10 OCT 2017

Helping a young lad get transport to school

A four-year-old boy is loving life with his new classmates after receiving help to get transport to school.

Darwin Burnett started at Whitfield and Aspen School in September. The school had been helping Darwin, who has special educational needs, as part of their outreach programme while he was still at Kid Ease nursery at the Triangles Centre in Dover.

His family were really pleased with his progress and wanted him to go on to Whitfield and Aspen School. Yet they were having difficulty securing school transport for him. I wrote to Kent County Council and persuaded them to fund Darwin's transport.

It was brilliant to meet him last week. He really is a charming young lad and it's great to see his confidence growing. When his family were struggling with school transport I was delighted to help out.

I was shown around the school, where children with special educational needs mix with youngsters in the mainstream, by headteacher Joseph Cook and outreach coordinator Annmarie Formoy. They told me how staff visit 16 nurseries across Dover and Deal as part of their outreach programme. Six children recently went on to mainstream schools straight from nursery after receiving their help.

I was also shown plans for the school's expansion when the new Whitfield development goes ahead. Incredible work is being done by some truly inspirational teachers and support staff and Whitfield and Aspen School. It's clear their outreach programme makes a huge difference to so many youngsters.

It's great that the school is expanding – so they can help even more children.


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