SHE has given thousands of pupils the chance to develop their self-confidence and perform on a stage.
Now Susy Hague will step down from her role as drama teacher at Portsmouth Grammar School after 18 years.
Susy will bid farewell to the people who have become key figures in her life when she walks off the school’s premises, in High Street, Old Portsmouth, for the final time at the end of the month.
She plans to embark on a new challenge by setting up a children’s drama school at Southsea Community Centre, in King Street, Southsea, Portsmouth.
Susy, who lives in Walberton, near Arundel, West Sussex, says the drama school will enable her to interact more with children.
‘I’m sad about leaving because I wish I could do everything, but in reality I can’t juggle both,’ she said.
‘As part of my role at Portsmouth Grammar School I’m an examiner which doesn’t allow me to tutor the children.
‘I’m dreading my last day.
‘When the parents found out that I was leaving they were devastated.
‘I would like to think I’ve built up good relationships with the staff and people I’ve taught over the years.
‘Eighteen years is a long time. What kept me there all that time was my love for drama and my passion for teaching.’
Before working at Portsmouth Grammar School, Susy worked at the former Royal Naval School for Girls, Haslemere – now called The Royal School – as well as Ditcham Park School, Petersfield, and Oakland Preparatory School, Chichester.
She did her training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Susy’s drama school will cater for children aged between four and 13 and will run on Thursday and Tuesday evenings as well as Saturdays.
She said: ‘I would love it if the school took off and became a full-time thing down the line.
‘You have to start off small and that way you don’t trip up.
‘This will give me more freedom.’