After completing my PGCE in 2007 at St Martin’s College (now part of the University of Cumbria), I began my teaching career at a small independent school in East London. I got a rich variety of teaching experiences, being, in turn, a specialist teacher for each of English and Music, as well as form teacher for Years 2 and 6.
After 5 years, I decided to broaden my horizons yet further, moving to China to work at The British School of Guangzhou. Here I taught Years 5, 6 and 3 respectively, and took on the role of Year Leader. There was never a dull moment in this rapidly expanding school, with the added excitement of being in a new country. I enjoyed learning Mandarin, travelling to exotic places and, perhaps most of all, the fantastic attitude to learning of all those around me.
The next move was back to the UK, as Head of ICT at Windermere Preparatory School. Right in the heart of the English Lake District (which I feel is, in some ways, my spiritual home), this school reaffirmed for me the importance of being adaptable and thinking on my feet. During my two years here, I taught Computing and Music across KS1 and KS2; I was also Year 6 Form Tutor and specialist teacher for Maths. I am now looking forward to working at BSB Sanlitun, in the cultural epicentre of China, and the many and varied challenges it will hopefully bring.
I love music, animals and the outdoors. I particularly enjoy fell walking and fell running. When last in China I got to travel to lots of exciting places and am always on the look out for interesting animals (especially avifauna). When it comes to the guitar and piano, I’m something of a dabbler and I’m always keen to try out new, unusual instruments. I am married to Mrs Champness.