Thomas Gore on school

Repton School's pre=prep curriculum coordinator shares his education memories


James Thomas Gore

Repton School, Dubai

Job Title:
Pre-Prep Curriculum Coordinator

Where did you go to school?
My first primary school was in the village I grew up in in the county of Warwickshire called, ‘Sheepy Magna’. It was a small primary school and I still have fond memories of it today.

What was your favourite subject?
This is a difficult question as there are several I really enjoyed but the lessons that stuck out for me were History, P.E. and Latin. I loved looking at the time periods and civilisations. I also represented the school in football, basketball and threw the javelin for school.

What was your least favourite?
I was not a big fan of mathematics at school especially after I changed schools to do my GCSEs and skipped out Year Nine due to my age. I was put in the top set and struggled. Now, I love dealing with statistics and numbers and teaching it but at school I didn’t enjoy it much.

Did you have a favourite teacher?
My favourite teacher at school was Mrs. Lilly from Twycross Preparatory School. She was always so caring and encouraging. I loved lessons with her. She also had a great sense of humour.

Were you good or naughty?
I would say that I was a good student at school; in fact I was quite quiet, following most of the rules and being respectful to other children and teachers. There was one time a science teacher called Ms. Priddle said, ‘Master Gore you may look innocent, but you can be trouble’. I remember being very shocked at the time.

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
The naughtiest thing I did at school was to Mrs. Lilly. We had a chalkboard in class and with a couple of friends we took the board eraser and taped it along the chalk shelf just under the board so that the chalk was on the edge. We moved the teacher’s desk closer to the board so the teacher had to rub against it to get past. That day Mrs. Lilly was wearing a black skirt and she left the classroom with a big white line across the back of her skirt!

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
My happiest memories were in spending time with friends and active lessons. We used to have different coloured themed days in French where everything was ‘rouge’ for example. We had to wear red, eat things red and do red activities; it was fun!

What about your worst one?
Sadly I was bullied when I moved from an independent school to a state school; this made my two years doing my GCSEs miserable but I was much happier when I finished them and moved to Sixth Form College.

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