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Mark Booth

Year 6 Teacher & Leader of English

A genuine ‘Cockney’, I was born within the sounds of the Bow Bells, in Highbury, North London, the home of the mighty gunners, Arsenal F.C.

I studied Drama and Theatre studies at The University of Surrey, where I lost the accent and then I did a post-graduate degree in acting at The Academy drama school in London. I then embarked on a career as a jobbing actor for several years, treading the boards and after years of doing the rounds and several false dawns, I found my true calling and embarked upon my PGCE from Middlesex University.

Since then, I put my football allegiances behind me and taught in a Church of England school, in Tottenham, I then worked at an international school in Doha for three years before joining Oryx.

My main interests are football, theatre, travel and I also enjoy running (having once completed the Edinburgh marathon in under four hours!)

Aside from my little Irish mammy in London, I have two older brothers, one of whom lives in Thailand. I try to visit him as often as I can, or we will meet up somewhere internationally once or twice a year. I have a cat called Nellie, who has joined me from the U.K.

Being part of the Oryx International School community, I provide a rich and varied learning environment to allow all learners in my class to develop their skills and abilities. On a wider, whole-school basis, it is my aim to provide a memorable, outstanding educational experience for our students; I want to engender a lifelong love of reading and literacy, developing children’s awareness of the importance of English as a means of international communication, whether native speakers or not.