Full name:

Elizabeth Mary Kate Corry

Where did you grow up?



Millfield, then King’s College, Cambridge for my undergrad and I’m just finishing my Masters at UCL.

Your previous role and place of work:

Before my MA I worked at Benenden, first as a Housemistress and then as Head of Year 10 and 11, as well as teaching French.

What are you most looking forward to about working at King’s Ely?

Judging from the staff and students I’ve already met, I’m going to get to be part of some really fantastic teams. I’m also looking forward to being part of a strong community that really values and develops the whole individual and celebrates their character as well as their achievements. When I was at school and even afterwards, Music easily meant as much to me as my studies so I really recognise how important it is to be able to discover and cultivate all your talents in a supportive environment.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

Music, taking my dog for long walks, photography, cooking, reading, riding, canoeing, travelling.

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

A vet! I grew up on a farm and I’ve always loved animals…but then I really thought about how I’d feel when not all of my patients had a happy ending and decided that perhaps it wasn’t for me after all.

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

Time travel.

What was the last book you read?

‘Female Authorship, Patronage, and Translation in Late Medieval France’, a real page turner! Now that my dissertation is over I’m reading ‘An Equal Music’ by Vikram Seth.

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

‘Eternal Flame’ – the original Bangles version NOT the Atomic Kitten abomination.

What is your favourite film?

‘The Age of Innocence’ – it’s a Martin Scorsese movie based on an Edith Wharton novel and it’s so beautiful in every way.

Do you have any phobias or fears?

Spiders and heights.

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

I suppose I can’t take my beloved Springer Spaniel, Gwennie, as she is not a thing so… my piano (complete with stash of sheet music), the contents of my bookshelf and an endless supply of Twinings English Breakfast Tea made just the way I like it.

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