Jon W L HindMA (Cantab) NPQSL

  • Director of Outreach
  • Mathematics
Age Group
  • Sixth Form

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 years at Westminster, where he took up fencing Sabre, were followed by two years as Second in the Maths Department at Rugby School, where he took up playing polo. Jon joined the School in 2010 as Head of Mathematics, became Director of Studies in February 2011 and Deputy Head in May 2012.

In 2014-2015 Jon completed his National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) at the Institute of Education. Jon is a governor of Tolworth Girls’ School and chairs the Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee.

Jon says that his time at Hampton Court House has transformed his view of what is possible.

“Determination and confidence are far greater determiners of success than any particular skill set. Skills can be learnt and developed along the way and advice sought, but nothing will hold one back so surely as the belief that one cannot succeed. Teachers are often heard expounding this advice, but how often do we actually act on it ourselves? We are in uniquely powerful positions as role models, and working with younger children recently has taught me that what we say is next to irrelevant when compared to what we do and what we are. If we wish to instil in students a lifelong love of learning, our love of learning must shine through, and as lead learners we should embrace opportunities for self-growth and development.
“I decided to step out of my comfort-zone last summer and tackle Latin for the first time. The process of studying over the course of a month for the Common Entrance papers was an eye-opening experience. For years I have been explaining to parents that I don’t expect their children to get every question right, as the questions aren’t sufficiently challenging if they are able to do them all perfectly. Despite the sure knowledge that I learnt the most through my mistakes, I still felt the physical pain of each correction to my homework!
“Studying is hard work; stretching yourself is painful. Nothing worthwhile in life is ever easy, but it is our drive to succeed that defines us.”