Mariam is 17 and attends an inner-city academy school. Her school is in a multi-ethnic area of Manchester with considerable levels of deprivation.
Will’s in his final year at a rural school in South West England studying for A-levels in ICT, Product Design and Sport. He feels that he lives in ‘a great place’ and enjoys how friendly people are (‘there’s no like knife crime or anything round here’) and the opportunities for outdoor activities and sport.
Sarah’s in the first year of the sixth from at a London school studying for A-levels in Drama, English,Film Studies and Photography, a combination reflecting her focus on creativity.
Julia is in the first year of sixth form at a rural school in South West England studying A-levels. She likes the intimacy of the local area, being able to know people in the street, as this matches her ‘sociable’ personality.
Edward is in the first year of the sixth from at a London school studying for A-levels in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, a combination chosen to prepare him for a degree in electronic engineering.
Wolfgang is 15 years old and studying for his GCSE examinations at a large multi-ethnic secondary school in Manchester.