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.
- 1 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 2 Find your inner wild in the woods
- 3 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 4 Gardoolet: WIN this summer's best garden game
- 5 16 beautiful beaches in Devon you have to visit
- 6 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 7 Seven Falls, Tintwistle - a hidden gem in the Peak District
- 8 A guide to moving to Somerset
- 9 12 beautiful waterfalls in Yorkshire
- 10 Win the full range of Bashall Spirits Gins
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).