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Case study: Isabella's story

Isabella* was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. She left mainstream school after year 10 and was concerned that without support, she would not have coped with the demands of completing A levels.

Since her placement started, Isabella was assigned two support assistants which have helped her interpret tasks and guide her socially with other students, which in turn has helped her build friendships with the other learners.

Before joining Aspris College South Wales, Isabella had a fear of knives and heat, so as part of her ILS training, she was encouraged to get involved in cooking and is now more confident and able to produce a simple meal on her own.

Isabella has also achieved the equivalent to 3 A levels and has qualified for a BA in Performing Arts for Theatre and Film University course.

Following her time at Aspris College South Wales, Isabella says: “I sincerely believe that without the [Priory’s] help, I wouldn’t be going to university to follow my dream in the drama world. I have built my confidence up so much that I’ve taken an active part in our local Autism Awareness Day. I have loved my time at Aspris College South Wales, and I would like to thank the college once again for everything you have done for me.”

*Name changed to protect student’s identity