If I Could Change Something

Alice: A Poor Education

Alice was born in 1957 in Buckinghamshire. She went to mainstream primary schools and moved to a residential special school with her sister for her secondary education.

Here Alice talks about the subjects she felt she missed out on at school.

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Oh I would have liked to have done more Classics, more languages, more Science, better Maths, like yeah, we were a grammar school, let's all laugh, I mean it was rubbish, frankly. The education was poor, in my view. I wasn't allowed to learn Latin 'til the sixth form and my forte was language. In the end I went to university to study language, but I would really have liked to go to Oxford or Cambridge to do Classics, but there was no, I mean I would have been brilliant. I would have loved to do lots more languages, the Maths was pretty bad. By the time I was in the fourth form we had a good Maths teacher, but that's really kind of getting a bit late. I might have been a mathematician, we had no decent Science until I was in at least the third form and then we could only do general Science. What, you know, I don't know what to say really, it was, it was crap.