When I started at WSAPC, I had very low self-esteem, lack of enthusiasm for school and a real attitude towards teachers. My personal life was falling apart and quite honestly, I had no care for exams or education.
Throughout my time at WSAPC, I developed amazing relationships with the staff team, even referring to them as “family” members giving them nicknames.
The staff really understood what I was going through in my personal life and at the same time as helping me deal with this, they pushed me to be the best I could be!
My school “mums” and “grandad” supported me massive amounts leading to me sitting my exams, passing them with good grades and even pushing me towards applying for an apprenticeship in Nursery Nursing before I left!
I was successful with my application for the Apprenticeship which lead me to complete my Level 2/3 qualifications and becoming a Nursery Manager, helping my employer expand the business. I’ve been employed by the same nursery for 7 years.
I owe so much to the staff and the dedication that they gave me. I still regularly speak to the teachers, talking about my progress and sharing my family news with them. It’s lovely to be able to thank them for everything they have helped me become.
I am left with very fond memories of my last year at school, I have an amazing job, a beautiful family and have built some amazing relationships that I will treasure for years to come. I can’t thank WSAPC enough for all they have done for me.
I joined WSAPC at the end of Year 10 and stayed here until I left school in Year 11. During my time here, I was supported by the teachers and TA’s to complete my GCSE’s and to build my confidence and self-esteem, it was very low when I arrived.
It wasn’t easy being here, I didn’t want to be here but the staff supported me all the time, listening to what I said and they always encouraged me to be the best I could be.
I didn’t leave with lots of GCSE’s but I left being more confident and having a better idea of who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.
I felt confident to contact the staff at WSAPC a year after leaving to ask them for advice on how I could get my Maths and English qualifications as I needed them to become a Fire Fighter, something that I had decided I wanted to do by the time I left school. They offered me advice and helped me to find somewhere that would help me get the qualifications – I didn’t feel alone and they never gave up on me even though I had left.
In 2018, I applied to the Fire Service and asked the school for a reference, they gave me an amazing one and as a result, I am now a trained Fire Fighter with the West Sussex Fire Service.
The help and support that the staff at WSAPC gave me whilst I was at school and after I left helped me to be who I am today. I didn’t leave with GCSE’s but having re-built my confidence and self-esteem, I was able to work my way to doing what I wanted most.
I do wonder sometimes if my life would be as successful today if I hadn’t attended WSAPC, they were a massive influence to me and I can’t thank them enough.
School is hard for everybody sure, a lot of people struggle with picking things up and I guess you could say I was one of those people – easily distracted and not really interested to learn. I quite often carried an attitude that most teachers, if not all despised as I didn’t believe that I needed GCSE’s or any form of education to succeed!
I joined WSAPC after leaving another school where I was bullied and as a result I had developed a real negative attitude towards the educational system as well as teachers. I’d say things without thought, do things without processing the consequences and shut out most people as they always told me the same thing……I wouldn’t get anywhere in life and wouldn’t succeed in my passion – the Armed Forces – due to this I hated teachers!
The teachers at WSAPC changed this…..my tutor took the time to talk to me, explaining that it was my attitude that would prevent my success, not my ability. She made me realise that this was probably what other teachers meant when they said I wouldn’t succeed. It was from this point that I switched on and proceeded with a more positive attitude.
Before the chat with my tutor, she had arranged for the Army Careers Officer to come in and talk to me about a career in the Army and also about my current attitude, I thought that it had jeopardised my chances of getting into my dream career – being a part of the British Army. For many months, I disagreed and clashed with the staff at APC for their decision to do this but when my tutor knew I was ready, she talked to me in great depth about her reasons why and it was then that I realised the extreme extent that the APC had gone to, to accommodate myself, my dreams and my needs at school.
I thought that every school was the same due to past experiences but little did I know, the APC was the key to my success and they continued to support me every step of the way, even after I had left.
After the ultimate sacrifice of my own ego and the change in attitude from negative to positive that the APC worked with me to change, I finally got into the British Army and qualified for a job role that I wouldn’t have been eligible for if it wasn’t for the help I received from WSAPC – a job role I never thought about until they showed me my potential.
Thank you to all of the WSAPC for showing me my potential, for not holding me back, for allowing me to make my mistakes and learn in my own time and for opening my wings and teaching me to fly! I couldn’t have done it without you!
Max- Blended Learning Pupil
I joined the APC in 2014 due to confidence and self-esteem issues which made continuing regular schooling no longer feasible. My mindset at the time was incredibly suboptimal; I could not care any less about schooling and filled my time with instant gratification-based activities like gaming.
Without the APC, I would not have achieved the GCSE grades I did. The staff provided constant support which helped to keep me moving towards my goals. My personal tutor’s twice-weekly home visits served as the main point of contact with the college which enabled me to build up a much closer and more motivating relationship than is possible with most secondary teachers. I found that each subject leader on Blended Learning was very proactive in supplying helpful materials and even offered in-person lessons approaching exam season. It felt much more like the staff cared about their students’ success than you find in a typical secondary school.
