Guy HollowayMA (Cantab), NPQH, FRSA

  • Headmaster
  • Music History, Cultural Studies
Age Groups
  • Middle Years
  • Lower Years
  • Early Years
  • Upper Years
  • Sixth Form

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 is a member of the Independent Schools Association and holds the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), awarded by the National College for School Leadership, and was appointed a ‘Leading Thinker’ with the National Education Trust (2013-18).
Guy is currently (2013-  ) a lecturer at the Institute of Education’s London Centre for Leadership in Learning.

He is a committed 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 course which, in its scope, is unique in the UK – a comprehensive history of music programme 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), the Teddington Theatre Club (Hampton Hill), the Richmond Shakespeare Society (Mary Wallace Theatre). Recent roles include Don Pedro in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Robert in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and Macduff RSS’s 2018 production of Macbeth.

Guy also reviews concerts, recitals and opera for Classical Source

During national lockdown (March to July 2020), Guy was the only headteacher in UK to deliver daily online assemblies to local, national and international acclaim. Those assemblies can be heard on Spotify or on Google Podcasts.

Some links with recent education articles by (or interviews with) Guy Holloway: