The EAL Department is an independent department run under the aegis of the English department.
Victoria Browning
MA Leeds University, PGCE and CELTA
Head of Department

Victoria's qualifications include a Masters in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural studies from the University of Leeds and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from Bradford University. She also holds a PGCE and a CELTA. Victoria has taught in both the state and private sectors, across a range of ages and abilities and has worked in the academic publishing industry. She is a tutor in St Aidan's House. 

  • Matthew Torrens-Burton
    PGCE and the RSA Cert Ed
    Teacher of EAL and Classics

    Matthew obtained an Honours degree in Classics from Oxford University in 1988, before training and teaching English in a private college there to both foreign students and businessmen and gaining both the PGCE and the RSA Cert Ed [TEFL] postgraduate teaching qualifications. His other responsibilities include being a coach for Rugby, Cross Country and Athletics, Senior Set Carpenter in the Theatre, Master in charge of Beagling, Librarian and Tutor in St Hugh’s House.

  • Julian Allisstone

    BA (Hons), Adv Dip Counselling (Leeds), Regd MBACP
    Teacher of EAL and School Counsellor

    Julian Allisstone works primarily in pastoral care as School Counsellor and he is also an experienced EAL teacher. He is a Year 9 Tutor in St Cuthbert’s House, runs Student Councils Years 9-11, works in the theatre with Ampleforth Television, and links with the Chaplaincy regarding Confirmation facilities for Anglican students. He looks forward to welcoming newcomers especially, from all over the world.

  • Sandra Normand
    MA, Caen University, France; PGCE, Paisley, U.K.
    Teacher of French, Spanish and EAL

    Sandra Normand, a native French speaker, obtained her PGCE in Modern Languages from the University of Paisley in 1998 and, after seven years in Scottish state schools, taught for another seven years in language and state schools in Spain as a French and EAL teacher. She became Head of MFL at Kenton College, Nairobi, Kenya in 2012 and finally joined Ampleforth College in 2014, as a teacher of French, Spanish and EAL. Sandra also teaches French to Years 3, 4 and 5 at St Martin's and is a Year 9 tutor at St Hugh's House.

  • Miles Blackford
    MA, CELTA, MCGI
    Teacher of EAL

    Miles is the school CCF Contingent Commander.  He is also a tutor, a games coach and leads the student leadership development forum.  He joined the EAL department in 2010.  Since then he has taught PET, FCE and IGCSE (English as a Second Language).  He also has experience teaching English to adults and speaks Nepalese and Italian.

  • Helen McKell
    BA(hons) English Literature and Language and a PGCE in Secondary Teaching
    Senior Admissions Registrar and Teacher of EAL

    Helen McKell is the Senior Admissions Registrar. She has an Honours degree in English Language and Literature from Durham University.  Formerly an English teacher who taught in a variety of state and private schools from Year 7 to Year 13, she currently teaches EAL to students in Years 7 and 8, including preparing them for PET.