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Matthew Champness

Matt Champness

Head of Performing Arts

Having received degrees in BA (Hons) Philosophy from Reading University and MSc Music Information Technology from City University, London, I completed my PGCE in 2007 at St Martin’s College (now part of the University of Cumbria). My teaching career began at Gatehouse, an independent co-ed day 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 five years, I decided to broaden my horizons, 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 feeding off the fantastic attitude to learning of all those around me.

The next move was back to the UK, to Windermere School. As Head of Music/Technology at the Prep School, I taught (amongst other things) Computing and Music across KS1 and KS2. Right in the heart of the English Lake District (which is where I now call ‘home’), this school reaffirmed for me the importance of being adaptable and thinking on my feet.

I thrive on the variety of experiences that teaching provides and there is no shortage of that here at BSB Sanlitun, where I arrived in 2017. While teaching Year 6, I worked very closely with the Performing Arts team on the end of year production and am now very excited to be leading the department and teaching Music.

I love music, animals and the outdoors. I particularly enjoy fell walking and fell running. Moving to China has given me the chance to travel to lots of exciting places and I am always on the look out for interesting animals (especially avifauna). I enjoy playing the piano, guitar and ukulele. I’m something of a dabbler and I’m always keen to try out new, unusual instruments.