Not just any school, as I know I wouldn't be able to cope in anything mainstream. However, the school I want to go to is tiny, quiet and sounds perfect for me!
By Ida Anderson
For so long I was losing hope thinking I'd never find education suitable for me again. I had missed 3 years of school and would be extremely behind going into a mainstream school. Either way, I definitely don't want to go to a mainstream school as its too big and scary, and from past experiences I just don't suit them. Then all a sudden I hear about this particular school and think it's perfect for me!
It's very small, I think the classes range from 5-9 students. And from what I have heard the students sound very nice. I haven't met them yet, but I am going for a taster day next week. I believe the students have been through similar stuff to me and have also missed some time away from school. That is a big relief because I don't want to be so far behind that I am the odd one out.
Not only that but if I do go to the school, I would get a gradual start. I wouldn't have to go in every day or every afternoon, it would be very flexible for my needs. And if I do decide to go in full time, it would only be 3 days a week! So, I would have 2 weekdays and the weekend to relax, which I will very much need.
Studying wise, they have typical lessons like maths and English. Plus, you get to make a project of your choice. And I believe the classrooms are usually quiet and if you want you can listen to music. Music is very important to me as I find it calming.
One of the days the students learn about life skills and I think that would be very important for me. I also hate sports with a passion, and unlike most schools they won't force you to do sports or anything you don't like. And there is no set homework or exams, which is massively a good thing because in my previous schools' homework and exams took up my life.
I met some of the teachers when I went to visit, and they all seemed really nice and understanding. The school even has its own therapist!
I can't wait to go back to this school to try a taster day, even though I am nervous I really want to go to this school. It would give me opportunities and make me feel like my life isn't all that useless.