Joanne Wacha: Staying Home

Joanne Wacha was born in 1984 in Harrow, London. Joanne attended local mainstream primary and secondary schools and also spent time in hospital, attending the hospital school, after becoming ill at the age of thirteen. After school she went on to a local sixth form college, then a residential special college and then on to university.

Here Joanne describes her mum’s determination for her to go to school locally.

  • Joanne Wacha
  • Joanne Wacha
  • Joanne Wacha


There was talk about me going to a boarding school but that would be away from my home and my mum point-blank said, ‘No way, she is going to stay home with me and learn – have her education here in Harrow.’ And I’m so glad she made that decision because I probably wouldn’t know my littlest sister Rachel who was six months when I was ill as well as I do now.

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