Full name:

Peter William Thistlethwaite

Where did you grow up?

Cambridge and then Guildford in Surrey.


King’s Ely, BA Theology (Exeter), MSt History (Oxford).

Your current role at King’s Ely and how long you have been a member of staff here:

Teacher of RS and Year 13 Academic Coordinator. I have been back at King’s Ely for the last 2.5 years.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

Apart from the teaching it would have to be looking out of my window towards the magnificent cathedral, Mr Ward’s coffee machine (not to mention his company) and 3rd XI football.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

Gardening, reading, the mighty Spurs and Surrey County Cricket Club. Oh and my Xbox.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A rapper. If it wasn’t for a crippling throat injury I think I might have made it.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The gift of foresight.

What was the last book you read?

John Julius Norwich’s biography of France (non-fiction) and David Lodge’s ‘The British Museum is Falling Down’ (fiction).

What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?

It’s got to be Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’.

What is your favourite film?

‘Goodfellas’. Cliché, but it’s Scorsese at his brutal story-telling best.

Do you have any phobias or fears?

I have a passionate fear of wasps.

Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:

The diplomatic and socially-acceptable response would be my wife Harriet and my sons, William and Ollie. Alternatively, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travel trilogy ‘A Time of Gifts’, a good supply of Dominoes Pepperoni Passion, and some sun screen.

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