18/11/08 – Appleford School “brilliant” with RAF child Cameron Mason

Appleford School, in Shrewton, was the choice for Wing Cdr Craig Mason and his wife Leonora when they selected a school for their son Cameron. The Wiltshire school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties was the perfect place to suit the family’s needs.

Cameron has Asperger’s Syndrome – which is on the autistic spectrum. Lifelong, it affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. People with Asperger’s typically have difficulties with social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

Cameron also has dyslexic traits.

The Mason’s found it difficult to get Cameron’s state school to understand and meet his needs. After numerous meetings with his state primary school, and Cameron’s apparent unhappiness at the school, the family realised that they needed to take action, and swiftly. The only other option open to them was the private sector.

After contacting other private schools in the area, which recognised they couldn’t accommodate Cameron’s special needs, Appleford School was suggested.

Having never heard of Appleford School, they were very impressed with what they found. The school reassured them by giving Cameron an initial assessment and putting him on varying therapist programmes to aid in social interaction and enable coping strategies for peer group situation. This, the small class numbers and the nurturing by experts hired by the school have enabled Cameron to progress with confidence.

Cameron says “Appleford is a good school because I can trust the teachers. If you’re in trouble with your work they listen to you. There’s plenty of acres to run around in and I love the food”.

Leonora says “Appleford school has been brilliant. They have been very supportive and sent many of their teachers on courses to update their knowledge skills in this area. We have been relieved and grateful to have found a school that has enabled Cameron to progress with his education in earnest”.

“The RAF has been very helpful too”. They understand that Cameron needs routine and that Craig’s postings need to be commutable from their Trowbridge home. He has been lucky so far with postings to Boscombe Down and now Shrivenham.

Beyond Cameron’s schooling at Appleford, Leonora is hoping that he can return to mainstream school in Bradford On Avon.

Cameron has no aspirations to follow in his father’s footsteps, however he enjoys watching the RAF in action at airshows.

Cameron is enjoying his school years, especially I.T, and one day hopes to work for the Disney website Club Penguin.

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