Maximising Academic Potential through New Appointment
Mr. Matthew Christmas joined the Royal Hospital School this academic year as Director of Teaching and Learning. A new post, created specifically to raise the academic performance of the School.
In terms of leading the teaching, Mr. Christmas is responsible for ensuring that the pedagogy in the School is of the highest calibre through assessment of the performance and practices of academic departments and the scrutiny of work. Through new systems of measuring and monitoring pupil performance he aims to enhance pupil learning and maximize the academic potential of every individual.
Matthew Christmas was educated at Reigate Grammar School and The Queen’s College, Oxford where he won a scholarship to read Ancient and Modern History. After graduating, he captained the British Debating Team on the English Speaking Union’s USA Tour and was then asked to return to Oxford to run the World Universities Debating Championship. After a brief career in management consultancy, Matthew Christmas taught at Forest School where he was a resident tutor in the Junior Boys’ Boarding House and then at Canford School where he was Houseparent of a Girls’ Boarding House. He was appointed Head of History at Monmouth School and then internally promoted as Head of Sixth Form. He then became Deputy Headmaster at Felsted School and was instrumental in Felsted’s introduction of the International Baccalaureate, before a brief spell as a Principal in a small British curriculum boarding school in Kenya. On returning to the UK, following the violence of the 2007 Kenyan Presidential Elections, he became Head of History at the Lady Eleanor Holles School, one the country’s most successful academic schools.
Mr. Christmas commented: “this is an exciting and challenging new post which demonstrates the Royal Hospital School’s commitment to academic excellence; my task is to ensure that teaching and learning to the highest level is central to all that this busy and exciting school does. We want our pupils to achieve the best grades of which they are capable and to leave this school with a love of learning to last them for their adult life”.