Patricia Adams

What job/study are you doing right now and tell us a little about it?

Well really I'm retired, but started a part-time job to keep busy and to keep my old brain oiled! I also look after my grandchildren regularly, which keeps me active and on my toes, so to speak.

Did you do any further/higher education?

Yes, I attended night school to gain my GCE 's. I also completed a City and Guilds in hairdressing. I also gained an NNEB and level 3 in childcare and worked with young people living in residential care who had complex issues. All through my life I have gained further qualifications, which helped me to change careers and move into training young people and adults, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I've completed many short courses which helped throughout my working life.

How did you decide on your career path and what is/was most interesting about your work?

Well my hairdressing career lasted about 10 years but I realised I wanted/ needed something more. I had a period of working with complex needs and their families before retraining to be able to teach young people and adults. My last job was working within a company that assisted the unemployed to find suitable employment. I worked my way from the ground floor and was offered a post which included recruiting and training new staff, ensuring compliance (it was a government contract) ensuring equal opportunity and other regulatory guidelines were adhered to and the customers' needs were met. I travelled around the country doing this and have never enjoyed a job more.

Can you share a couple of fond memories of your time at St Cuthbert's?

There are so many! I enjoyed sports so much and was house captain for a while. I was in most teams and would stay behind after school to practice or play matches. I gained a good education and am thankful for that. I do remember that I was quite mischievous and was caught hiding in a cupboard in class one day by Mr Grundy, the head master of all people. My 'punishment' was to write 7 sides of foolscap paper on the history of cupboards. Oh well, I deserved it and it was better than the cane!

Did you have a favourite/influential teacher? What made them so important to you?

My maths teacher Mr Ludden. I still talk about him, as I was a terrible pupil in his class. I was and still am to some extent, a bit dim with maths but he was patience personified with me. I remember going to a local night school shortly after leaving school, to do book keeping and guess who the teacher was? Yes, Mr Ludden. He was very surprised at my eagerness to learn I can tell you. Mr Grundy as a head was firm but very fair and well thought of. Miss Lowry was deputy head. Now we were all petrified of her! I can't remember my geography teacher but her lessons were very interesting and sparked a light for travel, that has never dimmed. So many memories.

What advice would you give our current students?

I know they would say that I'm looking back with rose tinted spectacles but I'm not! Those school years flew by. I would say take advantage of what is offered. Use this time as a grounding for your future and if you aren't the brightest button in the box, don't worry as you can build on what you have learned all through your life. Enjoy school as it's such a brief moment in your life. Working is for a heck of a long time and if you're in a job you don't like it will seem longer. I would add that the world is out there. Explore it.