Life before Teesside High School
Before starting at Teesside High School I had retired from a teaching career, the majority of which was spent at Billingham Campus School. I taught at Billingham Campus from 1974 to 2006, where following being responsible for physical education I became Head of Pastoral Care. I came to Teesside High just to help out for a term, but it speaks volumes of the school that I am still here many years later.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
I have been involved in sport all my life, particularly golf and rugby and feel that sport not only offers a healthy option but also an opportunity to meet people and make real friendships. I have always enjoyed working with young people and even now teaching sporting skills and team ethics to youngsters gives me great pleasure.
What do you enjoy most about Teesside High School?
Teesside High is a terrific place to work. It offers a very almost family like atmosphere where everybody knows everybody. Formality is important to me and I believe should be important to young people, the school enhances this.
What is your favourite lesson?
I don’t think I could say I have a favourite lesson. Whether it is rugby in the mud and pouring rain or cricket on a glorious summer day, teaching sport is great fun and I hope that is what it is to the youngsters.
What do others say about you?
It is hard to think of what others think of you, but as far as teaching is concerned I would like to think I was popular with the students and always fair.