Tory Wilks - Head of German & Housemistress

Tory joined Dauntsey’s in 2005 and is currently Head of German.

Her stated mission is to keep encouraging good numbers of pupils to choose to study German, which is sadly no longer an option in many other schools.

Her other role is Housemistress of Upper School day boys House, Hemens House, where she works with a fabulous team of tutors to encourage the boys to work hard, play fair and be organised!

Tory also works for Pearson Edexcel as their IGCSE German Reviewer.

More about Tory…

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

The enthusiasm of our First Formers when they first string a sentence together; watching pupils' confidence grow as they realise they really can speak in another language; the many wonderful trips to Lindau, the Rhineland and Berlin and introducing pupils to the tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen!

I also love getting messages from former A Level pupils who have gone on to study languages at university and hearing about their experiences working and studying in Germany.

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

The willingness of the Dauntsey's pupils to have a go at anything!

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

Re-charging my batteries! Reading lots (my Kindle is one of my favourite possessions), cooking, dog walking - normal family activities. And ski-ing once a year - that is unmissable.

Your favourite place on earth and why?

I have come to love Berlin more and more - I first went there in 1982 and clearly remember standing on a platform on the west side of the Wall looking over at the Brandenburg Gate.

I still find it amazing that I can now walk through it and love seeing the changes that are taking place in East Berlin - even 26 years after the Wall fell. Going back there with the U6 each autumn is a real highlight of the year for me.

Which book is top of your pile right now?

Douglas Kennedy's The Moment - a brilliant novel that gives a fascinating insight into life in the former GDR.

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