Graduate's story - Sam
"My names is Sam Oliver Barnes.
I am profoundly deaf due to meningitis at
a couple of days old and I wear a Cochlear
Implant. I went to The Elizabeth Foundation
from 3 months of age.
"After leaving The Elizabeth Foundation, I went
to Wallisdean Infant and Junior School, and
then moved up to Neville Lovett Community
School. After graduating from Neville Lovett,
I started at Fareham College doing football
coaching for a year. I then got a job in a
garage as an apprentice sprayer for a year.
"After that, I moved on to being a car mechanic
in different garages from classic Jaguar cars,
to normal cars, to high specification cars. Now
Iím working as a Head Mechanic in a Japanese
"In my spare time I help my brother doing
DJ-ing at the weekends and I also enjoy
spending time on my own cars. I want to get
into the drifting scene in the near future! And
after all the hard work, I like to go on holiday
with my friends and relax."