‘They made me feel that someone believed in me’

September 07 2016

A FEW years ago, Indianna Whittaker thought she would leave Hanham Woods Academy with hardly any qualifications.

Indianna Whittaker  says she is very grateful to staff at Hanham  Woods

A FEW years ago, Indianna Whittaker thought she would leave Hanham Woods Academy with hardly any qualifications.
In Year 8 she developed anxiety issues and by the time she reached Year 10 her confidence was so low she couldn’t face going to lessons.
“I would get stressed and just think ‘I’m not going to pass’,” said Indianna.
“I thought I’d rather not put in the effort rather than try and fail. It was really hard for me because I’d get so stressed I would just cry all the time.”
Thankfully for Indianna, her teachers weren’t prepared to write her off - they knew she was capable of passing her exams.
“I had the support I needed from the school; staff really did support me with everything,” said Indianna.
“My head of year was the most supportive person ever. It made me feel that someone believed in me even though I couldn’t see myself how I could do it.
“When I opened my envelope and saw I passed my maths and English and had five Cs and a B I was so happy. It means I can now go to City of Bristol College to study animal care. I would love to go on to do a degree in zoo keeping.”