“For me, the best part about school was leaving!”
Charlie, aged: 18
Studying: Level 3 Fashion and Textiles at The MET
Went to: Worthing High School
Qualifications obtained at school: 5 GCSEs
“For me, GCSEs were really stressful. Sometimes I got sent to a different room because of my anxiety. For me, the best part about school was leaving!
My teacher said I wouldn’t get in to this course but I came to the college and they saw how much I wanted it and they said come. I didn’t get all the GCSEs I needed for this course and I’m still exactly where I want to be. And you can always retake the exams you don’t get.
Everyone is so lovely here, everyone’s doing their own thing, everyone’s different and they all want to be here. I’ve got so many opportunities from being here and I’m so grateful for that.
My advice would be that there’s no rush to decide what you want to be in life. You don’t need to know. I know loads of people much older than me who are still changing their minds.”
Charlie is sharing their story as part of The MET's #NoStressSuccess campaign on the YMCA Right Here 'FindGetGive' mental health support website for 12-25 year-olds at