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Located in Dry Hill House, the English department offers every Tonbridgian the opportunity to experience the marvellous intellectual adventure that is reading and exploring great literature.

From their first lessons to their last, our boys receive dedicated and inspirational guidance through the avenues of literary expression.

The department offers an immense amount to the literary and cultural life of the school.Peter Carpenter, a published poet and critic in his own right, runs the astonishingly successful Creative Writing Society, which meets regularly and fosters the considerable talents of the boys we teach. The immense success of this society is evident most publically in the prizes won by our students. Conor McKee has most recently been named as a Foyle Young Poet of the Year, following on from other recently successful Tonbridgians Joseph McManners, Daniel Webb and Andrew Wynn Owen.

The English Society meets several times each term in order to expand the literary horizons of our students, with a variety of guest authors and poets delivering workshops and feature readings. Recent visitors have included Germaine Greer, Simon Armitage, Gavin Knight, the poet and photographer Martin Figure, Professor Kevin Jackson, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Christopher Reid (an OT and winner of the Costa Book Award for his collection A Scattering).

With a range of theatre trips to London and beyond, as well as the annual trips to the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the Arvon Foundation, the English department offers a wonderfully rich experience of English Literature.

Dr Jonathan Reinhardt

Head of Department

Mr John Bleakley

Second Master
BA, Trinity College, Dublin

Mr Richard Evans

Housemaster, Teacher
MA, University of Leicester

Mr Sam Farmer

BA, Wolfson College, Cambridge
MA, Royal College of Art

Mrs Sarah Pinto del Rio

BA, Leicester University

Dr John Shafer

PhD, MA, BSc, University of North Carolina & Durham University

Mr Nicholas Waywell

BA, Magdalen College, Oxford