Dave grew up in London where he attended Highgate Grammar before moving to Hatfield School to complete his O Level Sixth Form Studies.
After a gap year spent at De Havilland College, Dave read Geography and Geology (Joint Honours) at the College of St Paul and St Mary (now the University of Gloucestershire) before completing his PGCE at Bristol University.
His first teaching post was at Banbury School in Oxfordshire; a position that he kept for over three years before moving to the Heart of England School in the Midlands to take up the position of Teacher of Geography, Geology and Environmental Studies. Throughout his seven and a half years in position, Dave was instrumental in course development, ultimately becoming responsible for introducing the school’s Level 2 and 3 GNVQ in Leisure Tourism before being promoted to acting Head of Geography and Geology.
Dave relocated to Devon in 1999 where he was appointed as Head of Humanities Faculty/Geography at the College, then known as Knowles Hill School. Dave has enjoyed numerous and varied roles within his career at the College, including Head of Sixth Form, timetabling and curriculum planning, target setting and data tracking implementation before moving into the College’s Leadership Team where he remains today. As part of his continued professional development, Dave has achieved NPQH status.
Dave’s current role sees him in charge of People Development, teaching staff appraisals, newly qualified teachers and performance management systems. In conjunction with this, Dave sits on the Devon and Cornwall Teacher Partnership Committee, working with Exeter University to design and deliver schemes and courses as part of teacher training. He also is in charge of PSHE and CEIAG for the whole College and coordinates Enrichment Days as a result.
The people at Newton Abbot College make this place a joy to work in. It is wonderful seeing students progress, achieve their potential and take pride in their College; this is something I will never tire of. It has been incredible to see how far the College has come; it is almost unrecognizable from the Knowles Hill School I joined in 1999 and the College just keeps getting better and better.