SLT Profiles

 

Paul Mundy-Castle

All qualifications

Ba (Hons), PGCE, AST MA Education, NPQH,

 

Degree subject

History

Fav book and why

My favourite book is "Things Fall Apart" by the renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. This is a fascinating portrayal of life in an African village which lays bare the conflict between tradition and modernisation. This is a "rite of passage" read to help the reader appreciate the impact that coming of age has on a community.

Your educational philosophy

I believe that all young people regardless of their starting points should have the best possible education. We must not be guided by their current status but by their potential. I believe all young people should understand that learning is a lifelong relationship and does not end at GCSE or A levels.

One interesting thing about you

Played professional basketball and represented Great Britain.

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Peter Mak

All qualifications

BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH

MENSA

Degree subject

English Literature & Politics

 

Favourite book and why

My favourite book is “The Great Gatsby” by the American author Scott Fitzgerald. The novel is set in 1920’s New York at the height of the Jazz era and depicts the life of the monied class, particularly the protagonist, Jay Gatsby. It explores the conflict between the spiritual and the material and how money cannot purchase dreams, love and affection. Indeed, money is shown to corrupt moral values and demonstrates how our actions have consequences for other people we come into contact with.

Your educational philosophy

My philosophy is grounded in the belief that education is the fundamental tool that enables young people from all backgrounds to succeed and for many to change and challenge their circumstances. Education empowers, envisions and equips young people to be active participants in society and to break cycles of poverty, social immobility and injustice. Learning does not stop at the school gate but is an essential life-long attribute for self-reflection and coping with change. As Nelson Mandela stated “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

One interesting thing about you

I have an avid interest in South Africa and have established many friendships in Cape Town. I have assisted a former gang leader get his South Africa Tour Guide Qualification and regularly liaise with a Headteacher who runs a school for former street children and those living in informal settlements. I had the privilege one year of visiting Nelson Mandela’s house in the prison grounds of Groot Drakenstein Prison, the prison from which he famously walked to freedom.

Kirstie Woodcock

All qualifications

Ba (Hons), PGCE, PG Cert

 

Degree subject

Modern European Studies

Fav book and why

My favourite book is "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth. This is at its core a love story set in the early 1950s and is set around four extended families. Ordinary people get caught up in a web of love and ambition, humour and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation; and unexpected violence.  The book challenges racial norms and explores forgiveness in a complex multi-ethnic society in flux.

Your educational philosophy

I believe that students will thrive if they are happy and feel listened to. Building an ethos of kindness is key. The richness that diversity brings to a truly comprehensive school is beyond measure.

One interesting thing about you

I went to school at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London from the age of 4, all teaching was in French.

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