When did you leave Reigate and what did you study?

I left Reigate College in the summer of 2013 with A Grades in my Geography and Travel & Tourism A2s and a Distinction* in my BTEC Diploma in Business Studies. 

What kind of support did you receive at the college?

I was delighted with my results, especially given the challenges I’ve had to face as a dyslexic. I can’t thank the Learning Support Department at College enough for always being there for me, from discussing problems as they cropped up, to helping me with coping strategies. My Personal Tutor regularly asked me if I needed any extra help and I found the supported study area a good place to study between lessons.

My teachers made me believe I could do well, and told me to aim for the highest grades, which is what I did!

I got 25% extra time in my exams and had to work hard on the accuracy of my coursework.  I tend to make silly grammatical mistakes which PCs don’t always pick up on. 

I know I have a lot to thank my mum for, as well as the College.  She’s always been there for me, helping me get the equipment I need – like the voice recognition software I got when I was at school, to getting me tutors for some of my GCSE subjects which needed a boost. 

What advice would you give to others in your situation?

There’s no point pretending you don’t need extra help as a dyslexic. You need to face up to it and try and get as much support as possible. Once the support is in place, it’s up to you.  Just aim high and work hard. 

What have you been doing since you left Reigate?

I’m now doing a degree course in Tourism Management at the University of Surrey and in recognition of my high grades, I’ve been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship, entitling me to £3,000 towards my university costs and a free annual membership to the Guildford Sports Park, with its snazzy Olympic size swimming pool and feast of other state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Sarah Boon

Left Reigate College: 2013

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