Head of Department – International Baccalaureate
Dr Paul Ellis
Deputy Head (IB & Co-curricular)
After six years as Head of English at University College School, Hampstead, London, Paul Ellis returned in 2010 to Stonyhurst, where he was a pupil at St Mary’s Hall.
He is particularly interested in Victorian culture (and was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Studentship at UCL to investigate the legal history and literary representation of forgery). His publications include articles in the Times Literary Supplement, Victorian Poetry, and the New Statesman. He has given seminars in research methods at the School of Advanced Study (Univ. of London) and papers at several universities on various nineteenth-century topics (e.g. Chartism, Dickens, women’s poetry), and reviewed for Blackwell’s and the Thomas Hardy Society Journal.
At Stonyhurst, he has fingers in many pies: he led the College’s successful application for authorisation as an IB World School (2012), and he now co-ordinates the IB Diploma, the Pre-IB (for non-UK students), and the Stonyhurst Learner Profile; he also oversees the College’s Co-curricular provision, with specific responsibility for the Activities Programme and the Interline Competition.
He loves cycling and cross-country running in the magnificent Lancashire countryside, which he finds replete with God’s presence. In between taking senior cross country and fell running, he teaches English. He is a devotee of William Blake.