My aim when joining the APC was just to mindlessly get through GCSEs, but the support of the APC has had a much more lasting impact than that. As a result of my experiences with the APC, not only did my wellbeing and happiness improve, but my mindset towards learning and education in general changed drastically and I now value the pursuit of education, self-learning, and all-round productivity much more highly. This has certainly changed my life, and I firmly believe that my time with the APC has had a strong causal role to play in cultivating that mindset. Despite an awful lot of much-needed support (from staff and parents), home/blended-learning helped tremendously in developing independence and self-discipline skills. Through learning with the APC, I have gotten a head start in developing these skills and have focused on improving them since leaving.
My experience with the APC has taught me not to fear learning, and now it is one of the things I value the most. This passion for learning has been instilled in me partly due to the safe environment the APC provides for students to learn how to learn and has manifested itself for me in the hobbies and formal education I’ve engaged in since leaving, such as: lots of reading, language acquisition, writing & producing music, learning instruments, learning programming, the 5 A level qualifications I gained and my current Economics and Finance BSc (Joint Hons.) degree course. All of these hobbies and projects require a mighty dose of intrinsic motivation, independence and self-discipline. The APC offered me the perfect incubator to develop these crucial ingredients for future success. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities provided to me by the APC and sincerely hope I can make the most of the toolbox for success which they put me on the right course to acquire.
Make the most of your time with them; it can really make a difference, even if it takes some time to realise your potential.
Parent of APC Pupil
I just wanted to thank you again for all your amazing work with ***. You’re fantastic at your job and I’m so pleased he had the chance to come to APC. I can’t tell you how grateful we are for everything. The kids are very lucky!
No doubt he will do amazing, I’m so excited for his future. We will never forget all the help and support you have given him/us.
When he came to you he was so isolated and hated school, for the first time since nursery he made proper friends and actually felt so comfortable and confident in school (which at times I thought I would never see). You’ve helped him grow in so many ways, I don’t think you all get enough credit for all the hard work you do with the children. *** will miss you all so much but I know he thanks you so much to. I asked *** what he thinks is the best thing about APC and he said all the teachers and his friends, he also said it makes people happy as soon as they walk in the door so new people don’t have to worry.
Parent/Guardian, APC Pupil
APC has been a life saver to my son and our family, he was at rock bottom but they took him, nurtured him and helped him grow in confidence.
Parents of Luke, APC Pupil
In the time that Luke has been with APC I have seen a massive improvement in Luke’s behaviour and it’s good to see him with his confidence back.
Parent/Guardian, APC Pupil
The staff are welcoming, exceptionally well trained and have a kind and understanding manner when working with the students.
Parent/Guardian, APC Pupil
Although it’s very early days my son has grown in confidence and feels like he actually belongs. APC is a godsend. We cannot thank you enough.
Parent/Guardian, APC Pupil
The highly trained staff understand the needs of my son and help him to overcome his barriers at HIS own pace with patience and encouragement.
Parents of Logan, APC Pupil
Thank you so much for all your support and chats. You and your team are wonderful. we are very grateful that Logan has been part of your school.
Parent of Ellie, APC Pupil
I just wanted to email you to express my thanks to the APC staff for the excellent provision they provided for my daughter this year. The APC managed to improve my daughter’s self-esteem immensely during her short time with them, as well as improving her diet (which is something I haven’t been able to manage in 15 years). I cannot believe the change in Ellie since attending this unit…Please could you send this email to the relevant persons who commission this unit so they know just how valuable this provision is for struggling parents/children and tell them to keep up the good work and ensure this unit carries on providing excellent education/social care for children who are struggling.
Parent/Guardian, APC Pupil
We are writing to you to convey our deepest gratitude for the outstanding support and compassion you have all afforded [our daughter] over the past school year. When she joined the APC she felt very badly let down by the educational system and the future looked fairly bleak. Even though the first term was a difficult period none of you abandoned her and slowly her confidence grew and her ability to study and learn started to return….. The only regret [she] has is not being able to study ‘A’ Levels in an APC style environment. Your approach to learning and lesson management suited her perfectly…..For [our daughter] it is the end of a chapter, for the APC another student making their way forward, and for us as parents it is profound relief and gratitude that we made the correct decision in [her] placement at the APC. We won’t forget this great thing you have done for our daughter.
Parent of Callum, APC Pupil
Whilst the staff are committed to supporting every child to achieve their potential, an enormous effort is made to support their emotional well-being to enable them to access learning. This level of support, belief and dedication could never be measured in any league table and in my opinion that is what makes this school, and what they do, outstanding. I wish you all the best, and I am very grateful for what you have done. You truly are a bunch of exceptional teachers who make a big difference to the lives of many disadvantaged or marginalised young people. Keep up the good work!
Parent of Liam, APC Pupil
APC…should be recognised for their work with Liam over the last year, they have managed to turn Liam around in his education to get him to a position to go to a normal college….something Liam was not in the position to do a year ago! This has not been easy with his behavioural problems, however, they managed to do it.