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Meet the head: John Green at Seaford College in Petworth

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 10 May 2017


John Green, Head of Seaford College in Petworth, Sussex, relaxes with a good book or by looking for his golf balls in the rough after a day out playing golf.

Published in A+ Education Spring 2017

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?

I would have most likely become a police officer or even an orthopaedic surgeon. I have always had an interest in sports injuries due to two knee reconstructions.


What were your favourite lessons at school?

Economics and sport.


Was there any type of school dinner that you couldn’t stand?

No, I have always enjoyed all school food. I’m not fussy!


What is your favourite film?

Recently, my favourite film has become Les Miserables. It’s a true epic and thoroughly entertaining. I watched Jungle Book over the Christmas holiday with my children, it’s a great family film.


Your Desert Island Disc(s)?

Green Green Grass, because it would remind me of home, my home environment, my family and my friends. I sang it at Seafordstock, Seaford’s own rock and pop concert, in order to raise funds for the Choir Tour to Paris. Also, American Pie, because it’s a great tune with lyrics you can really sing along to.


How do you relax?

I relax by reading when I can, I also relax by spending time with my family, or by regularly looking for my golf balls in the rough when out playing golf. Seaford has a fantastic nine-hole golf course, where students can learn the game, and parents also really enjoy using it too. It’s great to have a golf course on your doorstep.


What is the one thing that makes you most proud of where you work?

The Seaford ethos, which is all-round, inclusive and most definitely non-elitist. Seaford College is a warm, friendly, community where pupils feel confident to attain personal bests both inside and outside of the classroom.


If you could be the Prime Minister for a day, what’s the first thing you would do?

I would review the educational strategic plan and examination system. I would like to review the purpose and transparency of league tables.


School of thought

• Maths or English? - English. I really enjoy literature and am naturally more drawn to the subject.

• School dinners or packed lunch? - Both. I’m always hungry, and although I avoid sweet things for health reasons, I do occasionally indulge – everything in moderation. Having a background in professional rugby gives me an understanding of the right foods I should be eating.

• Newsletter or Twitter? - Newsletter... but slowly joining the Twitter bandwagon. At Seaford we find Facebook is a great place for our parents to have a dialogue and communicate, and we have an extensive following from alumni. It’s great to communicate with people who choose to follow you, and reaching a wider audience is a definite advantage of social media.

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