I was born in a mining village called Fegg Hayes in Stoke on Trent and for my sins I have been a Stoke City supporter ever since. I went to a Technical school called Stanfield Technical High School which is also famous for producing talent such as Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter's dad in the films) and Robbie Williams. I then went to 6th form college in Stoke which is where my passion for Drama really took off. I gained a place in the National Youth Theatre and then went on to study Drama at Bretton Hall where I was involved in numerous productions. Since then I have been working as an actor, teacher, director, writer and singer and have had a lovely career in education and the arts. I have performed in The West End and also National and International touring (including Japan) as well as many other performances (even a pantomime in Barnsley). In fact my wife Wanda often jokes about each city or place we visit to see if I have performed in a theatre there. As a writer I have been lucky enough to gain Arts Council Awards and also one of my pieces "My Friend Julie" has been shown on children's TV all over the world after it was taken up by Thames Television in the late 80's and subsequently released on DVD.
I am privileged to have worked in so many different areas and very proud of the students I have taught during this time whatever their final pathway. Drama is a truly cross curricular subject and is a natural source of inspiration for all young people and I am really looking forward to working with the staff and children at St James. I love football and will be watching in hope this summer as we enter the Euros. I live in Faversham with my wife Wanda who teaches French and Classics, and we are desperate to go back to France again for the holidays so fingers crossed for the not too distant future.
What attracted you to St James?
The overwhelming sense of kindness and respect was apparent from the school gate right through to each of the staff and students I met.
What makes a St James education stand out?
The school stands out because of its focus on kindness and community. This is a perfect base for allowing young people to flourish and fly with a smile.
What strikes you about St James pupils?
Happiness is the key. Their ability to share and give is the catalyst to this and this is then reflected in their joy of learning.