These students wish to remain anonymous.

Sport Student at SCCH

What barriers or difficulties have you faced in your efforts to become a student here?
My visual impairment and hearing impairment meant that I had never been in a mainstream college before and when I first came here I found the college quite a daunting place.

How has coming to college helped you overcome them?
It has given me the confidence to mix with other students and not worry about my impairments.

Who or what gave you the inspiration to achieve?
My mum has always encouraged me to do what I wanted to and that if I work hard I can achieve whatever I set out to do.


The 6th Form student at SCCH

What barriers or difficulties have you faced in your efforts to become a student here?
Being a specialist college prior to coming here I found it difficult and was a bit nervous about going to a mainstream education establishment. For the first time I had to organise myself and ensure that I kept on top of my work which I found challenging at times as I had never really had this responsibility before, this was due to having everything done for me at secondary school. 

How has coming to college helped you overcome them?
Attending Sussex Coast College has enabled me to realise that with the right support I can achieve in mainstream education that given the right tools i.e a laptop with specialist software I am able to complete work independently without the need for someone to write everything for me. I have learnt many skills and achieved many qualifications whilst in specialist education and was worried that returning to mainstream education would mean that my independence would be taken away and I would have to resort back to dictating my work to someone else. I quickly realised that as long a I communicated exactly what I needed then procedures would be in place to make sure that I continued to work and complete my work independently.

Who or what gave you the inspiration to achieve?
Attending specialist education after attending a mainstream secondary school taught me that no matter my disability I could achieve when given the right tools to do so. Prior to being at specialist education I would never have imagined how much I would achieve and that one day I could consider going to university. With the support of staff and good friends I have achieved more at specialist education than I ever did at secondary school. With the encouragement of staff in specialist education then I realised that I could achieve and this has continued at the college. I honestly believe that if I had not gone to a specialist education before attending the college, I would not of achieved as much as I have whilst attending Sussex Coast College.

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