Mr Andrew Cook
BSc (Hons) (City of London), PGCE (Institute of Education, London)
Mr Cook is a tutor in the Physics Department. Before joining CTC London, he taught at Woldingham School, a boarding school for ages 11-18, where he was a Physics teacher. Prior to this, he taught at John Ruskin Sixth Form College for over 10 years.
Mr Cook attended City of London Polytechnic (now London Guildhall University) where he studied Physics and Maths; he gained a BSc with Honours. He then decided that he wanted to move into teaching, so applied to study his PGCE, completing this qualification at the Institute of Education, London.
The first teaching role for Mr Cook came just after completing his PGCE, when he joined John Ruskin Sixth Form College, where he taught Science to ages 16-18. After 12 years at John Ruskin, he decided that he wanted a new challenge and spent a year teaching Physics at Woldingham School before moving to CTC London – and he hasn’t looked back since. CTC cannot thank him enough for his commitment and passion for teaching his students.
Alongside his teaching duties, Mr Cook is a staff representative on the Student Committee, a member of the Tutors’ Committee and sings in the College choir. His role on the Student Committee is to assist the planning of events such as Student Parties, International Evening, informal concerts and charity events. He assists and encourages the students to engineer change at the college and makes sure their voices are heard. Mr Cook has also been an Examiner since 1997 and a team leader since 2010. He feels these roles have enhanced his teaching.
Outside of CTC London, Mr Cook is a keen musician. He started playing the violin at junior school and took up the viola while at senior school. For many years, he played in orchestras and was even in a Barn Dance band. He is a self-taught bass guitarist and plays in a band at a local church, occasionally singing in the church choir as well. He enjoys live productions and regularly samples whatever is on offer at the National Theatre. Cinema is another passion and he enjoys a wide range of genres but tends to avoid blockbusters, often preferring independent films.
“There is no place quite like CTC London– the staff are very friendly and supportive. It has been a pleasure to meet so many polite and hardworking students from all over the world.”