Me and my school photo: Kate Derham remembers being a tomboy and getting into Cambridge

Me and my school photo: Kate Derham remembers being a tomboy and getting into Cambridge

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TV and radio presenter Katie, now 42, as a youngster

TV and radio presenter Katie, now 42, as a youngster

This photo is from my first term at Cheadle Hulme School in Stockport in 1978. It was taken in a science block lecture theatre, and we were all so teeny you could barely see us above the pews.

As a little one I was quite a tomboy, and I used to get my hair cut with my dad and brothers, so until the age of seven I had a short back and sides. /06/29/article-2166451-13D13249000005DC-782_233x423.jpg” width=”233″ height=”423″ alt=”Katie lives in Sussex with her husband John Vincent and her daughters Natasha, 12, and Eleanor Margaret, six” class=”blkBorder” />

Katie lives in Sussex with her husband John Vincent and her daughters Natasha, 12, and Eleanor Margaret, six

These days my antennae are constantly
out for my daughters; any sniff of that and I'm on it like a ton of
bricks. Cheadle Hulme then was not known as particularly disciplinarian.
I wasn't a naughty kid, but I'm sure I answered back a bit. As a sixth
former, I thought journalism would be an interesting career. I got a
string of A grades at O-Level and three As, in French, History and
Economics, at ALevel.

Nobody in my family had been to Oxbridge, though my parents had both gone to university, so getting into Cambridge to read Economics was hugely exciting. At 18 I was so ready to leave Cheadle Hulme, aware there was a lot more out there to be experienced and enjoyed, so I wasn't sad.

My dad still lives quite near Cheadle Hulme School, so it's quite easy for me to go back for Speech Day and so forth. It was by no means a wealthy school in my day, but there are things they've done to it since that have made it a lot more flash.

I was very impressed with how it looked when I went in 2010 for the Sky Arts series First Love, in which I took up the violin again, and I recently revisited the school for a Radio 4 programme on synchronised swimming. When you've been there as a pupil, it's odd to be offered tea and biscuits by the head's secretary – you think, 'Hold on, shouldn't I be queuing up for chips'

Katie Derham presents BBC Radio 3's Afternoons On 3 and Live In Concert.