It was my joy to spend 2 hours at Oak Field School & Sports College yesterday morning. I had been told that their annual show was a treat – this was an understatement; it was amazing. As the outstanding headteacher David Stewart noted at 1 point, “some of you are looking at the programme to see if their is a plot – as if”. Ship Ahoy trotted from Portsmouth to Penzance but took in Japan, Venice, Africa, America, Scotland, London and other places en route. There were great dance scenes where wheelchairs and beds moved gracefully in time and concert; there were musical items with solos and choir; there were lines coming from mouths and machines. Wheelchairs were turned into many undersea creatures, London buses, fairy princesses and so much more. The smiles were broad. The dedication to achievement very clear. The co-operation a delight. The sense of pride and joy and sheer fun was almost overwhelming.
This was an extraordinary testimony to the skills, dedication, professionalism, expertise and sheer loving care of a staff team that obviously wants the best for every child, however severely limited their capacity.
It was a privilege to see and share in it. Special education has much to inspire all education, and all of life