While Ben is away adventuring in Switzerland with Aquila Explorers -
(today he was in the snow and inside a glacier at Jungfraujoch) -
I got to pick up his GCSE results.
I am so proud of him -
7 (A) for Maths ,3's (D's) for English Lit and Lang, B for Science, D for Humanities, Merits for PE and iMedia and a pass for ICT !
When I think back to all the years of battling to get him the correct diagnosis and support -
when I remember all the worries and traumas of Nursery and Primary School -
today the high school Senco recalled reading Ben's statement when she first met him -
and her concern about how the school would meet his needs.
Then she said "He did it all himself"
And then I cried -
Because he really is a wonderful young man
Sadly the 3's in English proved to be a barrier to starting a Level 3 course in ICT -
but after a day of battling at the Sixth Form College, and a bit of a strategic maneuvering on my part
Ben will be starting a Level 2 course in Engineering, which I think he will really enjoy -
plus there is a bonus that one of the lecturers is a family friend.
Plus we now have an agreement that he can move to a Level 3 course next September, even if he still hasn't got a 4 in English after retaking it.
I'm calling that a win for us.
Ben is back on Saturday -
but I've already had a text conversation with him -
and he is happy about the course - if not about having to retake English.
Roll on September - and new opportunities.