Neil Morrissey – Waterloo Road‘s deputy headteacher Eddie Lawson – talks about being top of the class, loathing maths and his worst school dinner
Hi Neil! So, tell us what school did you attend?
“Thistley Hough High School, Stoke-on-Trent.”
What was the uniform like?
“Grey, with a bottle green jumper and a purple tie with gold on it.”
Erm, nice… And were you a good pupil?
“I was probably the same as most people. I was quite conscientious. I did get good exam results – grade ones across all subjects. I can’t remember what my school reports said about me, though, too long ago!”
Tell us about your worst school dinner…
“It was liver, plus a thing we called ‘brick’. It was a dessert – I have no idea what it was, but it was very sweet. That was a bad combination, liver followed by brick!”
Did you have an inspiring teacher?
“I had two. Sheila Steel who was my Drama and English teacher. Also, Brian Hadley who was Director of the Stoke Schools Theatre group.”
What did you enjoy most about going to school?
“The school plays and drama classes. I also had lots of good friends.”
And what did you like the least?
“Maths! It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, but it was the least friendly department. The Maths head was very Edwardian in style and very strict.”
Did you stay on to study A-Levels?
“I did but by then I had a non-conditional place at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, so that was my driving force.”
Would you like to teach?
“Don’t think I could teach! No, that’s not for me. Since playing Eddie I don’t think I’ve picked up a better understanding of teaching. I think most teachers would agree that it’s too complex a subject to pick up in a short time!”