English Staff Profiles

Toby Smith is Head of Department, and read English at Cambridge, then taught English as a Foreign Language in Russia and Paris for four years before completing his PGCE at Bristol University. He joined King's College in 2007. He is also Scholars' Tutor, responsible for academic scholars in the Lower School, and an Assistant Tutor in Tuckwell house. He enjoys exploring literature, fiction and non-fiction, from a wide range of eras and cultures, and has a personal enthusiasm, generally shared by his classes, for poetry study. He makes a determined effort to find time for reading in term time, but would struggle to name his favourite writer.

Emma Forward studied English at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and completed a PGCE at Exeter University. She taught in a London comprehensive school for three years before joining King's College in September 2009. Emma teaches all age groups, but revels particularly in Sixth Form teaching with a particular focus on essay technique; she enjoys pre-20th century literature and has an interest in linguistics. She organises school debating and public speaking activities, and outside King's she is a lay member of the General Synod of the Church of England. Emma is also Deputy Housemistress in Taylor house.

Francesca Parker has an MA in English and Philosophy from Edinburgh University. She is an NQT and plays hockey for a national league club side, having won England selection at U16 and U18 levels. Francesca will also be assisting Lisa Cashmore in Meynell house.

Oliver Ridley studied English and Related Literature at the University of York. He enjoys teaching a wide range of literature and in recent years has found the AS and A2 coursework modules particularly rewarding. At the moment he is reading the novels of John Cowper Powys to enrich his understanding of his new home, and he gets to the RSC whenever he can.

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