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Fiorella Fredrick

"The Academy encouraged me to present myself confidently in front of my peers and show everyone what I am capable of."

“I have always been a shy and quiet individual. I have never liked being in the spotlight or talking in front of a crowd of more than five. But the Academy encouraged me to present myself confidently in front of my peers and show everyone what I am capable of. 

Before joining the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy I had always asked myself, ‘Why am I studying all these subjects when I do not need them in my future?’ This doubt was cleared once I left school. I came to understand that everything happens for a reason. Exams are not the strongest point for me, and that is why I chose to do a BTEC course and an individual subject – the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy was ideal.

The Academy helped me embrace my strongest subject. I got an A* in Art and Design for my GCSE but didn’t think I was any good before my results day. This subject has been a hobby of mine since I was little. From my time with the Academy, I learnt that showing what you are passionate about and what you truly believe in is very important in life. I started to show my work and now my business has grown incredibly. 

The Academy has had a big impact on me: it helped me discover new things and what I wanted to do in the future. It also helped me discover skills that I didn’t even know I had. Part of that is running the business I started through the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy whilst studying at university.” 

Fiorella is founder of Fiorella’s Art, a business that produces commissioned work.