A level Subjects

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Art

Exam board: Edexcel
Personal Investigation: This component is worth 60% of your A level. It requires you to produce a portfolio of practical and written work based on personal starting points.
Externally Set Assignment (ESA)
This component is worth 40% of your A level. It requires you to produce preparatory studies and personal outcome(s) based on a theme set by Edexcel. The theme will be released to you in February of your final year. You’ll have 15 hours to produce your personal outcome or outcomes.

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Natalie Kavanagh BA PGCE
  • Head of Visual Arts

Natalie Kavanagh gained a PGCE in secondary school art teaching from Roehampton University in 2008 and has been teaching here since. She obtained a Fine Art BA (hons) from London Guildhall and specialised in filmmaking and animation. Her Degree piece was shown in BAFTA, and she was later headhunted by the BBC as a young…

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Selwyn grew up in Hampton and having won an art scholarship he went to Shrewsbury School. He went on to read mediaeval history at The University of Manchester, after which he worked as a decorative painter for Chris Boulter at Grand Union Design specialising in trompe l’oeil . Returning to London, he graduated with an…

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Biology

Exam Board: AQA, 2015 specification for first examination 2017
8 Topics: Biological molecules; Cells; Organisms exchange substances with their environment; Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms; Energy transfers in and between organisms; Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; The control of gene expression
3 x 2 hour terminal examinations at the end of Y13.

Graham Ainge MSc PGCE

Graham was born and raised in the Derbyshire countryside before attending Oakham School, Rutland. After leading school trips to the Outer Hebrides, he decided to read Biology at Bristol University - the highlight being a conservation expedition to Hawaii. A passionate musician from a young age, Graham then spent 3 years in a band where…

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Abigail Howard BSc PGCE
  • Head of Science

Abigail grew up in Sussex, and followed her interest in Science to Kent University where she gained a BSc in Biomedical Science. Abigail had the opportunity to work in a local Special Educational Needs school for boys with Emotional, Social and Behavioural special needs. She loved working with the children and so did a PGCE…

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Chemistry

Exam board: AQA, 2015 specification for first examination 2017
3 broad topics: Physical Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry
3 x 2 hour terminal examinations at the end of Y13.

Graham Ainge MSc PGCE

Graham was born and raised in the Derbyshire countryside before attending Oakham School, Rutland. After leading school trips to the Outer Hebrides, he decided to read Biology at Bristol University - the highlight being a conservation expedition to Hawaii. A passionate musician from a young age, Graham then spent 3 years in a band where…

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Caroline grew up outside of Boston in the United States. From a young age she developed a love of learning which led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. She received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that allowed her to conduct biological research…

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Computing

Exam board: OCR or WJEC
The A Level in Computer Science will challenge learners to be able to review the nature of computing predicated upon a broad background of knowledge and technical ability. The key features of this specification encourage an emphasis on solving challenges using computer programming founded upon analytical thinking skills applied to understand computational abstraction, algorithms and decomposition processes, such as those of Boolean statements.

John Spencer BSc PhD PGCE

John originally studied biochemistry at Birmingham University where his research on aging produced many academic papers. After a stint as a Food Scientist with Unilever, he trained as a teacher at King's College. He has taught all of the science subjects to A level and started his involvement with Computer Science in the early 1980s.…

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Economics

Economics is the most recent introduction to the HCH suite of A levels.

Alex Medinger FCCA PGCPE

Alex is a qualified certified accountant (FCCA). She spent 15 years working in corporate finance and private equity, followed by 10 years managing start-up or turnaround companies based in the UK and Zambia. On her return from Africa in 2011 she trained as a teacher and holds a PGCPE qualification from BPP University in London,…

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English Literature

Exam board: OCR, First teaching from September 2015
Paper 1: Shakespeare and Poetry pre-1900
Paper 2: Drama and Prose post-1900

Gerry Cirillo MA PGCE
  • Head of English

Gerry grew up bilingually in Italian and English. He gained his PGCE in 2000 after having taught English abroad for 11 years including postings in Italy, Greece and Egypt. He has taught students to GCSE, A Level and beyond. A firm believer in teaching language and grammar through literature and drama, Gerry is keen on…

