MEET THE HEAD Gavin Franklin
The former professional cricketer on an exciting time in Wellesley House School’s development
Tell us a bit about you
I grew up just outside Wolverhampton (unfortunately, I’m a Villa fan), boarded at Malvern College before graduating from Durham University, where I met my wife, Claire, who is also a teacher.
I had four years on the staff at Warwickshire as a professional cricketer before moving into coach and player development at the Oval for Surrey CCC. In 2008 my coaching experiences encouraged me to explore teaching and I was offered a job at Wellington College in Berkshire where I worked for nine years as an English teacher, Master in Charge of Cricket and as a Housemaster. Now we live in the main school building at Wellesley with our sons William and Sammy – and Freddie, our bouncy black Labrador.
When did you become Head?
We moved to Broadstairs in August 2017. We were immediately attracted not just by the proud success, history and tradition of Wellesley, but also by the warm, charming, exciting and inclusive feel of the place. It feels very special indeed. We have joined at such an exciting and dynamic time for the school as we open a pre-prep in September 2019 (accepting children from four years old) and look to provide far more flexibility in our offering for pupils and parents.
If you hadn’t become a teacher…?
My whole family is medical (my parents are vets, my father’s parents were vets, my sister and brother-in-law are doctors), but as science was absolutely not my forté at school, I would have probably continued working in professional cricket, in player and coach development and as an administrator.
Favourite lessons as a child? English and French. Also, I had a legendary Housemaster and an unforgettable Latin teacher (who was far too clever for me…)
Least-favourite school dinner as a child?
Macaroni cheese, cauliflower cheese, cheesy potato – I shudder even thinking about that now. However, the food at Wellesley is first class; we have a brilliant catering team.
Favourite books and music?
Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K Jerome) has me laughing out loud in places and Birdsong is just so powerful. Musically, my school friends instilled in me a love of The Stone Roses. And, possibly because of my father’s persuasion, I have become an increasingly huge fan of Bob Dylan. Like a Rolling Stone has to be one of the best songs ever written.
How do you relax?
Spending time with my family, dog walking and I hope to play more golf now we have moved to the Kent coast. We love holidaying in Cornwall and in Northumberland, where my family has a farm. If you could be Prime
Minister for a day?
I’d have a complete review of how we assess our pupils. Work on providing alternative practical routes to universities. Encourage all schools to develop life-skills – for example, by providing all pupils with the opportunity to spend an extended period away from their school, supported by an appropriate curriculum, in order to develop resilience, self-reliance, creativity, confidence and independence.
Wellesley roasts - unbeatable.
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