentoring support, including fun and engaging holiday activities. As expected, the focused attention by an independent and external mentor gave Luke the structure and encouragement he needed. He is now flourishing, growing in confidence and engaged both academically and on the sports field.