Christa Ackroyd: Why a visit to Cambodia made me ashamed that I didn’t work harder at school

I recently came across a bundle of my old school reports and I have to admit they were pretty reflective of the fact that my school years were not my finest hour.

One that stands out was written in the lower sixth at my huge new comprehensive, an amalgam of two relatively successful single sex grammar schools into a garish new prefab with more than a thousand pupils and little soul.

The report in question suggested I would not pass any of the A-levels I needed to be a journalist. It went further.

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