Teacher of Classics, Bedales

MA (Oxon), Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Christ Church, Oxford
MSt, Classical Archaeology, Christ Church, Oxford
PhD, Classics, University of Reading

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

Caring enough to build strong relationships with the students, so that the work becomes collaborative rather than hierarchical (or combative!): it’s so important to feel that you are working together. A good sense of humour is vital, too.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in the students?

The ability to think critically and independently; the desire to study a subject for its intrinsic value rather than to get a reward at the end; the necessity of being passionate about something – anything! I want to help students grow into responsible and industrious people.

What events and activities do you get involved with in the life of the school?

I oversee the Jaw programme of Wednesday moral and spiritual assemblies, and in the summer term I run a Country Walks activity which is always great fun. I’m also a perennial spectator at the school’s music events, particularly the Rock Show and Band Night, and I love the occasional smaller concerts in the Lupton Hall.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

Music, art, the library, the estate… but the students most of all.

What is your best memory of Bedales?

‘Black holes and revelations’ at the Rock Show, 2016: it was the big finale of the show, and so many of my students were on stage singing and playing. There’s no video, sadly, but the video of ‘Supermassive black hole’ from the 2017 Rock Show captures something of the spirit of the evening.

Who or what inspires you?

People who are passionate and dedicated, and who care about their work.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I spent a year working in a medieval library, cataloguing books donated between 1379 and 1604.