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  • Shirley Llorens 4 months

    My daughter, now 43, is autistic. Our own Parish School had about 900 pupils and our local primary school was open plan. So, in 1982, we were faced with a huge problem of where our daughter could be accommodated in either school system!

    We were “rescued” by Sr Anna Warlow, who had a vision of integrating handicapped children into the main stream school community. St Bede’s proved to be a godsend and two younger siblings went there through to Year 6. Our eldest eventually won 4 gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics. She is now doing classical ballet. Several ex-students who were classmates of our children have excelled in their careers. We attended the 50th Anniversary Celebrations and I found that the school is still very special.