A while ago I had a high school education and limited opportunities. A year at Newbattle changed all that and opened up so many new and exciting prospects. After Newbattle I successfully completed a journalism degree before deciding to live and work in Asia. None of this would have been possible without Newbattle; both for the qualifications and the personal development that it excels at. As well as acquiring knowledge and learning new skills they will also teach you how to get the best out of yourself.
For me, there were no downsides to the experience. I was able to realise my learning potential and develop as a person. Amongst the staff and students I found some inspiring people who were always generous with help and advice. There was a great camaraderie amongst the student body, most of us hadn’t been in a classroom for years. The learning experience was collective as well as individual as we helped each other, sharing experiences and knowledge along the way. As with most things in life, the rewards are commensurate to the amount of effort you put in. Do you want to make a positive change in your life? If feel you have so much more to achieve and are prepared for a wee bit of graft then I can’t recommend this experience highly enough. And you get to live at ‘Hogwarts’, it is a win-win situation!