Mrs Murphy, mother of Joe
“When we discovered the Kings opportunity and met with Nigel Addison, the Principal, who was amazing and really flexible, it totally felt right. And he said to us, ‘We will work with Joe to find the right pathway for him, and we will customise his education for him,’ and I thought, this is just gold. What Joe has had from the tutors, as he has said, as well as the academic support and emotional support has been great.
“When [Academic Administrator] Agnes just said, ‘Good luck at university,’ I thought, YES, he is going to university!
“The environment here has been amazing, and the relationships he has made. I think has been a great bridge for university because he has come out of the school environment into a college and made a great bunch of international friends.
“I am thrilled. Thrilled and proud and grateful and thankful, everything. Sure, Joe has to do his part because no one can do it other than him, but the infrastructure, the teaching support that he has had has been inspirational. They should all feel really proud.
“That kind of custom learning, he wouldn't have got that if he had stayed where he was. Everyone does learn differently and aside from that you have to be able to engage with your teachers and tutors, enjoy their company, and you don't want to let them down, which is a big thing for Joe.
“I think that Kings were able to do that and custom design how they were going to get the best out of this Joe; we know that capability is in there, we just need to find it and pull it out!
“They really helped Joe. Aside from the academic side and the learning, I think they really helped Joe to have more belief in himself.
“I would like to say good luck to anyone else who comes here and is afforded the same experience and opportunity. It is the best thing that could have ever happened to us.”