Matthew Smith

Matthew is Business Manager for Sheringham Woodfields School, a complex needs school on the North Norfolk coast which has links with About with Friends.

He supports the Sheringham Cluster with all aspects of the SEND administration of countywide funds. The Cluster is made up of Sheringham High, Sheringham Primary, Holt Primary and Kelling Primary Schools. He is Director of The Patch community smallholding based on the campus of the three Sheringham schools and company secretary of Trust Norfolk SEN. He also heads up the administration and management of School 2 School Support, an outreach service provided to all mainstream schools within Norfolk.

Matthew works closely with North Walsham Town Council and is currently trying to improve the play provision within the town. In his spare time he loves gardening, cooking and enjoying much needed time with his wife and 18-month-old son.

A big thank you to yourself and the About with Friends staff for another great trip! J had a fantastic time, going on the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which he had wanted to do for ages and ages.

We cannot tell you what AWF means to us as a family – a lifeline, a light in the dark. Something that has offered our daughter equality, to have a social life and really support us as a family.

This is the best transition I have had for a student in the whole five years I have taught 6th formers!

To all the staff at About with Friday, I had a wonderful time with you guys, and I want to say a big thank you for looking after me. Love from K.

I haven’t seen D for ages and he looks like a new man . The stress has gone from his face – he looks great Well done !!!!

About with Friends and you particularly, have done some great work with excellent outcomes for D. I was particularly pleased to hear that you are working on integration with the Youth Group as I felt he would miss out on peer interaction if he didn’t come to college.

Thank you for taking K to Milton Keynes on holiday, it made her extremely happy. Selfishly, it gave my wife a much sought after period of respite after 16 years of constant care.

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and everyone else that supported H on the recent trip – she had an amazing time. I enjoyed look at the Twitter feed to see what you had been up to.

It was a massive decision for his family to make and by choosing AWF it means they trust totally in the service. I am of the opinion that AWF is the only provision in the county for D and he is very happy to attend.

Just a short note to thank you all for your help with our daughter. she has spent many years at school with little improvement in her behaviour and speech, yet in just a few weeks she has been with you guys the improvements in both areas are plain to see.

I am not sure what the different methods used are but please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

We are very aware of her complex needs and how she can change like the wind but we will continue to enjoy the fruits of your labours.