Jon Tyler - Deputy Head (Academic)

Jon joined Dauntsey’s in 2015 as Deputy Head (Academic) and oversees all things academic at Dauntsey's, as well as teaching History.

Jon gained a degree in History from Durham University and went on to teach at Ashford School in Kent before moving to Denstone College in Staffordshire as Head of History, Head of House and Head of Gifted & Talented.


More about Jon…

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

A student once bought me a mug that said, 'History Buff (I'd find you more interesting if you were dead)'.

I guess that's one way to put it, though I'd prefer to think that what most appeals to me about the subject is the fact that, by definition, History is about some of the most important and interesting events that have ever happened, with something for everyone. Whether it's the blood, guts and gore of battles that appeals, or the quest for power of ruthless individuals, or simply finding out more about how 'ordinary' people used to live, I'd have to do my job pretty badly for a student not to be intrigued by any of that.

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

The clichéd response is of course the pupils, but it's also the honest one...in most pupils' cases at least! Along with the staff, they contribute to giving this place a wonderful, friendly atmosphere.

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

Cheering on Arsenal. Moaning about Arsenal. Giving up on Arsenal. Rinse and repeat.

Actually, even more depressingly, it's usually spent catching up on work. But besides that and football, I do also enjoy weightlifting, watching mixed martial arts, and reading non-fiction.

Your favourite place on earth and why?

This may not be anyone else's favourite place but mine, but I've got to say Basingstoke - or Amazingstoke as it's known to us somewhat deluded locals. As much as I have enjoyed time spent in Singapore and Canada especially, Basingstoke is where I grew up and will always be 'home' to me.

Who do you most admire in public life and why?

It's hard to pinpoint one person, though Sir Trevor McDonald is up there. Partly for his services to journalism of course, but on a personal level because, as a university student, I once emailed him with a hopelessly ambitious request to interview him, and to my amazement he phoned me out of the blue and was very generous with his time. Nobody will ever hear about that (unless they happen to be reading this!), so it was completely selfless and certainly to be admired.

Which book is top of your pile right now?

I've just finished reading Invincible about Arsenal's unbeaten run back in the glory days, and have moved onto The Man Who Couldn't Stop, which is a fascinating look at living with OCD.

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