Mel Hawkins


After 17 years of teaching Art and Design in a Primary school, I still get excited by a blank page and sharpened colouring pencils. It has been a privilege to introduce new techniques and materials to children and watch them experiment, develop their own ideas and have a lot of fun doing it.

I studied in Bristol and achieved a 1st class honors degree in Fashion and Textile Design. Maths is another subject that I have enjoyed teaching. What I have enjoyed about this subject is the link between method and creativity. I can appreciate that we see and learn new things in different ways and I often found that my visual approach was more effective when children couldn’t ‘see’ a way to work out a problem, it is a wonderful moment when it all becomes clear.

Currently I host foreign students aged 12 and upwards, they stay with my family in our home and I tutor them English. I also organise cultural visits and activities that interest them, I have particularly enjoyed kayaking and tennis matches played with the students this summer.

I love being outdoors and I take most of my inspiration from nature, so it’s not surprising that I enjoy tennis, skiing, swimming, walking and a gentle jog now and then.

I am looking forward to supporting parents and their children in Art and Maths and to encourage a fun, learning experience here at Wolsey Hall.

Subjects: Art