Mr Adam Manktelow BSc (Hons) PGCE, Teacher of Maths/Competitive House Coordinator
Date you joined the School
What do you do at Bethany?
I teach Maths, ICT and PE and am also a Sixth Form tutor.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I taught at a school in Gravesend for the last 4 years. Before this I tried my hand at loads of things until I settled into teaching.
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
My favourite book as a child was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It has a strong central character, who goes on a journey of self-discovery and it also has a thrilling plot twist at the end.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
“Kids from Kilburn aren’t supposed to win the Tour” – Bradley Wiggins. A reminder that you can achieve the most unlikely of things if you put your mind to it and work hard enough.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject at school was actually History. I had a series of fantastic teachers who really made the subject interesting and relevant. It seemed that we only ever did something interactive in History.
Why do you like working at Bethany?
It was the location, how welcome I was made to feel on arrival and seeing the respect and fantastic relationships between staff and pupils that made me want to teach at Bethany.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I used to play a lot of rugby, but I have now decided that it hurts too much so I tend to spend my time out on my bike. I also try to make sure that I am never more than 10 minutes away from an ice cream van.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
My favourite memories are of long summer holidays in the south of France. We used to go with lots of family friends and we were just able to go off on our bikes to the beach, explore forests and canoe across lakes.
What is your favourite colour and why?
All of them, I much prefer colour to black and white.
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I would love to be standing on top of a mountain enjoying the view and deciding how I was about to get down: ski, cycle or raft.