Mr Wood’s Story

Wednesday 24 October 2018

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1. What is your name, and what class(s) do you teach?

Andrew Wood – Principal


2. Where did you grow up and study?

I grew up in Eastbourne and went on to study Biology at Durham University


3. What do you love about Roedean Moira House?

I love the sense of creativity and community that all of the girls at Roedean Moira House share. There is a real sense of girls being given the opportunity to achieve anything that they have the ambition for. They develop confidence from taking on challenges and are quite prepared to give something a go and speak up for what they believe in.


4. What are your passions / hobbies?

I love and can coach many different sports and daily exercise is very much part of my routine. Waking up at 5am and either cycling or running before school creates a daily challenge that brings success when it is achieved and creates the energy I need to work towards achieving the ambitions that I have for Roedean Moira House.


5. How long have you worked at RMH?

I joined as part of the Roedean Executive leadership team in January 2018, becoming full time as Principal from 1 July.


6. What is one of your favourite memories or favourite day from this school year? 

I have lots of excellent memories, but mostly they come from the pride and enthusiasm that I have every time I show people around our fantastic school. On these journeys I get to meet and talk to so many of our amazing girls and staff, all of whom reflect the schools character of family ethos and spirit when they meet and talk with our visitors. Any day that I can contribute to making our school experience that little bit better for everyone, has to go down in my book as a favourite day. This is therefore for others to judge how many favourite days there have been.


7. What made you decide to become a teacher?

My secondary school Biology teacher inspired me and instilled in me a passion for my subject. He was also the same man that believed in me and gave me direction when I was uncertain as to the career that I should pursue. He gave me the motivation to teach and said that he thought that one day I would replace him as a Biology in my old school. As it turned out this is exactly what I did. Upon his retirement I was employed as his replacement.


8. If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?

I would love to have been a professional sportsman. Perhaps there is still time for me.


Anything else you want to share?

During my teaching career I have found myself returning to Eastbourne many times and so I guess I have learnt to never say never, but to seize opportunities as they present themselves.