I went to a school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne called Ascham House. Nice red uniforms, boys only. I stayed there for all of the junior school and middle school, and for one year of the senior school. Then, I'll have been eight, I went into the Royal Grammar School, in Jesmond, Newcastle - another all boys school. Three years junior school (blue uniforms), and seven years senior school (black uniforms and then two years of suits), and I loved it.

Qualifications gained at the RGS:

- 1992-93 (14)

GCSE Mathemetics (A) - 1993-94 (15)

GCSE Ancient Greek (A*)

GCSE Biology (A)

GCSE Chemistry (A*)

GCSE English (A*)

GCSE English Literature (B)

GCSE French (A)

GCSE Geography (A)

GCSE Latin (A)

GCSE Physics (A*)

A/O-Level Advanced Mathematics (A) - 1994-95 (16)

Certificate in Arabic and Arab Studies (Pass/Merit/Merit/Pass)

A-Level Mathematics (A) - 1995-96 (17)

A-Level Chemistry (A)

A-Level Physics (A)

AS-Level Computing (B)

AS-Level Further Mathematics (A)

STEP Mathematics II (1)

STEP Mathematics III (3)

Straight after finishing school, I went directly into the second year of a four year Batchelors course at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (Scotland). My degree title was BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics. Although I enjoyed the social aspects of university immensely, academically I did disappointingly badly, receiving only a third class honours degree. Thankfully, though, Friends Provident decided that they would still employ me, and I'm now studying for the professional qualifications to become an Actuary (6 down, 9 to go). Eventually, I'd also like to take, perhaps, an Open University course. An MMath would be very nice. Just to prove what I *could* have achieved at university instead.