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Physics Staff

Chris Fenwick

Head of Department
BSc, PGCE, University of Keele

Chris became Head of Physics in 1997. He is passionate about explaining and helping people to enjoy Physics. He feels that a family holiday to any part of the world is not complete without a trip to an unusual structure or some place of scientific interest. He is a competent juggler, cook and sportsman who is slowing with age. He still makes an effort to play Sunday football, league cricket and team squash. He has coached the 1st XV Rugby, the 2nd XI hockey team, Junior Tennis and Cricket.

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.

Geoff Horton

DPhil (Oxon)

Before working at Canford, Geoff was Head of Physics at Poole High School and worked in the Aerospace Industry as an Engineer and Manager. At Canford, Geoff teaches Physics and Maths, coaches Kayaking and assists with the Astronomy and Engineering societies.

In his spare time Geoff enjoys Sailing, Music and Natural History.

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.