Here David describes a lack of repair in the school.
Here Michelle describes the lack of school facilities hindering learning.
Here Alice describes how she feels the school buildings highlighted her difference.
Here Mavis talks about being separated from the ‘ordinary children’s side of the school.
Here Tara describes sleeping in cots with covered sides.
Here Debbie talks to Ursula about her school environment.
Here Mark describes being segregated from other students within his school.
Here Joanne remembers her first day at a new school.
Here Angela talks about her first memory of residential school.
Here Christine talks about being taken to school for the first time.
Here David describes his first day at his residential school with a ‘public school culture’.
Here Sue recalls a harsh environment at school.
Here Gordon talks about feeling part of the school.
Here Ron describes Sunday afternoon visiting for parents.
Here Ron talks about bedtime at 7 pm for teenagers.
Here Michelle describes the impact of being split into small impairment specific groups, in what was already a small school.
Nadia remembers having fun.
Here David recalls a military culture within his school.
Here Belinda describes the teaching method used in her school.
Here Deborah talks about the culture of ‘treatment’ within her school.
Here Ray describes her pride in her uniform.
Here Angela describes the difference between going to her local special school and residential special school.
Here Haq describes a ‘top dog’ culture at his school.
Here Richard recalls the atmosphere of a school he attended at age four.
Here Anthea describes the non academic culture at her school.
Here Tara describes a school culture of doing things for yourself, without even friends being allowed to help each other.
Here Maresa talks about the differences she found between special school and mainstream primary.
Here Michelle talks about physiotherapy at school
Here Michelle talks about how her special school did not help pupils to understand each others needs.
Here Zara talks about her special school
Here Zara talks about vital support from an officer in her local authority.
Here Philip talks about having an ‘oral’ education and the equipment he had to use in school.
Here Mark describes having to eat on separate ‘Diet Tables’
Here Ronald talks about asking his Headmaster for more food.
Here David describes the school dining room and the ‘no talking’ rule.
Here Angela describes her painful experience of meal times at college.
Here Christine describes having to eat mashed potato at school.
Here Mavis describes her school being sent oranges for Christmas.
Here Mark talks about being separated at lunchtime.
Here Joanne talks about lunchtimes in primary school.
Here Haq talks about receiving food from home.
Here Etty describes her reaction to being forced to eat food she didn’t want.
Here Ron describes asking for more jam.
Here John describes his school lunch times.
Here Roger recalls being sent to read instead of doing Games.
Here Ann talks about having to fit in.
Here Debbie talks to Stephen and Ursula about enjoying hockey and sports day at school.
Here David describes taking part in the School Sports Day.
Here Clenton describes being picked last in Sport.
Here Joanne talks about how she felt about being given a ‘toy’ basketball hoop to play with in her Physical Education lesson.
Here Simone talks about the lack of sports facilities at school.
Here Helen talks about feeling included in Sports at school.
Here Miro talks about being the goalkeeper for the school.
Here Tara talks about her first experience of a swimming lesson.
Here Paul talks about his experience of playing cricket with non-deaf students.
Here Ronald talks about playing cricket.
Here Michelle talks about not being included in activities at her special school.
Here Lynda talks about not being able to join in with PE because of being sent to Physio instead.
Here Sebastian describes being left out of PE at school.
Here Haq remembers the girl who sat next to him in school.
Nadia describes some of her communication support in school.
Here Miro talks about his experience of feeling well supported at primary school, by everyone in the school.
Here Donna talks about wearing a portable hearing loop in class.
Here Clenton talks about his struggles at school due to his Dyslexia not be recognised.
Here Michelle talks about the downside to having what she describes as ‘velcro’ support assistants in school.
Here Christine talks about her difficulties trying to lipread in school and how that impacted on how she felt about herself.
Here Ajay talks about the difficulty of having a different support worker each day.
Here Maresa talks about learning support in school.
Here Mark talks about the lack of pastoral support at his school.
Here Joanne talks about not being confident to ask for support
Here Lynda talks about having to rely on help from other children.
Here Sebastian talks about having to do exams without any adjustments or support.
Here Clenton describes his group not being allowed to go on trips with the rest of the school.
Here Ronald describes the shame he felt every Sunday when he walked to church with school.
Here Joanne talks about a trip to the fair, a school journey and trips to the theatre.
Here Richard talks about taking part in field trips at school.
Here Gordon describes being pushed in a pram so that he could join in.
Here Miro talks about his dad arranging for friends to accompany him in his dad’s car.
Here David describes taking part in a school trip to the Lake District.
Here Zara describes being surprised by her school’s attitude to include her on the school journey to Russia.
Here Joanne talks about feeling excluded from school trips.
Here Ron remembers the indignity of being marched to church.
Here Debbie talks to Ursula about her school trip.
Here Mark talks about a wonderful primary school teacher.
Here Ron describes learning geography during the daily wartime news discussions.
Here Ron describes finding bombs in the park.
Here Ron remembers the school’s preparation for air attacks.
Ron describes being led through the woods to shelter.
Ron describes arriving at his second wartime school.
Here Ron describes discovering unexploded bombs.
Here Ron describes the effects of relentless bombings on school life.
Here Ron talks about the whole school sheltering in a small cellar.
Here Ronald describes sheltering in the church hall during an air raid.
Here Ronald describes a trip to London during the war.
Here Ray recalls moving into a nearby girls’ school during wartime.
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