First Day

Angela Smith: Disinfectant

Angela was born in 1962 in London. Her parents came to England from Guyana and settled in Walthamstow where Angela lived with her eight brothers and sisters. At age five Angela went to a local special school. Then from the age of ten she attended two residential special schools run by the Spastics Society (now SCOPE), in Lincolnshire and Kent.

Here Angela talks about her first memory of residential school.

  • Angela Smith
  • Angela Smith
  • Angela Smith


As soon as I smelt the horrible disinfectant I burst into tears 'cause I said 'Hey I weren't going to cry', you know when you go somewhere new and you've always got the smell, and when I smelt it, it set me off and I think my mum was crying as well.

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