In our latest Northgate News Team interview, Daniel spoke to Mr Fox, a member of the Science Department. He had plenty of questions to find out more about Mr Fox, who also helps run the after school STEM club.

What is your favourite science subject?

My favourite science subject is biology as it is the study of living things which allows us to learn and understand more about life on Earth.

What was your favourite thing to study in science?

One of my favourite things in science is haematology, the study of blood. I worked in the haematology department at the N & N before I became a teacher.

If you could meet any Scientist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would like to have met Charles Darwin. His theory of evolution was ground-breaking and it challenged many views and beliefs at the time.

What has been your weirdest experience as a science teacher?

During a trial run of the science show we hold during open evenings an experiment went wrong causing a ceiling tile to crack! It was quite a mess.

Did you have a teacher at school who inspired you to want to become a teacher?

During Year 13, I was taught by Mr Ashfield, who still works at Dereham Sixth Form. I was inspired by his teaching style and his personality made him approachable.

Did you have a dream job when you were younger?

When I was younger, I dreamed of being a professional tennis player because I loved sport and tennis especially.

When you were younger did you play any sports?

When I was younger I played an extensive number of sports from tennis, hockey, rugby, basketball, football and even skiing.

Do you have any hobbies outside of school?

Outside of school and playing sports, I like to go to the gym, watch films and television and play Xbox.

Tell me a random fact about yourself

Just before I started working at Northgate one of my front teeth was chipped while playing hockey. Don’t forget to wear gum shields!

What’s your best Science joke?

What did the biologist wear to impress his date? Designer genes.

What is the best thing about running the after-school STEM Club?

The best thing is when we run the science fair. The pupils spend weeks preparing a project to showcase in front of others and it is great seeing their ideas be presented.

A big thank you to Mr Fox for taking the time to answer Daniel’s questions. It’s always interesting to find out about the staff at Northgate. We look forward to the next interview. In the meantime, if you are interested in the after school STEM club, please speak to Mr Fox or any member of the Science department.