Student stories

Shirley Harding

“My story started a long time ago, but restarted due to grief. My husband passed away in February 2021 after fifty years of happy marriage, and I knew that I needed to return to something that made me happy.

Sumaiyya Ravat

My story started from a young age. I’ve always been a bookworm, the Matilda of the family if you like. My love for English started when I was 11/12 years old; I was waiting in the school library for my mom to pick me up, so I started to read a book ‘Home is a Place called Nowhere’ that I had randomly found on the shelves, with no intention of actually reading it, maybe just flicking through the pages to look busy.

Kseniia Yakutina

"My story started in Ukraine, where I was born. My life there was active; I was in a leadership team of a youth movement, did plenty of volunteering and also had a job in a private language school in which I ran an English-speaking club.