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Mike Smith was appointed Principal of Kings Oxford, a college steeped in a rich culture of student achievement and excellence, in 2016. He has a wide experience in education and a variety of management and leadership responsibilities both in the UK and globally. His experience spans all phases of education from nursery to post-16 colleges, from special schools to mainstream, independent and private schools. He has been an OfSTED inspector since its inception and has inspected schools all over the world.
Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?
I was fortunate in my own school life to have had a number of vocational teachers who greatly supported my aspirations and sporting talents. The respect I held for these teachers stayed with me into adulthood and I went on to become a PE teacher. Later, I returned to university and studied psychology as I wanted to expand my teaching range.
What achievement are you most proud of as Head?
There is no greater feeling than seeing the eventual success of students as a direct outcome of managing and leading a team of dedicated staff.
What does a successful school look like to you?
Where the students are happy in their learning and where they rise to the challenge of high expectations and experience the euphoria of success from their endeavours.
What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?
It is the love of learning, combined with the understanding and appreciation of different cultures. As a global citizen, treating others as they would themselves like to be treated.
Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.
Inspirational, dedicated, forward-thinking, accomplished and global.
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