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Mrs Berry and Mr Barbrook by Naga Munchetty

A supportive, energetic head of music and an engaging history teacher who still keeps in touch both taught the BBC Breakfast presenter to believe in herself

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Until I was 9, I attended Peckham Rye Primary School before finishing my junior years at Woodmansterne Primary in Streatham, South London.

At 11, I moved to Graveney School, a secondary in Tooting, where I met two fantastic teachers who had a big influence on not only my education but also on my life in general.

Diane Berry, head of music, was an unstoppable force who supported my musical ambitions while also keeping me in line – becoming, in the process, something of a mother figure.

I played the trumpet in the school orchestra, which she organised, so I was forever in her classroom. I have ...

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