If I Could Change Something Anthea Penfold: I Could Have Shone Anthea was born in 1941 in Guildford, Surrey. She spent her entire school life in residential special schools in Sussex and Kent. More fromAnthea PenfoldA Craft CurriculumBird TableCut OffSquashedEnid Blyton Here Anthea talks about her wish to go to ‘normal’ school. https://howwasschool.allfie.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/could-have-shone.mp3TranscriptWell I would have loved to have gone to normal school, I really would. I think I could have shone. I wouldn’t have had the hang-ups about my family. It cut me off from my family so much. I felt a stranger the moment I went home. Explore more Explore stories by theme or view the timeline of significant events in education for disabled people A selection of other stories... Pray for MeHere Christine recalls an experience at school assembly. RootsHere Angela describes the impact of the loss of her family relationships. Culture ShockHere Philip recalls the difficulty of entering the ‘hearing world’ after school.