I was trying to get help to buy the house because it had so much potential. It needed gutting but I love doing all that and I knew it would be so worth it. Also I was desperate to have a home of our own, that we could own and nobody could ask us to leave, I really hated being at the mercy of others. Somehow it was just not happening. In the April, a friend told me her daughter had got a place at a local private school and I was so jealous. I walked up my road, I will never forget it and said please God, can my son go there, I feel so jealous and some of his friends went there and please can he go.
Within a matter of weeks, the Bradshaw man, as he will remain known, asked me if I would like my son to got to that particular school, I was speechless. He told me he was really impressed with us, that he would like to help and that he believed my son would really benefit, it was amazing. My prayers had been answered.
We had to go through all the decision making, discussing how it would work. My son did not initially want to go, but I made it pretty clear that this was a not really an option as he was not benefiting from 30+ in a class and all that was happening for him. He went for the interview, and as I was wandering around I remembered one of my old teachers used to work there, and to my surprise still did. I asked one of the pupils if he was there and he went to tell him I was there and asking for him, fortunately for me he remembered me and when I was being interviewed by the headmaster, he rang in to tell me he was waiting in the drawing room. It felt amazing.
We talked for ages afterwards and it felt like home, he remembered how I was at school, how lost I was and also how much he always appreciated me. He was a friend of a friend in London and we occasionally met there years and years ago. Here I am, catapolted into another world and it all feeling so wonderful and I was again begining to have hope.
My son was offered a place but his school had to call the school to discuss things. The new school rang the old school several times and when I rang the new one to ask what was happening they said they were waiting for the old one………so when I followed that up I was told by the head she had not bothered to call back because she thought he would not get in……………..