Ben Evans

Ben Evans

Head, Windlesham House School
Biography

Devonshire born and bred, Ben Evans spent a large part of his childhood on Dartmoor where his mother now breeds Dartmoor ponies. He enjoyed lots of riding across the moor and worked at a trekking centre for many years during the holidays, plus broke horses to harness – quite a dangerous occupation at times! He graduated from the University of Exeter with a 2:1 (Hons) degree in History and Archaeology and qualified as a secondary History teacher with games a year later. While at University he was a member of the Officer Training Corps for 3 years (passed MTQ1 and 2) and a CCF instructor. His first appointment was at Bramdean School (3-18 independent school) where he was a resident Housemaster and Head of History. He moved on to Brighton College as Head of History and continued to coach games and swimming, as well as accompanying the cricket team to South Africa on a 3 week tour. He then went back to Bramdean as Deputy Head. His next move was further afield – this time to Sri Lanka to be the Deputy Head at The British School in Colombo (he was also KS2 co-ordinator and Year 5 teacher). After two years he took over as Head and by the time he moved back to the UK in July 2012, there were 760 pupils on roll. He reorganised the curriculum, assessment, management structure and resource levels and had waiting lists in all year groups. Ben joined Edge Grove in Hertfordshire in 2012 and oversaw the growth of the school from 320 to 528 pupils, the relocation of the Nursery and the construction of a new, state of the art Lower School building. He was also an elected Councillor for Aldenham Parish Council and a Director of the Spiral Partnership Trust (a multi-academy trust of six primary schools). Ben has been at Windlesham House for just over a year, during which he has introduced flexi and weekly boarding, transformed Saturdays with the Windlesham Diploma and Challenge, introduced new academic phase leaders as well as a new timetable, moved the music school to a new refurbished space at the centre of the school. He has developed the Eco credentials with a new Eco shop and eco garden and created a market garden where the children grow vegetables and help tend the chickens. More initiatives are in the pipeline in this exciting period of growth. He met his wife, Alex, whilst in Sri Lanka and they married in 2008. They have two sons, Edward who is 10 and Thomas who is 7 as well as three cats.