Nobody really noticed me at school as far as I remember, until around age 10. Our family moved to Paris, France because my Dad had a three year work assignment there, I attended the English School of Paris. The kids there were very international, my best friend was American. Everyone was bright and the teaching was very much better with much smaller classes.
I found myself in competition for the top three position in subjects that I loved, but poor in the ones I didn’t (sorry music, art and geography!). The reward of success turned learning into an exciting challenge for me.
A few years later I moved school again back to the UK and a large UK state comprehensive. Thanks to 100% exam based assessments, at 16 years old (O’levels) and at 18 (A’levels), I was able to continue in top position whilst doing absolutely no work, revising only a day or two before the exams, doing homework in break-times and infuriating my teachers for my wasted potential.
The only coursework I remember, was at 14 doing a guide to the planets, that I failed to start till the last minute and was bailed out by my Dad, who did most of the work. Teachers were mainly happy with test results but disappointed with my effort and attitude. You will get a pretty accurate idea of my completely undiagnosed ADHD from theses extracts from my school reports here: