From the age of thirteen, Kirsty’s learner journey has been a challenge. At secondary school, she became her mum’s carer and only attended school twice weekly. During year 11, she had to take ‘early study leave’ to care for her mum. Throughout this time, Kirsty taught herself from textbooks, videos, internet research and work sent by teachers. Remarkably, Kirsty achieved 1A, 6B’s and 3C’s in her GCSEs.
Throughout her studies, and despite her significant caring responsibilities, Kirsty has achieved a highly commended A* grade in her CACHE Level 3 Early Years qualification.
As well as excelling in her studies, Kirsty has contributed to college life, by being a Student Mentor at college open days, mentoring first year students and taking on the role of class rep. She has also taken an active role in all fundraising projects e.g. Children in Need raising £311.
Kirsty has an offer of an unconditional place at Oxford Brookes University to achieve her long-term aim of becoming a Primary School Teacher. She has chosen OBU to continue her studies in order to remain her mother’s carer throughout her university life.
Kirsty’s kind nature and faultless work ethic stand not only as an example to other students, but to staff, visitors and the world at large.