Disabled pupil to become head boy

A Gillingham school is to have their first special needs head boy.

Stephen Lee was bullied at secondary school, with the police having to step in at it’s worst case. But now he is being faced with a completely different challenge, becoming head boy.

Stephen is currently in Year 11 at Robert Napier School in Gillingham and is planning on returning to study History, Business and Media for his A-Levels.

 

Stephen Lee and Robert Napier sign

 

When Steven starts sixth form in September, he will be the first special needs Head Boy at his school. He wishes to combat bullying as a result of being extensively being bullied throughout his secondary school year and push for more sports to be played as after school clubs.

Stephen was bullied intensely at school and this lead to the police getting involved. Stephen’s father said ‘To be honest the police were helpful to a point as it was called a hate crime due to his special needs.’

Stephen’s father, Chris said the school has made an effort in the past few years to improve their reputation by firing teachers who was letting the school system down.

‘They didn’t have any discipline in the classroom and just had a bad way of teaching.’

In 2016, Robert Napier had their Ofsted review and under every department they ‘required improvement’

Key findings revealed…

  • Some disadvantaged pupils and some who have special educational needs and/or disabilities do not make rapid enough progress from their starting points.
  • Leaders and governors have not been systematic enough in checking the impact of spending on disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning and raise achievement by ensuring that all teachers use assessment information to plan activities which increase the pace of pupils’ progress, particularly disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

Stephen’s father revealed that these results didn’t reflect on Stephen’s education.

‘He has a teaching assistant to call upon as and when needed but the school sent out an apology last year for having to keep finding supply teachers for maths classes as no-one who was applying was good enough for the roles.’

‘Stephen’s School already has a great special needs support team but they don’t have the support that they need from funding to give the kids out of school activities and the help they need from both parents and teachers alike as it has to be a partnership of the two.’

Despite all the challenges and obstacles Stephen has faced at school, his dad Chris said he is very proud of his son and all his achievements.

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