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    I'm starting to think about applying for uni (2017) and I've been reading some tips for personal statements etc. one thing I saw was that if there were gaps in your education you should say why and not leave them guessing.
    I've not actually attended school since year 8. I had absolutely no education until year 11 I did my GCSEs (without even catching up, I did them on my own accord) and I'm now doing my A levels online. That's a *lot* of time out of public education and obviously people are going to have questions.
    However, I feel like if I did explain it would be kind of detrimental - because I was taken out of school and put in a mental hospital? How do I go about addressing it (or do I not at all even - though it might get brought up at some point anyway)?

    You don't 'have to' include it, but I think you could use it in a positive way? If you got yourself through exams despite your time out, then this would show your motivation and determination- so would be a good addition to a personal statement. Only if you're comfortable using it though.
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    It's probably best for your referee to mention things like that. If you do decide to mention it yourself, keep it brief and try not to make it sound too negative - focus on the positives (i.e. that you've managed to cope)
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