This is us (or How to Look Good in lockdown)

If you have to come into school during lockdown, who says you can’t be stylish! Hard Technology teacher Jez Scull takes mask-wearing to a whole new level. We are proud to introduce him as our “This is Us” profile for today.

Name

Jez Scull

What do you do at Westlake?

Teacher in Charge of Hard Materials Technology and Design and Visual Communication.

How long have you been at Westlake?

This is my 16th year at Westlake and I’ve seen many changes over the years. When I started there was no busway and Smales Farm was still a farm. There used to be cows in the field next to my workshop.

What’s the most interesting thing you have done in your career?

I used to work as a specialist carpenter restoring timber framed buildings in England. I would dismantle part of a building and find the marks left by the original carpenter and I would be the first to see those marks in over 500 years.  I remember on one occasion dismantling a wattle and daub wall and finding the hand print of the original builder impressed in the dried mud.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Students who come back years later to share their successes in life and careers after school.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that people might not know?

I trained in silversmithing and jewellery-making, and I have my own makers mark registered at the Goldsmiths Company in London. I made my wife’s engagement and wedding rings.

If you were granted one wish

I have always been interested in the history of Antarctic exploration and have many books on the subject. I would love the opportunity to visit some of the historic sites in Antarctica.

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