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Friday Feature: Mr T Webb

15th December 2023

What is your background, and where do you live now?

I originally grew up in Thames Ditton and went to Radley College before going to Loughborough University to study Industrial Design and Technology which is where I also undertook my PGCE. In 2019, after 14 years at Reed’s school, we moved to Gordon’s School in West End, Surrey where I was a boys boarding housemaster until 2022. Now we split our time between our school house at Gordon’s, where my wife Nathalie is a senior house boarding housemistress, and our home in Cobham.  We have two boys Charlie (11) and Hector (8), a dog called Orlando and a very old cat called Milly.

What are you most looking forward to in your upcoming position as Head of DT?

The opportunity to build on the good work of the department and inject new innovative ideas which I hope will inspire the future designers and engineers of tomorrow. Maybe there’s a future James Dyson hiding in the school!

Why did you want to work at King Edward’s Witley?

From the moment I first came to KESW I just knew it was a place where I could see myself working. The pupils were so friendly and polite and the community feel was something that instantly attracted me. I can’t wait to fully embrace myself in the ethos and the community of the school.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Lego is one of my big hobbies, along with rugby, and this is something my boys have grown to love too so sharing those pleasures with them is brilliant. I’m also a massive car and motorbike enthusiast. As a family we are big Disney fans spending the majority of our holidays in Florida and when we aren’t in Florida we will probably be found planning our next family adventure. Our family goal is to have visited all the Disney parks around the world.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my mother who was a teacher. My sister went onto be a teacher too so I guess you could say I was influenced.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

The advice I would give my younger self is the same advice I give to my boys. Give everything a go and embrace every opportunity that is on offer, what’s the worst that can happen?

Who is someone you have always admired and why?

I’ve had many influences in my life, but I can’t say I admire any one person in particular. That said I do admire those with a have a go attitude, someone who isn’t afraid to push boundaries for a positive outcome. I admire people who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams and go for a goal even when the odds are stacked against them. They are the people I admire the most.

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