Connor, aged 16, was eight when he was excluded from mainstream school. To help him cope with a tragic family loss, he immersed himself into his education.
Connor, 16 years old from Sheffield, Yorkshire was eight when he was excluded from mainstream education. He was sent to a new school but his attitude was so negative, he was at risk of being excluded from school again.
At the age of 14, Connor became a young carer for his severely disabled brother and also started attending the xl programme, an initiative from The Prince’s Trust that improves the confidence and skills of young people who are struggling at school.
Connor’s attitude shifted dramatically during xl; he matured from an overly pessimistic and uncertain student into a confident, able young man with an appetite for learning. He worked well independently and in groups and became a mentor for young students.
The following year, Connor and his family experienced a tragic loss as his brother passed away. Connor handled this with magnanimous stoicism and immersed himself in his education. That year, he went on to sit eight GCSEs and often asked for extra work. His maturity was commented on by OFSTED inspectors and his sensible and empathetic attitude saw him elected to the school council.
Humble and gracious, Connor’s journey through xl has been metamorphic. He now has a solid foundation for his future and is about to study childcare at college with a view to becoming a childcare assistant.