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Peter King

Chemistry, Science And Maths Teacher

Qualifications :

B.A., M.B.A., P.G.C.E.

Subjects :

Mathematics, General Science, Chemistry

Peter worked as a teacher and Key Stage 3 coordinator at Torquay Boys' Grammar School from 2006 to 2021. During his time at TBGS, he held multiple roles, including teaching Key Stage 3 Science, GCSE Chemistry (AQA), A Level Chemistry (OCR), and IBDP Chemistry at both Standard and Higher levels. He played a key role in developing Schemes of Learning, particularly at the Key Stage 3 level, and was appointed as the Key Stage 3 coordinator, managing a team of 9 STEM teachers. Additionally, he was actively involved in outdoor learning, facilitating students' personal development and helping them enhance their UCAS personal statements.

He also conducted "mock" university entrance interviews for Chemistry and Medicine, staying up to date with the selection process. Prior to his teaching career, he worked in various roles in industry, including production director and operations manager in a continuous process industry. 

On becoming a teacher:

Having experienced the challenges of “restructuring” in industry, I decided to make a positive difference in the world and pursued a career in teaching. I completed my training as a Teacher at York University, which hosted the UK Government's National Centre for Science Learning. It was a transformative experience, allowing me to contribute to the lives of young people and help shape their futures. One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is witnessing those "lightbulb moments" when students grasp a concept they've been struggling with. It brings me immense joy to see their delight and progress, knowing that I have played a part in their learning journey.

Other interests that reflect on my personality as a teacher:

Beyond the classroom, I have a deep appreciation for the outdoors, especially mountains and the sea. During my time at Torquay Boys' Grammar School, I served as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Manager and Educational Visits Coordinator, responsible for organizing and leading school visits to various locations, including Cotopaxi in Ecuador, the Picos De Europa in Spain, and the Brecon Beacons in Wales. These experiences have taught me the value of teamwork, resilience, and personal growth, which I strive to instill in my students.

A person I find inspirational and why:

One person I greatly admire in my field of study is Dmitri Mendeleev. His pioneering work on the periodic table and his determination to refine and improve it, despite facing challenges and criticism, is truly inspirational. His commitment to scientific discovery and accurate predictions laid the foundation for our understanding of chemistry today.

Top tip to younger self:

If I could go back in time, I would advise my younger self to consider moving to Hong Kong significantly earlier. The vibrant educational landscape and diverse opportunities for growth and learning in Hong Kong have been incredibly fulfilling, and I would have loved to embark on this journey sooner.

Dulwich College Singapore

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

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