Actor & Presenter
1. What was your school like?
I went to Sylvia Young, a mixed drama school in London, where three days are academic and two days are singing, acting and dancing. Seeing as I was from Manchester, I had to board during the week. The school supported pupils to work in the professional world whilst studying.
2. What is your favourite memory of school?
Getting to see and spend time with my friends every day.
3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?
As a school that specialises in allowing young people to work whilst studying, Sylvia Young massively helped with my career since I could both work and have lessons in singing, acting and dancing. The experience was invaluable, and I owe a lot to what Sylvia Young did for me when I was growing up.
4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?
I was. It took me a while, but eventually I opened up to a close friend about what was happening. They supported me and advised me to tell my peers who could then go about sorting the situation.
5. What was your favourite school subject?
6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays?
I was most excited about seeing all my friends and catching up on all of our summer antics. I also looked forward to having regular drama lessons again. You’ve got so much to come - friends, fun, work, school trips and so many memories to make.
7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?
8. What was your favourite school meal?
Jacket potato with beans and cheese. Beautiful. Or a two crisp butty.
9. If you had to go back to school again what would you change?
Nothing. I had some of the best years of my life at school and all of my experiences have helped to shape the way I am today. Obviously there were things I did wrong, but I wouldn’t change these because I learnt a lesson from each mistake I made. Just like when you’re doing exam practice.
10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?
I’ve been in your situation and I know the hardest thing to get your head around is to tell someone, there are so many reasons to keep quiet. Honestly, the best thing you can do is open up to someone. It doesn’t have to be an adult, parent or teacher (I know how daunting that is), it can be a friend or anyone you trust. Just let someone know. Once you have told someone you will feel so much better that you are not dealing with it on your own. That person can then advise you on the best thing to do, and hopefully together you will find a solution to the problem. Above all, stay strong and be happy, always. x
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