Former Elliott Park non-public faculty in Minster to reopen as particular wants faculty in reminiscence of autistic teenager Stefan Taye Kluibenschadl

A “beloved” teenager who died after being bullied for being autistic is having a particular wants faculty named in his reminiscence.

The previous Elliott Park non-public faculty on the Isle of Sheppey is being renamed and reopened as The Stefan Taye Faculty by the Autism Apprentice charity this 12 months.

The previous Elliott Park non-public main faculty in Marina Drive, Minster, Sheppey. Image: John Nurden

Stefan Taye Kluibenschadl, from Margate, was discovered hanging however nonetheless alive in his bed room in Margate final 12 months.

He was taken to hospital however died six days later after falling right into a coma.

His father, Tristan, defined that his 15-year-old son was being bullied at his Saturday job on account of his autism, nervousness and for being totally different.

Since his loss of life his dad, and his mum, Emma, have been supporting The Autism Apprentice, a charity which advocates, helps and helps autistic youngsters in studying the abilities they should navigate life and to achieve their full potential

Tristan mentioned: “The charity has just lately had the chance to accumulate a small faculty in Sheerness.

Tristan and his son, Stefan Taye Kluibenschadl

“They plan to show it into a faculty to cater for autistic youngsters aged 10 to 19 who even have nervousness.”

The previous Elliott Park faculty in Marina Drive, Minster, shut with out warning in the summertime of final 12 months.

On the time, director Stacey Phillips mentioned bosses had “with heavy hearts” reached the “extraordinarily tough determination” to stop buying and selling.

It was introduced that the premises can be introduced again into use as a much-needed particular wants provision final November.

Sarah Aldridge, operations director on the Autism Apprentice mentioned: “The college is being arrange by us and our sister neighborhood curiosity firm Autism Apprentice CIC.

Sarah Aldridge, operations director at The Autism Apprentice

“The rationale why we wished to call the varsity The Stefan Taye Faculty is due to protecting Stefan’s reminiscence alive and making a distinction to assist future college students who attend our faculty.

“My daughter, just a few years in the past, attended Laleham Hole with Stefan and I’ve stored in contact with Stefan’s mum ever since.

“This weekend, buddies of Tristan and Emma, plus the Autism Apprentice workers, buddies and purchasers shall be volunteering on the faculty to get the varsity prepared for after we open.”

The brand new faculty is about to have an open day in February, so this weekend the charity is internet hosting a “DIY SOS-style” occasion to get the premises prepared for brand spanking new pupils.

Tristan mentioned: “The Autism Apprentice have been type sufficient to call the varsity after my son in his honour and to assist us maintain his legacy alive.

Stefan Kluibenschadl, 15, died final 12 months. Image: Courtesy of Stefan’s household

“So we’re having a DIY SOS-style weekend on January 21 and 22.

“We’ve volunteers and trades attending to dig, backyard, paint, clear, plumb, construct and so on, to attempt to get the varsity prepared for an open day in February.

“We’re planning one other day of motion a while earlier than Might when they’re planning to open.”

Tristan is searching for extra volunteers that may be keen to assist and provides a few of their time this weekend, or throughout the subsequent motion day throughout the coming months.

He added: “The college would be pleased about donations of supplies ought to individuals have connections within the constructing commerce.

Stefan Kluibenschadl, 15, died after being bullied. Image: Courtesy of Stefan’s household

“There’s additionally a simply giving web page ought to individuals want to assist the undertaking.

“If anybody feels that they are able to assist in any capability please contact The Autism Apprentice, I might be delighted to listen to from you.”