Now in my fortieth year of teaching, I find myself back in the classroom where it all began and where I am happiest.
Having qualified to teach PE, Geography and History, I have taught in four traditional Preparatory Schools having gradually moved up the Management ladder. Having been a Head of Department, I then became a Boarding Housemaster and Senior Master at Heath Mount Preparatory School. I was then Headmaster for 23 years at Tettenhall College and Riddlesworth Hall respectively.
I have responsibility at Downham Preparatory School for Teaching and Learning as well as being the Senior Designated Safeguarding lead.
I have a very simple philosophy with regards to teaching children. Happy, motivated children learn more in an environment that is fun and interesting. For me, teaching has always been a vocation and one that still gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.
My first teaching post was at a primary school in Great Windmill Street in London, and then at a school I had attended as a child in Pimlico. I decided to broaden my experience and took up a post in the Canary Islands in British, International schools and finally at the American School of Las Palmas.
It was at the American School that I first came across the Montessori Teaching method in their very popular kindergarten.
On returning to England I enrolled in the Montessori Teaching Centre in London, where I gained a teaching diploma with distinction.
I then moved to Downham Market with my family. I couldn’t find a suitable nursery for my son and decided to open a Montessori Nursery of my own.
The rest, as they say is history. In 1983 I started the nursery with one other member of staff and 16 children. My family and I now own 2 nursery schools and a Preparatory school. We employ 46 people and have 190 children aged 3 months to 13 years on role. Many of my staff have worked with me for a long time, and many parents who were my first pupils have now returned with their own children.
I am very proud of all of our students past and present. It is a joy and a privilege to be a part of their formative years and watch them develop into successful and responsible adults.
Maths and French BA (Hons.) MA Ed., Montessori Teaching Diploma
I joined the school staff in 1995 and I love the school so much that I have been teaching here ever since! My two sons came to the school and always speak with fondness of their time here. I became Deputy Head and part of the Safeguarding team in 2005.
I enjoy teaching Maths and French and I am regularly updating my training to keep abreast of changes to the curriculum and new teaching ideas. I have an M.Ed., specialising in Culture and Education, Teaching Mathematics and Planning and Assessing. During a Christmas break I taught alongside primary school Maths teachers in India as our new Maths curriculum is heavily influenced by the methods used successfully in Asia. I have been on a Maths Mastery course for Key Stages 1 and 2 and I am doing the Key Stage 3 and 4 this academic year.