IELTS Cue Card Sample 169 - Describe a school which you went to

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a school which you went to.

You should say:

  • when you went there
  • how many people studied there
  • how long you spent there

and explain what you liked and disliked about it.


Model Answer 1:
I would say that if there was one phase of life, which everybody would want back, it had to be the “school life”. So, I surely would like to thank you for offering me the opportunity to describe a school which I attended in the past.

The school, I want to talk about, is a high school in Deptford, London, which I attended from the year of  2007 to 2012. Being located at the heart of one of the best metropolitan cities in the world, this particular state-funded secondary school attracted students, both boys and girls, from all origins and backgrounds as well as from all walks of life. However, most of the students there were from working-class people. It specialized in Humanities, with English, Citizenship and Drama. It is a five-storey building, with multi-use games area, big playground in the front and 150 cycle parking spaces. And, of course, it also has a big library and large stadium for Deptford green community leisure. Besides, the school also has wireless technology throughout the entire school buildings (meaning students can use laptops when necessary in each and every classroom), a fitness gym, a sound recording studio and radio station, light and spacious classrooms which are 25% larger than statutory regulations, and a tiered seating conference hall with lecture desks which can act like a performance hall. 

If I remember correctly, around 12 hundred students used to attend this great secondary school when I was studying there. Anyway, what I really liked about my secondary school was that the teachers were really qualified and very helpful. The school management was very friendly also. The infrastructure was amazing, and we had our own badminton, basketball and football teams who played really well. Besides, there were extra classrooms for community tutoring groups which were accessible for all weak students. Finally, I would never forget about the delicious and free bowl of porridge for breakfast which was provided in the mornings, alongside a range of other refreshments. However, I didn’t like the school uniform colour which every student needed to wear.


Sample Answer 2:
I went to (…say a school name you attended..) school in my childhood and studied there from (.. from class ...  to class …) my grade 3 to grade 7. I was around 8 years old when I first went to this school and had been there till I became 13 years old. This was one of the most popular schools in the city and I had to be accepted in the admission test before I actually started reading there.

The school was a 4 story building and there were approximately 300 students and 40 teachers in this school. I had been a kid when I studied there and I have lots of memories related to this school. I liked the way teachers behaved with us, the very interesting way they taught us, the playground and my classmates. We had a big hall room where we gathered during the tiffin time and enjoyed gossiping with friends. The large green fields were one of our favourite places and we often played and ran there. The school provided us tiffin and snacks which we really liked.

Things I did not like about the school are only a few and among them, the noise produced by the nearby road was the most irritating thing for us. Since the school was situated near the main road, sound pollution was a dire issue for us. I hated the fact that the class started from 6:30 am and because of that, I had to wake up very early in the morning. There were 2-3 teachers who had ferocious characteristics and I abhorred their rude behaviours sometimes.

I mostly enjoyed the time I spent in the school. I had many good friends and I liked the environment and teachers o this school.


Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?

Q. What is your opinion on the way languages are taught in schools?

Q. How can the type of school you go to affect career success?

Q. What changes do you think will happen in the classroom in the near future?

Q. What important lessons we learn from schools?

Q. How government in your country can improve the current education system? Why do you think the changes are required?


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a school or college where you studied.
  2. Describe a place in your hometown.
  3. Describe a building in your school or college.
  4. Describe one of your favourite places in your hometown.
  5. Describe a place where you spent a long time.
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Samana Gurung
It is effective.