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Friday Feature: Mr J Haywood

15th March 2024

What is your current position at King Edward's Witley and how long have you worked here?

I am a History teacher and the Resident Tutor in Ridley House. I have been working at King Edward’s Witley since September.

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

I grew up in Scotland and moved to London for university. Since moving south, I haven’t been able to escape England, working for a church in London then a boarding school in Devon and now here at King Edward’s Witley. I live on the top floor of Ridley House.

What is your favourite thing about working at King Edward's Witley?

Like most of the staff, I must say that my favourite thing is the pupils. There is never a dull moment between the classroom, boarding house and activities. I often feel like I live inside a sitcom, but the script never gets tired and there are always fresh avenues of hilarity to explore.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Other than History (obviously) and being part of a church, my main love is for the outdoors. I like sport (watching and playing) and hiking the Scottish mountains. Last year I cycled far enough to reach Canada, although this year I’m quite far off that record because my commute has shortened to two flights of stairs.

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

I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades: at various times I’ve wanted to be a sportsman, author, soldier, plumber, journalist, electrician, lawyer, orthopaedic surgeon, sheep farmer, politician, neuroscientist… I decided I wanted to be a teacher two days before I applied for my first teaching job. I don’t know if I have grown up yet, but I’m happy to settle on teacher for now.

Who is someone you have always admired and why?

I’m not sure that there is someone I have always admired, but one person I admire a lot is my first boss. He taught me many pieces of useful life advice such as “never run” (i.e. don’t let anyone see you panic) and “just keep breathing” (i.e. take things one step at a time and you’ll get through any crisis). He also let me stay in his spare room after my toilet fell through the ceiling into my living room.
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