Strong support at boarding school
Isaac & Isaiah are twins who live with their mother, a single parent, in Chadwell Heath. She is divorced from the boy’s father, after a difficult relationship where she suffered both physical and emotional abuse.
Mother suffers from Sickle Cell Disease, a lifelong, inherited condition affecting the blood. She has been chronically unwell for some years now, and additionally in the last two years has experienced complications secondary to her sickle cell disease leading to supplementary treatments. Having had a pulmonary embolism diagnosed in 2014, she has also been treated with Warfarin. As a result she attends A & E and the Hospital Medical Day Unit fairly frequently – 8 to 10 times a year – and can be admitted to hospital on 5 or 6 of these occasions. During these periods the boys have had to fend for themselves.
Mother is unable to work and is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (the higher component for both Care and Mobility) and ESA (Employment and Support Allowance). Both boys joined us aged 11, since when they have been given considerable support and encouragement in the Boarding House and School at large, predominately to improve their personal organisation but also to improve their ability to work independently. The Housemaster, House Tutor and Matron are all working together to support the boys with these issues.