Mr Rob Philbin, BSc (Hons) Zoology, PGCE, Head of Biology
Date you joined the School
What do you do at Bethany?
I am a Sixth Form tutor and lead the Biology department.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I taught science at Netherthorpe school in Sheffield before moving to East Sussex to teach at Beacon Academy. I acted as Head of Biology during my time there.
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
‘Permanent Present Tense’ by Suzanne Corkin. Fascinating book outlining the life of a man who dedicated his life to science after an accident put an end to his ability to form new memories. Inspiring read!
What is your favourite quotation and why?
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein – perseverance is everything!
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
Biology of course! They had me at brain dissection!
Why do you like working at Bethany?
I’m immediately struck by a sense of overwhelming support. We are a strong community with superb science facilities.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I’m a keen amateur astronomer, recently moving towards astrophotography. I’ve been playing the drums since I was a child and frequently attend boxing training.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Snorkelling in the Red Sea with my family, having an Eagle Ray bump into my flipper and seeing an extraordinary variety of marine life. No sharks – unfortunately!
What is your favourite colour and why?
Green – the colour of the British countryside!
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I’d considered joining the Police Force or, when I was younger, becoming a Civil Engineer.