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Mr Robert Walsh


Head of Year 5

Mr Robert Walsh has a more than 14 years’ experience teaching across primary and secondary. He has held positions numerous leadership roles such as head of department, pastoral positions, assistant headteacher and deputy head of schools before moving to teach internationally in Guangzhou and now here at BSKL. In his spare time, he enjoy getting out and about with his family for walks and cycles.

I have always been committed to social welfare and education. My first job after graduating was as a strategic studies researcher, supporting the Director of Social Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London. I then moved on to setting up Sure Start in the same borough, a service aimed at supporting mother's from pregnancy until children were two years old. After that I worked as an Education Social Worker, looking to support children and families gain access to services to support the child(ren) return to and remain in education. After that I qualified as a teacher and worked for fourteen years in secondary education, teaching children from ages 11 to 19 in a school with almost 2000 children, and occupying various head of department and pastoral positions, culminating in me being an Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral). I left that role to try something new, working as a consultant at a Pupil Referral Unit for children aged between 14 and 16 who had been excluded from mainstream education. After that I wanted to further challenge myself and decided, as a committed educator, I wanted to learn how to be a primary school teacher. I worked for two year in London as a Deputy Head of school before moving to teach internationally, where I first taught in Guangzhou, China, and now here at BSKL. I'm proud to say I have taught children in every year: from Year 1 to Year 13. I'm also incredibly satisfied knowing that I have dedicated my professional life to the support and development of both children and families.

I am a born and bred Londoner. I am incredibly lucky to be married to my beautiful wife, Vanessa, having two amazing boys who attend BSKL too. Vanessa and I choose to work in BSKL because it is an amazing school with amazing people: there is no greater endorsement than saying we are delighted our own children attend.

In my spare time I've always liked getting out and about. As a family we go for walks and cycle most days. We enjoy holidaying and getting to know different cultures, ensuring our children have an outward looking perspective and see themselves as global citizens. However, I do have my roots to consider, so I support what was my local football team: Chelsea (and yes, I have 'encouraged' my children to do the same!).

As I'm hoping you can see from what I’ve written, I believe in community. What best typifies what I believe is a very short, but poignant quote, from a hero of mine, Mohammed Ali. It may be short but it captures so much of how I see my place in the world, and he delivered his poem to an address of Oxford University students, who requested he give them an ode. It goes like this:

Me? We!

My ambition is that every child leaves behind each day not only learning something, both academic and pastoral, but having laughed too. Children are only children once, so it absolutely must be fun. That remains my goal each and every day