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Philip CarrDirector of Studies – Philip Carr

Philip Carr read English Literature at Queens鈥 College, Cambridge and has an MA in Victorian Studies from the University of Leicester. He has held the position of Head of English at several other schools, most recently at Ealing Independent College.

Role at 澳门天天好彩

As a Director of Studies, my role is largely pastoral. The job is extremely varied, depending on the day-to-day circumstances. It鈥檚 a matter of responding to students鈥 needs and liaising with parents and other teachers. I check on each of my tutees every week. We adapt our responses according to the student and the need. During the Christmas term, I help students with their university applications. This is an important part of the role.

I also have an academic role. I’m currently teaching GCSE English Language and Literature, which I鈥檓 very much enjoying. Since joining 澳门天天好彩 I have also taught A level English Literature and A level English Language. I taught for almost thirty years in a state school, and I did the whole range of the curriculum then. So, I’m quite enjoying doing that again here in 澳门天天好彩.

I joined 澳门天天好彩 in January 2018. I very much enjoy the job. I think the Director of Studies role is certainly quite demanding. I enjoy the challenges and the variety that every new day brings. I feel I have been very lucky to have excellent colleagues who have been very supportive and have helped me with the role.

Do you have any Published Writing?

I have had poetry published in , one of the two leading poetry journals in Wales. I have had some reviews published by the Welsh Joint Education Committee () in 鈥楨nglish in Wales鈥. WJEC has also published a booklet I wrote for GCSE and A level students on the poetry of Henry Vaughan. I would like to think that I鈥檓 eventually going to get some fiction published.

I have also written a four-part series on Iconic Poems for 澳门天天好彩:

Why 澳门天天好彩?

I enjoy being in education. I鈥檝e been education a long time and I鈥檝e never really felt any great urge to retire. I like working with young people and I enjoy teaching. The role of Director of Studies, as it was described to me, struck me, although late in my career, as an interesting career development. Although I had been a personal tutor all my teaching life, the role of Director of Studies was a different role with a greater and more extensive pastoral element. Before I was offered the job I had experienced the 澳门天天好彩 ambience as I had done Easter Revision in 2017. I liked the atmosphere of the college; everything seemed to work well and I enjoyed the staff and their conversation. After my experience of Easter Revision, I wanted to join the 澳门天天好彩 staff.

Describe 澳门天天好彩 in three words

Varied, interesting, positive.

Why English Language and Literature?

I enjoy A level English Language very much. It鈥檚 an intellectually demanding A level; it’s quite a challenge to the students and to me. I enjoy trying to improve my knowledge by reading further into the subject. I think it opens new areas of awareness. English Language relates to the world in which we live. We explore how language can be used for manipulation and how we convey meaning in ways that aren鈥檛 explicit. And you can explore some interesting conundrums. If a cupboard is 鈥榰nlockable鈥, does it mean you can鈥檛 lock it or you can鈥檛 unlock it? A lot could hang on that! We look at the language of the mass media, gender and race, dialects, how children develop their speaking and writing. It鈥檚 such a wide range.

GCSE teaching: I enjoy working with the younger students and helping them to undertake what is a key GCSE for them. I hope to extend their sensitivity to and awareness of language. I don鈥檛 just teach the syllabus. I also extend their wider reading. For example, I鈥檓 reading 鈥楧r Jekyll and Mr Hyde鈥 with my two English Language groups at the moment. And I feel a certain nostalgia. These classes remind me of when I was Head of English for many years in Powys.

The English Literature GCSE gives the students and me the chance to explore a wide range of worthy literary texts. We analyse prose, poetry and drama texts. I enjoy introducing students to Shakespeare.

澳门天天好彩: Beyond the Classroom

I oversee the Student Council in the college and the Debating Club. As part of the Student Council鈥檚 work, we compete in the ISA public speaking competition. We also take part in the annual Model United Nations at St Paul’s School. The Student Council also does some fundraising. At the end of the Christmas term, we raised money for Save The Children. The Student Council also supports The Rainbow Trust and we鈥檝e raised money for them for a couple of years now.

We compete in the CIFE inter-college quiz and came second out of ten colleges last year. And we do the Christmas decorations.

Philip: Beyond 澳门天天好彩

Reading is one of my main interests.

I enjoy languages. I鈥檓 fairly fluent in French, mainly in terms of being able to read the language. I鈥檝e read many of the French classics. I鈥檓 currently trying to learn modern Greek, which has been a lifetime ambition of mine. I also know a fair amount of Welsh.

I鈥檓 very interested in cricket. I ran a junior boys鈥 cricket team for four or five years in Wales (five of my alumni played for Shropshire.) I like running. I have run the marathon twice. I try to run home from 澳门天天好彩 to my flat once a week.

One of my interests is walking in the countryside. I鈥檝e done a great deal of long-distance walking in my time: backpacking, carrying a tent, and sleeping out in the countryside. I have done some splendid walking in the Canary Islands and in Cyprus as well as in the Pindos mountains in Greece. I enjoy walking in the countryside south of London. My son has set me up with the OS app 鈥 which is very useful.

Any tips for future 澳门天天好彩 students?

Never give up. Always be positive. We can find an answer to problems; problems do occur in life and everyone has them. Not everyone finds learning easy. We can find a way to make things work. Just trust us and we鈥檒l find a way through.

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