Christine Weetman

Individual Regional Awards
East of England

Personal circumstances meant Christine didn’t do well at school, despite her ability, but in 2002 she decided to return to education whilst working part-time as a cleaner and with a young family to support.

She started with pottery workshops, gaining OCN qualifications and then digital photography, mould making and plaster casting. Since then, she has studied OCR Levels 1 and 2 in Literacy, AS Level Art & Design, First Aid and Business Link courses to help her start a business.

Thanks to her dedication to learning, Christine is now employed as a school art technician, runs a part-time business and often teaches pottery classes to the local isolated rural community to ensure they have access to learning. At times, Christine has had to travel an 80-mile round trip to college, but she has persevered and is currently studying OCR Level 2 Numeracy and ‘Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector’ to help her to become a tutor.

“Returning to learning for me has opened so many new doors. I have made new friends, my confidence has grown so much that I am no longer afraid,” said Christine.

Award Winner - Christine Weetman
“Returning to learning for me has opened so many new doors. I have made new friends, my confidence has grown so much that I am no longer afraid.”
Christine Weetman, 2010 Award Winner