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Meet Mr David Benson

Meet Mr David Benson, the Head of Mill Hill School. We spoke to Mr Benson to learn more about him and his new role.

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m 43 and have worked in teaching for 20 years since leaving university. I have always lived and worked in London and love the city. I have a wife, two children (both of whom will attend schools within the Mill Hill Education Group), and a cat and a dog (who just about tolerate each other).

Aside from teaching and education, what other things are you passionate about?

I love sports, both playing and watching! Cricket and rugby are my favourites. I also love film and theatre.

What was your favourite subject at school? 

English or History, depending on the topic.

What made you decide to become a teacher? 

I joined teaching through Teach First, which is a fantastic graduate employee that fast tracks graduates into challenging state schools. For me, it was very much about the values and chance to make a difference in the community I worked in.

Could you share an inspirational quote with us? How does it inspire you? 

I’ll give you two, both about running schools;

“You can mandate adequacy, but you have to unleash greatness.” This is all about how to get the best teaching you need to give your staff the freedom and autonomy to teach in a way they are passionate about.

“If everyone helps to hold up the sky, no one person gets tired.” This speaks to the solidarity you need between staff; working in schools can be challenging, and there will be times when you need the mutual support of your colleagues.

What advice would you give to our pupils to ensure that they get the most out of their time at Mill Hill? 

  1. Try new things
  2. Embrace the opportunities we have beyond the classroom
  3. Work hard, but don’t let anxiety get the better of you
  4. Don’t dwell on mistakes
  5. Stay off social media (I could go on…)

What excites you the most about your new role?

The fact that Mill Hill is a very special community with near unlimited potential.

What do you want to achieve as Head of Mill Hill School? 

To help Mill Hill become the best version of itself that it can be.