I Wanted My Kids to Be So Proud of Mum; EDUCATION: Mothers Bring Home Exam Successes from Their School

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I Wanted My Kids to Be So Proud of Mum; EDUCATION: Mothers Bring Home Exam Successes from Their School


Byline: By Jane Stirland

MUM of 11 Gill Matthews has gone 'back to school' to set an example to her children.

Gill, aged 42, who lives at Acorn Street in Coventry's Stoke Aldermoor, was one of a group of mums to receive City and Guilds speaking and listening certificates at a presentation ceremony at Stoke Aldermoor community centre.

She got her City and Guilds certificate after attending a course run by Coventry Adult Education and the city's Sure Start children's service.

She had already gained qualifications in maths and English and is about to embark on a computer course.

Gill said: "I didn't do very well at school. My father was in the Army and we moved around a lot so my education was very disrupted.

"It was when my daughter Nikita, who is 16, was struggling with maths at school that I decided I would go and do a maths course myself.

"I wanted her to think 'if mum can do it, so can I.'

Some of the younger ones were also struggling and I wanted them to see that if mum could do it, so could they.

"I hated maths when I was at school; the subject never made much sense to me, but when I started the course I found I quite enjoyed it.

"The children are so proud of me when I go home with certificates."

Gill, like her father, joined the Army after leaving school, then married and started having children - "I never intended having so many," she said. "They just kept on coming."

The eldest, son Ross, aged 19, has just joined the Army: "I'm so proud of him. I am so proud of them all," she said.

The other older children have left home, but Gill lives with the rest of her family - plus 10 cats, a dog, four guinea pigs and a cockatiel - in a three-bedroomed housing association flat above a row shops. …

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