It was all very innocent of course but that didn’t stop me from posting love notes under her door at night.My attraction for older women stayed with me long after I’d left school.I was 15 years old — the same age French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was when he had his first tentative encounter with wife-to-be, Brigitte Trogneux.

No wonder I spent so much time staring out of the window, fantasising about what it would be like actually to go out with someone so graceful and mature.

Oh how I yearned to stroll hand in hand with Judith across the playing fields, while the rest of the boys looked on in jealous disbelief.

She was his drama teacher, married and 25 years his senior.

I’d grown up with two older sisters so being around more mature women was nothing new but this felt different — very different.

She’d reached the fortunate position of being able to choose a man she actually liked rather than one who ticked boring, predictable boxes. While the traditional template of older man/younger woman still dominates, there appears to have been a shift.

Ann would laugh whenever I brought up the subject of age. Research suggests the older woman/younger man relationship has been on the increase since the Eighties.

The first woman I ever fell in love with was 20 years older than me.

Her name was Judith and she worked as a matron at my boarding school.

Indeed, my first long-term relationship was with a woman 12 years my senior.

I was 26 when I started dating Ann, a successful 38-year-old TV producer.

Her quiet confidence and unflappable nature helped me mature as a man.