Archive Stories Personal Jamie's Story Jamie's Story For 18 years, Jamie has lived happily with his family in Harrow. But during his time in mainstream primary and secondary education he was excluded three times because he struggled to communicate with teachers and comprehend why certain things went wrong. "My friend told me to bring a knife into school. I didn't know I wasn't supposed to. He just wanted to get me into trouble. Everyone got upset and angry. Then Mum had to give up her job. "I really loved school. I made so many friends there. Now I go to a different school. I love cars. I've learnt how to check the oil and wash a van. I love animals too. I care for pets, including a rat, which is great. Going to school connects you with the future. That's what I care about. "I'm passionate about street dancing. It opens up ways to talk to people. I was part of a flashmob for BBC2's A World Without Down's Syndrome programme with the actress Sally Philips. We all came together in London. We celebrated who we are through street dance. I did some freestyle too. It gives me so much positive energy. I think dancing is really important, you're showing who you are and what you believe in" I've got lots of happy memories doing things with Harrow Mencap. I went to Saturday Club with my friend Ian-Andrew for five years. I used to really enjoy trampoline and dance at Monday's after school club. At Harrow Mencap you can be who you are. It's a safe place with nice staff and new friends. I hope we have stuff like this when I'm grown up. I don't really know about Down's Syndrome. Sometimes I don't understand why I have to do certain things. Friends mean everything to me. I wish I had more control about decisions that are happening. "I'm always thinking about what I can do next. I want to be a superhero to help other people. When I see an ambulance or fire engine I'm thinking "I want to help". I also want to help people dance so they can celebrate and show off their talents.