Posted: 04/05/2013 at 20:37
I was miserable too, Dove. I was shamed and humiliated at grammar school, not sure why, but whatever the reason I found the atmosphere bullying. I wasn't a well-brought up middle class child, I guess. I assumed it was my fault, miserably stuck it out (with minimal academic effort) and managed to get to uni. Then I went back to teach in the same school. Glutton for punishment, that's me. When I crossed the threshhold into the sacred inner sanctum of the staff room, I was overawed. Senior teachers sat by the fire, mid-range teachers sat at the table and compete nobodies sat under the window. Guess where I sat!