Looking back now, would you say you were a good, fair, or struggling student? I was a fair student, who struggled because I was bullied. I don’t think I ever reached my potential because I was too worried about being called names and followed home from school. I passed my GCSE in English a couple of years ago, and got a 7(A)
How often were your school efforts reported to your parents? Every term we got a report card, and my parents would see it.
Did you receive letter grades, i.e. A, B, C, etc? In Maths (CSE) O levels and CSE’s were mixed then. I got a B in Maths, and a C in English.
Was your behavior reported on your progress reports or report cards? I tended to behave well in school. Apart from one time where me and my bestie were laughing in class, and couldn’t stop. We got sent to the headmistress, where I was still in the giggling mood. She gave me one hundred lines.
In what subjects did you excel and which subjects were a challenge? Geography was always a challenge for me, but I loved reading, writing, and maths. I hated PE, I was never the sporty type.
Did you ever try to change your grade? Turning a C into a B for example? No, I would have felt far too guilty.
Did you keep any of your report cards? I have them somewhere, little pink and red books, telling my parents I was making progress, but I tended to talk too much.
Did you get rewarded for good grades? Punished for ‘bad’ grades? Not really, I got the impression my parents were proud of me either way.
Did the subjects you excelled in prove to be where you excelled in life? No, because now I am a writer.
What was your biggest detraction from your school work? Being bullied had to be my biggest detraction. It is difficult to learn anything when that is happening. Although in secondary school I found my best friend, so it wasn’t as bad. She was strong minded, and she taught me to look after myself.
I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.
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