Ollie Blake

House and Years at Fettes:
Carrington, 1995 to 2000

Qualifications and career:
Newcastle University: BA Hons (1) Politics
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
The Light Dragoons
Charles Kendall & Partners: Business Manager, Oman

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
No one memory could capture five years of fun, challenge, sport, amusement and friendship. However, of all the things I most fondly remember, constant laughter has to sit at the top. Pranks, prep room banter, fridge tipping, illegal chip runs - just time spent with great friends laughing.

And your least?
Realising that we had been caught cheating in the school steeple chase and had a big punishment coming our way – it turns out Charlie White physically couldn't have come 6th in a school of 500!

If relevant, what did being a scholar at Fettes mean to you?
It taught me to challenge, to question and to explore. In a world that is exponentially gathering huge amounts of information, Fettes gave me the skills to see the tree for the forest. Above all, being a scholar at Fettes gave me both a thirst for knowledge and a genuine love of the written word.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
The job of a teacher is to inspire, to pass on lifelong skills that pupils can use to navigate the corridors of life. The teachers at Fettes were inspirational; Gregg Davies, Peter Coshain, Pippa Donald, Mark Peel and the matrons were loveable, Mrs. C, Mrs. B and Mrs E! One name will never be forgotten – James Wilkie. Incredibly dedicated, he understood the fine art of teaching, when to hammer us for verb conjugations and when do put on a Spanish war film instead! Patient and amusing, he always spoke to us like adults and had genuine faith that we would achieve the grades – failing to do so would have been letting him down and not a single one of us wanted that. If we ever thought we couldn't manage something, he would chuckle and reply, por que no?

Were you a conscientious student?
Yup, in so much as I tried to have a balance across school life – sport, academic and of course cinema indulgences (+ 1 pint)! Work hard, play hard – it is the unofficial motto of the British Army!

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
A lot of time was taken up with sport – hockey, rugby, cricket, squash, fives and of course watching the girls playing netball or preferably tennis in the summer!