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to John Glover
Archie (11) Mathilde (9)
Schools and University Attended: Rishworth School and Leeds University
First job:
McDonald’s 1989
First management job:
Fixtures Secretary Leeds University
First job in education:
1989 Hymers College
Appointed to current job:
Favourite piece of music:
REM Everybody Hurts
Favourite food:
Betty’s Fat Rascals
Favourite drink:
Jean Leon Vinya Gigi Chardonnay
Favourite holiday destination:
Sanibel Island
Favourite Sport:
Favourite TV Programme:
The West Wing
Suggested epitaph:
The best is yet to come!
Pro le In conversation with Rebecca Glover
Q Your school is based in the historic of the novel South Riding). How do you use these
four shining examples from the past to inspire today’s pupils to achieve their own potential?
A The house system is key to many of the activities and competitions held in
the school. The Key  gures linking to the houses are used as examples of entrepreneurs, which is something we admire. Pupils within the school have many opportunities to reach their potential through both the academic and the activities programme offered. The schools core values require pupils to learn to be inspirational, con dent, aspirational, respectful, and enthusiastic in their learning, all of which could be said for the historical  gures naming the houses the pupils belong to.
Q Hull High School for Girls moved to Tranby Croft after the Second World
War and Hull Grammar School moved there in 2005. The two schools combined to become the co-ed, all-through HCS of today. Do any of your pupils stay for the full 15 years? If they do, how do you ensure they don’t become isolated - even institutionalised - in the leafy con nes of your 12 acres of landscaped grounds?
A Many of the pupils stay for the full 15 years and we celebrate the positives
of doing so. The wide variety of opportunities the school offers including guest speakers, work in the community, educational visits and links with other schools within United Learning ensure that the pupils are not isolated and leave the school fully rounded and grounded.
mansion of Tranby Croft, which sprang
to fame in 1890 as the location of the so-called royal baccarat scandal, which involved accusations that Sir William Gordon-Cumming, 4th Baronet, had cheated at illegal card games attended by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. This juicy snippet must help bring history alive to your pupils. Is a 19th and 20th century British history timeline more relevant than ancient topics?
A Yes, the Baccarat Scandal does help History come alive, but then so does
every piece of historic gossip as the Historical Association asserts that “History is just gossip well told”! We do use the history of Tranby Croft for our annual Humanities Day and pupils are encouraged to look at the evidence surrounding the scandal, analyse how plausible they think
the accusations were and consider why it caused such an uproar internationally and proved to be such a serious problem for the Wilson family. A good exercise in source analysis, contextualisation and the problems of public relations not being an exclusively 21st century issue. During public tours around the building it is almost inevitable that someone will ask about the scandal, so it is not just our pupils who enjoy a bit a juicy local history!
Secondly, Tranby Croft is so much more than just the Baccarat Scandal that we would be remiss if that was all we made of the history of our beautiful building. The Wilson family’s story is awesome in every sense of the word. The architecture (look at
a picture of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight
to see how the Wilsons were trying to compete with royalty) and decoration of the building could keep historians busy for weeks, and Hull History Centre is even now busy documenting the family’s accounts and business ventures (they eventually sold their business to the White Star Line).
Thirdly, are 19th and 20th century British topics morerelevantthanancienttopics? Isgreenorred more important to Art? All history is relevant, but of course, there is so much of it that we have to Qspecialise and narrow our focus.
The four houses at Hull Collegiate School (HCS) are named after prominent local historical  gures -
Venn (John - philosopher who gave his name to the well-known diagrams beloved of statisticians); Johnson (Amy - aviator and the  rst woman to  y from England to Australia); Marvel (Andrew - the 17th century poet); and Holtby (Winifred - author
HCS pupils were  nalists in the recent National Independent Schools Community awards. Can you describe
more about what they did and what your community outreach programmes involve in general? Does HCS support any local state schools in any way?
locally and internationally. We work with Ganton, Oak eld and The Childrens’ University building very strong community partnerships. Sixth
form pupils volunteer in our local community
at Ganton Special School which is a local state school for 3-19 year olds with severe learning dif culties. Sixth Form pupils have also volunteered at Oak eld School which is
Hull Collegiate School has created bene cial links and partnerships with the community it serves, both
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