Teenager Michael makes history at Bath's famous nanny college
Being the only male in a classroom full of 48 girls is the stuff of dreams for most 18-year-old boys.
But trainee nanny Michael Kenny is doing just that as he becomes the first man to study for the early years education degree course at the city's world-famous Norland College.
And, like the girls, the former Kingswood School pupil has been given a distinctive uniform to make sure he stands out from the crowd.
While his female counterparts will be wearing the classic cream dress and brown hat and accessories, the college has had to come up with a new look for him – a tweed jacket, cream shirt, matching tie, beige trousers and brown shoes.
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Michael, whose parents Simon and Mary, 12-year-old brother John and 17-year-old sister Alice live in Uganda, will be only the second male student in the college's 120-year history to graduate with the Norland Diploma.
He was drawn to the job because he has spent time teaching English and maths to severely disabled children in a Ugandan orphanage.
"I wanted to work with children because of the fact that I can understand young people a lot better, I find them a lot easier to get on with, they are much easier to understand," he said.
"I think I would like to be a nanny for a few years, because the whole reason you go through the training is to be a nanny. But then after that I would like to do a PGCE and become a nursery teacher or work in a prep school."
Michael, who has had to endure lots of jokes from his male friends, admitted he initially wasn't even sure if the college took on male students, because he had only ever seen female ones around the city, so had to ring up to check.
However, now that he has started he is undaunted and said he had been warmly welcomed by all the girls.
He said: "Funnily enough they have just been caring more about how I have been feeling, making sure I am OK."
Norland College principal Liz Hunt welcomed Michael to the fold and said her students were more in demand than ever before, with every graduate having a job offer sourced by the college's in-house nanny agency so they are ready to start straight after finishing their studies.
She said: "We always have more job opportunities than we have students, the demand certainly outstrips supply.
"The modern-day Norland graduate also goes on to work in a wide range of careers such as management of nurseries or primary school teaching."