Teacher to juggle maths and Japanese lessons

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 July 2011

(click on image for larger view)Priory Community school, Worle, Richard Butterfield.

(click on image for larger view)Priory Community school, Worle, Richard Butterfield.


A JUGGLER and a woman who worked with chimps at London Zoo - just a couple of the teachers joining a Worle secondary school in September.

Soon Priory Community School will be able to offer alternative extra-curricular subjects for its 1,200 students thanks to its unorthodox new recruits.

New maths teacher Richard Butterfield, aged 23, is hoping to use his juggling skills in lessons after the end of the school day at 3pm.

He said: “I have skills to make lessons fun, engaging and exciting, and I believe that the extra-curricular activities like those being offered in period six after school will help to create well-rounded students.

“I am able to use juggling to assist me when teaching maths and it has been shown to boost brain power.”

Richard also studied Japanese alongside his degree.

He added: “I always wanted to learn Japanese and while at university I was offered a course in it.

“Now I’m almost fluent in it, so can teach the children that in extra-curricular activities being offered at school as well.”

A total of 15 new teachers will start in September and this week they were settling in at the Queensway campus.

The group included Carys Smith, aged 27, who is going to teach science.

She has worked on BBC TV programmes as a researcher for Alan Titchmarsh, Ready Steady Cook with Ainsley Harriott and has also worked for London and Bristol Zoos with chimps.

Priory is set to become an academy by the time the school reopens in September and is currently going through the necessary steps for the change to take place.

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