Interview with Simon Hitchings, Head of St Aubyns School, Rottingdean

PUBLISHED: 12:11 25 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 20 February 2013

Interview with Simon Hitchings, Head of St Aubyns School, Rottingdean

Interview with Simon Hitchings, Head of St Aubyns School, Rottingdean

Simon Hitchings doesn't like spiders, might have been a politician but found a more suitable way to help people!

If you hadnt become a teacher, what do you think you would have done instead?
I might well have gone into politics in some form, but working in schools for the past 18 years has been the right way for me to make a positive difference to other peoples lives.

Who would you most like to have as a pupil, if you could pick anyone?
Stephen Fry his fearsome brain would keep my teachers on their toes!

Was there any type of school dinner that you couldnt stand when you were at school?
I struggled with rhubarb crumble which seemed to be a rather frequent event.

What was your favourite lesson?
Was there ever one you wish you could have missed?
Favourite Latin; entirely missable for me Geography (although, of course, I understand its value now!)

If you were invited to go on the television show Room 101, what one thing would you want to see gone from this world?
Spiders (who have too many legs which enable them to run too fast!).
So, your Desert Island disc Which record would you want with you if you were marooned on a desert island?
Bachs Six Cello Suites endlessly fascinating, a musical and intellectual feast.

Do you have a favourite current artist or song?
I enjoy the music of Katie Melua and Michael Bubl, but in all honesty I dont listen to much current music.

If you were to have a meal held in your honour and there was one space still available at the table. Who would you like to fill it, alive or dead?
No guest list would be complete for me without my wife, Caroline.

If you were Prime Minister for one day, whats the first thing youd do?
Its impossible for me not to be guided by my recent experience I would make sure that the bureaucracy surrounding school inspections and Health and Safety was dramatically reduced.

How do you relax away from work?
Eating out, playing with my young children, Charlotte and Alex, walking our black Labrador and reading.
Is there a television programme that you make sure you never miss?
Spooks the most consistent, tense and well-worked drama on television at the moment.

What is special about your school?
Girls and boys flourish here as confident and self-aware young people because of our outstanding pastoral care, small class sizes and broad curriculum and activities programme.

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