At the age of 16, with ten years of broken school placements and four foster homes behind him, Rob arrived at South View Children’s Home three days before Christmas.
“I felt it was a rotten time of year for any young person to be joining us,” remembers Jim Proctor, South View’s registered manager. “But I spoke to the other boys and they were all adamant they wanted him to come and join us in time for the celebrations.”
That Christmas provided a turning point in Rob’s life. With the combined support of teachers and carers, the confused and very angry teenager started to settle down. Rob re-started his education at The Grange Therapeutic School near Oakham where the school’s nurturing and flexible approach gave him a chance to make great progress. In addition, Rob was given opportunities to learn valuable life skills, broaden his experiences, socialise and have fun like every other teenager.
Today, Rob has become an ambitious and independent young man. Having achieved GCSEs in English and History as well as BTec Level 2 in catering, Rob is now at college studying IT, business studies and tourism. He has completed work experience in a local charity shop and is hoping to move into his own place very soon.
“I’d never have imagined it or believed it could happen!” he says with a broad smile. “I smile all the time now. Everyone has really helped me, but I’ve done it myself.”