Mr Steve McQuitty is Head of Upper College, Head of Higher Education and Careers, Head of Tennis and (last but not least!) Teacher of Maths.
What did you do before you came to College?
After university, I joined the Army and served with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for five years, deploying to Northern Ireland and Iraq. I spent a year at a training depot, teaching recruits, which is when I decided to pursue a career in teaching. I taught at Monmouth School for seven years, before joining College in September 2012.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
I would almost certainly have continued in the Army as a lifelong soldier.
What is your favourite thing about College life?
The community spirit and how welcoming pupils, parents and colleagues are. The other thing I particularly enjoy is how varied my job is. Before leaving the army, a fellow officer told me how bored he’d be as a teacher because every day would be the same – nothing could be further from the truth!
What are you reading at the moment?
I have two books on the go at present; Six Weeks by John Lewis-Stempel, which is a fascinating account of what it would have been like as a young officer in the First World War, and the Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook, as I am gathering ideas for future adventures.
Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?
I always enjoyed Geography and, in particular, the human aspect of the subject and how countries develop and evolve.
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
Give greater funding to mental health, as it is an area that lags behind physical ill health.