I attended St. Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington before going on to study French and Spanish at University of Exeter and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. After working in insurance for several years, I decided to follow my ambition to become a teacher. I studied for my postgraduate certificate in education at University of Sussex and have been working as a Primary teacher ever since.
Initially, I worked at Belvedere Junior School, a state primary in Kent, where I gained experience of teaching Years 3 and 5. I then moved on to South East London, working at Charlton Manor teaching in Years 5 and 6, as well as designing and coordinating the school’s art curriculum. From there, I made the move to the private sector and most recently came to the end of five wonderful years at St. Dunstan’s College Junior School, where I worked as class teacher for Years 5 and 6 classes before being promoted to Head of eLearning and then Head of Upper Key Stage 2. Having achieved a great deal in my roles at St. Dunstan’s – including designing new Information Communications Technology, English and Humanities curricula; running many successful residential trips to France; and managing a team of staff – I felt ready to move on to a new challenge. And what could be a better challenge than moving to a new country!
I was born and raised in South East London and have lived in the area for much of my life. As such, I have had a perfect base for my many hobbies, whether it be visiting galleries such as Tate Britain to see the works of my favourite modern artists, shopping in the West End’s book stores, or attending all sorts of shows from theatre to live music. As well as being a keen reader, I also love to write: I am currently working on my second book and have written a series of musicals for my school’s end-of-year productions, including a version of The Phantom Tollbooth. Any time left, I will be found socializing with friends, listening to – or playing - music, driving, photographing, drawing, trying to learn a new language or any combination of the above!
What Students Say
“Mr. Priddin is a very smart, up-beat individual who has acted as a very good role model for me.”
“Mr. Priddin is the nicest teacher you can imagine.”
“Mr. Priddin is calm and smart.”