We hear from the men and women at the front of the class about what inspired – and continues to inspire – them to take up teaching. Here’s the view from the principal’s office at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School…
Alex Foreman (Principal)
How and why you got into teaching?
I always knew I wanted to do something that had an impact, and initially thought I would join the Police Force. However, a summer spent teaching swimming to children after I had completed my Theology & Philosophy degree at University saw a complete change in direction for me. That summer changed my life and I realised that teaching was my true vocation. I initially taught PE and Religious Education at Uppingham School, Rutland.
What brought you to and keeps you at the school?
I joined the Duke of York’s Royal Military School at the beginning of this year (2017) after being headteacher for three years at King’s School, a Service Children’s Education School, based in Germany. The two schools have many similarities, including links with the military community. DOYRMS not only attracted me, but my children as well and they both attend the school. ‘Looking forward with confidence, looking back with pride’. Dukies live and breathe this mantra; everyday I’m amazed by our students and feel the core military values they show for themselves and towards others is evident to anyone they meet – it’s inspiring.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job and the biggest challenge?
Most rewarding is developing leadership capabilities throughout the school, empowering staff and students to ensure that our learning community experiences great opportunities, great teaching and great outcomes. There are not enough hours in the day! As a Principal, I still like to get involved in the everyday learning in school, as well as coaching sport, but I am obviously tied up in the many business aspects of running a school. I would love even more time to get into the classrooms and engage with our students.