Ken Cope

Teacher of Art (pottery/ceramics), Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst

Dip AD Bristol

What makes a good teacher at Dunhurst?

Having a sense of delight in seeing individuals flourish as individuals, a love of the subject, and lots of patience.

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

A wide range of hands-on skills, but overall, to be creative: to think with our hands.

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

As I am personally involved in a range of creative skills, I am keen to encourage all kinds of creativity beyond CS lessons. At this time I am keen to encourage ukulele playing in Groups and Blocks activities with concert performances wherever possible..

In your opinion, what makes Dunhurst special?

The emphasis on valuing and celebrating each as a unique individual. Creativity is considered  as important as academic development.

What is your best memory of Dunhurst?

The children, the staff and not having to wear a tie.

Who or what inspires you?                                                    

  • What: Taylor guitars; Cornwall; the sea; trees; sunrise, sunset and the sky at night; pots of tea.
  • Who: my wife, our children and our grandchildren.
  • These musicians: Bach; Vivaldi; Yo Yo Ma; Dave Brubeck; Ed Gerhard.
  • These painters: Claude Monet; Camille Pissarro; Edmund G. Fuller.  My Art teacher, who terrified me when I was 10; now he is 92 and my friend.
  • My little dogs.
  • God.