We’ve interviewed Mr Redhead this term, to find out more about how he got into teaching, and what he enjoys most about it.
Where did you go to school and college?
I went to Millom School and Sixth Form, I then attended the University of Sunderland.
Why did you decide to teach what you teach?
I decided to teach ICT and Computer Science, simply because it was a subject I enjoyed and was confident in at school. I took my degree in ICT/Computer Science at the University of Sunderland and enjoyed the variety of the themes taught from programming to systems analysis. I became a teacher because it was a role I always looked up to when I was in school and part of my personality is that enjoy helping others.
Where and when was your first teaching job?
My first teaching post was at St Bernard’s in Barrow-in-Furness and move to a full-time teaching post at Millom School, where I worked with Mr Smith for many years before moving to St Benedict’s in 2014.
What is the best thing about teaching?
The best thing about teaching is seeing that light bulb moment when a student learns something new and actually understands it. I still remember the first time it happened when I started teaching and feel privileged to enable a young person to learn and experience new things.
How do you think students will remember you and your class?
I would like students to remember me as a happy person with high expectations of work ethic and behaviour. I want students to feel safe, happy and comfortable that they can ask questions and not be worried that they might get something wrong.
What is your favourite movie?
I don’t really have a favourite movie, as it very much depends on what mood I am in for what I want to watch. The types of film I enjoy are action and adventure such as the James Bond series and Beverly Hills Cop! I also like political thrillers and true stories.
What is your idea of fun?
I love travelling, going to new destinations and I love flying! I am also a car enthusiast, I have recently been to the winter testing grounds for Jaguar and Range Rover in Sweden. Driving on frozen lakes in Jaguar F-Type V8 cars is definitely my idea of fun.
Name three things you love about your job.
Working with the young people and supporting them in being successful in their education.
The diversity of it, no two days are the same – ever!
Having the opportunity to challenge myself on a regular basis.