Congratulations on the job!

Thank you! I was thrilled to be appointed and I have loved every second. The response from staff, students and parents has been quite overwhelming. There are big shoes to fill following on from Mrs Bryant, but I’m up for the challenge!

Lingard-Alex-Head-Teacher-WebWhat is your vision for the school?

I believe education is about instilling a love for learning and about giving students the best chance in life. We need to ensure that students develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills during their time at school so that they are able to go on and lead fulfilling lives when they leave us. This is true for every student in our care, no matter their background or ability. To me every child matters, every child is important and every child is valued.

What is the best thing about our school?

It’s impossible to choose one thing! It is the people that make schools what they are. The students are brilliant – I love their honesty and openness. The staff are such a great, hard-working team and the parents are incredibly supportive. I especially love the sense of community we have and the ethos of co-operation.

And what’s the worst thing?

That’s a hard question to answer! This is such a great school, but I am ambitious to make it even better. I guess the worst thing for me is that a small number of students choose to travel to one of the Plymouth grammar schools rather than come to us despite our success. We have some exceptionally talented students and they achieve great things here. I would love the local school to be the natural first choice for everyone in our community.

What made you become a teacher?

Both my parents were teachers, in fact my dad was a Head Teacher and my mum taught at the school I went to! I really tried not to follow in their footsteps! I travelled for 5 years after leaving university and had a few random jobs, then when my mum died it brought home to me what an impact she had made on many young people. I realised that I wanted to do something worthwhile with my life like she had, so I wrote to a few schools in London and asked if they would train me to teach. I never imagined at that time I would ever become a Head! I guess it’s in the blood.

You say you went travelling for 5 years – where did you go? What was the best thing you did?

I spent a lot of time in Europe working as a snowboard guide in the winter then travelling in the summer. The best thing I did was probably sailing across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Barbados on a small yacht. I spent Christmas Day in the middle of the ocean, eating a turkey pie from a tin and being followed by over 50 dolphins! From Barbados I jumped on a cargo ship to South America and travelled across Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. I also went to Thailand for a few months and spent a bit of time in the United States.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I spend almost all of my spare time with my family, enjoying the beaches and our life in Cornwall. I also like to keep fit - I run and cycle a lot and enjoy watching almost any sport!

What are your pet-hates?

I really struggle with selfishness and people being unkind. Roald Dahl once said that kindness was his number one attribute in a human being. He put it before courage, bravery, generosity, brains or anything else. I buy into that. I have found that in my life, I have been most influenced not by rich, successful, strong or confident people, but I have been influenced mostly by kind people.

What message would you like to give to the students of Liskeard?

I know it is a bit of a cliché but you only live life once so make the most of it. Take advantage of all the great things that come your way, and if the opportunities don’t present themselves to you go out and find them! I believe you get out of life what you put into it.

What’s your opinion of the students here?

I love the mix of students at Liskeard. I love the variety of characters and believe every single one of you has much to offer the school, the community and the world at large. What is noticeable here in comparison to other schools I have worked in is the community feel. There is a spirit in the school which comes from the students and their sense of belonging.

Are you glad you decided to ‘Step up to the plate’ as head teacher?

Without question! Someone once told me that it is the best job in the world. Although it is tough at times I couldn’t agree more. I feel very privileged to serve the local community and will continually strive to be the best I can be.


By school journalists Nick Tolley, Connie Wagstaff & Jess Lambie

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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