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Stephen Campbell Deputy Head Academic & Maths Teacher

Coming from a family of teachers in the west of Scotland, I qualified in the profession in 1991 and started teaching in January 1992.

I joined Merchiston in September 1994, and I have worked here for 25 years as, and undertaken various roles: Maths teacher, Head of Department, Assistant Head Academic, Deputy Head Academic, Timetabler and House Tutor. I have also contributed to the Co-Curricular programme in the areas of cricket, football and drama.

What I like most about Merchiston is that it is a kind, caring environment, in which we want every pupil to become the very best he can be in all aspects of his development. I am personally very keen that each individual achieves the very most of which he is capable academically, and I see it as my job, with the rest of Academic Leadership Team, to identify the optimal pathway for each pupil. I believe that the staff are incredibly caring and hard-working, and that every single one of my colleagues has the best interests of the pupils (and each other) at heart.

INTERESTS 

Walking, reading, current affairs, and the watching of (pretty much) any sport, although I have specific interests in football and cricket.

I enjoy walking in particular, and am in the process of gradually tackling the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage of in northern Spain.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

This probably sounds a bit mundane, but the implementation (some years ago) of the eight-day cycle and timetable was a slightly terrifying but inspiring challenge. This was put in place by my predecessor (but one) as Deputy Head Academic, the legendary Marion Muetzelfeldt, in an attempt to widen access and choice to Sixth Form pupils, as well as to reduce the amount of disruption to learning and teaching caused by sports fixtures. Nothing of its like had been tried before at Merchiston and, as timetabler, I was responsible for its construction – I remember well the feeling of relief when we reached the end of the first eight days (!), and no group of pupils had been found wandering the school grounds looking for a classroom or a teacher. I am pleased to report that this remains the case to this day!

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