Ed SmythEd Smyth 

French Teacher

Life before the Dragon

I was born in the railway town of Crewe in Cheshire and at the age of five moved down to the hippy-haven of Glastonbury in Somerset. There we lived on the grounds of Millfield Prep School where my father was headmaster so I grew up enjoying all of the benefits of prep school life. After completing my A Levels in French, Italian and Art I spent 6 months travelling in East Africa before reading French and Italian at the University of Warwick. My compulsory year abroad was spent on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean where I spent time assiduously improving my French on the beach. In 2010, I started a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at Oxford Brookes University and began my teaching career in earnest the following year at The Dragon.

What do you enjoy most about the subject you teach?

Communicating my passion for travel and foreign culture to my pupils and convincing them that speaking French allows you to communicate in far more exotic and exciting places that just France. I also love the 'penny drop' moment when a pupil finally understands a confusing grammar point.

What's special about the Dragon?

I love the huge variety in my working day. Going from classroom teaching to paddling about on the river to playing ‘Capture the Flag’ with a group of crazed nine year olds (with a little pottery thrown in) keeps me cheerful. The staff are also incredibly dynamic, selfless and positive, which keeps everyone sane during the long winter months.


I am a keen potter and can often be found throwing kitchen-ware in the ceramics studio on a free afternoon. I also enjoy skiing, mountaineering, swimming and playing the didgeridoo.