Paul Connor
MA History (King’s College, London); PGCE (UEA)
Head of History

Paul was appointed in 1994 having taught previously at Durham School from 1987-94.  He holds an MA in History from King's College, London, and a PGCE. In 1997-2003 and 2009-10 he was also Head of Careers.  In 2000, he was appointed Head of History.  Although he did his Master's research on the causes of the American Revolution, he teaches mainly 19th and 20th Century British and European History, especially French and German, from 1789-1945.  He runs the Senior History Society and is also a Tutor in St Cuthbert's House.

  • Maria Rainer
    BA (Hull)
    History Teacher

    Maria was appointed to the History Department in 2010.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History (First Class) from the University of Hull and qualified as a teacher through the Hull Citywide Graduate Teacher Programme in 2010.  She also organises the Junior History Academic Activity and helps with the College’s annual Friendship Holiday.

  • Gabrielle Foster
    BA, PGCE (Dunelm)
    History Teacher

    Gabrielle Foster read History at Hatfield College, Durham University.  Gabrielle joined Ampleforth in 2015 as a Teacher of History and Assistant Housemaster of St Edward's and St Wilfrid's House. She was appointed as Housemistress of St Margaret's House in 2017. Gabrielle teaches predominantly GCSE and A Level History and specialises in the English Reformation. She coaches hockey to the girls and boys second teams and runs the College Ski trip, Zambia expedition and is a chaperone on the Lourdes Pilgrimage.

  • Geoff Thurman
    BEd (Warwick)
    History Teacher

    Geoff was appointed to Ampleforth College as Head of Games and Teacher of History in 1986.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and History from the University of Warwick. He was Head of Games and Teacher of History for 25 years and now combines the teaching of History in Years 9-11, specialising in GCSE, with running the College’s outreach programme. Geoff is also the Housemaster of St Dunstan's. 

  • Chris Starkey
    BA (Oxon), PGCE (Buckingham)
    History and Government & Politics Teacher

    Chris Starkey read History at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and trained as a teacher at the University of Buckingham. He enjoys the opportunity to teach a wide breadth of topic areas afforded by teaching Government and Politics as well as History. He is the Assistant Housemaster of St Hugh’s House, and is always keen to discuss current affairs with the students there. A former Vice-President of the Oxford Union Society; Chris now leads the Ampleforth Debating Society.

  • Faith Germany
    BA (Warwick) MA (Newcastle)
    History Teacher

    Faith was appointed to the History department in 2018. She completed her BA in History at the University of Warwick and then went on to complete an MA in History at Newcastle University. Since gaining her teaching qualification in 2016, she has been teaching in Newcastle upon Tyne and has now relocated to North Yorkshire to take up a position of employment at Ampleforth. Faith is also a Year 13 tutor in St Dunstan’s house.  

  • Jacqui Ramsden
    BA (Oxon), PGCE (York)
    History Teacher

    Jacqui was appointed to the History department in 2018. She read History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, graduating in 2005. Jacqui worked as an administrator for ten years before training as a teacher with the University of York and the Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance.

  • James Sewry
    BA (Oxon)
    History Teacher

    James read History at Christ Church, Oxford, before joining Ampleforth College in 2017.  A keen medievalist, James enjoys the opportunity to teach early modern and modern history in the school.  Outside of the classroom, James helps with cross-country and tennis, and is also a Sixth Form tutor in St Bede's House.