This week we catch up with Mr Stuart Cooper, Head of Physics, Newick House tutor, and coach of rugby and athletics.
What did you do before you came to College?
Taught at Dean Close (briefly!), Harrow, Pates and St Edward’s Cheltenham.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
I was due to start with the Metropolitan Police before a rugby injury closed that route off. I then applied to start teacher training. I always wanted to be a teacher but my best teachers had all had prior careers before entering the classroom.
What is your favourite thing about College life?
The quality of relationships between staff and students built up in several different contexts allowing us to see each other as rounded individuals rather than in isolation.
What are you reading at the moment?
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?
It is a very close run thing between Geography and History. I had inspirational teachers for both. I would love to sit in on some lessons in these departments at College where we have similarly inspiring staff.
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
Establish an independent body to run education in this country to reduce politically motivated meddling.