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Mrs Golden by Sam Bailey

Life at school wasn’t always easy for this former winner of The X Factor, but one of her ‘warm and welcoming’ teachers taught her that she was someone special

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I have really fond memories of St Philomena’s Catholic Primary School, in Orpington, where I went from 1982 to 1988. My favourite teacher there was Mrs Golden. I was 7, going on 8 when she started teaching me. She was a really warm and welcoming woman, who had the patience of a saint; she was just lovely.

I learnt more than schoolwork in Mrs Golden’s class; I learnt that you can be special and you can be who you want to be. I didn’t feel like I was competing against anyone for her attention as she made every single child feel individually special.

My favourite subject was English because I ...

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