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 PenfoldBird TableSquashedEnid BlytonA Craft CurriculumCut Off 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... Milk Bottle TopsHere John describes the career options suggested by his Head teacher. Bunking OffHere Lynda describes not going to school because she knew she wouldn’t get help. Chess DetentionHere Belinda recalls having detention with the Head teacher.