Rosie Phillips
Posted on 27 Sep 2017

Head to Head with Dr Glenn Moodie, Headmaster of Truro High School


Dr Glenn Moodie

Your current title / role:

Headmaster of Truro High School

Brief career background

I am from New Zealand but came to the UK in 1998 to read a PhD in Classics at the University of Bristol. Along the way I accidentally became a teacher.

My first post was at Clifton College and from there I went on to be Head of Classics at Uppingham School and then Director of Studies at Wycombe Abbey School, before joining Truro High School as Headmaster in September 2014.

What does a typical working day look like?

The great thing about working in a school is there is no typical day. Every day is different, which makes it exciting. I try to avoid spending too much time in my office or in meetings. I like to get out and about and see what the pupils and staff are up to. The joy of the job is seeing the girls excited about their learning.

What did you have for dinner last night?

Pasta – a bit boring, I know.

What was the last piece of music you listened to?

My daughter makes me listen to Radio 1 in the car, so it’s probably quite current, but I really can’t remember (and it was only yesterday).

What was your favourite and most hated subject when you were at school?

I’m a classicist, but there wasn’t much Classics at school in New Zealand. My favourite subject was Mathematics. In my first year at secondary school I had to do Technical Drawing, Metal Work and Wood Work – I hated all three with a passion.

What is the best thing about your job?

Working with young people – seeing them get excited about their education, seeing them challenge themselves, and helping them to fulfill their aspirations and dreams.

If you could change one thing about the current education system what would it be?

The reliance in the state system on data. I worry about the impact this has on teachers and the narrowness it demands in terms of curriculum. Luckily, in an independent school we are free of this and can focus on an holistic approach to educating our pupils.

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