grew up and went to school in Canterbury, and then went to Magdalen
College, Oxford to study Classics. Whilst there he travelled to Central
America, taught English in Romania, and visited Scotland on many occasions
to climb mountains and swim in the sea.
On completing his degree, he spent a year trying to work out what to
do next, most notably failing in his bid to become the personal assistant
to a politician by the name of Geoffrey Archer (as he thought) in his
campaign to become the Mayor of London. It turned out that the politician
was actually called Jeffrey Archer, which explained why Lawrence was
unable to locate his website (www.jeffreyarcher.com), and discover what
his views on the future of London actually were.
As a result, Lawrence found himself wandering around New Mexico, being
admitted to the secrets of Native Americans and experiencing the adrenalin
rush of a roulette win in Las Vegas. During this time, he decided that
it was his destiny to become a Teacher of Mathematics - a realisation
that came to him during a ritual dance just outside Santa Fe, and which
had nothing to do with cactus juice. So he returned to the UK, completed
the London Marathon (coming in just ahead of Frank Bruno and a Womble),
and signed up for a teacher training course at St. Martin's, Lancaster
and then King's College, London.
He worked for two years at Graveney School in South London, where he
learnt that teaching was hard and children were cunning, and where he
was surrounded by colleagues who gave him invaluable advice and plenty
of support. Meanwhile, during his holidays (which he richly deserved)
he continued to travel, completing the West Coast Trail on Vancouver
Island (whales playing in the waves of the Pacific), mountain-biking
in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho (bears in the bins and ladies' night
in cowboy country) and hiking the Kungsleden in Lapland (saunas followed
by swims in glacial lakes).
After South London, he packed his bags for Rwanda, where he taught at Gahini Secondary School in Umutara Province, occasionally trying to coach the girls' football team (played 3, won 1, lost 2).
He recently returned to the UK and currently teaches maths in south London.