Cristina Criddle

What are you doing now?

I am on the Telegraph graduate scheme. I’m currently on a Sports placement, but I also write for other sections.

What route did you take up to this point?

Quite clearly, I only made it to DHSB in Sixth Form. I was at DHSG before that and then studied politics at DHSB.

Following my A levels I went to the University of Liverpool to study history and politics.

In my spare time and school/university holidays I would work for newspapers and television channels, including: ITV, Sky News and the Evening Standard. I also wrote and edited the Tab Liverpool which is a student news site; they have one in most universities.

Any significant crossroads?

I was lucky in that I knew I always wanted to become a journalist. It can be difficult to get involved but my advice would be to be persistent.

What have you learnt most about yourself?

That it is okay to disagree with people, as long as it is backed up. Also to not take yourself, and what others say about you, too seriously.

What words of wisdom would you give to a student joining DHSB in Year 7?

Make the most of your time at school; don’t be afraid to challenge your peers, and even your teachers. Most importantly, don’t let a mistake or mean comment set you back as you can almost always bounce back.

And for a Sixth Former leaving DHSB?

You will appreciate DHSB much more a year after leaving.

Any fond memories of school you can share?

I once appeared as a wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat… oh and of course trips to Brimbles.

Do you have a message for any of your teachers?

Mr Macleod was my favourite (and only) one. Thanks MC for teaching me a large lump of what I know about politics.

Your lessons, almost like conversations and debates with friends, sunk in effortlessly.

I am reminded of them frequently, and they have proved useful in work and play – from Parliament to PG Tips to the Tea Party.

Thanks for everything.

P.S. Do you still have those spitting image heads?