Student Spotlight: Thomas Green

Students are standing in a group outside the student hub, posing for a photo – left to right is Michael, Jade, Thomas, Tiri, George and Siobhan. Tom is standing just behind Jade and Tiri and because he is so much taller than them he is playfully resting his elbows on their heads.

We have been speaking to some of our students about what their journey to RNC has been like, what affect this has had on their families and how they feel now that they’re here.

Thomas is 18 from Llanelli, South Wales, and was registered blind, aged six, as a result of autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA). Thomas went to a mainstream college but dropped out because his work was not being modified appropriately so he was unable to access course materials.

When it came to securing funding to come to RNC Thomas had a real fight on his hands but luckily had the support of his Uncle Dwayne and the rest of the family, who were able to support Thomas’ battle to access the education he needs.

A Level student Thomas is now at RNC where he is able to access his course materials in a format that is suitable to his eye condition. He has made friends, developed confidence, feels comfortable sharing his own experiences of his visual impairment and has more independence.


If you are interested in studying at RNC, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


Watch the first video below about what life was like for Thomas when he dropped out of College;


Listen to Thomas’ mum Heather talking at July’s New Student Conference about her hopes for him in the future;


Watch the final video below where Thomas talks about his first week at RNC;



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