Mr Gareth Simpson is a friendly, open Scotsman, who can be seen walking around the corridors with a smile. He has started at Terrington as the new Year 5 form teacher, covering for Mrs H-S. And he says he feels so fortunate to be here: 'First impressions? The grounds are wonderful. There's such great sporting facilities. Terrington children are confident and free spirited. Everybody has been so welcoming- the children, parents and staff'.
Gareth joined Terrington from The Minster School in York. He was very sad to see his last school close: 'It was a beautiful environment to work in. The choristers were so dedicated. I was there for almost four years before the doors closed for the final time...but I'm very glad to be at Terrington now'.
Gareth lives in York with his partner Laura and whippet Gillespie. Originally from Scotland, Gareth read Geology at St. Andrews and went into a career working in the offshore geophysical industry- mapping the seabed for engineering works such as wind farm installations or oil rigs. He loved the work but didn't enjoy being away from home. His true calling was teaching and he moved to London to undertake a PGCE. It was his partner Laura, an academic, who instigated the move to Yorkshire. Laura accepted a job at York University as a lecturer (and is now Head of History), and Gareth started at The Minster after a short period of supply teaching.
Our new teacher's talents are diverse: he teaches Computer Coding to Year 6, Maths to Year 5 and he loves History. Gareth is particularly looking forward to Year 5's 'Africa' topic as part of their 'Discovery' learning. With Upper Prep he is teaching pottery as an activity and Gareth is looking forward to Lower Prep's 'Doodle Designs' club- which involves turning squiggles on the page into works of art through logical rules. And in his free time? Gareth loves to visit historic buildings. He writes history articles on Wikipedia and boasts an impressive knowledge of Scottish battlefields. ' Oh, and I'm a pescatarian. The chef here is great, I'm really enjoying school lunches'. He flashes a huge smile, and runs off to teach his next activity. Welcome Mr Simpson, we are so pleased you have joined our school.