Know your teachers!

Below are some interesting and little-known facts about some of your teachers at Rugby School. See if you can guess which teacher they belong to: the list of teachers’ names are at the end. 

Send your answers to Stella Spens, to try and win a prize! Answers will be published during the last week of term. Watch this space, and good luck!

  1. As a child, I was in an ITV drama, written by William Trevor, and starring Maggie Smith, and filmed on location at Bilton Grange.
  2. I used to work for AstraZeneca on new drug development.
  3. I read the news on BBC when I was 10
  4. I have conducted the Children in Need song twice live on BBC1.
  5. I am followed by Barack Obama and Britney Spears on Twitter.
  6. I got told off by Richard Dawkins for asking a stupid question
  7. My wingspan exceeds my height.
  8. I nearly drowned in the Nile when I was ten
  9. I once appeared in a short film alongside the person who created the TV channel ‘Dave’ (whose name is actually Dave, by the way!)
  10. I spent a year teaching in a Category A, ‘maximum-security’ prison.
  11. I was once on Iranian television as a belly dancer.
  12. I am an ex pro beach volleyball player.
  13. I cycled from Yorktown, Virginia to San Francisco, California (3830 miles) in the summer holiday of my first year of Uni.
  14. I can speak 5 languages including German 
  15. I kept scrapbooks full of the successes of Liverpool FC throughout the mid 70’s when they were winning the League and European Cup
  16. I met Stephen King and got his autograph. And yes he is scary.
  17. I own a 300 year old pub.
  18. I met my wife in Transylvania during my gap year
  19. I have scored a hole in one in a golf competition 


Mr Kurgansky
Dr Hancox
Mr Nicks
Mr Wright
Dr Crabb 
Mrs Robinson 
Mlle Durieu 
Mr Folker
Mrs Baker 
Mrs Stevenson 
Mrs Rosser 
Mrs Hampton
Mrs Waweru 
Mr Foulds 
Mr Robinson 
Dr Fowle
Dr Leamon 
Mr Day 
Mrs Lockhart-Mann

MFL Wine Society — By Stella and Iona

Inundated with pressure, deadlines and sleep-deprivation, the upper school linguists had the pleasure of emersing themselves in European countries through the beauty of four wines last Wednesday evening. Two red and two white wines were on offer for the night. The first wine, a Rainer Wess, Gruner Veltliner, from 2020 in Austria was provided by Mr Brown, who said that the trick in gaining as many flavours as possible in the aroma of the wine was to gently swill the glass and then place your (hopefully clean) palm of your hand on the rim of the glass for a couple of seconds and then smell the plethora of tangs omitted from the glass. Once achieved, people thought it acidic and even ‘green pepper like’. Some even mentioned that it was, ‘better than school wine’. Mr Foulds’ approach, however, was to taste the wine first and then consider its flavours. His chosen white was Muga Blanco, a Rioja from 2020. Students found it drier, but mostly it was preferred to the introductory. Then came the reds. The first, Niellucciu from Terra Nostra in 2019, Corsica, was rather pungent, but delicious with a meal. The aromas contained elements of citrus, some even went as far as to say earthy, however that was not agreed upon by all.

After the excitement of the first red, our glasses had their final refill. The concluding wine – a Nero d’Avola from La Ferla from 2019 in Sicily – was again, particularly pungent yet sweet at the same time. It received a somewhat warm audience, perhaps the Rugby School linguists are too young to appreciate a decent red wine. Mr Foulds alerted us to the compound of tannin, which he stated can be good for you in small doses. It was announced the prices of each wine and it can be concluded that we simply cannot tell the difference between a bottle worth ÂŁ7.99 versus ÂŁ15.99. So, after a whirlwind of a night, it is safe to say that the dining room of Kilbracken was brimming with enthusiasm. Stuffed with alcohol and knowledge, the Rugby polyglots had nothing short of a great evening, which is all thanks to our resident sommeliers, Mr Brown, and Mr Foulds.