Mrs Williams and Mr Leech by Sarah Willingham

The entrepreneur and former star of Dragons’ Den recalls two teachers who taught her the importance of asking questions and being a good listener – two skills that have helped her to succeed in life

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My mum was a maths teacher and I am sure that her influence is why I loved my school days. She taught me to believe in the person I really am, even if it meant turning right when everyone else was turning left.

I also met my best friends in the whole world in primary and high school, and we are all still close today.

My primary years were awesome – full of games in the playground, kiss chase (don’t tell my dad!), British bulldog, stick in the mud and snow. We seemed to have a lot of snow in the ’80s.

In high school, which I attended between the ages of 13 and 18, I was lucky enough to have ...

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