Samuel Hirst

Lead Teacher of History and Extended Essay Coordinator

Originally from Bedfordshire, I completed my undergraduate studies at Newcastle University before completing my postgraduate teaching qualification at London’s Institute of Education. I started teaching history at Park Lane International School in 2016. After a couple of years away, I realised that I missed the school and city too much, so I have been lucky enough to rejoin in 2022.

In my role as a form tutor, I see it is a great opportunity to get to know the pupils on a more personal level, outside the restrictions of a subject lesson. I also use the time to get pupils thinking about current events and their role in the wider world.

I believe that history at school should be an engaging, exciting and rigorous subject. My aim as a history teacher is to create a classroom environment which is a place of debate, active discussion and enquiring minds.

One of my main interests is travel and experiencing new cultures. While I have seen much of the Czech Republic and Central Europe, there is still much to learn, so I look forward to continuing my exploration of the country and the wider region.