Mr Ritchie Beckham BA Hons, Teacher of English and Media
Date you joined the School?
What do you do at Bethany?
I teach English and Media studies. I am also responsible for Project Based Learning, Pupil Voice and Whole School Literacy. I am also Head of Roberts Competitive House.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I worked as Faculty Head of English and MFL at a leading independent school in Kent. I have also undertaken several other responsibilities including pastoral roles as Head of House and academic roles such as Head of Sociology and Literacy Coordinator.
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
My favourite novel is The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. It’s a historical story that details the British invasion of Burma and the fall of the Konbaung dynasty. I love how the writer masterfully details the life of Rajkumar, an entrepreneurial Indian boy living in Burma who finds his fortune as a teak merchant.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
‘We live in the flicker — may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling!.’ This quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness always reminds me to enjoy life to its very fullest.
What was your favourite subject at School and why?
Besides English, I particularly enjoyed Art. I loved the stories behind paintings that reveal themselves when you look closely enough and for long enough. I also loved finger-painting!
Why do you like working at Bethany?
As I have only just joined, I hope I will particularly enjoy the caring, nurturing aspect of the school and its individual approach to student learning.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I am a keen sportsman and particularly enjoy squash, for which I have played since the age of six! I also really enjoy long distance running and have completed several marathons and even an ultra-marathon or two! I also play drums in a band!
What is your favourite childhood memory?
I remember being about four or five years old sitting on a picnic blanket with my grandmother as she taught me how to draw. She was a keen artist and a real figure of inspiration in my life.
What is your favourite colour and why?
Green – I love being outdoors, and it always reminds me of the countryside.
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I would be travelling the world. I have quite an extensive bucket list, so I would almost certainly be continuing to tick a few more countries off my list.