From the age of 2 1/2 I went to private schools.
Some were excellent, i went to about 4 as we moved around the country. From the age of 13 i chose to board, thinking i would do some more studying, i'm afraid i was just as lazy as at home, but being able to lie in bed until 10 mins before school started was cool, me not being an early morning person!
But by the time, i was 15 taking my GCSE's i was bored and ready to leave, fed up with the strictness and just wanted to have a more independent atmosphere to do my Alevels in.
My father was not happy about this as he wanted me to stay at my current school or if i was bored of that, go to the private school my 3 brothers are at.
I was insistent i wanted to go to the local state college, and managed to persude my mum to let me go there, providing i got decent GCSE results.
Luckily i did and was delighted to enroll at my local college, i have been here for 2yrs now and i am very pleased i decided to come here as opposed to staying at school.
I have found the teaching to be as excellent and the classes as small (9 for Alevel) as at my old school. The teachers are just as keen and we are taken on trips, the facilites are not brilliant, but they are good.
I was (incorrectly) slightly scared about state people, before i came to college, which was something our school encouraged - no doubt to scare us into staying in the private sector.
In fact in my headmaster's study when i said i was leaving to study A levels at my local college, he said i would rather you go to a rival state school then go there. Most of my teachers also tried to persude my i would FAIL if i went to the local college.
I am so glad i didn't take their advice, i have utterly enjoyed doing Alevels here and found 99% of the people incredibly down to earth and very friendly.
I also hopefully won't fail, managed to gain A's in most of my AS levels, doing better than many of my friends who stayed in the private sector.
I am glad i was allowed the chance to go to a state system as it has totally changed the way my parents think about them, they are just as good and in many cases better, depending on those lucky enough to live in the right catchment area.
I have been lucky that people have liked me on the person i am rather than the type of school i went to. I would never decide i liked someone on the type of school or uni they went to - it is how they are as a person that counts.
Sorry this is so long, and apolgies for bad spelling.