Student 'from Skegness still has hope' after recovering from Hodgkin lymphoma

A student has shared the story of why she still has hope after continuing her education while suffering Hodgkin lymphoma.

In a video produced by the Academy, Michelle reflects on how Skegness Academy had helped her hold on to her dreams of going to university

She said: “Living by the sea our choices can be limited. Like I wished I’d have taken music but it wasn’t offered at school.

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"But I love the subjects I do take.

"When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma I had to take six months out to recover and I was worried it would impact my chances of going to university.

"I’d lost all my motivation and my grades were not as good as I knew they could be. But the Academy convinced me to repeat Year 12 when I didn’t think I could face it. You gave me the support I needed to get on with my work while I was healing.

"The Academy made sure everyone acted like nothing was different and that meant so much to me.

"I think a great teacher is someone who really cares about your future – someone who makes you believe you can do anything.

"The Academy showed me a different path. Now I can’t wait to get on with my life.”

Michelle’s story comes as Skegness Academy highlights the work being done to help four members of staff to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

It recently welcomed national social enterprise, TeachFirst, along with MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman to discuss education policy and gather views from staff and students.

The Academy maintains a strong professional relationship with TeachFirst, which addresses disadvantage in England and Wales, sharing the same philosophy to make education work for every child in society and to remove the barriers that disadvantaged children face in the education system.

They also discussed the best aspects of teaching as well as their biggest challenges and surprises they have faced as part of their journey to achieve QTS.

Trainees were highly complementary of the support provided by the Academy, both from their mentors and the Senior Leadership Team.