Head of English, Bedales

BA (Hons) English Literature, UCL
PGCE (English), Institute of Education
MA Text and Performance, RADA

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

Not sure I’m qualified to say yet but I hope it is someone who is massively passionate about their subject and a desire to share that enthusiasm with others.

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

A lifelong love of learning. A vision that the teachers at the first school I taught at shared with real conviction and one that has stayed with me and one that I feel sums up the point of education. I want my pupils to enjoy learning for its own sake and to take this enjoyment through in to adulthood.

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

I work with Jen Moore on leading the creative writing mainly because of my own personal interest in writing. For the same reason I have been working with Phil King on the New Views project, a competition run by the National Theatre. I did my MA in Text and Performance and am an aspiring playwright in my spare time. I also do Outdoor Work on a Thursday morning which I have thoroughly enjoyed – how else as an English teacher could I get the chance to regularly bake bread whilst doing my regular job?

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

For me it has to be the overwhelming sense of calm and good will.

Who or what inspires you?

Great art and good design, mountains, the sea, Shakespeare, my wife, good teaching, God, Seamus Heaney, fantastic theatre and direction.

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

I know the difference between an Austrian festoon ring and rufflette.