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David Lydon MA
  • Year 13 Form Tutor

David read English at Trinity College Dublin, where he pursued his love of all things written and theatrical. He wrote and had performed five plays during his time in Dublin, resulting in recognition from national awards and premieres at various festivals. He was subsequently invited onto the Young Writers' Programmes at both the Soho Theatre…

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Laura Williams MA PGDip

Laura read English Literature at Edinburgh University, where she achieved a first class honours degree, followed by a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London. During her journalism career, Laura worked for ITV news and as an investigative researcher for Harriet Sergeant. She also produced a short film for Pendragon Productions. In 2010,…

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French

Exam board: AQA
Y12 will follow the 2016 specification which will be examined at the end of Y13
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50% of the qualification)
Paper 2: Writing (20% of the qualification)
Paper 3: Speaking (30% of the qualification)

Caroline Géhin BA MA PGCE
  • Head of French

In addition to her passion for sharing her love of French culture and language, Caroline is committed to the restoration of a wide range of secular and religious stained glass in locations across South Wales and the UK. She has extensive experience working with children, teenagers and adults in art, stained glass and French. In…

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Manon Tournier BA
  • Director of CNED

Manon was born in France, but grew up in Romania, Seychelles, Andorra and Luxembourg. She was educated in the French educational system, but always had a strong interest in the different cultures and languages she experienced. Manon holds a French diploma to work with children (BAFA), and a degree in teaching French as a foreign…

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Geography

Board: Edexcel, 2009 Spec – updated 2013: Last year of the specification.
Modular Course – AS examined at the end of Year 12 – 2 units
Global Challenges – Geographical Investigations
A2 Examined at the end of Year 13 – 2 units
Contested Planet – Geographical Research
There is no examined fieldwork component in this legacy qualification – there will be additional fieldwork as part of the course though.

Bob was born in Lytham St. Annes and studied for a Bachelor of Education in Geography and Physical Education at King Alfred's College (now University of Winchester). Bob has many years' experience teaching in secondary schools in Richmond and Kent and has also worked as a ski instructor where he managed operations for a UK…

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Ben Ruddin BSc MSc PGCE
  • Second Master

Ben was born in London and went on to study Geology at the University of Southampton. He then went onto explore Geography further in his Master’s degree. He spent two months in the Peruvian Andes surveying the effects of tourism on the ‘Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu’, reporting back to one of the agencies responsible…

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History

Exam board: AQA
During the History A level, you will complete a breadth study of one hundred years, looking at Stuart Britain and the crisis of monarchy, 1603-1702; a depth study of the Cold War, 1945 – 1991; and will also produce a piece of independently researched coursework based on a topic of your choice relating to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
The two main units will be taught simultaneously across two years, with the personal study to be written midway between Years 12 and 13.

Thomas Roberts BA PGCE
  • Year 11 Form Tutor

Thomas was born in London and went on to study History at the University of Swansea. After graduating he worked as an English teacher in northern Spain for one year, before returning to the United Kingdom to work for a media production company. In 2010 he decided to pursue a career in education, spending over…

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Adam D’Souza BA
  • Director of Form Seven

Adam read Classics at Royal Holloway before beginning his career in advertising and market research, where he contributed to a project studying the psychology of car buying that won a Market Research Society award. Adam later moved into the world of entrepreneurship: his first venture was a home furnishings retailer and he has helped to…

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Mathematics and Further Mathematics

Exam board: Edexcel
The Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses are entering the final years of the current specifications before the changes take place for courses ending in Summer 2018.
The Mathematics course comprises four Core (pure) modules, one Statistics and one Mechanics module. The Further Mathematics course comprises an additional three Pure modules, and three more applied modules.

