Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

School councillors quiz Craig Taylor

Student councillors found out more about the man in charge of their school in a question and answer session.

The youngsters came up with the questions for Excelsior Academy Executive Principal Craig Taylor to answer as part of a series of articles for a double page spread focusing on the academy, to be run in the pages of The Chronicle newspaper.

Pupils have written stories about school life to fill the ‘Our School’ spread in the newspaper next week.

Craig took time out from his busy day to answer questions from Head Girl Anam Rauf, Adela Sivakova, Arron Cowie-Thompson and Rainbird Primary Academy’s Sophie Wright.

He answered more than a dozen questions as wide-ranging as why he chose to become a teacher to his hobbies outside of work.

“A series of circumstances led me into teaching after working as a designer,” Craig told the student councillors.

“A friend said he was going to apply for a place on a teacher training course – I thought ‘that sounds interesting’, I applied and got a place.

“My hobbies outside of school are mainly sports. I don’t play football anymore, I played until I was 50 which was an ambition, but now I play squash – badly.”

School councillors were also keen to know if Excelsior Academy could be improved and the pressures of a job heading up such a big organisation with big responsibilities.

“We are always looking for ways to do things better as our academy keeps changing,” said Craig.

“We have 500 more children here now than in 2012 and we respond to that, to make sure our curriculum meets the needs of our diverse cohort of students.

“It’s not as difficult as you might think (having responsibility for so many children everyday). I have lots of great staff around helping me – if I had to do it on my own that would be an impossible task.

“The fact I get to work with so many interesting people is one of the best things about my job. It’s a privilege for me to be involved with a team of around 200 staff and 1,500 pupils which make it such a vibrant and exciting place to work.

“There’s never a bad day here, I love coming to work and feel very lucky to be here.”