I'm not from an area where there was much school selection anyway - one of the beauties of Doncaster being in the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire has been that the comprehensive ideal was pretty much the status quo.
I attended Danum School, a very large comprehensive, from Year 7 right through until the end of Sixth Form and generally had a good time of it. Like any school, there were good bits and bad bits and I would be over-idealising things to claim it was perfect, but that said, I had exposure to some teachers who were genuinely passionate about what they taught and it had an impact.
I got good results at AS level and was encouraged to apply for Cambridge. I went through my History Boys experience and came out smiling, having gained a place to study Politics, Psychology and Sociology.
In the degree, I've been able to study inequalities, schooling, gender and power in new and interesting ways; a deeper understanding of sociology continues to open my eyes and I genuinely love my learning.
Sadly, my love of it does not stretch far enough to fund Masters study, but I am very excited to have gained a place on Teach First for 2011-13, and am looking forward to being a London primary school teacher for the foreseeable future. I do a lot of work with children at the minute, through a range of different projects and charities at University, and I am pleased to be making teaching in the state sector my career.