The following comments were made by students during academic years from 2015/16 - current
Are you enjoying your placement?
‘I really enjoy it.’
‘I look forward to coming.’
‘I don’t feel under pressure like at school.’
‘It’s pretty cool.’
How is your placement helping you?
‘Coming to A4S turned my life around. I went from lying in bed all day to 100% attendance with distinction. Now I’m at college and am predicted a distinction star.’
‘It’s helping my confidence increase and I’m better at working in a team.’
‘It’s developed my patience.’
‘I enjoy being treated as an adult.’
‘I’m much more confident talking to other people now.’
‘I’ve stopped getting into so much trouble. I have something positive to do. It’s helped my behaviour at home. I’m not staying out so late.’
‘It’s helping me socialise more, My relationship with Jake has given me confidence.’
‘I am learning new skills that I can take into the future.’
'Coming to A4S made me want to start learning again'
How do you feel you developed during the course?
'I am learning new skills that will help me in the future'
'I enjoy doing things I didn’t know I could do'
‘I felt my spelling got better.’
‘I have achieved a lot out of this course.’
‘I feel more confident trying new things.’
Are there any changes you would make?
‘I would like to come more days a week.’
‘It’s all good.’
‘Not it’s perfect!’
‘Pretty much perfect!’
What are your aspiration’s?
‘I want to complete my BTEC.’
‘I want to come here again next year.’
‘ I want to help young people to stay out of trouble and get a job.’
'As D’s key tutor … in 15 years that I have worked for (name of referring establishment) I have never seen a course grab, interest and alter the behaviour of a young person so much as I saw during D’s time with you. It is the right thing for him to return to mainstream school, but I know how much a wrench leaving you was for him' Referrer 2018.
‘Outstanding level of service. Personalised programmes to meet the complex needs of our pupils. Targeted interventions when required to address behaviour concerns. Excellent academic outcomes and achievements, with clear progression pathways.’ Oakbank School 2016.
‘A4S provides a unique opportunity in a very specialised area. It has proved to be crucial in engaging our student. The student is developing good interpersonal skills and benefiting from the 1:1 support provided.’ Cardinal Newman School 2016.
‘Communication is excellent. This has been consistent for two years. Daily reports are succinct and informative. PEP paperwork is very thorough capturing the young person's voice at every opportunity.’ Looked After Children (LAC) – Luton 2016.
‘From the application stage, to the visit to the provision , throughout the A4S programme with the Mentor/tutor (Liz McHale) - we at St. Thomas More are very happy with the professional way A4S cared for our student. This has always been the case. Student reports are always prompt and informative re each aspect of our student’s day at the provision’ St Thomas More School – Bedford 2017
Work Party Feedback
'May I thank you, your companion and your mentor for undertaking the protection work on the embankment in the garden of my house in Riseley immediately prior to Christmas.
The finished result is superb and I hope will be long lasting and effective. It looks most impressive!
Although our acquaintance was brief, I enjoyed meeting you all and was delighted by your efficiency and good humour while completing the job.
Very many thanks for all you did.'
'We would like to thank you and your team for all your efforts in installing the willow bundles at the brook at the bottom of our garden. It is so reassuring to know that this will provide protection against the brook undercutting our lawn, speed up the flow of water in our section of the brook and reduce the chances of deposits building. We were so pleased with the work from start to finish - the initial visit, subsequent email correspondence and the work on the day. You were so tidy we wouldn't have known you had been were it not for the willow bundles!
Many thanks to all concerned.'
'Thanks to A4S who have done a lot of work on behalf of the club. This past year A4S have repaired the tracks at both Willington and Halls Pit and installed extra swims at Daisleys.'
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