Teacher brings TV background to Chilton Trinity classroom

This is The West Country: Art team leader Gareth Luxton with Year Nine students Beth Manchip (left) and Rachel Rowland. Photo: Jeff Searle. Art team leader Gareth Luxton with Year Nine students Beth Manchip (left) and Rachel Rowland. Photo: Jeff Searle.

A PRODUCER from TV’s ‘Flog It’ and ‘Bargain Hunt’ is now training hundreds of students in art at a Bridgwater school.

Gareth Luxton has worked on a range of television programmes including ‘Comic Relief’, ‘The Bachelor’, ‘DIY SOS’, ‘Country Cops’, ‘Mission Africa’ and ‘Beyond Boundaries’.

But now he is the new head of art, teaching hundreds of students at Chilton Trinity – although he still occasionally directs TV’s ‘Dickenson’s Real Deal’ at the weekend.

Gareth, who was recently assessed as an officially ‘outstanding’ teacher by Ofsted, told the Mercury: “It has been quite a change of career direction but I’m loving every minute of my new role.

“I’m passionate about art and helping to develop students in the subject.

“Though I enjoyed TV working, I missed art as a subject.

“I was passionate about it and decided teaching might be a way of combining my interests.

“I haven't looked back.”

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