M is relatively new to Wings Nottingham. He’s quite the charmer.
With a cheeky smile and boundless energy (he likes to find things - a food trolley, pedometer and ice hockey helmet all grabbed his attention) he’s making steady progress at the school already.
M, who’s 13, has had eight placements before coming to Wings Nottingham. When asked how that makes him feel, M replied: “That makes me feel unsettled.”
In terms of schooling, he found mainstream school too challenging. As M explains: “Mainstream I struggled with. I don’t like big classes and I don’t like change either. It was too noisy. I have Tourettes and people teased me. That made me angry and sometimes I would get really mad. I would get a weird feeling; I would get tense and sometimes got so angry I might hit out.
“At first I didn’t want to go away from home – I live at home with Mum – but I can go home whenever I like at weekends and holidays.
“It’s ok, you get good times and bad times. It’s good here because they organise different things to try different activities – they take you out for activities and to learn new stuff and explore what you like.”
M is a keen ice hockey player and that enthusiasm is being encouraged at Wings Nottingham.
As M tells you: “I played ice hockey for a long time and I really like it. The staff here take me to Nottingham to play. I’m not playing in a team at the moment but I will play in a team soon.”
Along with his social worker, M came to visit Wings Nottingham before he came to stay and liked it as soon as he saw it. Now he’s here he’s enjoying a range of subjects, particularly Maths, PE, Science and English. And of course, Ice Hockey (it’s not officially on the curriculum!). He also enjoys Land Maintenance, a subject which is actively taught in the extensive grounds of Wings Nottingham and led by a dedicated teacher. This gives young people a chance to be outside and active and is part of our cultural curriculum.
M says: “Mainstream really didn’t work for me. My Tourettes gets worse when I get anxious and I get angry and nervous. I feel it’s ok to express myself here. I’ve got my own room. I like that everyone gets on with everyone. There were so many of us at mainstream, there were too many people – here we stay friends.”