MEET THE HEAD Gavin Franklin

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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.

QUICK-FIRE QUES­TIONS:

English.

Welles­ley roasts - un­beat­able.

Both have their ben­e­fits, but ide­ally face to face. Welles­ley House School, 114 Rams­gate Road, Broad­stairs CT10 2DG 01843 86299 www.welles­ley.kent.sch.uk

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