ARSENAL & ENGLAND FOOTBALLER
1. What school did you go to?
I went to Sedgefield community college which is a sports college for both sex in the North East.
2. What is your favourite memory of school?
My favourite time was meeting new friends and PE as that was my favourite lesson.
3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?
School was hard for me due to being in the England set up at an early age of 12, so I missed a lot of school work. However, it has developed my skills on balancing both football and work and the challenges that came up with that.
4. What was your favourite school subject?
It's got to be PE, from a young age, I would always choose sport over anything else and football was a sport I choose over everything. In the long run it turned out to be a good decision.
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?
Seeing my friends was always important to me as I was away a lot. I think when your young you have to make the most of school as once you leave you have big decisions to make. So enjoying it while you can and it will help you will skills later in life.
6. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?
I worried a lot over my work and struggled doing my work. Once I missed a few sessions, I struggled to get back on track and would lose focus. My main aim for me was to focus on the main subjects, Maths, English and Science rather than get stressed about all the subjects I was doing for GCSE. This helped my focus on the main ones needed for progressing in school or university.
7. What was your favourite school meal?!
With our school being a sports college it was fairly healthy so different pasta pots were always my favourite and due to having a sweet tooth I loved a sponge and custard desert :)
8. If you had to go back to school again what would you change?
I would try go after school or work more hours at home rather than leaving work tip the last minute.
9. What is your back to school advice to any young people worrying about going back to school because of bullying?
Don't be alone at school, tell someone and don't be afraid to. Focus on something you enjoy swell, don't let a bully ruin your time at school.
10. What difference would an Anti-Bullying Ambassador have made?
A big difference, we didn't have one at school and I'm sure if there was more people would feel able to talk in private to them and even spread the word to bullies that they are there to stop it and have consequences to bullying. The more we talk about it and acknowledge it, the more comfortable it becomes for children to speak up.