'I became very anxious, near suicidal at some stages' - Dame Stephanie Shirley

The tech pioneer and philanthropist was desperate to study maths, but that meant going to the nearby boys school, which was an 'experience'.

by Adam Gale

Name: Dame Stephanie Shirley, tech entrepreneur

Age: 81

Which school did you go to? My sister and I arrived as refugees from Nazi Germany in 1939, and were placed with a foster family in Lichfield. I started picking up this rather nasty regional accent at the village school, so my foster parents sent me to a tiny catholic convent school, St Paul’s. Neither they nor I was at all religious, but they were a bit snobbish, God bless them. Later I went to the local grammar, The Friary School, and Oswestry Girls’ High School.

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