This week we caught up with Inspire’s Jack Whitehead. Jack is the Head of Photography at Inspire Education. For the past few years he has been developing this Focus Choice into a popular creative option, which we’ll hear more about this weekend. Moreover, if you’ve seen Inspire’s latest video and wondered who was behind that, well Jack’s your man! Since graduating from Cambridge, Jack has been working in film production, combining a passion for short films with education and business.
Let’s see what Jack had to say…
What were you like at school?
I went to the same school from nursery all the way through to 6th form. I was there from day one! I always strived to be top of the class academically, especially because the teachers treated you like a person, rather than just another student. At primary school, I was particularly interested in music and drama as well.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really young, I wanted to a fireman, like every little boy. When I was about ten though, I wanted to be a drummer in a band.
Who inspires you now, and why?
My friends who are doing well at what they do.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying like a bird. I’d love to possess that ease of movement, to be able to migrate long distances, and of course, to see life from a bird’s-eye view.
Favourite English phrase?
‘It’s raining cats and dogs’.
If you were stranded on a Desert Island, which 3 things couldn’t you live without?
Music, Pen and Paper.
What is your greatest strength?
What is your weirdest quirk?
I align everything on my desk into right-angled piles.
What is your biggest fear?
Really tall things.
Rain on hot tarmac.
Favourite Disney character?
Bagheera from The Jungle Book.
What fictional place would you like to visit?
The jungle from The Jungle Book.
Last book you read?
The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane.
What are you most excited about for the future?
Trying to work out what I want to do with my life – and also seeing Flight of the Concords in March!
Best memory from Inspire Education?
I really enjoy it when the students in my photography class are keen to learn and improve.
Favourite Inspire trip?
My favourite trip is Bath. It is near where I grew up and it’s a beautiful city. Part of the day trip for my Focus Choice is spent doing street photography. We become the Inspire paparazzi and walk around taking photos of places and people, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible.
Favourite Inspire night?
Best advice to offer prospective Inspire students?
Understand that everyone is in the same position as you, so try not to think that you are on your own. Also, try to talk to students from different countries so that you can learn about other people’s culture.
Finally, Lion, Tiger or Wolf?
Wolf. I always like the wolves.
Next time on Meet the Inspire Team: Maiken Hutchings, EFL Teacher
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