- Maria RainerBA (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 FosterBA, 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 ThurmanBEd (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 StarkeyBA (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 GermanyBA (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 RamsdenBA (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. In addition to teaching, Jacqui is also a sixth form tutor in St Aidan's Boarding House.
- Julian GodwinBEd (Hons) LeedsHistory Teacher
Julian qualified with BEd (Hons) from the University of Leeds in 1986. After leaving University he became Head of History at St. Martin’s Prep School (Nawton), and then, in 2001, at St Martin’s Ampleforth (SMA). From 2004 to 2018 Julian was Deputy Head at SMA, before taking a year off, walking the Camino de Santiago and spending a couple of months working at The Brompton Oratory. Julian enjoys travel, and has qualified as a self-employed Tour Manager for ‘Great Rail Journeys’. His interests include Catholic Liturgy, and Benedictine Monasticism in the UK and abroad.