More about Ben Evans

I am Devonshire born and bred and spent a large part of my childhood on Dartmoor where we still have a house and my mother breeds Dartmoor ponies. I enjoyed lots of riding across the moor and worked at a trekking centre for years during the holidays, plus broke horses to harness – quite a dangerous occupation at times.

I graduated from the University of Exeter with a 2:1 (Hons) degree in History and Archaeology and qualified as a secondary History teacher with games a year later.  While at University I was a member of the Officer Training Corps for 3 years (passed MTQ1 and 2) and a CCF instructor.

My first appointment was at Bramdean School (3-18 independent school) where I was a resident Housemaster and Head of History.  I also qualified as a Level 1 ECB coach, RFU referee and Life guard.  I coached all sports including girls’ games and swimming, and started running half marathons and London marathons – maybe there is one more left in me?!  I also played for the Exmouth RFC (3rds).

I moved on to Brighton College as Head of History. I continued to coach games and swimming, and accompanied the cricket team to South Africa on a 3 week tour.

I then went Back to Bramdean as Deputy Head.

My next move was further afield – this time to Sri Lanka to be the Deputy Head at The British School in Colombo (I was also KS2 co-ordinator and Year 5 teacher). After two years I took over as Head and by the time I moved back to the UK in July 2012, there were 760 pupils on roll. I reorganised the curriculum, assessment, management structure and resource levels and we had waiting lists in most year groups.

Whilst in Sri Lanka I played for the Puffins RFC, enjoying matches against the Army, Navy and Police teams.

I met my wife, Alexandra, whilst in Sri Lanka and we married in 2008. Our son Edward was born in 2011, followed by our son Thomas in 2014.


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