A mum says the gamble of sending her son with cerebral palsy to a mainstream school has paid off.
Jacqueline Hutchison’s son Jordan, 11, leaves Studfall Junior School in Corby at the end of this term.
Jordan was born with a form of cerebral palsy which affects all four limbs – and after his diagnosis, doctors warned his family he might never be able to walk or talk.
But the youngster, a sports fanatic, has defied the medical predictions – to the delight of Jacqueline, who also works as a teaching assistant at the school in Rowlett Road.
Jacqueline said: “Throughout his time at Studfall he has come on leaps and bounds. He walks around and plays football although he still uses his frame from time to time.
“Forget the fact I work there – Studfall has been absolutely amazing with Jordan.
“There’s been no bullying, and that’s a major issue for parents of disabled children.
“The staff always kept an eye on that.
“He’s got lots of friends and is very popular. He’s got a lovely personality and he’s adjusted to life in the right way.
“He’s so determined and such an inspiration. He doesn’t let it stop him doing anything.”
She said Jordan was diagnosed at the age of 18 months, with doctors telling her he would be unlikely to develop beyond the age of a five-year-old or to be able to walk on his own.
Jordan benefitted from a physiotherapy trip to an institute in Budapest in Hungary, and his mum still occasionally does physio with him at home. Jacqueline added: “He loves playing football, he’s a yellow belt at kickboxing, he likes playing golf and on his Xbox. He is a typical boy. He just enjoys life and doesn’t let anything get him down.”
Jordan is moving to mainstream secondary school in September when he takes up a place at Corby Business Academy.
Jacqueline said: “It’s going to be a big step for him, but I believe it’s the right way forward. Putting him in mainstream when he was young was more of a gamble but now I know him and I know he will cope. It’s to be celebrated that he’s through the hardest part.”