I skipped the 11-plus and was failing at school. Then I met Cecil Dormand,
the extraordinary English teacher who transformed my life forever.
World renowned actor Patrick Stewart on his eye-opening mentor Cecil Dormand:
"I never sat my 11-plus. On the day of the test, I wandered around the hills near the golf club above my home town of Mirfield in West Yorkshire. I ate my lunch sitting against a dry stone wall, looking down on the town, where I could see my school pals in the playground during a break in the exams. I doubt if I would have passed, anyway.
And, frankly, I just didn’t see myself as a grammar-school boy.
Had I sat that test, I might never have met Cecil Dormand, a teacher at the secondary modern where I ended up, who would change my life when I was 12, by putting Shakespeare into my hands for the very first time."
Please read the full article here in the Guardian: