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Great Kingshill Church of England Combined School

Great Kingshill Church of England Combined School Growing together. Faith in our Future. Member of Kings Education Trust

Mr Karl Hoddell

At the age of 25, I came to the harsh realisation that I wasn’t ever going to play cricket for England, and therefore had to think of something else I wanted to do with my life. As daunting a prospect as this seemed, I thought back to my University year abroad (during which I taught English at a school in Germany), and decided that teaching was the profession for me.

 

I was born and raised in High Wycombe and attended Hamilton Primary School and John Hampden Grammar School. I’m now in my fifth year as a teacher at Great Kingshill, having completed my undergraduate degree in Journalism and German at the University of Sheffield, and my PGCE at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

I feel very fortunate to be one of those people who genuinely loves their job. No two days are ever the same, and I relish the day-to-day challenges that come with being a teacher. Teaching has already given me several fantastic opportunities, including qualifying as a Specialist Leader in Education, working to obtain the school a Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award, supporting and training Primary trainees, and wearing a dress on stage in the Year 5 play. What I love most about teaching, is that it allows me to see the impact I have on shaping the minds and lives of the children I work with, and the progress they make on their own journey.

Outside of school, I’m an avid sportsman and captain of a local cricket team. I also love singing, quizzes and Mexican food. I strongly dislike traffic jams and rain.

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