“I’ve always known that I’m not stupid but I didn’t get any qualifications at school, because it just was not relevant at the time, I suppose.
So, a friend said to me “Why not come to Grey Friars?” And I must admit when I first came in I was very upset to be told that I was at a very basic level, because nobody likes to think that their skills are basic, but I started in one of the basic English classes, which I really enjoyed, then I went on and did my A levels, and got an A, which I was very pleased with.
I am also helping to teach the basic English classes, because I know what it’s like to need to start somewhere. I feel there is hope. This gives everybody a chance. It’s nice to be able to come back later on.
I think the advantage of a place like this is that they give you credit for your maturity and for your life experience, and it’s nice to be appreciated and valued for who you are.
It expanded my social circle, I think I moved on and aspire to more.
I’ve seen more ways of living a life and my absolute dream is to write. I write a lot and I’d love to get a play or something published. That’s dream material. But in reality I am doing this Assistant Teacher’s course which I enjoy, I’d perhaps like to go onto primary education, or nursing”.
Basic skills tuition especially aimed at adults is available at various levels, including fast-track, through the Essex Adult Community Learning service. For more information click on www.essex.gov.uk/Adult-Learning