Two of Henshaws Children and Family service users have overcome their Visual Impairment to acheive great results in their GCSE's. Twins Ben and Joe Rendle 16, have been regular attenders of the Children and Family activities in Manchester.
Ben only lost his sight a year ago when his Glaucoma became unstable and inoperable. As a result Ben had to relearn all his subjects using Braille techniques in just 12 months. But he achieved an incredible score of A*, 4 A’s, 3 B’s, 3 C’s & 3 other certficates at NVQ Level 2 passes. Ben said “I am extremely pleased that I have managed to pass. I have eye conditions Aniridia and Glaucoma that I was born with and my sight began to deteriorate when I was 12. It has been extremely hard to study as I had to relearn everything not only schoolwork but also daily living tasks. This put extra pressure on me in my studies.”
Whilst awaiting his results this summer Ben trained with his first Guide Dog Len , and is now ready to go onto college independently. When asked if he was proud of his results he replied “ I am proud of my results but mostly proud of passing partnership with my dog Len. It has been a great summer.”
Ben who attended mainstream school – St Edmunds Arrowsmith High. Is now enrolling at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford to study A level Media, ICT, Btec National Diploma in Radio Production alongside Braille Technology.
Joe who is also registered blind and suffers from the same conditions also suffers from severe Eczema /Cellulitis. Despite being in and out of hospital due to his conditions he achieved an A*, A, 5B’s, 3C’s, and 3D’s.
Joe is going on to the local college to study Travel & Tourism. He said “ I am really pleased with my results especially gaining a B in Maths. I found it hard work but I just pushed myself. I am going to a different college to Ben and it will be hard not being with my brother, but we are going on to do different things. Whilst awaiting my results during the summer I have been on the National Challenge Scheme (3 week course), a PGL scheme and attended the Children & Family Services at Henshaws, so it has been a good summer for me too.”
Proud Mum Wyn, who is also a regular attender of the Children & Family service and a member of Henshaws VIPAR (Visually Impaired Parents And Relatives) group and has done much volunteering for Henshaws over the years. “I am so proud of them as they have both had disruptive learning due to medical reasons. So even if they had gained all C’s I would have been pleased. But for Ben to have produced A’s when he had to relearn everything in Braille as well as cope with the emotional trauma of losing his sight ie exceptional. Their hard work and determination paid off; they are amazing.”
Henshaws would like to pass on their congratulations and wish them further success in their futures.