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Paul (Old Millhillian) – Author and Teacher

Meet Old Millhillian Paul (McClure 1997-2002). We spoke to him to learn more about his life during and after his time at Mill Hill School. 

Since being a pupil at Mill Hill School what are you up to now?

I am Head of History and Head of More Able Learners at Crosfields School. This is a co-educational day school for children aged 3-16 years, located in Reading, Berkshire. 

What are your career highlights so far?

Getting my first teaching job was a magnificent moment in my career. An excellent school took me on as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). This made me feel proud, empowered and a bit relieved! Guiding my first tutor group, from Year 7 to Year 11, was also an incredibly special experience. It was excellent to see the pupils grow and flourish throughout their time at school. 

What is your favourite memory from your time as a pupil at Mill Hill School?

I have lots of special memories from my time at Mill Hill School. The Fives Team tour to Switzerland was an unforgettable experience. It was spectacular to visit another country, play sports and spend quality time with my friends. 

Who was your favourite teacher when you were a pupil at Mill Hill School?

I always thought I developed good relationships with all my teachers but Mr Dickinson and Mr McBroom were really important figures for me both at school and beyond.

Can you tell us anything that you think would be of interest to the Mill Hill School community?

I have recently had a book published: ‘Memorial Tablet: Marlborough House School and the First World War’. I wrote this book to commemorate the centenary of the Marlborough House War Memorial Tablet. Since 1945, Crosfields has had possession of the Memorial Tablet; my book explores the lives of the men named on the tablet. 

What is your favourite book and film and why?

‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker is a gripping read. I also love ‘Dreadnought’ by Robert K. Massie and ‘A Man on the Moon’ by Andrew Chaikin. These are two well-written books that describe the causes of the First World War and The Apollo Program, respectively. Chariots of Fire is a brilliant film and I have fond memories of watching it with my Dad. There was a time when it was broadcasted on TV endlessly and we re-watched it every time! 

Could you share an inspirational quote with us? How does it inspire you?

“If you’re going through hell, keep going”. This quote is often attributed to Winston Churchill. It strongly resonates with me because it reminds us of the value of sheer perseverance and hard work.