Chloe turns life around

NEW START Chloe Roberts.
NEW START Chloe Roberts.
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A teenager who was expelled from two schools has turned her life around following the death of her beloved grandma.

Chloe Roberts was excluded twice after repeatedly clashing with her teachers.

Sadly, her grandmother Ann died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in December.

Following her death Heckmondwike girl Chloe, 16, decided to change her ways and make her gran proud.

And she is now back in education – and enjoying her studies.

She said even thought she had been in the top sets for most subjects, she didn’t like school.

She said: “People knew how to wind me up and I sometimes went on a bad rage.

“I hung around with older people and only went in when I felt like it.”

Chloe said when she was struggling she would often turned to her grandma for solace.

She said: “We were close and what I did used to upset her.

“She understood me and wanted me to do well.”

She said she was heartbroken when her gran died – but her grief proved to be a watershed moment.

Chloe decided to make a fresh start and approached Huddersfield charity Rathbone, which helps teenagers aged 14 to 16 get back into education.

On their Youth Choices programme she learned new skills in small classes and got plenty of one-to-one support.

She said: “I didn’t know anybody there but I like meeting new people and thought it was a fresh start.

“You can be learning about algebra one lesson and then be making clocks in another.

“It doesn’t feel like school.”

And Chloe, who hopes to study for a diploma in hairdressing at Kirklees College, has since landed a work placement at a Huddersfield hair salon.

She said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

“I’ve cut my sister’s hair and dyed mine bright pink and just about every other colour!”

Rathbone’s Youth Choices programme helps struggling teenagers aged 14 to 16 to gain skills, experience and qualifications.

It also offers outreach programmes for young people aged 14 to 19 who are not in education, training or employment.

And it helps people aged 16 to 24 to get on-the-job training and apprenticeships.