As the last term of the academic year draws to a close, Essex Fresh Start Independent School pupil Liam – who is leaving the school after completing his final year – has penned the following letter to his teachers and other TCES Group staff:
When I first started EFS…
I had been to nine other schools before this one but this school was different to the others because they accepted me for who I was. I didn’t suddenly become the model student, far from it! In the past three and a half years I have become someone who I am now proud of. I have achieved nationally recognised qualifications and through other people believing in me and my abilities I have also learned to be more confident in myself. I feel I am more ready to move forward to college. It’s strange to think that as I leave Essex Fresh Start, the school will be closing and all of the staff will be leaving at the same time as me. I feel, pupils and staff alike, have been on this journey together and we have all reached our destination and I think we will miss each other a great deal. A positive atmosphere and community spirit constantly sang throughout the school. Our success was because of these things and I feel sorry for all of the children who should’ve been coming here in the future. They will never know what they have missed.
The staff I will miss…
I will miss most of the staff. But there are a few that I will miss a bit more than others.
I will miss Francisco also known as ‘Old Granddad’ because he always wore shoes that looked like something my grandad would wear. He hasn’t worn them much since I gave him his new name! I will miss him but I won’t miss his science lessons!
I will miss ‘Not so Super Sue’ but I won’t miss her singing! and other things as well!! I do wish I had her as my teacher from the start because since she has been my teacher, I have got an amazing education. If I didn’t have Sue, I don’t know what kind of education I would’ve got!
I will miss Ann cause I won’t get her amazing food which is the best school food I have ever had.
I will miss Lisa also known as T Rex because she always hiccups like a T Rex. She is always laughing… and she has such an annoying laugh! I always hide her water bottle which is fun… well for me of course maybe not for her! She always helps me with my work. She always makes me laugh and has always believed in me. She gave me confidence. She did one of her T Rex hiccups when I was doing cooking and scared the hell out of me! We laughed for ages about this!
I remember a time in Aldi when I was with Lisa and Sue. We’d been doing place value and money in maths and Sue asked me where the decimal point goes on a price. Unfortunately, this was about the hundredth time so I told her right where the Sun don’t shine! At which point both Sue and Lisa fell about laughing so badly we all had to leave the shop.
I will miss Sadie, also known as ‘John’ because I will always remember the time when I first started Essex Fresh Start and absconded from school I was charging up the A133 determined to get home back to Ipswich before dinner when a long came Sadie in her Batmobile and drew up alongside me and told me to get in the car now! She brought me back to school, and there was ‘Not so Super Sue’ standing at the front gate, arms folded and a cross look on her face but also with a look of relief when I got out of Sadie’s Batmobile. It’s funny looking back on that, but I realise now how frightening it was for everyone else it just goes to show how hard everyone works in our school community.
My main man Jim, also known as the PE Guru, also known as ‘God’ of football! And ‘God’ of the” guess what!!” Jims whole philosophy is based on “guess what”;
“Guess what…if you do this then that will happen and guess what? … If you do that then that will happen… and guess what? Think about your next move or I will tell you all about yourself!!”
What can I say about Amy also known as ‘John’. We cooked some amazing dishes together. I will never forget the homemade fudge and nor will my family. Or the Caribbean chicken, which my family will also never forget. She helped me with my work and was always on my side. She put up with me and my silly ways and I put up with hers. I will miss her greatly.
I want to talk about what I have learnt…
I have learnt that I can sit in a classroom and learn along with everyone else. I have learnt that I am not that bad at maths after all! I have learnt to form solid relationships with class peers. I have learnt so much that I now help others. I have learnt that I am not that bad after all and people like me, and like having me around mainly Sue because she always needs help when she gets bullied!! I have learnt that I can lead a successful life along with the best of them… Just try and stop me!
I am looking forward to college and beginning the next part off my journey where I will meet new friends and more staff to annoy.
What I will miss…
I will miss having a good relationship with the staff
I will miss every time Lisa has an apple and after 5 minutes she will say sorry just had an Apple cause she always burps and sounds like a T Rex.
I will miss all the sayings we had such as “Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin”. We had the whole class singing it in the end. One of our other sayings was “I’m joking, choking? don’t choke!” Plus I will also miss taking Lisa’s bottle.
I will miss beating Francisco at FIFA every time. I know why he always loses, it’s because of the team he plays with which is Arsenal… he picks a bad team.
I will miss every time Sue goes out of the classroom and I lock her out. When she comes back she always walks into the door, which is funny… well maybe for us but maybe not so funny for ‘Not so Super Sue’.
I will also miss taking Sue’s keys and her cup. I’ll miss the jokes we had and I will definitely miss making her laugh every single day (I will definitely not miss her singing or her karate moves!). I will always remember that I will always be Sue’s favourite student she has ever had!
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