Earlier this month, Fulneck School near Pudsey welcomed their new Principal, Paul Taylor. Mumbler was lucky enough to grab 10 minutes from his busy schedule for a quick-fire question and answer session. In it he tells us about himself and his vision for the school – and we love how open and honest he is. What lucky students!
1. Date of birth: 2 October 1975
2. Married/children: Married to Kirstie, one daughter Megan aged 10 plus a mad cockapoo called Hetty.
3. School and University: St Peter’s School, York, and Durham University (degree in Politics and PGCE)
4. First job: teacher of History and Politics at The Bishop’s Stortford High School, Hertfordshire. I then spent 11 years back at St Peter’s School as Head of Politics and a Housemaster.
5. Previous job before joining Fulneck: Deputy Head at Trent College, Derbyshire.
6. Style of leadership: You would be better asking my colleagues that!
7. Hopes and aspirations for Fulneck under your leadership: That we continue to emphasise the happiness of each individual, to develop their personalities so that they are prepared for the exciting yet challenging world that awaits them, and that all our pupils appreciate the value of hard work.
8. If you hadn’t chosen education what career path would you have followed: I’d have loved to play cricket for Yorkshire but was never going to be good enough!
9. Favourite piece of music: Angels by Robbie Williams.
10. Favourite book: The most beautiful story ever told is called Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi. It’s a true story of the human capacity of survival and resilience in the face of violence and war.
11. Favourite food: Steak and chips!
12. Favourite drink: An occasional pint of York Brewery “Guzzler”
13. Favourite holiday destination: We go to a place called Moelfre on Anglesey every summer.
14. Favourite TV programme: The West Wing was the best piece of drama ever created. Currently enjoying Bodyguard and Suits.
15. Hobbies and past times: Football (I support Burnley, my Dad’s team), cricket, golf, American politics and reading.
16. Choose three dinner party guests: Bill Clinton, Sean Dyche and Michelle Obama. I think I’d learn quite a lot about leadership!
17. Greatest piece of advice ever received: We all remember our favourite teacher. Teachers often go into the profession because of that teacher. Set out to be that teacher every day.
Fulneck School is one of the UK’s leading inclusive, independent day and boarding school. For further information on the school or to request a prospectus, please contact the school on 0113 257 0235 or by email at email@example.com. Full details regarding the school are also available at www.fulneckschool.co.uk.
The school have an open day on the 6th October 2018 but can also accept private visits by prior arrangement.
*This is a sponsored blog post for Fulneck School