By Leah Fox
This super mum bagged a first in her degree before her son’s first birthday after graduating just four months after he was born – and taking him along to the ceremony with her to celebrate.
Scholarship teaching student Chloe Haylock, 22, from Heath Charnock, Lancs, was determined not to give up her degree when she fell pregnant in June 2018 so instead juggled studying with her pregnancy.
While her university, Edge Hill in Ormskirk, Lancs, offered her the option to defer, she ploughed through her final exams and assignments while heavily pregnant and with a newborn baby.
And now the tenacious teacher-to-be, who cites son Archie, born in March this year, as her biggest inspiration to carry on with her cause, will begin her new job at a primary school this September.
Mum-of-one Chloe, who is enjoying being a new parent with boyfriend Adam Appleyard, 26, said: “Studying with a new baby was difficult but only gave me more inspiration as I had someone I knew would look up to me in the future and hopefully have high aspirations for himself.
“When I fell pregnant I was offered to defer for a year, but I knew I was capable of finishing the degree if I put my mind to it.
“I’m glad I did, as I’ve graduated with a first.
“I also thought I may not complete the degree if I didn’t do it now, and felt that I would lose myself in the whirlwind of parenting.
“I wanted to ensure that I still achieved my goal of being a teacher as well as a mother.”
Chloe began her studies at Edge Hill by completing a seven week Fastrack course to get the entry requirements she needed to start a degree.
The determined mum was so successful she won one of only three scholarships available to Fastrack students before progressing onto a PrimaryEnglish Education with QTS degree course.
Chloe’s teaching career will follow in the footsteps of mum Paula Taylor, who is also a teacher who trained at Edge Hill.
She added: “I loved my course – I had fantastic tutors who really inspired me to do my best and keep fighting to achieve my dreams.
“My mum is a fantastic teacher who also trained at Edge Hill University – this inspired me to undertake a degree here and follow in her footsteps.”