Carol Armstrong

Carol Armstrong

It’s never too late to go back to school

Carol passed the exam for the Entry Level 3 Functional Skills in mathematics, achieving a fantastic result of 91%. The PCH resident began attending maths classes provided by On Course South West as part of our Learn for Free training programme in November 2017 and, in a short space of time, progressed from community learning sessions onto the functional skills classes.

Carol said: “When I was at school, I was told I was hopeless… that I just couldn’t do it. I decided to do this to challenge myself and prove that I can do it! My dyslexia doesn’t hold me back.” Now, she can progress onto GCSE equivalent courses and gain more qualifications. The lessons have made a big difference to Carol, and she’s begun to get better positions while doing voluntary work, boosting her confidence further.

Ryan Huws, PCH communities worker, said: “Carol is a great example of someone who has enough courage to give learning another go. It’s not easy to walk through that door for the first time, but we’re here to help.” Having always enjoyed learning in spite of the obstacles in her way, Carol plans to continue with maths and English lessons and would like to study history next.

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