Fraser Newham Assistant Head Academic, Teacher of History and Politics
I joined Merchiston in 2013, as a Teacher of History and Politics, with additional responsibilities driving academic stretch, leading the Cecil Stagg Society and coordinating support for our Oxbridge applicants each year; then in 2017 I was appointed to the Academic Leadership Team, as Assistant Head Academic with a focus on UCAS and the Sixth Form.
Merchiston is a fantastic community and a deeply satisfying academic workplace for anyone who loves their subject. The Merchiston Common Room are a stimulating and inspiring group who are a pleasure to work with; and teaching is rewarding across the board here. I particularly enjoy my ongoing A Level classes, in Global Politics and the American Revolution and Early Republic - this latter has become a real passion of mine, and Merchiston provides a platform for professional interests like this to develop.
Most of all, Merchiston boys embody a marked sense of purpose and drive - this comes across powerfully when I am supporting UCAS applications, and it is very satisfying and enjoyable to help the boys take this next leap into their futures.
Outside of the classroom I am interested in writing, historical research and language-learning. I worked in China for six years and have an enduring interest in East Asian language and culture. I speak and read Mandarin to a high level; and more recently I have taken a GCSE in Japanese in summer of 2017 - an interesting chance to experience the exam hall from the boy’s eye view!
Many moments to choose from - but the ‘robot takeover’ at the end of the Scholars Dinner 2018 was one recent highlight!