Never too late to learn
9:40am Friday 22nd August 2008
A 37-YEAR-OLD Netherton man is proving it is never too late to learn after scooping a top grade in an AS Level exam.
Father-of-three Jason Collins, of Spring Road, Netherton is a mature student at Dudley College and scored an A grade in English Literature.
He already has four A grade A-Levels under his belt in history, psychology, sociology and law and was even placed in the top five highest achieving law students in the country last year.
The impressive succession of results is a far cry from his school days, which Jason admits he “wasn’t bothered” about.
Jason has also managed to defy illness after being struck down with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which left him confined to a wheelchair six years ago.
But undeterred by his illness, Jason decided he wanted to get back into work and is aiming towards a career in law, possibly in the probation service.
He added: “I find law fascinating, you could say it floats my boat and I am going to Walsall to do a one year law course from September.
“It used to do my head in being stuck at home, unable to work, I needed to be doing something, so I decided to get my grades.
“I would encourage everyone to just go and do it, the benefits are enormous.”
Jason was joined at the nerve wracking result opening moment by two of his daughters, who went to support their clever dad.
He said: “I want to make sure they all do well at school, I now realise how important education is. I will always encourage them to get good grades. I just wish I had done it years ago.”