We understand how difficult it can be to choose a special school for your child. It can really help to talk to other parents about their experience. Here are some feedback and reviews from families with children here at Sunfield. We hope these will provide deeper insight and reassurance about what you and your child could look forward to here.
“I want to thank you so much for looking after our son so well for us. Leaving our child was the most difficult thing we have ever done but it was made easier by the fact that you were all so caring and had his best interests at heart. You have been the best key worker and we really appreciate all your support especially with the transition.” Parent
“Our child has thrived over the past year, helped by the calm environment and dedicated staff at Sunfield. The 24 hour curriculum and stability of his environment are crucial to his well being and development. We realise this is a fragile process that requires intensive work and continuity of care. His achievements so far include hair cutting and washing, bathing, trying new foods, speech, calmer, more sociable, listening, waiting and happier. He will also talk and sing to us on the phone most nights, which has made all of us much happier.” Parent
“Our son has made progress in all academic areas, and has also learned to be patient and wait his turn. He will now accept the word ‘no’ without resorting to aggressive behaviour. We are pleased with his wonderful, placid, happy and relaxed demeanour. We would like to thank all of the care staff on our son’s house for the wonderful love and care they show him. They truly are the most dedicated and caring team of people.” Parent
“Our son is most definitely a much happier and more relaxed young man since moving to Sunfield. It is like a massive weight has been lifted off his shoulders, because he is being given the opportunity of more choice, and to develop his independence skills. On Saturday, I observed him going to the kitchen to make himself a drink for the very first time. I was also shocked to see him sit at the dining room table with a plate of fish, chips and peas, and use a knife and fork to eat his meal! Small everyday tasks that I have never seen before. In fact, my mum was nearly in tears of joy to see her grandson so happy and doing things for himself.” Parent
“There is no question that our son and our family have benefited from sending him to Sunfield. Sunfield has enabled us to enjoy our son a lot more and to fully appreciate what these children need, to move through different stages of their lives … this has helped to bring some normality back to our household including our two other children.” Parent
A letter from a sibling
My little brother is called S and he is 6. Here are some things you should know about him:
He has a lovely smile.
His favourite thing is long bits of grass.
He likes to play on a trampoline.
He likes looking at the light from the sunshine.
He loves crisps, especially mine.
He likes to be outside.
Sometimes he gives lovely cuddles.
I’m his big sister and I love him.
These are the important things.
S is different, but that isn’t important, but you should know that he is autistic.
Autism is something in the brain and it means that S doesn’t understand things like other children. He can’t speak, things that we wouldn’t think about really frighten him and he needs someone with him all the time, and as a big sister I have to be really helpful, which I don’t mind because this is my life and I love S.
Before S went to Sunfield life was really difficult. S would hurt himself a lot, sometimes he had to go to hospital because he had hurt himself badly, his other school were trying hard, but it was making him very poorly. Sometimes we didn’t see his smile for weeks, sometimes I had to help mummy or daddy hold S down because he was in big danger, this made me feel very sad, I used to wonder why this was happening to my little brother.
But now things are really different, since S has been at Sunfield it’s much better! S has stopped hurting himself, he’s started to smile again and gives us cuddles. This is because he’s happy at school now, mum says that’s because he’s with people who understand him and he feels safe. Sunfield Sibling
Please note: these comments have been anonymised to protect the privacy of the families.