The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School



Name:  James

Secondary school:  Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

University destination:  Oxford University, Law


  1. What is your first memory starting your school?

I vaguely remember being showed around school by a few boys who were in Year 10 at the time. It was very enjoyable to joke and interact with them, and it was exciting walking around the grounds alone.


  1. What is your best memory from your school?

It has to be the time I spent with my friends on the Duke of Edinburgh. We (perhaps quite dangerously) walked along the beach by the side of the Seven Sisters, looking for a path to get back to the top of the cliff. Incredibly gritty. Exhausting. The tent needed a clean afterwards.


  1. What is one thing you would like to change about your school?

I didn’t find free periods in Sixth Form particularly productive.


  1. Any fancy traditions?

Absolutely none that I was involved in.


  1. How was the academic support?

Really excellent. The teachers were incredibly supportive and were always happy to answer questions. I think the whole approach to teaching struck a good balance between supporting us and giving us freedom to explore our own areas of interest. I really noticed this in the Sixth Form.


  1. Is your school a religious school?

No, but the school encouraged students to organise and attend different ‘faith assemblies’.


  1. What was your favourite co-curricular achievement while at your school?

The school put on brilliant plays every year. These were a lot of fun to perform in, and they also led to other opportunities. I was introduced to the world of theatre through that avenue, and have since performed in plays all around the country.


  1. How much emphasis is placed on Oxbridge as a university destination?

A lot of students applied, but there was no pressure to apply. If you did apply, you would get support.


  1. Do you keep in touch with the school, now you have left?

The school makes an effort to keep in touch. I’ve attended a few reunion events and been back a few times.


  1. Did you ever have a detention at your school?

Never, believe it or not.


  1. What are the pastoral support options?

Again, they were very good. I think the school was very good at hiring teachers who are emotionally attuned to their students. This goes a long way when a student needs support. A lot of the teachers also had a great sense of humour.


  1. Bonus: If your school were represented as a song, what song would it be and why?