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Get To Know Your Teachers: Louise Pike at Bellerbys College Oxford

Posted 28 August 2014
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Bellerbys Oxford is a centre for art and humanities, and we pride ourselves in encouraging an atmosphere of creativity at the college. We’ve taken some time to speak to Art Teacher Louise Pike about how she enjoys stirring students’ imaginations.

Bellerbys Oxford is a centre for art and humanities, and we pride ourselves in encouraging an atmosphere of creativity at the college. We’ve taken some time to speak to Art Teacher Louise Pike about how she enjoys stirring students’ imaginations.

What’s your favourite thing about teaching in an international school? 

The students have a different kind of attitude to UK students. They are often more open-minded about taking their studies seriously, with no fear of appearing “uncool”. This means it can be easier to build a rapport with them. On the whole they have impeccable manners which make them easy to work with.

What advice would you give to anyone worried about their English level before coming to the UK? 

Immerse yourself in the language - read books in English, not their translation. Watch the BBC, read English newspapers, listen to the radio, watch English language films. All you have to fear is fear itself! If you do not practise you cannot get better. Students who are willing to risk getting their pronunciation or grammar wrong in public, and have it corrected, are the ones who will get to their chosen university.

What makes a lesson a good lesson for you? 

A good lesson is when students are really engaged with learning - asking questions out of genuine curiosity and working things out for themselves. Showing they can think independently and use their new knowledge in any situation, not just in the exams they are preparing for, or for the projects they are working on.

Why is your subject the best subject? 


The creative industries are worth millions of pounds to the UK economy and they are also a rapidly growing sector in developing countries. As the wealth of countries develops, people need designed goods and products. Architects, graphic designers, fashion designers and animators will be highly sought after graduates. It is also definitely the most fun!

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