The head boy

PUBLISHED: 11:02 16 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 20 February 2013

Mr and Mrs Walker

Mr and Mrs Walker

Felsted School's new headmaster, Dr Mike Walker, explains his passion for education, his talent for rifle shooting and why his goldfish is called Einstein

Q Where do you live?
A In the headmaster's house at Felsted School, called Stephensons, in the beautiful village of Felsted.

Q Tell us about your family
A My wife (and great support) is Corinne. It is a second marriage for both of us so we have five children between us. Four of them - David, Sarah, Greg and Steph - are in their early twenties and have either been through university or have gone directly into employment, and the youngest is Anna who is currently in Year 9 at Colchester Girls High School.

Q Do you have any pets?
A Yes - two cocker spaniels, Hugo and Lilli, a cat called Saffi, and a goldfish called Einstein because he can swim backwards and knows when you are in the room.

Q How long have you lived in Felsted?
A Since August 2008, when I was appointed as headmaster of The Felsted Schools. I was born and brought up in Essex, attending Colchester Grammar School, and returning later in my career to be headmaster of King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. I lived in Colchester and Braintree before coming to Felsted.

Q What do you like about where you live?
It is right at the centre of the school and at the heart of the action. I love being part of the exciting and dynamic life of a boarding school which is a genuine community.

Q What do you love about your job?
I am passionate about young peoples' life chances and the opportunities education can provide to develop and support their inherent skills and qualities; education should be exciting and fun, providing confidence and self-belief.

Q What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
There are quite a few which might qualify. Leading my previous school to achieve an outstanding inspection report on two occasions, with 'no points for action' was a highlight. But most importantly, seeing young people respond magnificently and rise to challenges.

Q Where do you see yourself in five years time?
A Still as headmaster of The Felsted Schools, continuing to lead a wonderfully-committed and talented staff.

Q What are your hobbies?
A I love walking - my wife and I take the dogs to the South or North Downs regularly - and travelling.

Q How do you relax?
A I particularly enjoy the company of my children and family. I also relax through reading, enjoying good food and wine in friends' company, and playing tennis.

Q Do you have any hidden talents?
I can hit the bullseye four out of five shots with a rifle.

Q What is your worst habit?
A Not finishing my sentences - my family claim that they are left in suspense too often as I am distracted.

Q What is your favourite piece of music and why?
A I love Meditation by Thais; we had it at our wedding.

Q Where are the best views to be had in Essex?
A Across the valley to Mount Bures church from my parents' house on the estuary at Wivenhoe.

Q Describe Essex in one sentence
A thriving, diverse and forward-looking county of variety and great beauty; a great place to live.

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