Kieran defies odds to complete school and sit GCSEs
PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 July 2015
A TEENAGER, whose parents were told would never complete school or his GCSEs due to his severe learning difficulties, sat his exams this summer – and went to his prom escorted by 100 motorbikes.
Proud parents Gina and Andy Shepherd arranged the surprise for their son Kieran, aged 16, to mark his achievements.
Gina, aged 41, was told four years ago that Kieran would never sit his GCSEs due to his severe learning difficulties.
But he sat his foundation exams this summer at Hans Price Academy in Marchfields Way, after receiving one-to-one support from the staff.
He has now earned a place on a catering course at Weston College for next year.
Andy rides a motorbike every day and Kieran has always wanted to ride with him.
Andy promised Kieran would get that chance on his prom night – but arranged an additional surprise which saw Weston bikers provide an escort and a guard of honour.
Gina said: “He was so excited about the prom because he was never supposed to have completed school because of his learning needs and severe, complex issues.
“He is 17, but just to talk to him and listen to his responses is like talking to a nine or 10 year old and his understanding is of a much lower age group.
“Last August, Kieran had done some mock exams and he had actually got graded.
“He went back to school with a really positive attitude.”
Kieran has gone with his parents to Weston Bike Nights for a number of years, and always been interested in motorbikes.
He was originally going to be escorted to prom by Andy and some of his colleagues.
But after the colleagues fell unwell, Andy set up a Facebook page asking if any other bikers would ride from Hans Price to the prom at Rookery Manor, keeping it a surprise from Kieran.
In total, 99 bikers and the Blood Bikes escorted him to his prom.
Gina said: “The fact he was going to prom was a big deal for him.
“It has been a struggle.
“The learning support worker at Hans Price was amazing.
“I am very proud. I don’t even care if he doesn’t get graded, because the fact he has sat his exams is amazing.
“All of the Hans Price staff have done an amazing job and it has all been about getting Kieran to where he is now.”