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Physics Staff

John Allison

Head of Department
BSc (Newcastle University)
PGCE (Bristol University)

After teaching in Bristol for a few years and coaching ski racing in Canada John spent 10 years teaching at Reeds School in Surrey, 5 of which were as a Housemaster and CCF contingent Commander. In addition to leading the Physics department at Canford he will be coaching Rugby, Hockey and Cricket.

John's hobbies include Skiing, Surfing, Fishing and Cricket.

Richard Carpenter

BSc Hons (Nottingham University)
PGCE (Nottingham Trent)

Joined Canford September 2019. Details to follow.

Dan Culley

MA, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Dan came to Canford from a farming background in Zimbabwe via a career in the British Army as a Sapper. Having graduated with an Engineering Degree from Cambridge University in 1987 he then spent eight years building bridges in Germany, on the Headquarter's staff in the Falklands, constructing a school in Zimbabwe with Raleigh International and finally instructing at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before switching careers into teaching. Previously Housemaster of Lancaster, he is now the Director of Outdoor Activities and Challenges whilst running the Cadet Force, coaching hockey and cricket and teaching Physics. He has a keen interest in sport when he is not distracted by his wife and three daughters.

David Hivey

BSc (University of Liverpool)
PGCE (Edge Hill University)

David joined Canford from Merchant Taylors School and teaches Physics and Maths. He is a tutor in Wimborne House. David sails at an International level and was the European Champion in the Moth class in 2018. He also enjoys walking and climbing. David loves to inspire the pupils to see how Physics explains how every aspect of their lives works in one form or another.

Rob Hoey

MEng (Hons) Cantab

Rob joined Canford in 2020 after 17 years in the British Army. He is thrilled to be training as a Maths and Physics teacher. In the meantime he is getting involved in tutoring in Salisbury House, running the Royal Marines CCF, coaching rowing and supporting school expeditions and DofE. As a family, his wife Kirstin (former Head of Geography) and three young children are happiest on the water, in the mountains or involved with their local church.

Ian Newbury

Ian joined Canford in 2018, having spent the previous 40 years as an Engineer making components for Military (Typhoon), Space (Ariane). Aerospace (Airbus) programmes and within the petrochemical industry.

He puts his skills to good use at home and has undertaken some major construction changes to various properties.

Ian also enjoys running, cycling and walking with his wife and two dogs.


Emma Thornburrow

BSc University of York, PGCE University of Bath

Emma has been at Canford since 2003. As well as teaching Physics across all years she also coaches netball, athletics and a little hockey. A couple of years ago she started a new Community Service initiative linking the hearing and deaf communities. British Sign Language is taught to small groups of pupils and this has proved to be popular helping a number of students in their UCAS applications, especially those applying for medicine. Emma is a tutor in Wimborne House.