Dr Christopher Vowles
BA, MA, PhD PGCE (London), MPhil (Dublin)
Head of English

Christopher  read English at Goldsmiths College, London and Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin before completing a PhD on the history of London's little magazines since the 1950s. Prior to joining Ampleforth, he taught English in a London secondary school and poetry at the University of London.  Christopher has published academic articles on Samuel Beckett and chess, the Chap manifesto and retro-social sub-cultures, and GCSE examination practices.  He is also a tutor in St Margaret's House.

  • Daniel Davison
    MA (Edinburgh), PGCE (Buckingham)
    Assistant Head of English

    Dan is a former student of the College, who has been an Assistant Housemaster in St Thomas’s and a sixth form tutor since returning in 2009. An enthusiastic reader and teacher of Shakespeare, Irish literature and poetry, Dan also oversees the half-termly publication of ‘Ampleforth News’ and other student publications. He also coordinates the College’s live streaming of outside theatre productions.

    Dan is also a Sixth Form Tutor in St Thomas’s House; Seniors Third XV Rugby coach

  • Asta Mihkelson
    BA (Leeds), E.Ed (Bath), PGCE (Birmingham), PAPAA
    Teacher of EAL and English Teacher

    Asta has taught in a number of schools across the world since completing her first degree in theatre arts. Before arriving at Ampleforth, she taught in day, boarding and special schools in Mexico, Uganda, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Ukraine and Turkey. She teaches English, Art and Design, and Drama and Theatre Studies while coordinating special educational needs provision at Ampleforth and St Martin’s.

    Asta is also the Head of Learning Support 

  • Caroline Day
    BA (Hons) (Leeds), PGCE (York)
    English Teacher

    Caroline read English and History at the University of Leeds, specialising in Gothic and Feminist literature. She subsequently taught English and was Assistant Head of year 9 at a rural secondary school before continuing her teaching career at Harrogate Grammar. She has been an Examiner and Moderator for AQA for the past 4 years. Caroline also Housemistress in St Bede's. 

  • Eleanor Richmond
    BA (Hons) (Queen's Belfast), G. Dip. (Aukland)
    English Teacher

    Eleanor read English at Queen’s University Belfast and trained to teach in New Zealand before returning to work at an Academy school in her native Yorkshire. When she isn’t teaching students to love literature, she enjoys playing and coaching netball and attending the theatre.

    Eleanor is also a Year 9 & 10 Tutor in St Bede's, Head of Cross Country and Co-Ordinator of the Friendship Holiday.   

  • Dr David Moses
    MA (Hons) English Literature (Edinburgh), PhD in Medieval Literature and Theology (Edinburgh), PGCE (Buckingham)
    English Teacher

    Dr David Moses has, since 2005, had many roles at Ampleforth, including Master of The Wine Society, Head of Music Scholars and Housemaster of St John’s House. Dr Moses went to Edinburgh University as a mature student, from which university he took a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature. Dr Moses taught at Edinburgh between 2000 and 2005, specialising in Literary Theory, Medieval Literature, and the Scottish Novel. During this time he researched for a PhD in Medieval Literature and Theology and was awarded his doctorate in 2003. He continues to research and publish articles and reviews in academic journals on a number of topics in Medieval Literature and is a specialist on the works of the late medieval Scottish poet Robert Henryson. David is also the Head of School at St Martin's Ampleforth Prep School.