Ms Nicola Rendall-Jones BA (hons), PGCE, DELTA, Head of EAL
Date you joined the School
What do you do at Bethany?
I teach overseas pupils who need to improve their English and I help them prepare for examinations to enter University. I also oversee the EAL department.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I worked in many different countries around the world including Brazil, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. More recently, I taught in schools in Tunbridge Wells and Wadhurst.
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
My favourite novel is Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter as I enjoy the magical realism genre. The idea that the normal and the fantastical can co-exist appeals. I love the duets of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong as their voices are so distinctive and yet combine effectively. Choosing a favourite film is a challenge, but Some Like It Hot always makes me laugh.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery; today is a gift which is why we call it the present.” – Master Ugwei from Kung Fu Panda. It reminds me that it is important to live fully and treasure each moment.
What was your favourite subject at School?
English Literature was my favourite subject at school because of the vast array of writing to select from and the opportunity to analyse the works of great writers.
Why do you like working at Bethany?
It is a beautiful campus with stunning views and the pupils and staff are welcoming and friendly.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
Reading, playing the guitar, learning languages, park running and helping my daughters with their homework.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Long hot summer holidays at my grandparents’ house on the North East coast of England. No matter how hot the day, the North Sea was always freezing.
What is your favourite colour and why?
Red as it is vibrant, dynamic and eye-catching.
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to be doing?
I would like to be in a new country, sampling the life, culture, cuisine and learning the language.