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History Staff

Rachel Lines

Head of History
BA with Combined Honours (University of Exeter)

Rachel completed her combined honours degree of History and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, where she went on to complete her PGCE, achieving the Ted Wragg award for outstanding trainee within her cohort. After working in the state sector, Rachel moved to Canford to take on the role of Head of Department and is also a tutor in Lancaster House. Rachel has a specialist interest in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, which she studied at university. Outside of school, Rachel regularly attends the gym and is a keen netballer.

Lenka Collison

BSc Hons (University of Bath)
PGCE

After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Politics with Economics as well as a PGCE in History, both from the University of Bath, Lenka began her career teaching History at Prior Park College in 2004. Here, she was Head of Department from 2007 to 2016, having previously been Deputy Day Housemistress and Assistant Exams Officer. She also co-ordinated Model United Nations and led Senior Girls Cross Country. At A Level, her specialism is American History and thus, she has been an examiner for AQA. Lenka moved to Canford in 2016 when her husband, Matt, was appointed Director of Hockey and she is currently a tutor in Franklin House.

Andrew Fearnley

Head of Politics
BA (Manchester Polytechnic)
MLitt (Oxon)

Andrew teaches GCSE and A-level History throughout the school, with a particular passion for the WWl battlefields. He has also been Head of the Politics Department since May 1998, is a former EdExcel senior examiner for AS and A2 Politics and runs the departmental society 'Politicos'. Outside the classroom he coaches sculling and rowing, runs a drone photography and film club, and assists with Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Cycling is a keen interest, with regular trips to Scotland and France. Andrew has worked at Canford since 1993, after teaching for several years at Tabor Academy in the United States. His experience in the US is invaluable in his role as coordinator and support for pupils wishing to apply to North American universities.

Richard Salmon

BA (Southampton)
PGCE (Exeter)

Richard has taught at Canford since 2002. He is currently Assistant Head (Pupils) and Head of Connections. He was Housemaster of Court House from 2005 to 2016. Richard also coaches Hockey and Tennis, is a section leader in the CCF, and among other things, enjoys kite-surfing and outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

Laura Standley

BA Hons (Oxford Brookes)

Laura joined Canford School fresh from completing her PGCE at the University of Oxford in 2017. She studied for her undergraduate degree in History at Oxford Brookes where she specialised in studying the history of ideas with particular interest in the history of the occult alongside a wide range of other topics. At Canford, she teaches both the Russian and the British sides of the A Level course as well as GCSE and Shell Classes. Laura is a Shell tutor in Wimborne House and coaches rowing.

Ben Vessey

Headmaster
BA (University of Southampton)
MA (Bristol UWE)
MBA (University of Leicester)

Before joining Canford as Headmaster in September 2013, Ben was Head of History at Dauntsey's and later Head of the History, Politics and Law Faculty at Millfield. After becoming Deputy Head at Christ's Hospital he continued to teach History and has taught KS3, GCSE and both Early and Late Modern A-level. His degree specialism was Twentieth Century International Relations, but he has a boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for all areas of the subject. Having first been drawn into education by his great love of teaching, Ben is keen to retain some time in the classroom and teaches Shell History.

Isabelle Waterfall

BA Hons (University of Oxford)

Izzy read History at the University of Oxford, where she specialised in 20th century American and Russian history. Here, she achieved a First Class Honours Degree, and her thesis, which combined her love of music and of History, was awarded the Kirk-Greene Prize for the best in African History across the University. After working in the state sector for two years, she completed her PGCE in Secondary History with the University of Exeter, where she was awarded the Ted Wragg award for outstanding trainee within her cohort. Outside of school, Izzy enjoys hiking and yoga. She is currently a tutor in Marriotts House.