Senior Deputy, Operational & Pastoral

BA, PGCE King’s College London, MA Bath

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

A person who loves to enthuse and inspire students with a love of their subject and who cares very much about students’ happiness and well-being.

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

What I try to encourage and instil in my own children: respect and care for themselves and others, freedom of expression, as long as it doesn’t offend, and a willingness to have a go at everything.

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

Most of my time is spent with colleagues who have a pastoral role in the school, particularly Housestaff. I also work closely with other members of the Bedales Senior Team. I particularly enjoy meeting with students informally, over tea or a meal, and hearing their news.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

The warmth of relationships between everyone in the school.

What is your best memory of Bedales?

Memory! Pond clearing with the students over Badley Weekend and seeing the girls on Steephurst enjoying their hot chocolate and biscuits on the Saturday evening of the weekend.

Who or what inspires you?

A sea view – either uninterrupted or with my children playing in the sea.

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

I lived in Hong Kong for two years as a teenager.