David Ellis
David Ellis
Head of Geography & Global Awareness and Assistant Houseparent, Bedales Prep, Dunhurst

BA (Hons), University of Portsmouth
PGCE, University of Buckingham

What makes a good teacher at Dunhurst?

 Passion, energy, patience, humour and a belief in what every child can achieve.

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

An understanding of their place in the world, to stop, look, ask and to be bold enough to take a step into the unknown.

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

I am a Block 1 tutor which means I have a fantastic group of pupils who I meet up with every day and look after their pastoral and academic needs and I run after school activities. Additionally, I am the Boys boarding Assistant Housemaster, so I work within the illustrious boarding team where we create a homely and fun place to stay for the boys and look after their academic and pastoral requirements.

In your opinion, what makes Dunhurst special?

So many things, I asked the pupils for some advice and we came up with loud, funny, great, cool, wonderful, sporty, enquiring, brilliant, lovely, creative, friendly, smart, exciting, professional, musical, artistic. chatty, kind, beautiful, energetic, caring, marvellous, inspiring, inquisitive, diverse and finally our community.

What is your best memory of Dunhurst?

The ‘Jaw Dropping’ experience of my first Dunhurst Rock Show.

Who or what inspires you?

People who risk their lives to help others for no reward or recognition and in particularly, how people across the world that face great adversity, persecution and sadness, do the best they can with pride and stoicism.

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

That I actually had a life before teaching. I left school at 15, utterly uninspired by my teachers and joined the Army at 16 looking for a life of adventure.  Luckily I found it and for the next 18 years, I worked in the jungles of Central America, Africa, South Atlantic, Northern Ireland, became a qualified aircraft engineer, worked in 48 different countries around the world, dived, parachuted, kayaked, caved and climbed my way around the world, and raced in the two and four man Bobsleigh for Great Britain. Then I settled down to a role of infrastructure and Critical Situation Manager for IBM Europe, Middle East, Africa and emerging Eastern European countries.  After ten years I once again yearned for a more exciting life and boy did I find it.