Leila d'Angelo "always sunny"
When I look back at my years at Thomas Tallis I remember it always being sunny. Of course, this can’t be true. But even when the weather was grey, there was something sunny about Tallis. It was (and I’m sure still is) a place where creativity was encouraged, nurtured, allowed to blossom. I got to sing ‘The Circle of Life’ at St Paul's Cathedral, perform Shakespeare at Greenwich Theatre, build a music playing robot for a competition, play the steel pans, visit the Millennium Dome before it was finished and combat homophobia in the school council. It is rare to have a school that offers its pupils so much.
My favourite lesson was always English and in Year 7 I had Mr Bradshaw. My parents once complained to him that I was reading too many Point Romances, not enough of the classics. He reassured them that, ‘even flowers are fed by sh*t’. And I think, apart from being evidence of Mr Bradshaw’s sense of humour, it tells you something about Thomas Tallis. Something great and unique. The teachers have faith in their students.