Full name:

Benedict Thomas Antony Pennington.

Where did you grow up?

Doncaster and Dubai.


Barlborough Hall School (under the stewardship of Mr Lowery), Ampleforth College, Bristol University (Undergraduate), Oxford University (PGCE), Buckingham University (Masters).

Your current role at King’s Ely and how long you have been a member of staff here:

Deputy Head of King’s Ely Senior since September 2018.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

The positivity around King’s Ely. The school is a great place and the future is exciting.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

Sport – although apart from trying to keep fit, it mainly involves ferrying my two children to varying sporting commitments and growing increasingly frustrated on the side-line!

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Older until 21, then younger.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

To understand and speak all languages.

What was the last book you read?

I’d recommend anything by Dave Eggers, I also loved ‘Legacy’ by James Kerr. However, the last book I read was ‘The Sacred Combe’ by Simon Barnes.

What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?

‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis.

What is your favourite film?

I can’t split ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’.

Do you have any phobias or fears?


Name three things you would want with you if you were stranded on a desert island for a week:

If it was only for a week, I’d want a luxury hammock, a fully loaded Kindle and a large supply of chilled Domaine Leflaive Batard Mountrachet (2005).

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