Tom Quayle

Director of Sixth Book Progression

Teaching – or being a pupil - here offers a huge range and variety within a single day and across the whole year. A typical day might move from thinking about Renaissance comedy or late modernist writing; to talking about the impact of colonialism in a Div lesson; to running around a football pitch; to assisting with university applications. I love the breadth of school life and its rhythms.

I grew up in London and spent my school days mostly chasing a rugby ball. I read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before returning to London for a brief stint in the City. My Masters, which focussed on contemporary poetry and fiction, was from Keble, Oxford and I stayed in Oxford, a city I love, after that. My first teaching post was at Magdalen College School, where I was latterly Head of Lower Sixth and Deputy Head of English but also did everything under the sun, from running the school magazine to coaching girls’ football. That’s one of the things I love about teaching: the range and variety within a single day and across the whole year.

Although I can occasionally still be found chasing a rugby ball, I’m a now keen cyclist and an average runner and compete in Iron Man events; my role at Winchester involves helping those in the Sixth Form flourish and ensuring the school’s academic offering is as good as it can be.