Simon read Archaeology at Cardiff University and went on to work as a wine merchant for a number of years with Avery’s of Bristol. Despite enjoying his job, Simon realised his true vocation was to work with young people and to share with them his love of learning. He then undertook his PGCE at the University of Gloucestershire and taught at a range of schools in the Bristol area where he developed his teaching practice, focussing on helping children produce fantastic outcomes in confident, well-mannered and positive classes. Having worked extensively with Upper Key Stage 2 children, Simon is adept at challenging young learners to develop a high-level range of skills as they look to make the transition to secondary school.
Simon took the decision to move to BISS Puxi as he was keen to expand his own horizons, both professionally and personally, and wanted to move to an outstanding school in a dynamic city. BISS Puxi’s High Performance Learning approach to teaching particularly appealed to Simon, as he is always keen to push both himself and his students to achieve their best.
Simon’s life has always been based around books – from a very young age he was always worrying if enough good stories had been packed for car journeys and holidays. When not immersed in a book, Simon writes his own children’s stories trying to conjure up the magic of his home county: Cornwall. He is also a music lover, enjoying a range of artists from Bob Dylan to the White Stripes, and likes to try and replicate what he has heard on the guitar. Very much a ‘foodie’, Simon also likes to try as many different types of dish as possible, resulting in some wonderful discoveries and a few nasty surprises!