David Mills 1974 – 1981

David Mills was a student at Wolverhampton Grammar School between 1974 and 1981.


After leaving School, David went on to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge to read English.

What influenced your parents to send you to the Grammar?
I don’t think anyone thought much about it back then: I passed the 11-plus, so went to the Grammar school. I remember nothing about the run-up to the 11-plus. It seemed that one morning we all went into the assembly hall at my junior school and did an exam, so I don’t think I experienced any pressure either at school or at home.

What was it like?
It was very boisterous: the 6th form common room was always being trashed; fights were quite common; I cringe at how horrible we were to each other. Yet, there was an astonishing intellectual ambition and you could flourish, as I did. I loved it all.

What have you been doing since leaving the Grammar?
All I wanted to do was go to Cambridge and read English. I did that, then had no idea what to do next. So I worked on a farm (had my own tractor, a Ford 7000); was a laundry van driver’s mate; tutored rich kids; finally got a job on an arts magazine. After two years of that I moved to the Sunday Times and have been there ever since.

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