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Life at Stowe
Life at Stowe
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Dr Gordon West
Teacher, Head of Clay Pigeon Shooting, Assistant Housemaster
Business Studies, Economics, Games Coaching, West House
MBA Sterling, LLM Leicester, DBA Bath
Life before Stowe
Before Stowe I was Director of Skills for an SME in the further education sector for 13 years. As part of this role I supported a team of 70+ teachers, careers advisors and administrators. As part of my role I taught management to corporate and internal staff and enjoyed this side of the business so much, that when I decided on a career change, I decided to enter teaching full time.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
Teaching Economics and Business must be one of the most exciting and fluid subjects in the A Level curriculum. Every day the curriculum is applicable to real world events. No day is boring and this helps to bring the subject alive in the classroom.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
The wonderfully diverse pupils, historic grounds and the wonderful teaching resources we have at Stowe. I have found the staff at Stowe a huge resource, as everyone is happy to help, so we can focus on ensuring Stoics are successful, happy and healthy.
What is your favourite Lesson?
My favourite lessons are those when pupils stretch and challenge themselves beyond what I have planned. We are lucky at Stowe, as so many pupils are fully engaged in the subject and look beyond the subject to real world applications.
What do others say about you?
Probably that I’m a bit excitable. Energy in my classes is never in short supply. I thrive on the diverse topics of Business and Economics and hope to encourage pupils to be even more passionate about the subjects that I teach.
I enjoy being part of West House as a Tutor, being Master in Charge of Clay Shooting and leading the School’s Business Society. The Business Society is an exciting place to be on a Monday afternoon. Trying to keep up with the entrepreneurial passions of Stoics is enough to keep any teacher on their toes.
I have a passion for continuing my professional development and have recently graduated as a Doctor of Business Administration in Management through the University of Bath. I’m a family man with a wonderful wife, Lisa, and three energetically smart children, Keira, Leia and Nate. In term time, weekends are spent with my family doing general family stuff. Out of term time we enjoy travelling and now with a wonderful summer holiday I hope to reignite my passion for scuba diving.