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Spotlight on Mr Slade - Deputy Head Pupil and Pastoral

Meet our Deputy Headmaster, an England basketball representative with a passion for gardening, fond Barbados memories, and a love for sports beyond Lady Barn.
22 Nov 2023
School News
Mr Slade
Mr Slade

1. What's something about you that most people at the school might not know but would find interesting or surprising?

Back when I was a young chap, like most boys and girls at LBHS, I loved playing sports. I had a brilliant PE teacher who inspired me to excel in sports. I achieved a high level of play, and he encouraged me to pursue it further. I reached county-level proficiency in football and rugby, and I also excelled in county cricket, both in my age group and the one above. However, my best sport was basketball, where I played as a point guard and 3-point shooter. I even had the privilege of representing England in international basketball for the U15's and U17's. My passion for sports ultimately led me to become a PE teacher. I started my teaching career in senior schools in London and Wiltshire. During this period, I also played national league basketball for Swindon and Crystal Palace. Subsequently, I taught in Malaysia, Manchester, and finally here at LBHS, before I was appointed Deputy Headmaster.

2. Can you share a favourite school memory or a funny classroom moment that stands out to you?

One of my fondest memories is from 2004 when I organised a cricket tour to Barbados. We had an amazing time, competing against some of the best cricket teams on the island. While we didn't achieve too much success on the field, we never lost heart, maintaining the typical LBHS spirit. During our stay, we enjoyed sailing on a catamaran, swimming with turtles, exploring the rugged west coast of the island in jeeps, and embarking on a submarine trip to witness a man-made reef teeming with fish. We concluded the tour with a special presentation evening at the Barbados Yacht Club, where every boy was honoured in some way. We were also fortunate to hear an inspirational speech from Philo Wallace, the West Indies opening batsman.

3. What's your go-to way to relax and unwind after a busy day at Lady Barn?

I find solace in gardening, a passion instilled in me by my father. He involved me in growing vegetables in our garden in Wiltshire. Similarly, my primary school headmaster encouraged me by allocating a part of the school grounds for students to grow things, much like we do at LBHS. Over the years, I have cherished the act of nurturing and growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers. I continue the tradition at Slade Manor, my family actively participating. I tend to handle the dirty tasks while Mrs. Slade enjoys planting.

4. Do you have any quirky or unique decorations or traditions that make your workspace special?

On my desk, I have a lovely little plant that Ms Higson kindly gifted me last Easter. Additionally, I have a special gift from Mrs Beer, which she brought back from an LBHS trip to the Hawk Conservancy. It's a miniature Secretary Bird, a bird I hold dear, and Mrs Beer was aware of that. The bird sanctuary visit was a memorable one. I'm fortunate to have such considerate colleagues.

5. Can you tell us about a special talent or hobby you have outside of your role at Lady Barn that brings you joy?

As you might have guessed, I have a deep love for sports. I enjoy playing sports in the garden with my children (Teddy, Charlie, and Lottie). Family walks, particularly in Styal and Dunham Massey, are a source of great joy. I'm an avid spectator of live sports and held a season ticket at Man Utd for about ten years, witnessing the golden era of the club. My heart belongs to Swindon Town FC, a team I've supported since childhood. I've seen them rise from the bottom division to the Premier League and back again. Currently in League Two, I have a strong belief that we're on our way to another promotion. NBA basketball is another passion of mine, and I've attended games in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, London, and Manchester. My favourite team is the LA Lakers, although I've yet to see them win live, but I remain hopeful for the next opportunity!

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