The new headmaster at Hallfield School, Keith Morrow on how education transformed his life, giving all children the best opportunities – and passing his bus driving test
BEEN THERE DONE THAT
I qualified as a teacher in 1994 and worked in state primary schools, becoming a head of a Lincolnshire village school at the age of 30. I moved into the independent school sector and led the Elms: Junior School to Trent College for 11 years, seeing the school transformed into one of the largest independent schools in the East Midlands. I have also worked as an OFSTED inspector and now also work for the Independent Schools Inspectorate as a reporting inspector.
IT’S WHAT I DO
Headmaster and CEO of Hallfield School Trust. It is a great thrill to lead a dedicated team of teachers and support staff at one of Birmingham’s largest independent prep schools. Hallfield has an excellent reputation for academic achievement and when you meet the pupils in this school, it’s not hard to see why.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO SEE?
My ambition was to become a head and lead a school, being able to make a positive difference to the lives of the children who come to my school. Having achieved this relatively early in my career, my ambition then switched to helping any school I lead become the best it can be. This is still my ambition to date! Eighteen years of headship have not dulled my energy, ambition or passion. I am very lucky to have a job I love.
I love driving and as a student took my PSV (bus driving licence) and passed my test driving a Leyland PD3 (no power steering, no synchromesh gearbox and the driver’s cab at the front). I worked as a bus driver while studying at university. I come from a very modest background and was the first person in my family to go to university. Education has transformed my life, both work and appreciation of the non-material aspects of life, and I am passionate that our children deserve the very best opportunities we can provide for them. I met and married my wife while we were both students and I am delighted to say that this year we celebrated 25 years of marriage. I think that is a testament to my wife’s patience!
BIGGEST LESSON LEARNED
To enjoy the moment as well as what I want to achieve next. One lesson I have more recently learned is not to take my mobile phone to bed with me! It certainly improves personal well-being and relaxation.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT BRUM
It will be nice when it’s finished! There is so much building work going on, but this is a sign of the city’s confidence and energy. I’m really looking forward to finding out more what this city has to offer.
My wife and I have a dog each and we love our country walks, in all weathers, nearly as much as our dogs! We’ve had a whole menagerie over the years but now are down to only eight chickens, two dogs, one cat and two gerbils. I’m not sure how the chickens will cope with Birmingham!