Millie Whittingham Year 7

Millie Whittingham has autism. She struggled learning in large numbers at mainstream school and suffered from anxiety. InterHigh has helped her re-engage with learning.

Can you tell us about your educational experiences before InterHigh?

At the beginning of Year 5 I joined a smaller school as Mum and Dad thought this would help me. I felt like one of the teachers was specifically picking on me. I was always the one that got the blame – so basically one day I came in with a sprained arm and my mum wrote a letter saying that I can’t do PE today and she didn’t believe that I had hurt myself and came up to me and started shouting at me in front of people. After that day my anxiety just got worse and in the end I couldn’t bare to be in the school at all. I then moved onto another school and that school started off all nice, promising so many things and after a few weeks they changed and I had lost all my support and for some reason my anxiety increased but I don’t know why. Then I didn’t go to any school for a while and it was during this time that I was diagnosed with Autism so then I managed to get back to my old school. But even when I got back to school it brought back all the bad memories and I wanted to run away all the time.

How has studying at InterHigh improved things?

I don’t like crowds when I have to learn. At InterHigh I don’t have to be in classroom and face to face with lots of people. It is less intense, less pressure no noise and more relaxed at home. I like having people in the class from different parts of the world. I like the format of my lessons. I like being able to have private chats with teachers All the lessons are recorded so if I miss something I can go back over it.

What's your favourite thing about being at InterHigh?

My favourite thing about InterHigh is not being in a classroom with lots of distractions.

Any tips for potential and existing InterHigh students of how to get the most out of their time at InterHigh?

My tip for potential and existing InterHigh students is to make the most out of the Break Out times, as this is the closest to independent learning and I took a while to realise this.

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