Ben is Sports Apprentice here at Gibside – and at one time attended the school.

Ben started in Nursery when mainstream was a bit overwhelming for him, his confidence quickly grew in our smaller class sizes and Ben was able to show everyone what he was capable of! After starting inclusion sessions at Dunston Hill and taking his SATS in Year 6 he went on Kingsmeadow High School where Ben studied a wide range of subjects up to GCSE level and played on the school football team.

Ben says of Gibside “It’s hard to put into words, but the staff are amazing. Gibside set me up for life – social skills, confidence – everything. I really enjoy working here now, I especially love delivering rebound sessions”