Meet the head of Felsted Preparatory School - Jenny Burrett,
PUBLISHED: 11:07 24 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:04 20 February 2013
While travel has been confined to the school holidays for<br/><br/>Jenny Burrett she still aims to broaden the horizons of her students
If you hadnt become a teacher, what career would you have chosen instead?
As a keen linguist, foodie and lover of people, I would have loved to have worked in the travel and tourism industry, but instead I promote it in my classroom and enjoy it in the holidays. Recently I had the chance to achieve a long-lost dream of being on the stage, which was extraordinarily exhilarating and made me laugh as much as the audience. I have been nicknamed the Vicar of Dibley for a long time now and I like to think this is for my capacity to entertain and guide spiritually as well as for my looks.
Who would you most like to have as a pupil, if you could pick anyone?
We set out to support and challenge every pupil at Felsted Preparatory School and I particularly enjoy the pupils who need the most support or require the most challenge at any given moment in their development. It is incredibly rewarding to watch them move on from that point.
If you were Prime Minister for one day, what would be the first thing youd do?
As education is my area of special interest, I would take the opportunity to celebrate education and teachers. I would do everything I could in that day to encourage respect for the teaching profession and promote the value of education and the role it plays in everyones lives. How I would do that is another question.
Which record would you want with you if you were marooned on a desert island?
La Mer by Debussy, because it was one of the first French songs I ever learned. My father used to play it on the piano and sing it in a dreadful English accent and our house by the sea was named La Mer, an anagram of my own maiden name.
Was there any type of school dinner that you couldnt stand?
Yes, on Mondays at my prep school we always had spam, smash and mushy peas. Thank goodness for todays choice and healthy eating.
What was your least favourite lesson?
I always loved school but confess to being utterly flummoxed by chemistry. In fact, there was no chemistry between chemistry and me.
How do you relax away from work?
I am not famous for relaxing so apologies if my answer does not seem very relaxing. I love to spend time with my family, play tennis and word games, go to the theatre and cinema, read and write. In the holidays I am always off on an expedition somewhere.
Is there a television programme that you make sure you never miss?
For two weeks of every year, I cannot resist sneaking off to the television where I can quickly become addicted to whichever Wimbledon match is dominating the screen. I am a huge tennis fan.
What is special about your school?
Everyone has the chance to be recognised for whom they want to be and their burgeoning talents, whatever they may be, are celebrated. Its a real community with a huge and unusual range of opportunities.