Head of History and PRE, Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst

What do you love about your subject?

History is a fantastic subject - I really love the stories that are within History, they can be incredibly unbelievable - to the extent that the children can sometimes think that they have been made up, but they are in fact real.

What is special about teaching at Dunhurst?

Teaching at Dunhurst allows you to deliver your subject in the broadest way imaginable. From building models of castles to allowing the children to catch the Black Death (picking black spotted peas out of a bag) – the possibilities are endless…..

What is you most treasured Dunhurst memory?

Too many to mention all in one go. The sports tour to Devon, the look on the children’s faces when they realise they have caught the Black Death (see above), working collaboratively with my Geography colleague – David Ellis, coaching football, hockey and cricket...

What advice would you give to a Dunhurstian?

Go for it...

What do you get up to when you are not being a Dunhurst teacher?

I referee rugby matches. I also try to walk a National Trail or part of one each year.

What words of wisdom or quote do you live by?  

I wouldn’t say I live by them, but I do like “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” and “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”

What person has had the most influence on your life?

Alexander the Great.

Tell us about a book, a song, a piece of music, a film or a piece of artwork that have changed your life.

The band, Runrig – they will literally change your life...