Churchill Academy

Stuart Head of House

David Fitzgerald 

My Career to date

In teaching I discovered a career that I thoroughly enjoy and pastoral care is the niche within this field where my natural affinity lies. I completed my PGCE in 2013 and initially joined St. Gregory’s in Bath as a Teacher of PE, subsequently acquiring the additional role as a Head of Year. Following this thoroughly enjoyable two years, I moved to become a Head of House at Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) and spent three happy years overseeing the pastoral and academic progress of a House group of students while also devouring the outstanding choral music that the school choir and wider cathedral choir produced.

After my time at BCCS I moved into the international setting and have spent the last two years working as the Head of Boarding at the International School of Milan in Italy. In this exciting and rewarding role I was tasked with creating and overseeing a boarding provision that catered for the needs of 50 international students aged 13 -18 years old. The position provided the unique opportunity for me to further develop my knowledge of what constitutes 360 degree pastoral care in both a home and school settings. While in Italy, I aimed to explore the culturally rich local cities and stunning countryside as well as completing my Masters Degree in Education that I was studying through long distance learning from the University of Bath. Within the MA I specialised in utlising academic research to support teaching practice. A theme that I endeavour to bring to my Head of House role at Churchill. 

My interests

I am a keen sportsman and enjoy playing a mixture of team and racket sports as well outdoor adventurous activities including hiking, mountain biking and surfing. A jack of all trades and master of none is probably a cutting but fair assessment of my sporting aptitude but arguably the ideal quality for a PE teacher. In addition to sport, I love to travel and explore new countries and cultures. As a Francophone enthusiast, I have studied french language for several years and continue to try and develop my speaking and listening skills while in the UK as well as when ‘en vacance’ in France. I welcome informal conversations and a further opportunity to practice my French with any Stuart students studying Key stage 3 or GCSE French!

The here and now

I am delighted that my career journey has brought me to Churchill Academy and I feel fortunate to be welcomed by a friendly and aspirational set of staff and students. I am thoroughly enjoying getting my teeth firmly stuck into the role and aspire to ensure that I foster an environment that supports all Stuart Students to feel safe, supported and motivated to develop their personal and academic potential.