We caught up with new Head of Psychology David Jordan, to discuss his new role and career so far…
Tell us a bit about your background and career so far:
I completed my Psychology BSc at the University of Bath; a four-year course with a year in industry, working in Culture Lab at Newcastle University. Following this, I went travelling for a year in India and Malaysia, where I spent time in various rural schools teaching English. I then completed my PGCE at Nottingham Trent University. After this, I taught Social Sciences at Tuxford Academy for two years, before taking on the role of Head of Psychology at Worksop College.
What attracted you to this role?
I was very motivated to work for a school like Worksop College. I was attracted to the role of Head of Department itself as it would provide me with an opportunity to progress in my career and it presented a challenge that I felt ready and excited for.
What are your first impressions of our school?
That Worksop College is a magnificent environment to be in. I really like the atmosphere of the school, the politeness and helpfulness of staff and students, and the all-round community ethos. The lunches are pretty good too! I am also very impressed by the focus here of a holistic education for the students, with a huge variety of extra-curricular provided. I can’t wait to get fully involved.
What do you hope to achieve in your time at our school?
I hope to run a successful department, especially as this is the first department I have taken charge of. I also seek to take on a variety of different opportunities as a way of personal development, enjoyment and fulfilment. In particular, I hope to get heavily involved in extra-curricular activities and have already started setting up a badminton team. If we could form a badminton team that beat Stamford School (the school I attended as a student) then that would just be the icing on the cake (not that I’m competitive…).
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Good people take opportunities; great people create them.