Charles Harvey was 14 when he started studying level 1 catering, an inclusive learning programme at City College Norwich in 2009. It was to be the start of a long CCN-orientated journey, he is still here 7 years later!
First few steps
Charles’ memories of the college go right back to his first few weeks. “I was escorted by the 14-16 team to my catering block where I was initially measured for chef whites. The support staff were so friendly.”
After successfully passing level 1 catering in 2010, Charles then decided to join the Phoenix Purple course (a course designed for and aimed at students with ASD to help with progression into mainstream or other specialist educational courses.) Charles praises Phoenix Purple, saying “my tutor in Phoenix Purple would help me break down my goal into manageable sections and activities, find courses that would suit and may lead to reaching this goal and provide me with the confidence and motivation to go for it!”
Moving on to a degree!
After 4 years doing Phoenix Purple (2010-2012) and Health and Social Care (2012-2014) Charles then progressed onto a degree. When reaching the end of the academic year in 2012, he wasn’t sure which direction to go in. However, his tutor told him he was able to do a degree. “I was so happy and shocked and fearful that I didn’t know whether to cry, jump, or be smug! I did all!” Charles remarked on his reaction.
Since 2014, Charles has been studying for FdSc Health Studies, whilst working as support staff at CCN. “My biggest career achievements include having presented a fantastic Autism Awareness session to keen staff to develop their knowledge, presenting my own training program on anatomy and physiology on a CPD day and supporting on the amazing Phoenix Purple course that I was on as a student in 2010-2012!”
Looking to the future
“I have always had a good working relationship with staff and through having regular meetings/tutorials, evaluations in lesson time – this has helped me become the person I am today. All I have learned though my educational experience has gone towards making me a more effective member of staff. My next goal is to teach in Foundation Studies/Supported Learning or Further Education”
Georgia’s Story of Inclusive Learning
Georgia Harris, a foundation hospitality student, was at CCN from 2013 and has many memories of her time here.
“I loved that I was cooking and learning at the same time whilst studying foundation hospitality. At the end of the year we had a residential trip to Deepdale Hostel and went to many different places while we were there. I also went to the Royal Norfolk Show with the college. It was a hot day! Our stall allowed members of the public to decorate cookies and children had the opportunity to take part in a treasure quest.
My favourite memories of college have been meeting new people, facing new challenges and having fun whilst on my course. Another favourite memory of mine is when I took part in disability football, I will be doing so again this year. As well as football, I have also been taking part in tournaments with students on other courses that are grouped under disability and special needs.
I am currently on a course based at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital called ‘Project Search’. Project Search are helping me with employability skills, such as creating a CV.”