Secondary school: Downe House, 7 years
University destination: University of Warwick, Film Studies & English Literature
I suppose being dropped off at my boarding house (most likely in tears – I was incredibly homesick at first) was the first thing that happened, but in terms of the first day of school I remember being in an induction day for the whole thing doing all sorts of trust exercises.
We did a 6th form production of Mamma Mia that was a total car crash but that’s what made it so brilliant.
I would have liked to have left with more awareness of the world around me; the school is a bit of a bubble which is lovely in some ways but after 7 years there it felt quite suffocating.
Not really to be honest, just silly ones among the students I’d say.
It’s a very small school so I always found the academic support was there for anyone who needed it. I’m dyslexic and the school was great in organising the tests I needed to get extra time in exams.
A little bit. There is chapel on a Sunday if you’re in school. Other than that, you have it on a Tuesday or Thursday morning for about 20 minutes. The Chaplain was very much a part of the school though.
Drama. We had a great drama department and really lovely theatre with studios.
There were always talks on Oxbridge applications that were available to anyone who wanted to apply once we were in 6th form.
More times than I care to admit, or that my parents will ever know.
I’m sure there are more options now than there were when I was there, but generally you were expected to go to your boarding House Mistress/ Master and you had tutors too that you often had a closer relationship with, especially in 6th form.
A Christmas song maybe – mostly because our school uniform made us look like Christmas trees!