Dr Adrian RainbowPhD, MA, MA, PGCE, BA

  • Headmaster
  • English
  • English, Cultural Studies
Age Groups
  • Upper Years
  • Sixth Form

Dr Rainbow was born and raised in Canada by his parents Tony and Mo, both of whom were headteachers. Adrian graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (double major) in English Literature and Philosophy and finished his college football career as an All-Canadian Quarterback. Following his childhood dream of playing American football professionally, he was drafted into the Canadian Football League by the Montreal Alouettes, where he enjoyed a brief stint, before transferring to Germany to play ten seasons in the German Football League.

During his sports career Adrian continued to hone his academic skills completing his PGCE in English and Drama, Master of Arts in English (Critical Theory), and PhD in English (Critical Pedagogy and Contemporary Literature), all from the University of Exeter.

After finishing his PhD and retiring from his American football career Adrian was appointed as a Lecturer of English at the University of Zurich where he spent five years before relocating to the UK. For three years he was the Head of the Environmental Faculty, Language and Literacy Coordinator, Teacher of English, and Assistant Houseparent at UWC Atlantic College in Wales before being appointed as Deputy Head Co-Curriculum at Sevenoaks School in Kent. Adrian has spent the last four years overseeing all of the experiential learning at Sevenoaks, including music, sport, drama, as well as all of the community impact, outreach and partnership work of the school. He also recently completed a second Master of Arts in Education (Educational Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath.

In addition to his love of education, Adrian is passionate about reading, cooking, hiking and travelling. Most of all, however, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Miriam, and their two boys, Finley (aged 7) and Osian (aged 4), preferably in a forest.