Full name:

Richard James Whymark

Where did you grow up?

Between Kent where my father’s veterinary practice was and my grandparents’ dairy farm in Suffolk.


Eltham College and then the University of Exeter.

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

I have been Head of King’s Ely Junior since September 2008.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

The varied nature of the days and the breadth of the experiences I share with colleagues, children and their families.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

Painting, photography, classic cars, motor racing, gardening and travel.

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

An architect.

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

To grant every person the gift of having a positive outlook.

What was the last book you read?

It would be a Grisham – I am hooked and have to read them cover to cover in one sitting!

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

‘Let it be’!

What is your favourite film?

‘Some like it hot’.

Do you have any phobias or fears?

A chocolate shortage!

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

My art equipment, a magnifying lens and a great book.

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