Open Day
Contact Us

Friday Feature: Mr Steve French

8th September 2023

What is your current position at King Edward's Witley?

Teacher of English.

How long have you worked at King Edward's Witley?

This is my first week!  It strikes me as being a wonderfully supportive, caring and nurturing school where everyone can thrive and I am delighted to be here.  Before this, I was Deputy Head (Pastoral) in a growing independent school in Dubai, and prior to that, I was Housemaster, Teacher of English and led the EPQ at Framlingham College, Suffolk for seven years.  The three years prior were spent as Head of Upper School in a British International School in Shanghai, and the first decade of my career was in the maintained sector, where I held various positions inducing Transition Manager, Head of Lower School English and Head of Year.  It’s been a wonderfully rewarding career to date and I am so looking forward to learning more during my time here at KESW.

Where do you live and where were you born?

I live on-site with my family; home is Colchester in Essex, but I was born in London – Crystal Palace.

What's the most exciting adventure/trip you've been on?

Either safari in Zimbabwe or leading a Year 11 school service residential trip from Shanghai to Yangshuo, China.

What was your favourite subject when you were at school?

English, naturally, though interestingly I also loved PE, Maths and Music.  In fact, though it might sound cliche, I really loved school life and without doubt, the flame of my natural curiosity in those particular subject areas was fanned by some inspirational and unforgettable teachers – many of whom I am indebted to for life.

What was your favourite game as a child?

Great question! My first console was a Sega Mega Drive and a game called Ecco the Dolphin blew my mind!  You  played as a dolphin seeking to find and rescue his pod whilst traversing the best graphics a 16-bit console had to offer; unique and fun!  I admit to being a more casual gamer these days as the bug never really left! Away from video games, football has always played an important part in my life and playing from a young age, arguably, was also my favourite game.  Though as a Villa fan, it has certainly been a rollercoaster relationship!

What is the funniest thing a pupil has ever said to you?

Only because it couldn’t be further from the truth: “Sir, you look like someone from Take That!”

What's your favourite book/movie/song?

It varies depending on so many factors!  As long as something “speaks” to me, that is, I can connect with it in some way, it gets a thumbs up from me.  Picking a favourite is nigh on impossible!

What are your passions in life?

I am passionate about holistic and transformative education, wellbeing, kindness and developing positive relationships. I’m a keen cyclist and into nutrition, am currently studying towards a Masters in Educational Leadership a former lead-guitarist in a number of bands (and actively seeking to join new ones!), devoted husband of ten years to Laura and father of three wonderful children; Emilia (9), George (6) and Molly (3).

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

It is nothing short of a privilege to join KESW.  I look forward to meeting as many people as possible and adding value to an already outstanding community at what is, no doubt, a very exciting time for the school.  Thank you indeed for having me!

Open Day Book an open morning
Contact Us Contact us
Coffee with the Head for 3rd, 4th & 5th Form Parents

Please fill out the form here to confirm attendance.


Go to Top