Jon W L Hind MA (Cantab) NPQSL
  • Deputy Head

Jon read Mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge, where he also rowed, played croquet, performed and directed for university drama and even joined the Officer Training Corps. After deciding against a military career on the advice of his rifle instructor (something to do with barn doors at 30 paces), he went directly into teaching. Four happy…

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Sivakaarani Jeyaseelanayagam BSc PGCE
  • Year 12 Form Tutor

Sivani moved to the UK from Sri Lanka at the age of seven and studied locally at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston. Following this, a degree in Physics with Computing at Warwick and a PGCE in Secondary Science at The University of Nottingham brought Sivani into a career in teaching that has taught and developed…

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Mark McSweeney BSc PGCE

Mark grew up in County Cork, Ireland where he gained a BSc in Computer Applications. He moved to the UK and started a career working in the airline industry developing software. He stayed in the travel industry for several years before moving over to designing and developing financial software. He was fortunate to have opportunities…

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Photography

Exam board: Edexcel
Personal Investigation: This component is worth 60% of your A level. It requires you to produce a portfolio of practical and written work based on personal starting points.
Externally Set Assignment (ESA)
This component is worth 40% of your A level. It requires you to produce preparatory studies and personal outcome(s) based on a theme set by Edexcel. The theme will be released to you in February of your final year. You’ll have 15 hours to produce your personal outcome or outcomes.

Natalie Kavanagh BA PGCE
  • Head of Visual Arts

Natalie Kavanagh gained a PGCE in secondary school art teaching from Roehampton University in 2008 and has been teaching here since. She obtained a Fine Art BA (hons) from London Guildhall and specialised in filmmaking and animation. Her Degree piece was shown in BAFTA, and she was later headhunted by the BBC as a young…

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Selwyn grew up in Hampton and having won an art scholarship he went to Shrewsbury School. He went on to read mediaeval history at The University of Manchester, after which he worked as a decorative painter for Chris Boulter at Grand Union Design specialising in trompe l’oeil . Returning to London, he graduated with an…

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Physics

Exam board: AQA, 2015 specification for first examination 2017
8 x core topics: Measurements and their errors; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and materials; Electricity; Further mechanics and thermal physics; Fields and their consequences; Nuclear physics.
5 x optional topics: Astrophysics; Medical physics; Engineering physics; Turning points in physics; Electronics
3 x 2 hour terminal examinations at the end of Y13.

Raúl Alves BSc MSc

Raúl taught in Portugal’s Public Education and for some years trained children and adults in IT before coming to England. A member of the Portuguese Physics Society, his interests include mathematics, cosmology, religion, philosophy and IT. He is also a numismatist and philatelist.

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Sivakaarani Jeyaseelanayagam BSc PGCE
  • Year 12 Form Tutor

Sivani moved to the UK from Sri Lanka at the age of seven and studied locally at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston. Following this, a degree in Physics with Computing at Warwick and a PGCE in Secondary Science at The University of Nottingham brought Sivani into a career in teaching that has taught and developed…

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Psychology

Exam board: AQA
Psychology – Student Guide
See Nick’s own website: Psychology Zone

Nick Savva BA MA PGCE

Nick was previously Head of Psychology and Sociology at a North London Academy. Nick has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy and a MA in Psychology and Psychoanalysis, both from the University of Sheffield. Nick has published a series of AS and A2 psychology revision guides; he also runs a hugely successful psychology revision website,…

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Spanish

Exam board: Edexcel
Y12 will follow the 2016 specification which will be examined at the end of Y13
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (40% of the qualification)
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (30% of the qualification)
Paper 3: Speaking (30% of the qualification)

Y13 are currently following 2008 specification which is in its final year before the reforms kick in.
Linear 4 units
Year 12:
Unit 1 – Spoken Expression and Response in Spanish
Unit 2 – Understanding and Written Response in Spanish
Year 13:
Unit 3 – Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish
Unit 4 – Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish

Jose M Alvarez-Campos MA
  • Head of Pastoral Care

José grew up in Madrid and holds an honours degree in politics as well as a postgraduate teaching degree (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). He is now a postgraduate student of philosophy, with a particular interest in Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Rawls and the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. He has lived in London for several…

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Communication Skills

Guy Holloway MA (Cantab), NPQH, FRSA
  • Headmaster

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…

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