Scott is from Northampton and left RNC in 2013, whilst here he studied BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business Studies, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT, BTEC Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Grade 2 Braille, AS Level English Literature
Scott was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) but didn’t realise until he was 17 when he started to lose his sight and was registered blind.
“My dream was to be a mechanic; it was all I wanted to do. I became an apprentice after secondary school but by the time I was 22, with my sight worsening, I realised this wasn’t a realistic work option. I was told I wouldn’t get funding to come to RNC but had seen one of my brothers struggle at a mainstream college (all three of us have RP) and was absolutely determined to fight for what I knew was the best option for me.”
“You have to work hard, but if you do this is a great place to be. Not just because of the education. It’s the whole package – the social life, the independent living skills. It is an all-round education, which I think teaches people what they didn’t know about themselves – what they can do with their life, what they can achieve.”
Where is Scott now?
Having taught himself (and other students) Japanese, Scott started at the University of Hertfordshire in September 2013, studying BA(Hons) Business and Chinese.
Advice to other students
“Don’t take RNC for granted. I found it tough having been out of education for seven years, but I worked hard and made the most of every opportunity. Just because you’re doing IT, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sport or music or a whole range of activities. This place opens doors you may have believed had been shut forever.”