Teacher Feature: Mr James Polansky

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At Boundary Oak School we are very proud of our exceptional teachers and staff. Throughout the school, from Pre-School through to our GCSE subject specialists in the Senior School, our award-winning staff are largely to thank for the fantastic success of our school and its pupils.

This week we talk to Academic Deputy Head, James Polansky.

Boundary Oak School Teaching StaffMr James Polansky
Academic Deputy Head.
James will also become the new Headmaster of Boundary Oak School from September 2017.




What made you get into teaching? I wanted to share my enjoyment of learning and others to share theirs with me.

What makes you jump out of bed in the morning? The excitement that I’m going to learn something new today.

The book you want all of your pupils to read is …. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of our time by Michael Brooks

Your Desert Island Books and/or Discs would be… Desert Island Books include; Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the time of cholera, Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote and Oliver Byrne’s Edition of The Elements of Euclid. Discs would be any 60/70s rock

Who have been your heroes and inspirations in life? Richard Feynman and Bertrand Russell

How can parents help their children with education? Feed their curiosity.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job on a day-to-day basis? Being surrounded by happy children.  

How do you spend your down time? Role-playing with my children.

What is your biggest challenge and how have you addressed it? Being an introvert in an extrovert job….like most challenges: deep breath and jump.

What is the one thing that makes you most proud of where you work? The altruistic commitment and passion of my staff.

If you hadn’t become a teacher what would you have done instead? Become a student.

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