Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature

This week, Geography teacher and Head of Third Form, Mr Simon Conner, answers our questions. 

What did you do before you came to College?

I went to boarding school myself from the age of eight and after prep school went to Sedburgh School. After a gap year in Australia I studied Geography and then my PGCE at Durham University. My first job was at Uppingham School, before moving to College in 2001.

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?

From the age of 13 I had decided that I wanted to be a teacher and my gap year working in Knox Grammar School in Sydney confirmed this. I did consider the police force and the army at various times but never too seriously.

What is your favourite thing about College life?

Everyone at College works together, from the pupils to the support staff and as a result you feel part of one big community.  In addition to this, I love the variety of the lifestyle; one day I could start in the classroom, move to the sports field and finish listening to a great standard of music.

What are you reading at the moment?

In term time I struggle to read books as I never get in to them with everything that is going on. In my spare time I like to catch up on the news and sport. Last holiday though, my favourite read was Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?

I loved Maths all the way through. In the Sixth Form, I also took up Economics which was great and I nearly ended up studying Joint Honours with Geography.

If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?

I would ensure that the NHS was properly funded and looked after. It is such a fantastic service and I would hate to see it privatised or shrink any further. I would also change the rules of the National Lottery to make 60 millionaires rather than one person winning it all to give me more of a chance!


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