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The Best Days of my Life


Former students share their thoughts on how their school influenced them

Claire McKenzie 
BAFTA nominated Musical Composer and Director and former Church High School pupil 
What values do you think your school taught you?
When I joined Church High I was quite a quiet girl and Church High taught me to believe in myself and in my talents, giving me the determination to succeed in my chosen profession. The school taught me the values of respecting your fellow students. The teachers ensured that every girl was given a voice and every girl had a chance to be heard – and this is something that echoes strongly through the school and its values today. Every girl knew that if they worked hard they would have the opportunity to achieve to the very highest level in their chosen subjects, and this was certainly the case with my own studies and career path. 

Ellie Crisel
BBC journalist and presenter, former pupil at Dame Allan’s, Newcastle
What values do you think your school taught you?
My school taught me the value of working hard for what you want and being dedicated and focused, but also the importance of being well rounded – taking a broad interest in what the world has to offer and having enthusiasm for trying new things.

Toby Spence 
Deputy Headmaster and former pupil of The King’s School Tynemouth 
What role do you feel your school played in helping you become the person you are today?
I believe the school’s role was absolutely fundamental. More than anything King’s offered opportunity. Once I was mature enough to appreciate this then it was a case of grabbing as many opportunities as I could. Teachers who were inspirational inspired me and those I found less than inspiring taught me the importance of self-motivation.

Published in: November 2013

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