Old Bedalian 2005

Have you undertaken any kind of further study since leaving Bedales and have you gained any further qualifications?

I took a gap year working as a music assistant in a prep school before studying Music at Durham University and I gained a 2:1 Honours degree in June 2009. I then spent a year undertaking a PGCE in Secondary Music Education which was awarded in June 2010.

What kind of work are you currently involved in, and how and why have you come to be doing it?

I am currently a music teacher at Eton College, having arrived here in September 2012. Prior to this, I was teaching music in a small indepedent school in the centre of Oxford.

Did attending Bedales help you in getting to where you are now and how satisfied are you with what you are doing?

I feel comfortable and 'at home' in a busy boarding school environment, so I would imagine that my time at Bedales helped to prepare me for this aspect of my career. In terms of ethos the environment is superficially quite different from that of Bedales, and there is a rigidity in the daily cycle of chapel services, formal meetings etc. that did not exist to the same extent at Bedales. Having said that, underneath the formality the boys are as equally charming and outgoing as many a Bedalian, so the transition between the two schools has not been as markedly different as I would perhaps have imagined. I am extremely happy in my job.

Have you been involved in any other interesting activities or occupations since leaving school?

I spent six months working in a Young Offenders' Institute, leading a weekly music workshop and tutorial activity. I enjoy regular singing in cathedral/concert settings.