I am very excited to have joined the team at Stonyhurst as the College’s new Prep School Liaison Officer. The main aims of my role are to engage with Prep Schools around the country and raise awareness of Stonyhurst through the organisation of events and programmes that will enable Stonyhurst to share its resources with prep schools and in turn, raise the College’s profile among prep schools nationwide.
My background is in teaching. Having gained my undergraduate degree in Archaeology from the University of Bristol, I then proceeded to complete my PGCE in Secondary History at Keele University. My first teaching role followed at a 13+ prep school in Staffordshire, after three years there I moved on to my most recent teaching post at Witham Hall Prep School, a 13+ boarding, prep school in Lincolnshire. During my time in Lincolnshire I was Head of History, sports coach and together with my wife Sarah, Houseparent; responsible for the care of the growing number of boarders at the school, who then went on to attend some of the country’s foremost boarding schools. It is this experience that I now aim to use within this exciting new role at Stonyhurst.
Born and raised in North Staffordshire, I now live in Southport with my beautiful wife, Sarah and our wonderful son, Daniel. Although much of our spare time seems to be dominated by DIY and the seemingly endless task of renovating our house, we do occasionally find time to enjoy our summer holidays in Cornwall and visit our family and friends who are spread between Liverpool, North Staffordshire and North Wales. This we combine with our National Trust membership and visiting historic houses and attractions – often the most enjoyable aspect of this is listening to Daniel bamboozle the Trusts wonderful volunteers with questions they never expect to hear from a 6 year old.
Along with spending time with my family I enjoy sport immensely. After 20 years with my first cricket club, Little Stoke CC in Staffordshire I took a break from cricket after Daniel’s birth in 2013 but this season I have begun to play again for Southport & Birkdale CC, which I am enjoying hugely. I don’t however anticipate another 20 seasons of cricket, I am not convinced my body, nor my wife would allow it! In the winter months, with my rugby playing days now behind me I instead follow the fortunes of my football team, Stoke City FC. This seems to cause some confusion with Daniel who has made the decision (incorrectly, in my humble opinion) to follow the team of his mother’s hometown, Liverpool FC. For some peculiar reason he believes his team is better.
I am delighted to be at Stonyhurst and am very proud to work at such an amazing school. Boarding at Stonyhurst is both special and unique and it is an honour to be tasked with communicating the qualities of this and demonstrate to prep school parents, teachers and most importantly, pupils how a boarding education at Stonyhurst will help them become all they can be.