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HEAD Space with Bede’s School

We chat to Peter Goodyer, Bede’s head, about his formative years in South Africa and what makes him tick at school and beyond

What or who inspired you to teach?

Probably my schooling experience in South Africa, but most notably it was my dedicated and inspiring English teacher, Miss Baws.

All-time favourite book?

The joy of getting lost in a book is something I genuinely value. Rian Malan’s book, My Traitor’s Heart, a journalist’s harrowing narrative about attempting to understand apartheid in South Africa, is definitely my favourite.

What is your favourite piece of music?

I thoroughly enjoy a wide range of musical genres. However, for my wife and me our favourite is Ludovico Einaudi’s Melodia Africana III.

Favourite Shakespeare play and why?

Macbeth, as a result of my inspirational English teacher.

Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro

What is your personal motto for life?

Do all you can in the time you can, and have fun.

If you could only bring three things with you to a desert island, what would they be?

My family (my wife, Laura, and son, Seb), a lighter and a tent.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

I would say it has to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Who would you most like to be for the day?

Having grown up in South Africa, I would love to spend a day as a game ranger in the African bush in the presence of some majestic wildlife.

What would be your act on Britain’s Got Talent?

If it were allowed, my talent would have to be barbecuing. I love outdoor eating.

What is your biggest achievement?

It’s got to be being the headmaster of Bede’s, and personally, having a wonderful family.

Why is your school the best?

We nurture distinction in all our pupils, and we give them the opportunity to develop their own skills and interests. We believe it’s important to put the interest of the pupils first.

What three things do you need to be a successful headmaster?

Compassion, integrity and a good sense of humour.

What is the best advice you’d give a school leaver?

Never undersell yourself. Strive to be the best version of yourself and never underestimate your abilities in achieving your goals.

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