Another emotional Year 11 assembly as we say goodbye to the students.


The whole school gathered together yesterday to say an emotional goodbye to our Year 11 students. There were speeches from class teachers, house staff and the students reflecting on the journey that the students have made since they started. We are so proud of the boys and we have included their speeches below.

Today marks the end of mine and many other boys’ time here at Wilds Lodge school, today is so incredibly difficult for all of us, so myself and the other boys would greatly appreciate it if you could listen to a few of my words.

I started of at Wilds Lodge 5 and a half years ago, I was nervous and unsure of everything at the time. For my first few years I struggled but eventually I got comfortable and began to settle in.

Today, I will leave with many new experiences and the knowledge that I have gained from this place. I cannot thank this place enough for what it has done for me, the support and help you guys have given is a debt I will never repay.

I won’t be mentioning anybody in particular, but for those of you who have done the most for me, you know who you are. However, there are two people who I believe deserve a little credit, Mr and Mrs Lee, now MBE. You both created this school and without your hard work it wouldn’t have become the nurturing, progressing place it is now. You both deserve more than anything anyone could ever offer; you couldn’t have done more for us at this school.

I’ll be honest I have no idea what’s going to happen once I leave today, and I’m frightened and I’m sure it isn’t just me who’s scared about what’s next, but I have to start a new chapter, a life beyond Wilds Lodge.

I hope you boys in front of me continue to succeed and continue to show to the world what this school is worth, I hope you all follow your aspirations and I hope that you achieve your best and work your hardest, as we have done.

I know that everybody here has given me their all, and I couldn’t possibly thank you enough.
‘In my nine years, I’ve had bad times, good times, sad times and even great times, but that’s life and life tells me to move on.

My biggest achievement here is my exams, and in these nine years’ lots of staff have had input into my time at this school.

But every little bit of support that has been thrown at me, has made me who I am today, and helped me to achieve things I did not think were possible.

It all started with my first teacher and he knows who he is. Dominic. Down to my very last teacher Ellie and Ollie. The support you two specifically, have given me these last few months have been tremendous, it has helped to get me through my exams.

I’m very grateful to all of you in the long chain of teachers, especially Leon, flipping weirdo!

But, I’ve had lots of carers too, being on the boarding side of the school. Some of you have been role-models, then there is you Steve and you taught me everything not to be! Jokes aside, thank you guys too.

I’m thanking my friends for making this school tolerable for the time I have been here and also a goodbye to a lot of you guys. Honestly, I have only listed a couple of people because I felt it would leave people out if I added more people to that list, that contributed to me having a better time at this school.

I wish you all the best and I sincerely thank Mr Lee and all of the wonderful staff at this school.

Thank you very much’

JoJo and Nicola I know your going to cry so grab a tissue!

I will start at my first house group and it was the Lodge, it was with Neil, Emma and Richard. I remember my first camp at this school especially having fun in the pool.
After my time there I went to to the Loft with Steve, Wilma Matt and they saved me form a hair raising situation or should I say hair erasing! To then go on with Steve to Crossroads and gain Aaron, Abbie and Duncan and have lots fun playing man hunt! Now I am at Rock Lodge with Luke, Christina and Simon and they have given me courage though my exams.
JoJo, i know you remember Carols’ old class... lets say they were excitable and on my first day I walked in, sat down and played with my hot wheel while people were bouncing of the walls and of course I could never forget are JoJo chats as key to my survival in my first year!

To Aaron, we can both remember your first night. I did not know you so I spent the whole night starring at you but you did not hold this against me and you showed me your patience. And kindness though a rough time.

Nicola, I can’t remember my first time meeting you but that’s not a bad thing because I can remember the late night chats we had on a Thursday, every time you were on sleep-in and you staying with me when I was sick and you and Steve standing up for me when I had troubles.

Matt, you’ve helped me though thick and thin, and there are not many words that can describe the gratitude I have to give to you.

When I tell people that I go to a therapeutic school they say whats the difference and I say if your upset someone will actually care about you no matter what.

And the people we have to thanks for this school is Mr and Mrs Lee.

Lets talk about the teachers. I would like to thank John, Ellie, Cath, Jane, Tim and Ed. They are the best teachers I have ever had and have unique ways of teaching that work best but even if your upset when you leave their classes you alway have a smile on your face.

But most of all I will miss Jane and John the funniest teachers ever. I’ve never had a lesson with out laughing!

This school will have a special place in my heart because everyone, whether adult or child have all contributed to me learning to make friends and manage my anxiety and give my GCSEs my best shot. I will remember you all for being so kind, fun and helping me get back on the road to having a future.......and wilks because he asked me to mention him in my speech!