• How important was doing well at school for you?
  • How long were you expected to stay on in school?
  • Why did you choose to study the topics you did?
  • Was there anything you wanted to do with your education but didn't?
  • How could you have been better supported in school?

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by Megan_LeicesterCC on October 28, 2019 at 10:19AM

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  • Posted by VIMABECHRI January 10, 2020 at 15:47

    Doing well at school was very important for me because I wanted to be financially independent and leave home as soon as possible.

    My father wanted me to leave school at 16 but my mother said I could do whatever I wanted. There was no support at home for homework or school activities. I did my homework downstairs in the kitchen (with the oven door open for warmth) between 1a.m. and 5a.m. when the rest of the family was asleep. In a household of 8, there was nowhere quiet to work and I was expected to help with the younger children, bullied by my older sister and jeered at by my father if he saw me with my schoolwork.

    I chose my topics because they were my best chance of passing my exams.

    I would have liked to take part in after-school choir and other activities but my free bus pass ran out before the school clubs finished.

    I could have been better supported in school if my teachers made an effort to find out a bit about the home life of this (then) very quiet girl who always gave in her homework and never broke the rules and was always polite and clean and tidy.

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