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Meet The Pod Micro School Team

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Rob Collard

CEO and Lead Teacher



BSc (hons) Geography and Ocean Science

Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

My first taste of teaching was in 2001, teaching children in Tanzania about how to reduce the risk of malaria. Since then, I have been hooked on teaching and my passion for helping the next generation achieve more.

I taught people from the age of two to adult in Japan before returning to the UK to qualify as a teacher in 2009. Over 11 years, I have taught in three different schools ( one in Essex and two in North Somerset), teaching all primary ages from 2 up to 11. I have been geography leader, curriculum designer, deputy headteacher, designated safeguarding leader and headteacher. 

Following the pandemic, I wanted to explore different ways to teach children outside of the constraints of the current school system, with a focus on experiences, service, personal learning and intensive research into a subject. I also wanted to cater for those children who find school a challenge so that they too can be supported by high quality teaching but in a more comfortable and nurturing environment.

Thus, Pod Micro School was born.

I am married with two children and we all enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature. I can speak Japanese, I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and I once appeared on Mastermind!

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The Pod

Our purpose built learning indoor/outdoor Pod is made from Estonian hardwood and nestles in our garden. It is a peaceful sanctuary, surrounded by trees and birdsong. It is fully equipped with electricity, wi-fi, heating and a screen for learning. A perfect place to be whatever the weather! Additional facilities are available in our house.



Pippin is our Wellbeing Cat. She is always available for cuddles, strokes and lap sitting. She can help when you are feeling unsure or upset and her antics are sure to raise a smile.

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Arriving late January 2022!

Our trusty vehicle that transports us on all of our amazing learning adventures.

Greta is our all electric, green machine, with 8 comfortable seats to take you to woods, beaches, museums or where ever we want....

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