I am head of a primary school on the west flank of Milton Keynes in the UK. Before doing this job I did a similar one for over 8 years in a wonderful school in Shropshire, which taught me the value of bringing my faith in Jesus Christ into a largely secular setting. Before that, in 2002, I was the acting head of a small school in Shropshire for two terms, but left prior to the predicted coronary! Over the years, I have learnt tons from people in the profession, especially in Europe.
I trained as a teacher at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth in 1993-4 and taught firstly in the Swansea Valley and then north of Telford before getting into headship.
Before all that happened I followed my first passion and worked as a geologist in South Africa. After completing a Masters degree at the University of the Western Cape in ore petrology and structural geology, I spent 3 years working in mining geology and then went back to academic earth sciences at the University of Cape Town (metamorphic petrology and mineral geochemistry). Married (one amazing wife). 4 amazing kids. We came back to the UK in 1991, and to a change of direction.
This blog is really a place to explore all sorts of issues around education and Christian faith, and will be something of a signpost to all the good things happening in our school as well. I will try and bring some sort of Christian perspective, above all, on the more destructive and backward-looking parts of the current educational debate. It is really important for us all that our children grow up in freedom and community, able to become deep thinkers and not regurgitators. The spiritual and educational health of our children and young people is deeply contested both by the current administration and its detractors, and by more unseen forces at work in our society. It is a battle for all of us to fight. Obviously, this is my own personal opinion, and I welcome plenty of dialogue. It does not represent the views of anyone else (I hope!) and certainly not those of the school I lead!
Let me know what you think.
The header pictures on this website are all from Milton Keynes. Those who live here will recognise some of them. Those who don’t may be inspired to visit.