A wordsmith for a head

Ashdown House Prep School head Dominic Floyd loves writing, Take That<br/><br/>and Spooks but doesn't have a soft spot for corned beef hash or Physics

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what do you think you would have done instead? Advertising or Journalism.  I have always loved writing and becoming a journalist seemed an attractive option.  I have been writing a children’s novel for the last eight years!  The advertising world also appealed to me.  I admire the creativity and originality of our best adverts. 

Who would you most like to have as a pupil, if you could pick anyone?Somebody naughty and with a sparkle in their eye – Dawn French or Lenny Henry would I am sure have been punchy pupils with some unforgettable moments.  I have always liked teaching children with oodles of character and heart.   

Was there any type of school dinner that you couldn’t stand? Corned beef hash.  Good old- fashioned prep school fodder followed down with a quick glug of water!  Liver was never a favourite either.What was your favourite lesson? English Literature. I adore reading books and was inspired at school not only by great teaching but also by the range and choice of books we read and discussed.  A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mystry would be one of my top three books.

Was there ever one you wish you could have missed?  Physics.  I blame it on the teacher!  You always remember a good teacher but one never forgets a poor one either.  It should be a fascinating subject but it never ticked my box.

So, your Desert Island disc…Which record would you want with you if you were marooned on a desert island?  The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys.  Uplifting, invigorating and makes you want to sing and dance!

Do you have a favourite current artist or song?Take That or Snow Patrol.  My whole family adore Take That and their recent comeback has been sensational.Is there a television programme that you make sure you never miss? Spooks or The Apprentice.  Quality drama on both fronts!  Like the rest of the population, I always yell at the stupidity of the Apprentice candidates but cannot fail to be addicted to the programme and the various tasks they are given.

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How do you relax away from work?Ski, surf, swim, golf, walk the dog and spend quality time with my wife and children.  I love getting out and about (preferably by the sea or in the mountains).

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