Will Ogilvie-jones Housemaster Chalmers West, DT & PSHE Teacher, Rugby & Athletics coach
As Housemaster of Chalmers West, I am committed to each and every student, reminding them of their personal achievements, listening to what their goals are, celebrating their successes and helping them overcome any of their obstacles to development in order to protect their self-esteem. As a House team we promote high standards of behaviour and attainment and help the boys to develop socially, physically, academically and spiritually.
I very much enjoy living at Merchiston: it has a strong community spirit and a busy ‘can do’ nature, with each member of staff striving to give their best for the boys and, in turn, enabling the boys to flourish and develop into well-rounded individuals.
I believe that high educational standards are attained by engaging staff, parents and pupils to encourage responsibility, a desire for excellence and a love of learning, whilst being supported by the latest technology and training.
My experience prior to Merchiston, as Senior Housemaster and member of a school’s Strategic Management Team enables me to ensure the quality of boarding and compliance standards are excellent and I contribute to whole school ideas on strategic and operational boarding matters and develop boarding staff skills and sharing of best practice.
My teaching of Design Technology is supported by my previous role as Design Technology Head of Department with my continued drive to improve the quality of teaching and learning, resulting in effective delivery of Design Technology to students of all abilities.
Outside of school I enjoy our amazing countryside, walking with my wife Laura and our black Labrador, Tilly. Also, I cycle to one of the amazing local beaches during down time and holidays with maybe a spot of watercolour painting – if the weather allows!
One of the most fantastic events I was part of was a relay team that ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End, providing opportunities for team work and resilience. We completed the run in eight days and were shown an abundance of kindness by people the length and breadth of Britain; we were meant to camp in tents every evening but short of finding any campsites we were accommodated in a random assortment of dwellings, from a pub being renovated, to a Village Hall in Widnes!