Last week saw Year 10 Health & Social Care students welcome Mike Berry into their lessons in preparation for their first assignment.

As part of the course students are required to study a particular individual who has had a major health-related life event that has caused their entire world to be turned upside down.

Mrs Fallows, Health & Social Care, met Mike many months ago as he attended the Friary Grange Leisure Centre as part of his rehabilitation programme to stay fit and healthy following a number of strokes.

Subsequently, Mike volunteered to come and talk to the groups about the events and changes that have had such a huge impact on his life and how his family and friends have responded to the situation.

He has now been into both groups and was interviewed by students in order for them to write up their case studies of how an individual copes with a major life event.

Kim Fallows, Head of Health & Social Care, said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Mike into the classes and see the response and questions asked throughout the lesson, which had a real impact on students as face-to-face conversations on the topic was far more powerful than solely learning from books or the internet.”

Lucy Dubberley, Health & Social Care and Science teacher, added: “We would like to thank Mike for his voluntary work with the school so far and look forward to welcoming him back into the Y12 class. Clearly, Mike is an inspirational person who we can all learn a lot from”

Following the last two sessions, Mike Berry said: “It’s made me feel so much better and to see the burst of energy from the children was amazing. My aim being to try and make the students understand that being different is not actually a bad thing.”