IT’S never too late to return to learning says Holmfirth mother-of-two Denise Bristol.
Denise, who lives in Cinderhills has just received a clutch of certificates from Kirklees College, even thought she left school with just one GCSE in art.
And she is now keen for others to emulate her educational success.
Denise, 31, of Cinderhills said: “I have had a troubled past. I was brought up in Dalton and attended Rawthorpe High School but I couldn't achieve my goals.
“I have had lots of jobs and bad experiences and suffered a miscarriage, but after I returned to education I have turned my life around.”
Denise, who is mum to five-year-old Byron and Chantell, four, has studied music technology for two years at Kirklees College and has also joined a singing school which she says has helped her gain confidence and self esteem.
One of her proudest moments was playing the part of Fagan and singing Pick a Pocket or Two in a production of Oliver in the Highfield Annexe with other performing arts students.
“You should never give up on your dreams,” said Denise.
“Even if you’ve suffered from depression or had a troubled life, you’re never too old to learn. I started late, but I am really proud of all I have achieved and want other people to know that what I have done, they can do as well.”
Denise is now hoping to continue her studies at Kirklees College and achieve a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts.