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English Staff

Richard Redwood

Head of Department
MA (Oxon)

Richard started at Canford in September 2019. Richard has spent the first fourteen years of his teaching career in London, Leeds and Dorset. Whilst leading the English department, Richard will also be involved with rugby coaching and the debating society.

Sam Crouch

PGCE (Southampton)

Sam worked for the Ministry of Defence before entering teaching, and has worked in a number of schools in both Hampshire and Dorset. She teaches part-time with Shell and GCSE English classes, and is charge of the Shell English Curriculum. Sam runs the horse riding activity and has created Community Service links with local primary schools.

Sarah Holland

BA (Hons)
PGCE (University of Birmingham)

Sarah spent the first fifteen years of her teaching career in the Midlands, with the last eight at King Edward VI High School for Girls. Since moving to the South coast in 2004, she has worked at a number of local schools in East Dorset and Wiltshire. She has a particular interest in creative writing and is currently running the joint book group with the Bourne Academy.

Mike Owen

BA, PGCE (Bristol)

Mike joined Canford in 1983. He was Housemaster of Court House from 1998 to 2005, when he became Registrar until 2019. Mike coaches cricket and is an officer in the CCF.

Dr Frank Shon

BA (Hons) (University of Chichester)
MA (University of Sussex)
MSt. (Cantab.)
DPhil. (University of Sussex)
PGCE (University of Portsmouth)

Frank joined Canford in 2012 after teaching for several years in the Learning Support department of Milton Abbey School. As well as being a member of the English department, he teaches History and Classical Civilisation. He runs the Beginners’ Greek and Film Club activities, and assists with the Fifth Form Enrichment Programme. He is also an Academic Tutor.

Sindre Vandvik

BA (Bergen/York)
MA (Bergen/York)

Sindre joined the school in January 2006, having taught in London. He is in charge of Connections, as well as running This Week, the school Sixth Form publication. He is currently Housemaster of Court House.

Jennifer Ward

BA (Royal Holloway University of London)
MA (Royal Holloway University of London)
PGCE and QTS (Buckingham)

Jenny joined Canford in September 2019. Having been to Canford as a child, Jenny has pursued English Literature up to masters level, with a particular focus on Shakespeare. She has previously worked for three years at St George's College Weybridge where she contributed to the academic, sporting and musical life at the school, something she hopes to continue at Canford.

Kathryn Watts

BA (Sheffield)
PGCE (Durham)

Kathryn graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class degree in English Literature and studied for her PGCE at Durham. As well as a member of the English department, she also teaches Shell Classics and is involved in the orchestra, cross-country, The Literary Society and Dead Goats’ Society – the school’s creative writing group.