Position: Teacher of Biology
Qualifications: BSc St Andrews
Telephone: 01280 818306
Life before Stowe
I studied Environmental Biology and Geography at the University of St Andrews then I completed the TeachFirst Leadership development Programme where I was placed at a school in Hartlepool and gained my PGCE. Spending six years there I then moved to a school in Gateshead as Assistant Headteacher in charge of pastoral care and safeguarding. Seeking another challenge I moved to Glenalmond College, back home in Scotland, as a Biology Teacher and Assistant Houseparent in the junior boys school. Here I fell in love with the boarding school system getting my hands dirty and coaching lots of sports (rugby, lacrosse, tennis and hockey) as well as being involved in the Duke of Edinburgh programme and outdoor education. Last January I became involved with the CCF and I am currently working towards being commissioned.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
I love the fact that the subject is all around you. Wherever you are you can use visuals and your own experiences to talk about the learning taking place. It is not a stationary subject and and due to the wonders of nature we are constantly finding out new pieces of information to help us understand the natural world in greater depth.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
There is a real sense of community here and it has been great to get to know the students in different aspects of their life here at Stowe be that in house, on the rugby pitch or in the classroom. The grounds are beautiful too and its great to walk to work in such beautiful surroundings.
What is your favourite lesson?
It would have to be any lesson where we are outside face to face with nature.
I am involved in coaching the U14Ds rugby team and working with the CCF team. I am also based in Stanhope house
I am a keen rugby player and spectator of the sport. I also love being outdoors and spend a large chunk of my holidays camping in remote parts of Scotland and climbing munros.