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Demelza Hills - Head of Complementary Curriculum & MFL teacher

Demelza joined Dauntsey’s in 2005. She teaches Spanish, is Head of the School’s Complementary Curriculum and helps support the School’s cross country running.

She also runs Dauntsey’s International Schools Project. She was previously a Tutor in Manor House and Lambert House. Demelza holds a joint Honours degree in French and Spanish and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

More about Demelza…

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

I love Spanish. It has allowed me to travel extensively throughout South America and meet incredible people and learn about cultures very different to my own. I have discovered literature and films that continue to open up a new world to me.

With my other responsibility running our Complementary Curriculum, I enjoy encouraging young people to explore beyond rigid boundaries and to understand how cultures and societies function. It is not only invaluable for their intellectual development – it is essential for their personal growth.

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

There is never a dull moment! It's so busy and productive. I love watching young first formers arrive, slightly startled and baffled, and see them leave the sixth form as confident, empowered young individuals.

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

I do as much as I can for the charity that I set up last year, Friends of SOLA (School of Leadership, Afghanistan) (UK) as I am passionate about education, in particular for girls in Afghanistan.

I catch up on my reading, I play the piano (slightly better than Les Dawson!) and I run - a lot. It's a good way to get out of doing the housework! I spend as much time as I can with my family too; I cherish time spent with my husband and children.

Your favourite place on earth and why?

My favourite place has to be the Himalayas in Nepal. The people are the most resourceful, resilient and humble I have ever met. I hope to take our children trekking there one day.

Which book is top of your pile right now?

I am currently reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist and have a huge wish-list on my Kindle.

Anything else you would particularly like to highlight?

I had a phobia of going under water but managed to learn to scuba dive. I learned a lot going through the experience of overcoming a fear. I have even done wreck dives!

In the press: Bursting the bubble

Education at Dauntsey’s isn't confined by the curriculum and doesn't stop at the school gates. In this article we examine how our pupils can actively engage with the issues of the day through a range of activities designed to help them to think beyond the confines of their own lives – go to article