Alumni

Alison Richardson

What was your favourite part of ‘School life’?

I thoroughly enjoyed all the opportunities to travel and visit other places. I was lucky to get to go to France, Switzerland and Germany and also to London to watch the ladies hockey and to see a West End show. I have many fond memories of these trips.

Did a particular person inspire you?

There were many amazing teachers who inspired me: Mr Mallaby – History; Mr Walker – Geography; Mrs Sugden – Science.

What did you find the most challenging when you were at school?

I found learning two languages really challenging as I did both French and German  at GCSE. I often got the two confused and would add bits of French into my German and vice versa.

What did you aspire to be when you were older?

I always wanted to be a teacher from being little. From playing schools with my teddies to making the children in the street play schools during the holidays. They only ever came one day and wouldn’t come back! I spent more time making registers than anything else!

Tips and advice section

My advice would be – work hard, make sure that you choose a career you love and anything is possible! I still love my job after being a teacher for over 25 years and every morning I am grateful that I get to do something I enjoy and that makes a difference to the children in our school.

 

Dave Stone

What was your favourite part of ‘School life’?

One of my favourite aspects of school life was all the opportunities to make friends and expand your friendship groups. This helped me to develop more social skills and increase my confidence. At first I was not confident, I didn’t want to be in the spotlight or at the front of the classroom. However at my time at Parkside this developed, if it hadn’t I wouldn’t have the job that I do now

Did a particular person inspire you?

Two teachers inspired me. The first was Mr Dabbs, my Maths teacher, and the second was Mr Walker in Geography. Both were very strict but also ‘brilliant’.

What did you find the most challenging when you were at school?

I found science the most challenging subject at school, and I wasn’t very good at revising. Revising is a skill you really have to learn to make sure it is working and you are doing it correctly.

What did you aspire to be when you were older?

When I moved onto higher education at Durham Sixth Form I studied Economics, Maths and Graphic design as I wanted to be an accountant. However, when I started my training in this I didn’t enjoy it so I then completed an Economics degree and my training to be a teacher.

Tips and advice section

Go off and forge your own future. Don’t just follow the crowd, but think very carefully about what you would like to do and broaden your horizons. You can do whatever you want there are no limits, the only limit is you.

Keep your options open and do a variety of subjects. If I went back to school, I would keep my options open and wouldn’t focus on getting one job.

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