Mr Powell by Stanley Johnson

A teacher who mixed dignity with humour inspired a love of Classics in the author, former Conservative MEP and I’m a Celebrity contestant

Magazine article image

When I joined Sherborne School at the age of 13 in January 1954, we had lots and lots of teachers of Greek and Latin – my favourite subjects. Greek and Latin are the foundations of so much of our language, thought, culture and civilisation, and that was absolutely the basis of my love of the Classics.

A fellow called “Graggers”, otherwise known as Colonel GG Green, was the first Classics teacher that I had, and he was good. Like so many of his generation, he had been off to war and had quite a military bearing. He was a character, you could say. All of my teachers at Sherborne School were a ...

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.

Subscribe now