Mr J D Leigh (JDL) – Head of History.
6th Form Tutor
Mr Leigh has a particular interest in the History of American Civil Rights and a love of all things Roman. He studied a wide expanse of History at Churchill College (University of Cambridge). Mr Leigh teaches all year groups, and currently specialises in Modern American and Russian History at A-level. He also teaches the GCSE Modern World courses, and the new GCSE Option A covering warfare. Beyond the gates of Hinchingbrooke Mr Leigh works as an examiner at GCSE for OCR and as a consultant for the Princes Teaching Institute. Mr Leigh is also a keen supporter of Leicester City Football Club and relaxes by reading historical novels with a good cup of coffee.
History Base Ext. 5761
Mr C Westbury (CIW)
Second in Department
Mr Westbury studied Ancient History and History at the University of Leicester, taking a particular interest in late Roman history and the history of the British Empire. He teaches all year groups across the school. At A-Level, he specialises in ‘The Tudors: 1485 – 1603’. At GCSE, he has worked previously as an examiner for Edexcel, focusing on Super Power Relations and the Cold War. A keen but unskilled cricketer.
History Base Ext. 5761
Mr T R Wheeley (TRW)
Assistant Head of 6th Form.
Mr Wheeley specialised in the Age of Revolution in 18th and 19th century Europe when he studied History at the University of York where he also gained his M.A. He teaches most year groups. At A-level his specialism is the English Civil War and he has recently authored and published the AQA endorsed text book on ‘The English Revolution’ . He also teaches the new A-level on Nazi Germany. He is currently working on a GCSE text book on the same period. At GCSE, Mr. Wheeley teaches the GCSE Modern World Course and the new GCSE Option A covering warfare. He has a personal interest in military history and helps organise the Year 9 Battlefields Trip and Year 13 trip to Russia.
Mrs K M Tandy (KMT)
Assitant Head of Global Society
Mrs Tandy specialises in 17th-century British History and studied Historyand German at the University of Exeter. She teaches all year groups, and at A-Level teaches ‘The English Revolution’ . Mrs Tandy teaches the GCSE SHP course on the History of Medicine and the American West, and also the new GCSE Option B covering medicine. In the past she has also taught the English Civil War and Modern Russia coursework units. Mrs Tandy and Mr Wheeley gave a talk on how people chose sides in the English Civil War. Mrs Tandy is a talented musician playing Piano and Cello, and singing.
Miss H Brown (HSB)
Year 7 Tutor
Miss R H Fender (RHF)
Year 9 Tutor
Miss Fender studied history at Swansea University before completing her Masters in Education at the University of Cambridge, and specialises in the medieval period and the long-nineteenth century. Miss Fender teaches all year groups, including the new GCSE Option B covering Medicine and the American West. Miss Fender teaches both breadth courses at A-Level, ‘The Making of a Superpower, America 1865 – 1975’ and ‘The Tudors: 1485 – 1603’, and has worked as an AQA examiner for the Tudor course. Miss Fender has a personal interest in public history and has co-led Sixth Form events at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In her spare time, she can usually be found enjoying the latest adaptation of her favourite literary classics.
Ms Nightingale (AN)
Ms Nightingale specialises in modern German and Russian history, although she would describe herself as ‘pretty rusty’ these days! She has a History and Politics degree and a PGCS in History and English, both from Keele University. She teaches the GCSE SHP course on the History of Medicine and the American West. Ms Nightingale doesn’t really have time for hobbies, but when the opportunity does present itself she likes to swim, read, garden and bake.