Emma Dawson in the hotseat

Uptown School deputy head of secondary shares her memory of school


Emma Dawson

Uptown School

Job Title:
Deputy Head of Secondary, and Leader of Learning for MYP Physical and Health Education.

Where did you go to school?
Micklands Primary School and Highdown School, both in Reading, Berkshire, UK.

What was your favourite subject?
I loved school! And really enjoyed most things we did. Although, PE stood out as my favourite subject, and I relished any opportunity we had to do sports; athletics, swimming, gymnastics, netball - I loved it all.

What was your least favourite?
I didn’t really have a subject I didn’t like. Although, I found French really difficult. We had a wonderful French teacher who gave up her time after school during our GCSE exams to help us though. Madame Forsythe was an absolute legend, and had he patience of a saint!

Did you have a favourite teacher?
We had a brilliant teacher for A-level politics – Mr Bensley. He would take us to the House of Commons each month to listen to debates. It really helped put our learning into context. Although the music he played on the minibus trip up to London was not as enjoyable. “Bensley’s Cruise Grooves” were renowned throughout the school as something to endure in order to get a trip upto London!

Were you good or naughty?
Pretty good, most of the time . . .

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
I wasn’t really naughty, but there were a few individuals in my year who were. During our first year at secondary school, in the summer term our year group had a pact to pretend we kept seeing mice in the Maths block. Friends also brought in hamster droppings from their pets at home and put them in classrooms. The maths block was shut for a week for pest control and we had maths lessons out on the playing fields!

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
It was all pretty happy. School trips were always highlights of the year. The annual French Exchange was fantastic, as were A-level biology trips to Box Hill. Even though I loved school, getting out and about on fields trips
was brilliant.

What about your worst one?
I don’t think I have a “worst” memory. Although, sitting in the exams hall when you could hear younger students out on the fields playing rounders and cricket was torture!

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