Secondary school: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
University destination: Oxford University, Law
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.
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.
I didn’t find free periods in Sixth Form particularly productive.
Absolutely none that I was involved in.
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.
No, but the school encouraged students to organise and attend different ‘faith assemblies’.
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.
A lot of students applied, but there was no pressure to apply. If you did apply, you would get support.
The school makes an effort to keep in touch. I’ve attended a few reunion events and been back a few times.
Never, believe it or not.
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.