Mrs Phoebe Aitken is in the spotlight in this week's Teacher Feature.
What is your role at College?
I’m a teacher of Biology, a Fourth Form tutor in Leconfield, Sub Lieutenant in CCF Naval Section, and coach of 5ths senior girls’ hockey, 5ths senior netball and recreational senior girls’ tennis and rounders.
What did you do before you came to College?
I taught at Bristol Grammar School. Before that, I have worked in many different schools due to being married to an Army officer. I have worked in Wales, Nuneaton, Bristol, Coventry, Sunningdale as well as military schools in Germany and Cyprus.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
In the final year of my Zoology degree, my research project was investigating the reintroduction of rainbow trout fish stocks to lochs in Scotland. I would have probably ended up doing a PhD in fish farming and living in the Outer Hebrides farming salmon!
What is your favourite thing about College life?
The interaction with students both inside and outside the classroom. Also the relationships with my colleagues; who offer great support in this hectic role… and many a laugh.
What are you reading at the moment?
I have just started reading The Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin. I enjoy books set in different eras, cultures and countries.
Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?
I was always keen on the Sciences but I also enjoyed Music and Sport. Studying Ovid’s Metamorphoses for Latin O Level was also very enlightening!
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
The military is a very personal topic for me after being a military wife for 19 years and experiencing the trials and tribulations of forces life. The Invictus Games have been inspiring and I feel there is still so much work to be done with regard to highlighting the physical and mental plight of many of our service personnel and veterans. As Prime Minister, I would love to be able to have the power to remove the stigma and misunderstanding of mental health issues, allowing more people to come forward to access the care they need.
On a more light-hearted note… paint the door to Number 10 a bright colour… pink? (Everyone knows it’s my favourite colour.)