Georgia Groome

Georgia Groome



Tell us a bit about yourself, what you do, what you've featured in and where we might have seen you.

I grew up in Derbyshire and began acting at the age of 11. I've worked in film, television and theatre as well as completing an English degree this year. The film you guys will probably know me best from is Angus Things and Perfect Snogging. 

1. What was your school like?

I went to a school called Trent College in-between Derby and Nottingham. It is a mixed private school which both my dad and granddad attended. I had a scholarship which allowed me to attend.

2. What was your favourite memory of school?

My favourite memories of school are all the stupid things you get away with when you are a teenager. Decorating the 6th for centre with Christmas decorations in summer and mass water fights on the fields. I have many happy memories of reading plays aloud in English class and fun drama and art lessons. 

3. Have you experienced bullying? If so how did you overcome this?

On a very small level I suppose I did. But the reason I am so excited by the work you guys are doing is because of my younger sister. She was badly bullied from the ages of about 7-9. She was very beautiful but also very small and spindly and began coming home in tears covered in scratches that she wouldn't explain. Her work began to suffer and she stopped enjoying or wanting to dance which she has always loved. It took a long time to get to the bottom of and ended with my mum taking her out of school and putting her in a new environment. It was really horrible seeing her be pushed to the ground by this certain girl at sports day and seeing no one do anything about it. It makes me happy to think that the work you are doing is putting a stop this and that other kids won't have to suffer.

Luckily Eden is now a brilliant confident young lady whom I am very proud of. She is the first to stick up for someone or to help someone in need. 

4. What was your favourite school subject?

Weirdly Geography was what I was best at and I loved my teachers and the lessons. I'm an avid reader so English too and obviously drama and art. 

5. 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 looked forward to seeing everyone and catching up. Also to having homework which I admit is very strange! 

I think you should all look forward to seeing your friends and learning about the things that excite you - whether that be maths (it never was for me!) or trying new sports.

6. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?

I was often out of school during term time working (I would have tutors on the sets) so it was brilliant to be back in a real classroom with other people my age. That being said, I was always very nervous to go back as at 15 it feels like the world has changed in a matter of months. But you can always settle back in quickly and anything you fear you have missed was probably not very important. 

7. What is your favourite school meal?

Friday was fish and chip day which everyone got very excited about. But I loved after school tea which was bread and marmite or jam! 

8. What would you change about school?

I don't think school is for everyone. We all learn in different ways and I don't think the system as it is now caters for everyone. I would love to see more practical and physical lessons. More creative choices. I also think as boring as it would probably be that we should have to learn about taxes and how to do that kind of adult stuff. It still freaks me out. 

I had to go to Saturday school too so for anyone that has to do that I would abolish that!

9. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?

First of all don't be scared or worried. You are brilliant and you can get through this. Please tell someone, it will make you feel at least 10% better instantly. There are people who will help you and help stop the bullies. Speak up because you deserve to have a happy and fun time at school. Talk to a teacher, your parents or someone who you trust and ask for help. They should and will strive to sort the situation out. 

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