Christopher Grocock

Head of Classics, Bedales

BA London (Royal Holloway College), PhD London (Bedford College)

What makes a good teacher at Bedales? 

Enthusiasm and a quizzical approach.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your pupils?

Curiosity and an interest in/concern for the world they live in.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

Cricket in summer, classics society.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

Its caring nature, the sense of it being a large family.

What is your best memory of Bedales?

Bedales' first participation in the Greek & Latin Reading competition.

Who or what inspires you?

The sense of fulfilment when I see ‘pennies drop’.

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

I play the mandolin, very quietly; and I like taking choral evensong in our parish church; I am an ‘Independent Scholar’.

 

After 17 years of study, writing and editing, Christopher's edition of Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow (Bede’s historical works about the origins of the monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow) has been published. Christopher was delighted to present a copy to the Library and to thank the many students of Latin over the past ten years who have experienced his ‘enthusiasm for Bede’ from time to time!

Christopher has also written the following books: