Q. Your name?
Q. Your school?
The Abbey School, Reading
Q. Your current occupation?
Television Presenter, writer
Q. Your favourite subject at school?
Q. Your best and worst memory of your school days?
Best memories: It was a long time ago (!) but I remember having a great time on school field trips!
Worst memories: gym and dance lessons in a leotard and big pants!
Q. What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Without doubt, my Biology teacher. I found the subject fascinating and the teaching inspirational. The only thing I wanted to study at University was Biology!
Q. What do you feel you gained by attending a girls’ only school?
I don’t think it’s necessarily right for every girl, but for me it was definitely the best choice. I think I would have been very “distracted” by having boys around in school and I probably concentrated on my subjects more in a single sex school, especially in science subjects which I was very keen on
Q. Any advice for parents choosing a school for their daughter?
Some of my friends at school went completely off the rails at university when they “met boys” for the first time so there need to be plenty of mixed sex activities outside school. It worked for me as I could focus in a single sex environment on my studies and then socialise outside school in various mixed sex activities.
Q. Any advice for girls planning their university and/or career choices?
I didn’t know that I wanted to be a television presenter when I went to University – just that I wanted a job involving wildlife which I am passionate about, and one in which I could communicate that passion in some way. Everyone should study what stimulates them and what they are interested in otherwise they will get bored or change course at university. All degrees lead somewhere, even if it’s not where you think!