Louise became pregnant at the age of 14 and left school without qualifications. After the birth of her son, she started at The Meriton School in Bristol – a specialist baby and mother school – and gained GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Art and Child Development, as well as a Level 1 BTEC in Travel and Tourism.
She continued her learning at City of Bath College, gaining a BTEC National Diploma in Business and Administration, and dreamt of becoming a social worker, but didn’t think it was achievable. In 2009, a careers adviser inspired her to change direction and she began a national diploma in health and social care, which she hopes to pass in 2011.
Louise is adding to her learning with a placement at a day centre where she works with adults with learning disabilities. Single parent Louise is also very independent and manages to combine her study with bringing up a young son and running a household successfully. “The whole of my education has made a difference in my life as it has given me a chance to achieve the best I can in what I can,” said Louise.