Dating boarding school
After the first year, the tears dried up and I decided school was okay.Bryanston was quite a liberal place and they worked hard to find out what I was good at, which was art and drama.
I was very shy as a young teenager, but boarding school gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself - before that, I was all over the place.
I didn't do too well in my A-levels - I got an 'A' in AS-level art, but it's best to draw a veil over the rest of my results.
I thought about becoming an actor, but then didn't get into any drama schools, so I fled to Ecuador and spent a gap year working in an orphanage in the capital, Quito, which I loved.
It isn't for everyone, but I would send my children to Bryanston, as long as they wanted to go.
I think a good boarding school education gives you the confidence to be whoever you want to be, and I am very grateful for the experience.