Tamara Ecclestone: 'I was very well-behaved at school, because I worried about giving my parents any trouble'
Model and TV personality Tamara Ecclestone, 27, is the daughter of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and former Armani model Slavica. She lives in London with her partner, stockbroker Omar Khyami.
This is a photo of me, aged eight, when I was at Kensington Preparatory School.
I went to Garden House School in Chelsea before that and my biggest memory there was cutting my face on the side of a table during art class. I needed stitches and still have the scar.
Cute-as-a-button: Tamara Ecclestone, aged eight, when she was at Kensington Preparatory School
I wouldn't say I was particularly confident as a child, but my confidence definitely grew with age. I was very close to my mum and I used to cry every time she dropped me off at school at first.
She spoke Croatian to me from the moment I was born, so now I speak it fluently. As a child it helped me to learn other European languages – I did French and Italian at GCSE and A-level and found them really easy.
I was very well-behaved at school, because I worried about giving my parents any trouble more than anything else.
My mum was very proactive about my education. She helped me with my homework and was obsessed with neat handwriting, something I really thank her for now.
I don't like computers and still write everything by hand. I keep a diary, I have my own personalised stationery and I love writing letters. I think it's so impersonal to send an email.
I absolutely hated art – it just didn't agree with me. I was a writer. If someone asks me to draw something now, I draw a stick-person. I'm terrible.
Tamara says: 'I wouldn't say I was particularly confident as a child, but my confidence definitely grew with age'
I remember having lots of after-school tutoring for the 11-Plus, which was tough. There was so much pressure. Children shouldn't have to be put through exams at that age. But I passed and got into my first-choice school, Francis Holland in Regent's Park.
I became captain of the sports team and had a wonderful time. I didn't like the food much – I'm a picky eater – but I loved my studies and had loads of friends.
We started to have teenage parties and moan about all the restrictions on us – typical teenage stuff – but now, looking back, I realise it was all just so much fun. I really enjoyed the whole school experience. In fact, I stayed there until I was 18, whereas a lot of girls left at 16.
I did French, Italian, psychology and sociology at A-level and got three A grades and a B. I went to UCL to study psychology, but I didn't realise it involved a lot of statistics and maths, which I'm terrible at.
My parents had been really keen for me to go to university because neither of them had done so, but they understood I was unhappy and I left soon afterwards.
I re-applied for university and chose sociology and social policy at the London School of Economics. But by then I was 20 and I really wanted to get on with my life. I was still living at home and never really integrated into university life.
I'm sure that if I'd gone away to somewhere like Edinburgh I'd have embraced the whole atmosphere better.
I left LSE after a year, which Mum and Dad weren't happy about, but they've always let me make my own decisions. I'd had enough of exams.
Tamara is supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. See www.tamaragivesback.com.