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Meeting Christina Foord, head teacher of Tormead School in Guildford

PUBLISHED: 10:02 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:04 15 April 2014

Away from the busy world of school, Christine Foord enjoys reading and walking her dogs

Away from the busy world of school, Christine Foord enjoys reading and walking her dogs


As the head teacher of Tormead in Guildford, Surrey, Christina Foord already has her hands pretty full, but if she was PM for the day, she says she’d establish what would be in the best interests of all schoolchildren – and then stick with it!

Pupils at Tormead enjoying an art class at the schoolPupils at Tormead enjoying an art class at the school

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?

I think I would probably have become a lawyer.

What were your favourite lessons when you were at school?

English, history and games.

Was there any type of school dinner that you couldn’t stand?

Many – but particularly parsnips (masquerading as chips!) and semolina.

How do you like to relax?

Mostly by either reading or walking the dogs.

Which is your favourite film?

My Left Foot – the true story of Irish cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown, played by Hugh O’Conor as a child and Daniel Day-Lewis as an adult.

So, your Desert Island Disc…?

It would have to be the slow movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

If you were Prime Minister for one day, what’s the first thing you’d do?

Talk to the teaching associations across all sectors to establish what is wanted in the best interests of the nation’s schoolchildren and then stick with it!


School of thought...

Maths or English?

English, because it allowed me to appreciate wonderful literature, then to teach it and ultimately end up where I am today.

School dinners or packed lunch?

In my schooldays, packed lunch, but now school dinners – the catering team here is fantastic.

Newsletter or Twitter?

Both but with a preference for the newsletter as I’m quite fond of words, and lots of them.


Tormead, Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD. An independent day school for girls aged from four to 18 years. Tel: 01483 575101 /

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