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Andrew Caspari

andrew caspariWhat type of governor are you? I was appointed by the London Diocesan Board of Schools.

Why are you a governor of St Mary Magdalene Academy? I believe we have an opportunity to create a distinctive school with an ethos and high standards that will offer all students a chance to fulfil their potential. I am delighted to have the chance to use my skills and experience to help bring this about.

Which subject at school did you love best – and why? It depended on the teaching, but generally I loved economics, geography and languages. They just gave me the best window on the world and seemed more relevant than other things. My real passion was sport – being part of a team meant the world to me. Even though I wasn’t by any means a star, I loved the competition, teamwork, fresh air and I was quite keen on winning.

What’s your favourite book of all time? I would probably say the complete works of Shakespeare. There are plays I can see over and over again and they a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment. The works of Albert Camus had a huge influence on me. With my children I have had hours of fun with Winnie the Pooh!

Who was your most memorable / inspiring teacher at school? I had a great chaplain, Rev. David Scott. He is a poet. He was always full of surprises, passion and tolerance and was definitely not part of the establishment. “Taffy” Barling taught French and RE. We just talked a lot. You did not realise how much you were learning just by intelligent conversation.

What’s your favourite: chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate. I was once addicted but am better now… most of the time.

What are your hopes for St Mary Magdalene Academy? This is a school that can give all children chances to succeed across a wide range of academic and other activities. It will have an ethos which will give it a special atmosphere and which students will carry with them into the rest of their education and beyond.