Having completed both his BA and MA in Theology and Religious Studies at The University of Leeds, York St. John, Richard worked for The Royal Household, and The College of St. George, Windsor Castle, for seven years. Following on from this exciting chapter, he chose to pursue his long-held ambition to teach, and completed his PGCE in Birmingham, in 2013, where he subsequently went on to teach in a culturally diverse inner city school.
Teaching predominantly in Years 3 and 6, he took on various leadership roles including English Lead, Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader, and Teach First and PGCE mentor. Building upon these experiences, Richard joined BISS in 2017 as a Year 3 classroom teacher, where he subsequently took on the roles of Year Lead, English Lead for Primary and, latterly, his current role as Assistant Head of Primary.
Richard strives continuously to ensure that all students are happy and engaged in their daily lessons through innovative curriculum design, and that all teaching staff are supported in their delivery of new, ambitious and meaningful learning experiences. He believes that student motivation, coupled with clear teacher modelling and focused student dialogue, is key to quality learning across phases. Moving into his new senior leadership role, he is excited about embracing fresh challenges in order to further support and develop our dynamic and committed team of teaching professionals.
In his free time, Richard enjoys working in a freelance capacity for Royal Collection Education, relaying exciting pockets of history to young audiences through some of the UK’s most treasured paintings and artifacts. He also enjoys walking, running and riding, and going to the theatre. Most of all, however, he loves nothing more than reading a really good book!