Full steam ahead
PUBLISHED: 11:44 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:33 26 November 2014
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what career would you have chosen instead?
If I’d been good enough, I would have liked to have played professional sport — either rugby or cricket. Alternatively, my family would have had me follow them into the retail industry.
Who would you most like to have as a pupil, if you could pick anyone?
Anyone who has not made the most of their potential.
Was there any type of school dinner that you couldn’t stand?
I loved and still love all school dinners!
What was your least favourite lesson?
Anything creative, such as art or design technology. I was absolutely hopeless at this sort of thing.
If you were Prime Minister for one day, what would be the first thing you’d do?
De-politicise education and set up an independent body to devise the curriculum and monitor standards.
Which record would you want with you if you were marooned on a desert island?
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra, arranged by Quincy Jones and played by Count Basie and his Big Band.
What would you like to be able to make disappear from this world?
All stir-fried food.
Is there a television programme that you make sure you never miss?
The News Room starring Jeff Daniels, sadly no longer on air, and the Antiques Roadshow are the shows I most look out for.
What is your favourite film of all time and why?
Star Wars, Episode IV A New Hope, the original 1977 film. A mythological tale of space age heroism fighting evil for the sake of good. At the time it blew my mind and featured some brilliant characters.
How do you relax away from work?
Playing golf and spending time in Menorca with my family.
What is special about your school?
As a result of our unique Naval heritage, pupils learn the importance of values such as service, loyalty and integrity and are provided with some remarkable opportunities to be involved in a whole range of prestigious events. Our highly acclaimed choir and band have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Greenwich, Twickenham, St Paul’s Cathedral, St James’ Palace and most recently at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. Through the CCF, pupils compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon and the Pringle Trophy, and with our unrivalled provision for sailing on the doorstep, more than 100 pupils regularly make use of our fleet of 60 racing dinghies winning national team racing regattas and following the Olympic Pathway.
Did you know?
Admiral Nelson was a former Governor of the Royal Hospital School and some items of historic importance associated with his life appeared on the Antiques Roadshow. These are now on display in the school’s Heritage Centre, recently opened by HRH The Duke of York to mark the school’s 300th anniversary.