‘HOW KISHARON HAS HELPED MY SON’
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