Christian Hughes

Christian Hughes
Christian Hughes
Deputy Head (Academic)

What led you to be a teacher/work in Education?

On completing my degree, I took on a number of volunteering roles and realised that the ones I enjoyed most were those supporting young people.  I also had a desire to work abroad, so decided to qualify as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language.  I loved the opportunities this qualification provided to work abroad, learn other languages and to immerse myself in other cultures.  However, the most valuable lesson I learnt was that I loved teaching and this led me to pursue this career when I returned to the UK.

What's the best part of your job?

Seeing the progress made by Sidcot students of all ages and abilities.

If you weren't in your current role, what would you be doing now?

Working in medical research.

What's your most memorable moment (so far) from working at Sidcot?

Being captivated by the musical performance of a student at a prestigious school event in a packed Meeting House.  What made the performance so memorable was not only the performer’s brilliant interpretation of the piece and technical ability but also the fact that in everyday school life, this student was very reluctant to express themselves verbally, despite being academically able.  On this occasion, their ability to express themselves through their musicianship was stunning.  You could have heard a pin drop!

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Just get on with it!

How do you live adventurously?

On a daily basis, by making the most of every opportunity that comes my way.  Away from school, I enjoy organising cycling tours with friends in different parts of the world.

What is one subject you are curious about?

As a scientist, I have always been interested in the biochemical basis of different diseases and how this knowledge can be used to find more effective treatments and hopefully cures.

What is one cause you care passionately about?

Tackling climate change.

What is one misconception people have about you?

That I’m English!

What surprises you about Sidcot?

The massive variety of opportunities that exist for those students who are prepared to step out of their comfort zone and give things a go.

What makes you proud of Sidcot?

Our students, especially their tolerance of each other’s differences and their genuine desire to see ‘that of good in everyone’.

How would you like to be remembered by your students?

As someone who helped create an environment in which all students can love learning and make excellent progress.

If you had one word to sum up Sidcot, what would it be?


If you had one word to sum up yourself what would it be?


What notable individual would you invite to a dinner party and why?

Gareth Edwards because he was my childhood hero and I would love to hear firsthand the stories of his glorious achievements.