Annie Evans - Housemistress of Jeanne House and Head of Spanish

Annie joined Dauntsey’s in 2011, is Housemistress of Jeanne, and is responsible for the smooth running of the Spanish department.

Annie has a degree in Spanish Studies and, prior to taking up a career in teaching, spent 14 years working in Public Relations in the car industry, including four years with Peugeot.

More about Annie…

What is your role at Dauntsey's & key areas of responsibility?

Responsible for the pastoral care of all the girls in the boarding house, and managing the house tutor team. This requires ensuring the girls are happy and have fun, whilst still achieving academically. I follow their progress in all areas including sport, drama, music and anything else they're interested in, getting to know each of them individually, and making sure they feel part of the community of the house.

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

The opportunity to immerse myself in the culture of Spain, which is still different to the rest of Europe - the Spanish are a passionate, emotional race, and this comes through in all their literature, film and even in the way they speak.

I also enjoy continually learning more about South America, a continent which is a never- ending source of amazement for me!

What do you enjoy most about life at Dauntsey’s?

The people - the staff and the pupils. They are (almost!) always fun to be with, and make me smile (usually!) every day.

How do you spend your holidays/time out of school?

I visit Spain at least once a year and I usually also go on activity holidays. I love cycling, kayaking, walking, and running. I aim to walk part of a long distance trail every year. I've done the Inca Trail, the Pennines Way, some of the South Downs Way and am now half way through the Coast to Coast.

Your favourite place on earth and why?

It’s hard to nail it down to one. I love Seville, Tuscany and the west coast of Scotland.

Which book is top of your pile right now?

"Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. It's about one of the ultimate long distance trails, the Pacific Crest Trail, and demonstrates brilliantly how therapeutic and healing walking can be.

Anything else you would particularly like to highlight?

I have a massive bucket list including; bathe an elephant, make a patchwork quilt and walk the Milford Track in New Zealand!

In the press: We speak your language

Languages are more than an academic subject. They are the doorway to other cultures and societies. In this article published in our In Focus Magazine we take a closer look at our approach to learning languages at Dauntsey’s – go to article