Teachers' Biographies

Alistair Schofield

Alistair Schofield is the Head of the English Faculty. He is a graduate of Warwick University (BA), King's College London (MA), and he completed his PhD at Southampton.  Alistair joined the school in 2004, having previously been Head of English at St Dunstan's College in London. He organises the Booker Prize Challenge, the English Society, and has directed various dramatic productions, including The Crucible, The Secret Battle, Twelve Angry Men, Othello, The History Boys and three Revue Evenings.  He has taken several Literature trips to school's outdoor centre in Lovaton, most recently for a Gothic themed weekend. Alistair plays a lot of tennis and likes to swim in the Test, Hamble and Itchen.

Julia Hardwick

Julia Hardwick joined the department in September 2008, moving east after 19 years teaching in two comprehensive schools in Truro, Cornwall. Her first three years as a teacher were spent at St Peter’s School, York following on from a BA (combined honours) in English and Fine Art from The University of Exeter and a PGCE at the same institution. She is in charge of IGCSE, and also runs the Springhill Reading Scheme. She swims daily, sings with The Consort (The Romsey Abbey Relief Choir) and is an avid reader of poetry, especially TS Eliot and William Blake. She is passionately interested in eco-criticism. She is also learning Italian.  She is a senior examiner and adviser for a well known examination board. Julia is married to Ian and they have two grown-up children.

Ellen Rawson

With a BA and MA from the University of Colorado, Ellen Rawson taught English Language, English Literature, Media, Drama and Journalism, and also was a qualified Reading and Writing specialist for all ages in the United States before immigrating to England in 2000. Before joining KES in 2018, she taught at the Thornden School and Brockenhurst College, where she also was a pastoral manager. In addition to teaching, she is a senior examiner, adviser and external moderator for A Level English Language, and she edits a quarterly monograph series devoted to historical research. She is an active historical re-enactor who delights in designing and sewing period clothing, and she often can be found hiking in the countryside on weekends and holidays, particularly in areas of historical interest.

Jo Gunton

Jo Gunton joined the department in 2012, having previously worked at Noadswood School in Dibden Purlieu, near Hythe, as Assistant Curriculum Manager for English. Jo graduated with a BA Hons in English from Southampton University in 2006 and went on to complete her PGCE at Portsmouth. She has a particular passion for both reading and teaching poetry, and completed her undergraduate dissertation on the diverse, and perhaps lesser-known disciplines of graffiti writing and concrete poetry. Jo also enjoys theatre, music and drama and has worked with several local primary schools through her work with the Partnerships programme.

Will Collinson

Mr Collinson read English Literature at St Peter’s College, Oxford and also has an M.Phil from Trinity College, Dublin in Creative Writing. When not teaching English he can be found coaching rugby and directing the occasional musical. Mr Collinson is also the Assistant Head Pastoral.

Hannah Goodsell

Hannah joined the department in September 2019. She studied at Durham University and completed a BA (Hons) and MA in English Literary Studies. On completing her studies Hannah worked as a Graduate Trainee Librarian at Christ’s College Cambridge before going on to complete a BPD SCITT programme with placements at Bournemouth School for Girls and Twynham School. Hannah co-runs the Debating Society and revels in the opportunity to host a wide range of interesting debates. Outside of the classroom, Hannah enjoys reading fiction in translation and discovering new cultures.

Hannah Arnold

Hannah Arnold joined the English Department in 2016, having previously taught at the Weald of Kent Grammar School in Kent and Cheam High School in Surrey. Hannah graduated with a BA(Hons) from Loughborough University and went on to complete her PGCE at The University of Leicester. She has a passion for bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom, as well as teaching grammar and linguistics to students at all levels. Hannah is Head of English Language and Linguistics A Level.

Emer Cullen

Emer Cullen joined the English Department in September 2016. Having graduated from the University of Durham in 2006, she went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary English at the University of Cambridge. She taught at The Perse School in Cambridge for six years, relishing sixth form teaching, the opportunity to direct plays and her role as Head of Oxbridge Admissions in particular. Emer has been an examiner for AS and A Level English Literature for OCR, and was Head of English at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College where she enjoyed teaching the IB curriculum, developing new departmental resources and encouraging staff development. She is a Teaching and Learning Lead Practitioner at KES and is a member of the teacher training team.

Alan Chandrachud

Alan Chandrachud joined the department in 2019 after securing both a first class and distinction in BA & MA English Literature at the University of Sheffield where he specialised in Restoration Theatre and the emergence of actresses. Alan runs the Upper School literature society, a group that meets bi-weekly to stretch and challenge the most able GCSE students. Outside the classroom, Alan is majorly involved with sport and delivers coaching in the school’s four main sports (Netball, Hockey, Rugby and Cricket). He has a particular interest in Rugby Union where he officiates on the RFU National Panel. He has also officiated for World Rugby at a number of Sevens events. 

Benedict Reekes

Benedict Reekes joined the department in September 2019. He read Classics at St John's College, Cambridge, writing his dissertation in his final year on how Shakespeare adapted classical sources to reflect his own political and social concerns. Benedict taught English as a Foreign Language for five years in Puglia, Italy, where he learned the language fluently, was captivated by the culture, and obtained a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA). Since his return to England, he has taught English at Putney High School for Girls and Nonsuch High School for Girls. At King Edward's, Benedict co-runs the Senior Literature Society (LitSoc) with Dr Schofield and the Debating Society with Miss Goodsell. His principal passions as far as literature is concerned are the metaphysical and Romantic poets, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and The Great American Novel. Outside of school he enjoys singing, watching and playing tennis, running, learning languages, cinema of all kinds, and modern (20th century) art.

Samantha Evans

Sam Evans has taught English at KES for the last 17 years and her passion for the subject has not dimmed. It has been wonderful for her to watch so many Sixth form students continue their literary and linguistic studies at university and she often receives emails filling her in on their latest adventures. Teaching ‘King Lear’ at A’ level has always been a particular highlight, so universal are the themes within it. Over the years, she has enjoyed setting up creative writing workshops for our lower school students, which also acts as a personal fulfilment as she enjoys writing poetry and is currently putting together an anthology that has been a few years in the making. Outside of her subject teaching Sam is involved in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, tennis club and badminton club. She has a strong interest in the pastoral welfare of children and has participated in a number of mindfulness courses. The mantra that guides her interactions with children is, and has always been, “A happy child is a learning child”.