1. My favourite grade in school was (in the UK it’s years rather than grades) I think my choice would be Year 11 – I’d be sitting my GCSEs but I’d be able to change my future and pick different A Levels. I was also helping with the youth group at church and although it crossed my mind about doing
2. My favorite teacher was Miss Cafolla (Italian Teacher), Mr Broom and Mrs Brannen (Drama) or Miss Woodcock (Music) because I adored learning Italian until I got to Sixth Form and just couldn’t hack the pace – you were expected to go from a GCSE student who looked up most words in the dictionary to virtually fluent in the space of about 6 months and it didn’t happen for me – I would get muddled between the Italian I knew, the French that I’d been learning since Year 5 and the English I’d been talking my whole life. Miss Cafolla was an awesome teacher who always had time for my silly questions!
Mr Broom, Mrs Brannen and Miss Woodcock are in there because without them I’d have probably been kicked out of Sixth Form. I really messed up when it came to my Year 12 exams – I was great in the classes but put me in an exam and I lost the plot and I couldn’t articulate what I wanted to say. These three teachers let me stay, I had to understand that I’d probably not get higher grades than Ds at a push but they’d keep me, rather than me leave or start over. Two of the three teachers have either left teaching or moved on to different schools – I think number 3 is still at my Upper School.
3. The highest level of education I have completed is a BA (Honours) Degree in Performing Arts and Professional Practice. I’d like to go back and do an MA in Media (Mass Communications) or try and get on an Anthropology course but they are just dreams.
4. School lunches for me were usually cooked dinners from the canteen. When I was at Upper School I’d buy my sandwiches at break time so that I had time to eat them and get to whichever music practice was on (apart from Tuesday or Wednesday when it was trampolining and I’d eat lunch at break time!)
5. The amount of money you’d have to pay me to go back to high school would be cover my household bills etc and give me some pocket money so I can still look after the boys etc and then I’d really consider it – okay you were worrying about exams or which university you were going to go to but life in general was so much easier then!
6. A few things that will always remind me of going back to school are wearing new school shoes round the house to wear them in, trying on school uniform in the middle of August (my Mum was often on a mission!) and older kids getting exam results (that way I knew September was coming!)
7. The first day of school was always incredibly boring! You’d have to copy your timetable to your homework diary, when you got to Sixth Form you had to make sure there were no clashes due to your choices. I didn’t have this problem but my friend who was doing 5 A Levels (I was on 3 but the average was 4) always had clashes!