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About Graham ...

     SHS Organ
  • Graham was educated in Southend-on-Sea, at the Boys' Grammar School

    As well as taking French, German and Music at A-Level, he took organ lessons with the then Head of Music, Keith Kent [MA,DMus,FRCO] as the school had a  "Hill, Norman and Beard"  pipe-organ : a gift from the Old Boys' Association.
    Little was he to know that these lessons would eventually lead him to play in front of Her Majesty The Queen in 1996 -  [as you'll have seen above top-right (click to enlarge) and from the Home Page on this site!]  -  and then to speak with her.

      Life for most of us brings few highlights - this was certainly one of the greatest of his!

  • Life after Grammar School took him to the University of Leicester to read French Single Honours.

  • There followed a 31-year teaching career at Loughborough Grammar School  [Leicestershire].
      inter alia...
      1972-75 : Assistant Housemaster in School House
      1975-77 : Assistant Housemaster in Red House
      1977-83 : Housemaster of Red House
      1984-2003 : Accompanist [Piano and Organ] to The Choir of Loughborough Grammar School
      [Click the "Music" button on my HomePage]
      1988 : wrote the first LGS DataBase for the Admin Department in Basic V for Archimedes Computers - [in the days pre-Bill Gates PC take-over-blitz!]
         All sorting of options, printing of form-lists & set-lists, addresses etc. were handled from this program.
      1989-2003 : Founded and produced "The Heron"  [the thrice-termly Newsletter for parents and pupils]

  • Whilst teaching French, he became a fully-qualified Approved Driving Instructor [ADI] - now Grade 6 - registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency [DVSA].

  • He has attended the month-long DVSA Examiner-Training Course at DVSA Headquarters at Cardington, Bedfordshire.

  • He holds the Cardington Special Driving Test Certificate at Grade A.
    [This is the highest driving test award available to non-Police Drivers]

  • From 1999 to 2003, in conjunction with the DVSA/ORDIT-approved Driver Training Agency A.I.M. in Clowne [Derbyshire], he trained [on a part-time basis] Prospective Driving Instructors ["PDI"s] for their DVSA Examinations, prepared ADIs wishing to take the Cardington Special Driving Test, and offered refresher-training/assessment prior to ADI "Standards Checks".

  • From 1999 to 2011 he was on the former DSA/ORDIT* Register of approved Trainers of Instructors, firstly under A.I.M. and then under TIC/RED.
      [*ORDIT stands for the "Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers".]

  • In May 2003, he attended the DVSA Examiners' Training Course at DVSA Headquarters at Cardington, Bedfordshire.
    However, on completion of the Course, he was 'head-hunted' into full-time Instructor-Training - which actually paid a bit more, and came with a Company Car!
    It also allowed Graham to continue to have input into hopeful success rather than spend the majority of his work-time informing ill-prepared candidates of their failure.
    Remember DVSA Test pass rates for all Practical Tests weigh in at [well] under 50%!

  • Consequently, in June 2003, he started work as a full-time Trainer of Instructors with The Instructor College [TIC] in Derby   - later re-branded as RED Instructor Training [RIT].

  • In January 2004, at the Company's Annual Conference, he was presented with a TIC Achievement Award - "In Recognition of his Contribution to Training".

    • In September 2006, at the Company's Annual Conference, he was presented with a second TIC Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to training, not least for having helped set up the then new Instructor College in Leicester.

  • In March 2010, he was appointed Senior Trainer at Derby Instructor College.

  • He retired from full-time training in July 2011, and now undertakes   ADI "Standards Check" training   as well as   Part 3 Test training for PDIs.

  • He has also regularly instructed for the former Institute of Advanced Motorists - [now re-branded as iamRoadSmart ] - and assessed prospective Minibus drivers for Schools and Voluntary Groups.

  • He has been awarded the IAM Trophy as "Advanced Driver Trainer of  the Year" [Leicestershire].

  • He is a registered Pass Plus Instructor.

  • He has signed the voluntary "Code of Conduct " drawn up by the DVSA.

  • To sum up, he holds a B.A. Honours Degree in French and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education - each from Leicester University - the NVQ Level 3 Assessor's Award with Edexcel and has been involved in teaching and training for all of his working career.



Graham D Campbell - BA [Hons] / PGCE [Leicr] / DVSA ADI [Car] : Grade 6 / MMSA / former-MIAM
• DVSA Examiners' Training Course at Cardington - May 2003
former-DSA/ORDIT-approved Trainer of Instructors - at Parts 1, 2 and 3 : 1999-2011
• Holder of the Cardington Special Driving Test Certificate at Grade A
• DVSA-approved Trainer of Hazard Perception - from February 2005
• January 2004 - awarded "The Instructor College Prize" in Recognition of his Contribution to Training during 2003
• September 2006 - again awarded "The Instructor College Prize" in Recognition of his Contribution to Training during 2006
• Holder of the NVQ Assessors' Award at Level 3 with Edexcel
• Awarded "The Frank Gamble Trophy" as IAM's Most Successful Advanced Driver Trainer - Leics."

Updated 18.i.MMXVIII : grahamdcampbell.com


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