Director of Sports and Activities, Dubai British School.
Where did you go to school?
I went to Meole Brace Secondary School in Shrewsbury, UK.
What was your favourite subject?
It was physical education. Despite the chubby cheeks, sport was the one thing I really had a passion for as a child. Unfortunately, despite playing football and squash to a decent level I was more a ‘Jack of all trades…master of none’ type of sportsman, hence that’s why you didn’t see me at the 2012 Olympics!
What was your least favourite?
That’s a tough one. It’s a tie between two... History and German! Neither subject really interested me at the time and I think it was largely down to the teachers that taught me to be honest! Neither were very inspiring and failed to capture my attention, to the extent that my Year 11 final German report simply stated ‘Mick sits at the back of my class wondering what am I doing here’.
Did you have a favourite teacher?
Another tough one! My mum taught me technology for three years in secondary school, so I would have to say her (otherwise she might not look after me next time I’m home!). Other than mum, I’d say it was Mr Perks. He was a PE teacher at Meole Brace. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, humorous, hardworking and caring and quickly struck up excellent working relationships with his students. He was inspirational in me becoming a PE teacher myself.
Were you good or naughty?
A bit of both, I suppose. I was always a little cheeky. I loved being at school and had a good sense of humour, so was known to play the odd practical joke. However, when your mum is a teacher in the school, the last thing you want is to be stood outside the staffroom when she goes for her mid-morning coffee, so I never did anything too bad!
What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
As part of our Geography assignment, we had to complete a study on the local area. We were allowed out of school to conduct a survey of litter within the countryside. We were told to visit a certain public right of way through the surrounding countryside to count litter and dog doodoo! However, we had to pass by my house to get to the area. We decided that it was a better idea to go to my house, play on the computer and make up the results rather than spend an hour in a muddy field counting the mess other people left behind. The only problem was we didn’t account for our teacher to be out and about in his car and spot us going into my road. This was an important lesson to learn. Remember kids: teachers see everything!
What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
The one thing that stands out most was going on the school’s ski trip to Austria. It was the first time I had been abroad without my parents and it was the first time I had been skiing and I loved every minute of it.
What about the worst one?
When my mum found out about the Geography assignment!