In 1992, I had my first experience of Poland, working with a team of UK-based teachers and assistants as an instructor for the Central Bureau (UNESCO) at an English Language Summer Camp near Szczecin, on the Baltic Coast. I returned as Group Leader in 1993 and 1994, learnt the language and moved full-time move to Poland in 1994.
During my time at The British School Warsaw, I have occupied several positions of responsibility, including Examinations Officer, Head of Key Stages 3 and 4 and Curriculum Coordinator. I am currently Data and Assessment Manager, Teacher Cover Officer, SERCO SuperUser and Subject Leader for MFL, teaching French and German in the primary and secondary schools, as well as PSHE and Enrichment classes.
Away from work, I read extensively for leisure and to satisfy my curiosity about a variety of subjects. I have a great love of language and languages, and this enthusiasm has even survived years of wrestling with Polish. Sport is another passion, although unfortunately mostly from the armchair or terraces as a spectator these days. However, I do still actively enjoy the occasional game of squash, tennis and golf. Music is fundamental to life and Warsaw is at last, and happily, becoming a regular stop-off point for touring bands. My Polish wife works as a teaching assistant at the School. Both of our children have attended The British School Warsaw since Pre-Nursery, and are now fully bilingual and really benefiting from the great education on offer.
We are preparing our learners for a future which we cannot fully anticipate. How is this possible? We strive to equip our students with the skills, attitudes and attributes which will be required to give our students the best chance of succeeding in an increasingly competitive world. As teachers, we encourage the individual strengths and talents of our students, and nurture and develop areas which are under-developed. Teachers are able to design specific activities and tasks which will challenge students and help them on the journey to being ‘the best that they can’, and reinforcing the belief that high achievement is accessible to, and within the reach of, all of our leaners. Most importantly we instil in our learners the life-long love of learning that will be essential for them in future years.