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Mr Robert McMillan

Mr Robert McMillan’s educational journey has spanned both the sciences and the arts, with a BSc(Hons) in Animal Science from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from the London Film School.

His inspiration to become a teacher came from his time on the JET programme in Gifu, Japan, where he spent five years teaching primary and junior high students. In the years following his departure from Japan, he received letters from former students detailing their lives as they progressed through university and into adulthood. The fulfilment derived from these letters led him to recognise that teaching as a vocation was a deeply desired pursuit.

Mr McMillan was fortunate to join DBS in its second year of operation back in 2018. Referred to as one of the “Pioneer Teachers” at the time, there was a palpable sense of excitement about the possibilities for DBS’s growth—possibilities that have since been realised and even exceeded. Initially joining as a Drama teacher before transferring to the English faculty in 2020, his role also included becoming a form tutor, which ignited his personal and professional interest in pastoral education.

Mr McMillan’s journey through life can be characterised by chasing dreams and opportunities in various forms, instilling in him the belief that a well-rounded education should enable students to seize opportunities wherever they may appear. His teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in a holistic approach to personal development, emphasising the empowerment of students to find and embrace their unique voice and creativity, considered essential for success in a rapidly changing world.

A significant component of Mr McMillan’s teaching approach derives from his experience as a professional writer and creative-writing consultant: engaging the creative brain by developing tangential approaches to material, suggesting pathways to success rather than simply providing answers. This method not only fosters creativity but also equips students with critical thinking skills that are invaluable in all areas of life.

To facilitate this, Mr McMillan believes that building strong relationships with students is paramount to their success. He strives to create clear boundaries and expectations, maintain consistency and fairness, and always try to see things from the students’ point of view. By being open and honest, and using humour to build rapport, he hopes to create an environment of trust where students feel comfortable being themselves. This foundation of trust, safety, and comfort is essential for productive and healthy academic journeys.

DBS is a community committed to excellence, and Mr McMillan firmly believes that professional development and staying at the forefront of best practices are vital for any educator. Reflective teachers make reflective learners. Fortunately, DBS provides excellent CPD opportunities and support to facilitate close collaboration and understanding among colleagues. This is something that, in his new role, Mr McMillan will continue to advocate for—particularly in terms of pastoral development.

In addition to professional development, Mr McMillan considers transparent and positive communication with parents a vital aspect of pastoral care and student success. He looks forward to developing deeper connections with the parent community at DBS, hoping that all parents will feel comfortable supporting their child’s academic and pastoral journey in collaboration with the school.

Mr McMillan strongly believes that students can be anyone they choose to be, and he is committed to helping them realise their fullest potential. His aspiration is for students to graduate embodying the school’s values—truly ready for whatever the future brings. His dream is that DBS students will be defined not by what they want to be, but by who they want to be.