Jamie' dream head, John d'Abbro, reveals his TV motivation – 'the missing 47%'
What if your staffroom is home to household personalities like Cherie Blair, Professor Robert Winston, Jazzie B, Daley Thompson and Rolf Harris? Not only are they teaching 20 challenging young people aged 16-18 who have not got the best out of their own education, but your TV school is being exposed to millions of viewers through the fishbowl prism of ‘reality TV’?
That was the daunting credibility challenge taken on by John d’Abbro, 'headteacher' of Channel 4’s forthcoming Jamie’s Dream School series. “It was, and still is a nightmare as well as a pleasure,” says John d’Abbro. “But whatever the challenge – and on one occasion I was reduced to tears – I could always rely on backing from my ‘deputy’, Jamie Oliver.