Ripley Marshall, a 17-year-old studying fashion design at West Nottinghamshire College, missed a lot of time at school because of family problems, including helping to care for her disabled brother. She said: "At school I felt as if I was under a lot of pressure and the teachers never gave pupils one on one time.
"I didn't really feel very comfortable there. They did not really understand the problems I had at home. The staff here are so friendly, down-to-earth and helpful - they make me want to come in and enjoy what I do.
"They take the time to speak to every individual and ask how we are."