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Mr Tom Gove, Teacher of Science

Mr Gove grew up on the Isle of Wight, studying GCSEs and A-Levels at Sandown High School. He then attended Plymouth University, where he gained a first class degree in Biology Sciences, for which he also won the Eden Prize for proving that two-week old meadow plants know when they are damaged. After this, Mr Gove spent two years as a postgraduate researcher on the EU’s Theseus project improving natural flood defences, before moving into industry to work as a geochemist at a tungsten mine. In his spare time, Mr Gove is a long distance runner and folk musician, and his favourite insect is the hummingbird hawk moth.



Mr Gove received his PGCE from the University of Exeter, taking placements at a grammar school and co-operative academy in Plymouth, before moving back to the Island and completing a placement at Ryde Academy. Mr Gove’s research focus at Exeter was on the pedagogy of questioning. In the classroom, Mr Gove favours an evidence-based approach to teaching and planning. Mr Gove joined The Island Free School in 2017 initially as a Science Technician, before qualifying as a Teacher of Science

Mr Gove’s goals…

I want to share my love of science and nature, and help make all The Island Free School pupils great at questioning the world around them.

Mr Gove

Mr Tom Gove

Teacher of Science

QTS – The Island Free School

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences – University of Plymouth

A Levels in Chemistry, Human Biology, English Language & Literature – Sandown High School

Contact info

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