Impact on Adult Life

Alice: Not Good Enough

Alice was born in 1957 in Buckinghamshire. She went to mainstream primary schools and moved to a residential special school with her sister for her secondary education.

Here Alice describes the lasting impact of her education.

  • Alice
  • Alice
  • Alice


I think it's had a huge, huge impact on my life experience, I think I would have had, had I had a better secondary education, I would have had a completely different life experience and, and you know there's a bit of me that says, there's a bit of me that gets cross about that sometimes and, but actually most of the time I just go, 'That's life, everybody has crap life experiences in some way or another', and you just get on with it don't you? I don't know, but certainly the business of having to be ten per cent better than everybody else has absolutely coloured my life and this notion that I am not good enough is absolutely, oh it’s so fundamentally ingrained and I am sure that came from my secondary education, there's no way that came from anywhere else

Explore more

Explore stories by theme or view the timeline of significant events in education for disabled people

A selection of other stories...