Boarding School, Scotland - Lathallan School


James Ferrier, Head of Junior School

James has been teaching at Lathallan since 2001 arriving as Second Master in the Prep School and is now Head of Junior after stints as Prep School Head and even a short spell as Head of Senior School (in the days before it existed!)

"My mother told me I should teach from when I was about 12 but, despite going to college in Canterbury, I carefully avoided this by becoming a soldier then a shipping agent in the City and even a very unskilled labourer in an engineering factory in Pontnewenydd! I eventually succumbed at the age of 26 and have loved every moment since. Over the subsequent 29 years I have taught on the Welsh border and in Argentina."

Although I teach Humanities, French and some Latin, the most rewarding part of teaching is seeing the children develop in a whole range of environments as they take on new challenges, sometimes way outside their perceived comfort zone. In this respect I have been very lucky having taken part in sport, outdoor education and expedition work which has taken me to 5 continents as well as much closer to home!

James now shares his Lathallan experience with his wife Lorraine as well as their three children in the Junior and Senior School. It makes for interesting chat around the dining room table!