Success Stories

SAPTS (Hearing Impairment Team) 

Callum is a profoundly deaf young man who is a talented footballer. He has been asked to attend an FA regional emerging talent programme which has the potential to lead on to playing for the Deaf England football team.

We all have our fingers crossed for Callum.

Positive feedback from one of our parents, Stacy:

"I would like to highly recommend Unique Friends which I take my 5 year old son to. He loves all the activities, sensory room, and home education! We are made to feel very welcome. It’s a fantastic group, me and son love it there, all so friendly and can offer advice. So glad I found it."

Student X

X started out playing off sixth form staff, care home staff and social worker against each other over health issues and attendance. This was stopped by arranging a meeting between school and showing X we talk to each other. X left year 13 in 2021 to go on to study music at Hull University. X spent her school career in local authority care and moved out into a supported placement during Lockdown 1.0. Through partnership working with her carers, we managed to keep X on track and support her through UCAS and student finance remotely. X is living in at Hull University.

Student Y

Y was in local authority care throughout his time in sixth form. Y was a talented artist with a desire to study interior design. Y’s social worker and school worked closely together, guiding him through UCAS and student finance which were new experiences. They also accessed York St. John’s care leavers’ support to allow accommodation all year round, baggage storage etc. and bursaries.

Student Z

Z had aspirations of being a social worker but despite strong enrichment including interviewing potential social workers and youth parliament, didn’t secure any offers from interviews. Z’s relationship with his carers broke down and he moved to Kirklees to live with an aunt. School supported him through completing his A-levels and the evidence gathering process for TAGs via Teams and arranged a careers interview in Kirklees. Z started a degree apprenticeship with Specsavers in September 2021.

Student XX

XX left year 11 in 2020. XX was vastly underperforming and in danger of becoming NEET. XX was part of a cohort of 10 selected in October 2019 for the school’s ‘Green Card’ programme. These students were all in danger of becoming NEET, however they had an interest in construction and so were selected for the programme. The programme included site visits to the Bridlington railway station remodelling, classroom-based days in which they completed the necessary learning for their L1 Health and Safety on Construction Sites (which they all successfully completed) and the Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or ‘Green Card’ for working on construction sites. They were also supported to each individually write a CV. Through the careers leader’s employer network XX secured an interview with Humberside Excavations which led to a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering. XX is still with Humberside Excavations. After gaining experience in different departments with the company he is now working on sites.

Case Study - Charlie

Charlie is an independent lady who started in Caring Caterers – later became Café RouTEs, completing her vocational profile in catering and hospitality then began job searching with Employment Support worker Sue. 

The training at Worklink took a little longer for Charlie as she had time off for medical reasons so her stay was over a longer period of time to give her enough practical skills, confidence and time with Employment Support trainer Julie to complete the necessary work for her profile. 

Charlie completed and updated her CV with Sue and they began applying for jobs including at Poundstretcher and cleaning positions. Unfortunately for Charlie she wasn’t offered these positions. 

She was successful at getting a position at Parkway cinema in Beverley, however due to the pandemic she was made redundant, so job searching began again.

Charlie had a very keen interest in The Deep in Hull, the attraction and what it is about and when a job came up in the café it seemed a perfect fit for Charlie. 

Charlie was supported by Sue with the process which included applications, interviews, induction all still whilst we were going through the Covid pandemic. This had an affect on start dates due to staff having to isolate and Charlie began to get more anxious as it was put off.

Charlie started in August 2021 and does approximately 10 hours per week and more when required.


"I have just completed my food hygiene course and I’m really proud of myself. I love the place I work.”