1. What your school like?
I went to a mixed secondary school in West London.
2. What is your favourite memory of school?
The first couple years of high school, I used to wake up just before 5am to get the first train with my guitar to school so I could spend hours playing music before anyone arrived. I found a way to open the front gate before school had opened. I also befriended the cleaner who would kindly unlock the rehearsal room doors for me. This gave me about 3 hours just to play music most mornings. I think they’ve fixed the gates by now, haha.
3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?
School always helped me understand what really matters to me, which lessons I connected with and didn’t. I also prioritised my passions over popularity. I learnt that being yourself always works in your favour. I knew as soon as I left school what I wanted to pursue.
4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?
There are bullies everywhere in life but I’ve always stood up for myself. I think this is so important for everyone to do. Once a bully realises that you won’t fall into their game they stop and sometimes question themselves too.
5. What was your favourite school subject?
Music, English and Art!
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 always excited to see everyone after the holidays - even the teachers. I loved seeing how we’d all changed (or not!) over the holidays. I’d say these are some of the greatest years of your life, focus on the things you love, have fun with your friends, talk to your teachers. Enjoy them!
7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?
I noticed that sometimes people compare themselves to others too much. Know that anything you’ve done during the holidays can be made to sound exciting. Don’t worry too much about what everyone else did!
8. What was your favourite school meal?
My favourite school was probably something I’d NOT like now. The pizza wrap. It was a sludge of melted cheese and tomato in tortilla wrap folded up.
9. If you had to go back to school again what would you change?
At school my attention was never that great, so if I went back I would try to address it so I could focus more in certain subjects. But this seems to be the case with A LOT of people. I now understand this isn't the fault of the children, it’s actually down to the education system being outdated and not suited to our needs. Teachers (my mum is one) should be allowed to focus more on making the lessons exciting and creative and less on grades. I would also want to change the food that we’re being served. It’s hard to go into a classroom and concentrate when you’re stuffed with high carb foods full of sugar!
10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?
Always speak up. Whether it’s to the bully, family, friends, teachers, or just somebody you trust, if you stay quiet about being bullied it will never be solved. It can seem difficult or even embarrassing but being brave WILL make the difference.