Added on: 6th November, 2018 by Ashford Arts Centre
There are a number of young people not in school or education, for a wide range of reasons. Kent Education Centre, a tiny Home Education Support project, located inside Ashford Arts Centre, is proud to announce Ryan Oke is the first Home Education student to earn a GCSE English Language qualification through the service. http://ashfordartscentre.com/first-home-ed-gcse-graduate/
Kent Education Centre, a tiny Home Education Support project, located inside Ashford Arts Centre, is proud to announce Ryan Oke is the first Home Education student to earn a GCSE English Language qualification through the service. http://ashfordartscentre.com/first-home-ed-gcse-graduate/
Families regularly approach Ashford Arts Centre looking for flexible, eclectic and educational activities for their children who are unable to attend class in mainstream schools.
Some of these young people have chronic illnesses and although they may be academically supported by Social Services or a Hospital School, these young people are isolated from their peer-group and their parents are seeking a solution when their child feels well enough to socialise.
Some learners at the centre have been educated at home all their lives and are now looking for a pathway to sit their exams.
Other learners attend a school which doesn't offer the arts-based GCSE qualification they want or need in order to pursue their dreams and goals.
Still others are battling social anxieties or depression after enduring prolonged physical or emotional bullying at school.
Whatever the reason, a small number of young people regularly participate in programmes at Ashford Arts Centre in order to re-build self confidence, express themselves through creative pursuits, overcome depression or loneliness. Every situation is different and Kent Education Centre was set-up to support every young people involved without judgement on the decisions of the parents.
We are proud and a little saddened to send Ryan off to Sixth Form College in September 2019, after he earns a few more GCSE qualifications at our centre. However, Ryan won't be sitting his exams alone as there will be a few more young people will be joining him and we are thrilled to hear of their plans to attend various colleges or apprenticeships as they enter the next phase of their promising young lives.
To paraphrase the final line of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, we are happy to know that our little charity "...created a path less traveled-by and that has made all the difference...", in the lives of countless generations to come.