Former Student Profile – Julie Bungey, Class of 1983

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Julie recently appeared on Mastermind Friday 11 October. We look forward to cheering her on as she progresses through the next stages of this beloved quiz show.

What years did you attend WHS? 1977 to 1983

What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?

As for study, I loved History and Latin. Influenced by Mrs Emanuel and Mrs Allan, I thought about being a Classics student, and studied Ancient History and Ancient Greek. However in the end Medieval History became my real passion, and is still today. In 1980, I was selected to be in the WHS 1980 Top of the Form Quiz team. We won the tournament by beating Simon Langton School a boys' Grammar in Kent, but our best victory came in the first round, when we beat the Royal Grammar School. 

Top of the Form photo; left to right Barabara Page, Claire Wigfull, Julie Bungey, Sarah Buckingham.

Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?

We had lots fun with Mr Dye, our form master, who used to make homemade treats for us, including hot cross buns. We responded to this kindness, by stealing his shoes, and even his trousers! To think we used to laugh at him pedalling his bike up and down Marlow and Amersham Hill, now we would herald him as an environmental champion. Also I lived next door to Mrs Mayer for 6 years. She used to give me a lift to school and sometimes picked up "Deadly" Hedley on the way.

What did you do after school?

I did a gap year as my A levels grades were not very good. I worked full time in Argos, in the High Street in High Wycombe. Later I won a holiday to Iceland and took along Carolynn Tan (1976-1982). (We used to work together in the kitchens at Godstowe School, when we were in the Sixth Form.)

If you went to Uni where did you go and why did you choose it? I ended up at Hudderfield, which had an excellent Medieval History department, due to two inspirational lecturers, Pauline Stafford and Keith Dockray. I'm still in touch with them. Later I did a Marketing Diploma at Thames Valley, a PGCE at York University and an MA in Medieval History at Birkbeck College, London. 

What are you up to now?

I am a History and Politics teacher at Yavneh College Borehamwood. I remember how dreadful I was when I was a teenager, which really helps me empathise with my students in the classroom.

What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?

Lots of things! Here are my top three. 1) Forget trying to create the perfect image, character is more important. 2) Failure is your best teacher. 3) Learn some practical skills as well as academic skills. 

4G Photo:  Top row left to right: Judith Grinter, Linda Harris, Alison Davies, Caroline Wadsworth, Deborah Downes, Judith Wright, Louise Benson.

Middle row left to right: Lorna Dove, Sarah Morris, Jacqueline Croizat, Alision Davies, Liz ?, Jackie Howard, Elaine Snell, Tracey Brockbank, Marion Davis.

Bottom row left to right: Julie Bungey, Helen Maine, Katy Lloyd, Anita Hart, Mrs Scott, Christina Howell, Katherine Williams,Pippa Holt, Katie Saunders

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