HOW IT ALL STARTED
I am sure you are all wondering who I am, now that you have hopefully read one of my posts! This blog isn’t so much about me though, it’s about my experience as a home schooled child, so I wont write my whole life story, just snippets so you can get a good idea about who I am and why I chose to be home schooled.
My name is Jessica. I am 15, soon to be 16. I was born in North Yorkshire, on a small holding, with my Mum, Dad, older brother and younger sister. I am the only one in my family to be home schooled. I have always been around animals, they have been the love of my life since I can remember! I attended a very small primary school in my local village, and loved it. There weren’t many children in the school, I’d say about 50 in the entire school. It was a great school and because of the small amount of us that went there, everyone got a lot of one to one teaching, which I think is important to help learning at such a young age.
So, at that point in my life I hadn’t had a problem with school. I attended everyday, because I wanted to, because I enjoyed the way I was taught and I enjoyed being with my friends. The day I had to leave the school was one of the saddest days in my short life, not just because I had to leave my beloved school, but also because I had to leave all my friends behind too. They were all leaving for the middle school and I was starting a private school. I didn’t really want to go but my mum thought it was the better option. The hours were long and you had to go in on a Saturday. I only attended the school for a year because the hours weren’t working for me. I wanted to be with my animals not at school.
So after long talks with my mum about what school I was going to go to now, she told me all about home schooling. My eyes lit up to the idea. My mum was very supportive through everything, and listened to me and my feelings towards school, when no one else would. My Dad on the other hand, didn’t like the idea of home schooling. He was brought up to just do what everyone else did and couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to just be a sheep and go to school. The only person that stuck by me and helped me to get my voice heard, was my Mum. without her understanding, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
After several meetings with the education social working and various other people, I was finally legally being home schooled. It was a dream come true.
THE BIG MOVE
After my parents got divorced, Scotland was on the cards. A large farm for rent in Ayrshire was perfect for our family (both people and animals!) So in March 2010, myself, my Mum, Sister, Auntie and Cousin, all moved to a large white farm house, with acres to roam, ponds to play in, hills to climb and a view of the sea to die for. I attended a private school for about a term, but school just still wasn’t working for me, so I went back to home schooling. My Cousin and I became best friends and discovered every inch of the surrounding land together, when he got home from school. I became part of a small study group in Ayr during the week. My other Auntie came to live with us in Ayr not long after we moved, my older Brother soon followed. We were a big family and supported each other through everything. Me and my sister went to visit my Dad in Yorkshire every two weeks, so I still got to see my family and friends down there.
THE BIG HOUSE ON THE HILL
Leaving Ayr and heading for Dumfries and Galloway. We moved to a big farm on a hill, taking all our animals and leaving My two Aunties and Cousin in Ayr, in their new houses. I missed my Cousin, he had become a Brother to me and I still miss him today, however my Auntie and my Mum had some disagreements and fell out, meaning I haven’t seen him since we moved from Ayr.
I started the local high school, which helped me make the friends I still know today. I attended the high school for around a term, but left because I felt I learnt much more at home and that the school was holding me back from what I wanted to do. After many meetings with attendance officers, social workers, education social workers and many others I left the school to be home schooled again, this time for good. Although leaving school this time wasn’t as easy as before, because of the different laws in Scotland, my age, the fact I had left a state school, not a privet school and that I was one of the very few teenagers to be home schooled in the area. My Mum had to jump through hoops for me to be able to be home schooled again.
I moved house again. Just down the road this time though, to a small rural Scottish Estate.
I started working with a tutor, who taught me maths and English. However she struggled to teach me because of my age, as she was only qualified to teach children younger than me. After a while of working with her, I stopped because I felt she was holding me back on what I needed to learn, just because she didn’t know how to teach it. I took a while off my school work to focus on my horses, doing Maths and English when I had the chance. After about 4 months I started the IGCSE Cambridge university home schooling courses. I study English, Business studies, History, Geography, Biology and Maths. It works great for me, as I still have time to work with my horses and the rest of my animals. Although, I have changed my career path. I would like to become either a property developer, interior designer, events planner or estate agent.
I think that’s about it for now!
If you would like to know anything more about me, or have any questions on home schooling, leave a comment with your email address and I will get back to you as soon as possible.