Bien Hecho to Spanish student Libby as she attains A grade GCSE!

Libby is standing beside the two paella pans with a group of students and staff sitting in the background on the grass, on bean bags and on benches.

Bien Hecho (well done in Spanish) to Libby from RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) who says “I’m floating on air, I can’t quite comprehend it” after achieving an A grade in GCSE Spanish.


Libby Corrigan, who started RNC in September 2016, says “It’s defied expectations – in a good way! I knew that RNC had helped people like me before but I didn’t expect it to change my life the way that it has. When I left home I was 20 years old and I’ve never felt as at home as I do when I’m at RNC.”


Libby, now 21, from Devon, had taken GCSE Spanish at her mainstream school and despite her teachers telling her she’d be fine and that she’d pass, Libby attained a D grade and she explains “The school were very well meaning and wanted to support me but they didn’t know how to help me and that was the problem.” When Libby came to RNC she says “The teachers at RNC said that I’d do well but I didn’t trust them at first and thought ‘I’ve heard that before’ so I didn’t have much hope.” But at RNC it was different, as Libby goes on to say “I can’t quite put my finger on it but the staff just knew how to help me, they actually took the time to get to know me as a person rather than just another student. At RNC I haven’t had to teach myself, which is often how it felt in mainstream.”


Spanish teacher Lisa Roberts says “Very well done to Libby, she works hard and really embraces the culture. I think that hosting the paella party and going on the trip to Madrid with some students who weren’t able to speak Spanish really boosted Libby’s confidence in the language.”


After finishing school Libby is not afraid to share the fact that for years she suffered very badly with her mental health. “It was a very dark time for me and my life was basically going to the doctors, having appointments with this person and that person and I didn’t understand what was going on with me. I knew I wanted to get an education and I wanted some sort of routine but I was worried that it would never happen for me; I thought it was too late. I am so happy I got the funding to come here!” RNC Principal Mark Fisher says “Congratulations to Libby, she’s come such a long way and just brings so much energy to the College.”


This year Libby also achieved Distinction* in Business Studies, pass in NVQ Level 1 in French and pass in Entry Level 1 Maths and she explains “I’ve never passed a Maths exam in my life so that was pretty big for me!” As pleased as she is with her grades Libby adds “At RNC it’s not just about the education, it’s the background to it like the mobility and the living skills. For me, independence is THE biggest thing, being able to think ‘I can, and I will, do something’. I’m not scared to walk out of my own front door because I’m not the odd one out anymore.”


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Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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