Guy Holloway MA (Cantab), NPQH, FRSA

Headmaster
Music History
Cultural Studies

Guy is a co-founder of Hampton Court House and was Director of Studies from 2001 to 2008. He studied at King’s College School, Wimbledon, before reading English at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1986-89). Guy holds the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), awarded by the National College for School Leadership, and is a Leading Thinker with the National Education Trust. Guy is currently (2013-  ) a lecturer at the Institute of Education’s London Centre for Leadership in Learning.

He is a passionate educationalist and is fascinated by how children learn and by the vastly different approaches to education across the world. This year he contributed a chapter to Self-Improving Schools, a landmark collection of essays bringing together some of the country’s leading education thinkers.

For several years Guy was a volunteer with Save the Children UK, working with disadvantaged children aged 6-12. He spent many years in Paris, first at the international PR firm Burson-Marsteller, and then at the Ecole Active Bilingue, where Guy was Head of English in the section britannique, teaching A-level and preparing his first students for Oxbridge, whilst simultaneously creating chaos in the section française, teaching his beloved classe de seconde. Guy was part of the 1993 founding team which opened the Harrodian School, where he was Director of Studies. Today at Hampton Court House, Guy runs a weekly seminar which, in its scope, is unique in the UK – a comprehensive history of music course for all children in Years 1 to 8; he also teaches Cultural Studies to Years 10 & 11, and a 2-year Communication Skills programme to all Sixth Form students.

Guy’s interests include piano, record collecting (vinyl LPs of 1950s and 1960s), concert-going, foreign travel, languages, Shakespeare, chess and reading. Other interests include film directing (his Short Film Private View won an ‘honorable mention’ at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2010, and the feature film Innocent, which he co-directed, opened the 2010 South African National Arts Festival and was nominated by the jury at the Marbella International Film Festival). In the theatre, Guy has directed over thirty stage plays. As an actor he is a member of the Rose Players at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and the Teddington Theatre Club at Hampton Hill Playhouse. Recent roles include Don Pedro in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Robert in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

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