Surrey schools - Stephen Borthwick, headmaster at Epsom College in Epsom
As headmaster of Epsom College, Stephen Borthwick lives on campus with<br/><br/>his wife Glynis and two spaniels, Daisy and Freddie. Away from work, he likes nothing more than a walk on the Downs – except, perhaps, a bit of Mozart...
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2010
As headmaster of Epsom College, Stephen Borthwick lives on campus with his wife Glynis and two spaniels, Daisy and Freddie. Away from work, he likes nothing more than a walk on the Downs – except, perhaps, a bit of Mozart...
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If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?I have always had a love of music and an interest in how musical instruments are designed. At university, I studied the history and philosophy of science, which developed my appreciation of the technical side of music. I think if my career hadn’t taken me into education, I might well have become an acoustic engineer.
Was there any type of school dinner that you couldn’t stand?I’m easy to please with food and enjoy a varied diet. Obviously, healthy eating is a priority for me with a busy lifestyle. I think if I had to decide on one food I didn’t like, it would be tongue. For unknown reasons, it seemed to be popular when I was a boy.
What were your favourite lessons?From an early age, I have always been interested in the sciences. Without doubt, my favourite subject at school was physics and I still get a great deal of pleasure from teaching it now. As a physicist, I am fascinated by new developments and discoveries that challenge our knowledge.
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So, your Desert Island Disc....?Without a doubt, the Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel singing The Vagabond. I love to listen to music from the early 20th century, including Ralph Vaughan Williams.
What is your favourite film of all time?I liked Don’t Look Now but I am not a great film buff. I prefer opera, especially Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, which I have watched many times on DVD.
If you were to have a meal in your honour and there was one space still available, who would you like to fill it?This is a difficult one as there have been so many people that have influenced me throughout my career – and friends, both personally and professionally, that have had a profound effect on my life. As a head teacher, you meet so many people and pupils and each one is important in a different way. So it would be impossible to make such a choice.
How do you like to relax away from your work?Apart from listening to music, I am very happy walking my dogs. Away fromwork, I can be found walking on the Epsom Downs, which have marvellous views of London. During the holidays, my wife Glynis and I go to our home in the Wye Valley. The walking there is very different with high sided valleys, woodland and a river at the bottom.
If you were prime minister for one day, what’s the first thing you’d do?I would make casual noise pollution a serious offence!