I left school at an early age with no education and called myself a ‘thicko’ any chance I could get, so I can’t believe I’m about to tell you this, but I just received one of the biggest awards of my life, an Honorary Fellowship.

Apparently it’s one of the most prestigious awards that the School can bestow, and remembering what I was like and as a kid (a bit of a nightmare!), really does make this one of the proudest moments of my life.

Jamie McDonald 11

Thank you to the University of Gloucestershire and to Rachael Baker for even thinking of me as a candidate.

Here’s my speech and message to over 2000 (gulp!) people and graduates, after receiving the award…