Tom Burke

Year 3 Teacher

“My approach to teaching is characterised by an understanding of the diverse physical, emotional and social needs of the students in his care, and the utilisation of a range of material and human resources in order to meet those needs.  I believe that it is my responsibility to provide students with guidance, not only in the pursuit of scholarly achievements and lifelong learning, but also in the development of character traits which will allow them to become emotionally healthy, socially conscious and resilient adults.”

Teaching Biography

For the past four years, Tom has taught at Newington College Preparatory School in Sydney Australia. This began when he was offered a scholarship position during his final year of university, which was then followed by a position teaching Digital Learning for Kindergarten to Year 2 students.  In addition to his experience as a Year 5 classroom teacher, Tom held positions teaching Religious Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Physical Health and Development. This has allowed him to gain experience across a wide range of ages and subject areas.

Personal Biography

Tom was born in Australia’s capital, Canberra, but moved to Sydney to attend university and begin his career. He made the move to London in 2023, his first time living overseas. In addition to teaching, Tom has a passion for visual arts of all mediums but particularly illustration. Portraits are his favourite thing to draw. His other interests include camping, travelling, music, theatre, and Dungeons & Dragons, which he is excited to share with the students of Bassett House through the newly established D&D Club.


  • Bachelor of Primary Education (First Class Honours), University of Technology Sydney
  • Mini-Certificate of Gifted Education, Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre (University of New South Wales)
  • Philosophy in Schools Certificate, Federation of Asia-Pacific Philosophy in Schools Association

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