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Ayesha Webb - Head of Classics

Ayesha joined Dauntsey’s in 2014 and is Head of Classics. She oversees the teaching of Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation and is also a Tutor in King-Reynolds House, one of the two Upper School girls' day houses.

Ayesha read Classics at Queens' College, Cambridge. She enjoyed life in Cambridge so much she stayed on there to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Prior to joining Dauntsey's, Ayesha taught in Cheltenham for ten years.

More about Ayesha …

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

Classics incorporates every element of ancient Roman and Greek life, and therefore has incredible breadth and depth. The Greeks could estimate the circumference of the earth without calculators and theorise the existence of atoms, but they carried loose change in their mouths because they didn't have purses! I am always learning about something new and unexpected.

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

It's overwhelmingly friendly. It's a caring community at every level, from the Senior Management Team to the pupils who helped when I used to get lost in the School!

If you could have a “superpower”, what would it be and why?

I'd really like not to need sleep! There's so much I like to do (reading, sewing, painting, learning languages, sport, the list goes on...) that there's just not enough time in the day.

Which book is top of your pile right now?

The book pile is out of control at the moment, but Pompeii by Mary Beard has the lead.

In the press

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