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EMMA CASTLE­TON’S 13-year-old son Elias is a Kisharon pupil.

She says that through “Kisharon’s con­stant be­lief that any­thing is pos­si­ble”, Elias has pro­gressed be­yond her most op­ti­mistic ex­pec­ta­tions. “I know he will be as in­de­pen­dent as it is pos­si­ble for him to be with Kisharon guid­ing and teach­ing him. And he is so happy there.

“The school’s build­ing is safe in ev­ery way and they do an amaz­ing job of be­ing cre­ative in or­der to make up for what they don’t have fa­cil­ity-wise. But the chil­dren and the teach­ers de­serve a space that is fit for pur­pose. Then the sky will be the limit.

“We are hop­ing to be­come a free school but with­out a new build­ing, we can’t move for­ward. We tried to re­de­velop our ex­ist­ing site but for many rea­sons this isn’t pos­si­ble. Par­son Street is our only hope. We want to give 30 [or more] ex­tra chil­dren with com­plex needs the ed­u­ca­tion they de­serve.”

She had heard re­cently “of a child who des­per­ately needs a school place­ment and would like to come to Kisharon. This child has se­vere be­havioural dif­fi­cul­ties. In our cur­rent build­ing we can’t meet this child’s needs. Not be­cause we don’t have the ex­per­tise — we do. But we need safe “time-out” spa­ces, which are planned into the new school.

“My son de­serves a beau­ti­ful new school but by the time it is ready for use he will be near the end of his time at Kisharon. My hope is that all fu­ture chil­dren com­ing to Kisharon will ben­e­fit from a build­ing which prop­erly caters for their needs.”


Emma Castle­ton with Elias as he cel­e­brated his bar­mitz­vah at the school

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