After a hugely successful career in the Royal Marines which culminated with being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire Medal (MBE) in Her Majesty’s 2020/1 New Year’s Honours list, local man David Mason is now embarking on a whole new career as a history teacher, training at Haygrove School in Bridgwater.
Mr Mason was awarded an MBE in January for his service to the Board of the Royal Marines Association and Royal Marines Charity as ex-officio trustee. After joining the Royal Marines in 1992 at 3 Commando Brigade and serving operationally in Northern Ireland, former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr Mason was promoted to WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major of 43 Commando FP Gp RM in 2014 and conducted further RSM appointments at 40 Commando RM and HQ 3 Commando Bde RM. In April 2018, promotion to the prestigious role of the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major gave him the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities with the Royal Marine’s charitable organisations.
His demanding career and voluntary work did not prevent him from completing his BA (Hons) History with the Open University that he knew would enable him to further his two other passions: history and teaching. Mr Mason chose the Quantock Teaching Alliance as his route into his new career and has been training at Haygrove School since September 2020.
Based in Bridgwater at Haygrove School, the Quantock Teaching Alliance is a teacher-training centre of excellence that offers an initial teacher training programme in partnership with Exeter University’s School Direct scheme. Speaking of his experiences Dave said: “After leaving the military, I was certain a new career in teaching was for me. I explored many different options but had been advised to take the Schools Direct route into teaching. I was so pleased to get an interview with the Quantock Teaching Alliance so soon after applying and the whole interview process left me with such a good feeling. First impressions are always important and the Quantock Teaching Alliance and Haygrove School did not disappoint.”
Dave has already made a hugely positive contribution to Haygrove School in his role as a trainee Teacher of History and looks set to become a valued member of the local teaching community. Dave said: “I have a personal passion for history and after completing my service in the Royal Marines I cannot wait to start a new career as a History Teacher. The time I have already spent at Haygrove School has been such a positive experience, I have been made to feel so welcome, and have already had plenty of opportunities to help many amazing students understand and exploit what the past has left behind.”
Head of History at Haygrove School, Cassie Phillips said: “Dave is doing a great job and already confidently delivering live lessons and building a good rapport with the students. We’re all very impressed and think he’s going to make a great teacher.”