Meet The Team
The School of English and Culture will be headed by a team of outstanding teachers who between them have a wealth of experience in language schools and other teaching environments, along with a passion for delivering innovative and exciting learning experiences for young people. It is a unique strength of the School that this team of teachers will also provide the pastoral care in the boarding houses – they believe strongly in the idea of a holistic education in which teachers and students work together inside the classroom and live together outside it in a dynamic, exciting environment.
Sam Ponsford, Director of the School of English and Culture
Sam has taught English as a foreign language for many years both in the UK and in his current home of Galicia, North West Spain. Having grown up in Marlborough and attended the College he went on to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts. These have included residential schools, care homes and in the outdoors, where his love for adventurous activities has allowed him to help students to grow in confidence. He takes great pleasure in bringing together his many passions and interests to create memorable and enriching educational experiences that are of use far beyond the classroom. He brings this approach to his role as Director of The School of English and Culture to create a course that is dynamic, engaging and inspiring for the students and that they will remember long after the course has finished.
Tom Burgess, Head of Activities
Tom has a wide range of experience working with young people in different learning environments; from teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand, to working as a Housemaster in a boarding school. Tom’s expertise is using the outdoors to engage people in meaningful and memorable experiences. A background in play and youth work means Tom has an arsenal of fun activities that can be employed to inspire personal development and promote positive relationships.
Susie began her teaching career in Colombia, teaching English as a foreign language to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This instilled in her a passion for language and the experience of other cultures. She has continued to pursue these interests in her current role as an English teacher in Galicia, Northern Spain, where she teaches a range of ages and abilities. Susie has a keen interest in literature and creative writing which she believes can be a valuable addition to the EFL classroom and has used to great effect in previous summer schools at the Liverpool School of English and Liverpool International Language Academy.
Lowri is a passionate advocate of adventure and the outdoors and believes this excitement should be an integral part of everyday life, including the EFL classroom. Lowri takes a multi-disciplinary approach to her teaching; she is currently leading a course in 'English through Theatre' for children and has previously directed films, choreographed dances and run projects and workshops on Native American culture to encourage her students to become fully engaged in the process of learning English.
When not in the classroom, Lowri can usually be found in the sea catching waves or documenting her life through her ever-expanding collection of photographs.
Mel loves adventuring in the outdoors, and has enjoyed doing this in many countries all over the world. Her educational experience includes teaching English in a rural village in Nepal village to work as a Primary Teacher in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Guildford. In her spare time she loves to cook, play the piano, and go on long walks in the countryside. Mel is passionate about instilling a love of learning in children and is convinced this can be achieved through exciting learning opportunities that are rooted in real life experiences.
Sarah has had a passion for foreign languages since a young age. She began her English teaching adventure in Poland where she discovered an additional love for education. She went on to teach English in an International College in her home town of Youghal, Ireland where she worked for many years.
Sarah loves to bring her interests outside the classroom of singing, meeting new people, music and film and (believe it or not) grammar into the language classroom. She is currently teaching English in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.