Staff profiles

History Department - Staff Profiles

Mr T. W. Butterworth BA (Southampton)

Tim read modern history and politics at the University of Southampton. After a university gap placement at Haileybury, he taught history at Ipswich School, and the Portsmouth Grammar School. He was Head of History and then a Housemaster at Aldenham School in Hertfordshire. Most recently he was Head of Sixth Form at Burgess Hill School in Sussex.

He is Housemaster of the Manor, our junior boarding house for boys and girls and he teaches history throughout the school. Tim’s interests lie in modern nineteenth and twentieth century British, European and world history topics.

Mrs E. M. Crozier BA (Lancaster), PGCE (Reading)
Housemistress: King-Reynolds

Emma is Housemistress of King-Reynolds House, a senior girls’ day house. Emma read history at Lancaster University, specialising in modern British and European history, with a particular interest in British social problems between the wars.

After teaching English in Madrid for a year, Emma did her PGCE at the University of Reading. She taught history and politics for four years at Furze Platt Senior School, a mixed comprehensive in Maidenhead, before moving to Tiffin Girls’ School as Head of History. She came to Dauntsey’s in 2004. She also leads the Dauntsey’s Running Club.

Mr M. C. B. McFarland BA (Nottingham), PGCE (Nottingham)
Second Master

Mark read medieval and modern History at Nottingham University before completing a PGCE and going on to teach at Trent College. During his time there he undertook a one-year exchange at The Peninsula School in Melbourne, Australia in addition to teaching history at all ages throughout the school and coaching the 1st XI as Master i/c Cricket. For his last five years at Trent he was Deputy Head Academic (Director of Studies) before being appointed Second Master at Dauntsey’s in 2003.

His historical interests include French Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and nineteenth and twentieth century Russia and Germany. He also coaches hockey.

Mr B. H. Sandell BA (Exeter), PGCE (Oxon)
Head of History

Ben read history with French at the University of Exeter before taking a PGCE at Lincoln College, Oxford. He is teaches history across the age range at Dauntsey’s, specialising in early modern European history.

Before coming to Dauntsey’s in 2010, Ben taught history, English and politics to A-level at both Haileybury in Hertfordshire and The King’s School, Gloucester. He has recently published articles on the French Wars of Religion, radical agrarian utopianism in the aftermath of the English Civil War and study skills at A-level. He is also a tutor in Farmer House and coaches cricket.

Mr J. A. Spencer MA (Bristol)

James read history at Bristol University, graduating in 1996. He followed this up with a Master's degree in 1997. He taught for six years at Charterhouse before coming to Dauntsey's in 2004.

His historical interests include France, Britain, South Africa, China and Japan.

Mr J. M. Tyler BA Durham
Deputy Head (Academic)


Jon read History at the University of Durham and was awarded the Thompson History Prize for the best performance of his cohort in the Final Examination. He then took a GTP at the University of Reading, during which time he also undertook a month-long teaching placement in Singapore. He then taught at Ashford School and spent five years at Denstone College in Staffordshire, where he was Head of History, a Head of House and also in charge of the Gifted & Talented programme there.

He joined Dauntsey’s in 2015 and is also the Deputy Head (Academic).

Mr C.W.W. (Bill) Wilson BA (Exeter), PGCE (London), Dip.Sp.L.D.
Head of Learning Development

Bill studied history at the University of Exeter, specialising in the central medieval period, with a particular interest in the history of monasticism. He then did his PGCE at the University of London Institute of Education.

Before coming to Dauntsey’s, Bill was Head of History and a Head of Years 7 and 8 at Sutton Valence, Kent, where he taught history throughout the secondary age range. He was then Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Christ’s Hospital, a large independent boarding school in West Sussex, where he also taught history and English. His main role at Dauntsey’s is, as Head of Learning Development, assessing and supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties. He also coaches hockey and cricket.