This week we were delighted to receive a visit from one of our former students, Jordan Day. Jordan sat his GCSEs in 2016 then stayed on at Myton to volunteer in the Development Centre for over a month. At the end of that time he received a call from Ferncumbe School in Hatton with an offer to train as a Teaching Assistant and he has been there since September 2016 working towards his Level 2 Apprenticeship.
Working in education is something of a calling for Jordan. “I wanted to be a teacher from a young age,” he says. “There’s a photo of me as a very small child dressed as a teacher. But as I got older I realised I was more suited to a support role in education. I had benefited from a lot of support in school and this was my opportunity to give some of that back to others.”
Whist still at Myton, Jordan started writing his blog which has now become the website: Life with Asperger’s. His aim when writing his first blog post was to raise awareness amongst students with no experience of the autism spectrum and to share his life experience. He soon attracted a large audience for his posts and now has followers all over the world.
Jordan’s advice to current students is simple: “Make the most of all the chances that come your way in school. Myton is a big school with lots of opportunities to grow as an individual. I also valued having the Development Centre which enabled me to integrate into school at my own pace. In Year 11 I worked as a mentor for Year 7 students. I started out with one student and ended up with a whole crowd who would come and hang out, chat and support one another. I think being halfway between a friend and a professional meant I was in a unique position to help.”
Thank you Jordan for keeping in touch and allowing us to share your achievements. We look forward to welcoming you back in school again very soon; this time to speak to the students.Click here to return to the current newsletter