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An Interview with Mr. Hull

Mr. Hull has worked at Katherine Semar since 2006. He has been Deputy Head since April 2007 and teaches Year 6.  He is also in charge of P.E., I.C.T., Assessment, Staff Professional Development and Health and Safety.
Previously, he taught in Birmingham, London, Qatar and The United Arab Emirates before settling in Saffron Walden.


He was interviewed by pupils in Year 6.


Us: What is your favourite car and what colour? 

Mr. Hull: My favourite car has to be the Bugatti Veyron, in red and silver. But to be honest, if you're offering me one, I'll accept it in any colour!

 Us: What is your favourite Dinner meal?

Mr. Hull: I absolutely love all food except Brussels sprouts but, my favourite meals have to be chicken Tikka Masala or a roast dinner, depending on my mood.

 Us: What would you do if you had £1 million?

Mr. Hull: I would travel the world with my family and the next year I'd go somewhere else.

 Us: What do you do in your spare time?

Mr. Hull: I am normally looking after little daughter Ellie with I'm not a work, but I do like model making, computer gaming and stamp collecting!

Us: What music do you like?

Mr. Hull: I like the bands called Delirious? Coldplay and Radiohead.                         

Us: What is your favourite Website?

Mr. Hull: Well my favourite Website has to be Katherine Semar Junior School but, I am addicted to Ebay too. My wife despairs of the 'bargains' I buy!

Us: Who inspired you in your life?

Mr. Hull: Well Miss Shaw was my Year 6 teacher and was wonderful at her job, so she inspired me to be a teacher. When I am teaching I try to think of the way she'd explain things!

Us: What's the scariest thing that ever happened to you?

Mr. Hull: When I was a child, many years ago, my primary school was a set in a really old, Victorian building. It was fairly spooky there. In my classroom there hung an old rope that came out of the ceiling. The end of this rope had a red velvet tassel.  

On the first day of the school year, my teacher, Miss Shaw told us that we must never pull this rope. She warned us that terrible things had happened to people who had pulled it. We weren't allowed near this rope and each morning she gave a grave reminder to us, that we were to leave the rope alone.

I used to beg her to tell me what happened when the rope was pulled, but she always told us that she couldn't tell me because I wasn't a teacher.

One day, I came into the classroom during lunch. Nobody else was with me and my teacher was busy eating in the staffroom. I stared at the rope hanging down and decided to pull it... I had to see what happened. As I crept over to it, my teacher returned to class, told me off and sent me out to play.

I never got another opportunity to find out what would have happened and my teacher wouldn't say, telling us that she couldn't tell us because we weren't teachers. All that she would say was that a terrible thing happened.

I left primary school and eventually forgot the rope mystery. I went to university and became a teacher. When I heard that my old teacher was retiring, I thought I'd visit her one last time.

I walked into the classroom and immediately saw the old rope, still hanging from the ceiling. I had forgotten all about it, but suddenly realised that she could tell me what happened as now I was a teacher.

I asked at once and my old teacher said that it would be best if I never found out the truth behind that rope. I begged and pleaded and said that I was desperate to find out. Eventually, she said that I could pull it but warned me against pulling it as it was too frightening.

She hurriedly left the room, saying that she couldn't bear to see it again! I was all alone. I walked over to the old Victorian cord rope and held it for the first time.

It felt strangely cold in my hand and a shiver went down my spine.

I gritted my teeth and pulled down hard with all my might.

And do you know what I saw?

I can't tell you, you're not a teacher!




This interview was carried out by Lewis and Edward.