Mrs Anna Cutts, Senior Housemistress of Ashmead and a Drama teacher, answers our questions in this week's Teacher Feature.
What did you do before you came to College?
I worked in several state schools and was Head of Lower College at a school in Berkshire.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
I always wanted to be a barrister and there is part of me still that deludedly thinks I may do it one day. I may be the first geriatric law undergraduate.
What is your favourite thing about College life?
That’s hard… It is a very beautiful school – the view out across the cricket pitch from Upper Common Room window is unrivalled. The site doesn’t sprawl across the town like some schools and its compactness enhances the strong sense of community we have here. We’re lucky; it’s a special place to work.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan. I’m ashamed to say that I started it last autumn as my A Level class are creatively adapting it for their practical unit. However, I still haven’t quite finished it, not because it isn’t an excellent book, but because reading for pleasure rather falls by the wayside during the term.
Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?
English and History, although I loved Languages also. I was notoriously hopeless at the Sciences and still have an aversion to walking into a Chemistry lab.
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
I think a certain Secretary of State for Health may have a bad day.