Mr Michael Bevington
Position: Head of Classics, Head of Sailing
Qualifications: MA Exeter College, Oxford, MEd Open University
Telephone: 01280 818212
Life before Stowe
After studying Classics at Exeter School and Exeter College, Oxford and then a PGCE at King's College, London, I taught at Whitgift School. I came to Stowe in 1978.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
Greek and Latin poetry, especially epics like the Odyssey and the Aeneid. The more I study the wonderful world of Greece and Rome the more interesting and relevant it seems today. The internet has opened up a vast potential for discovering all sort of new things about the classics.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
Being part of an open and friendly community in a historic and beautiful setting.
What is your favourite Lesson?
Teaching gerunds and gerundives from beginning to end in 30 minutes!
What do others say about you?
It's said I know a little about Stowe's history.
I am a Sixth Form Tutor, take junior hockey teams and run the sailing, as well as organise visits and speakers for the Classical Society. I also look after the photographic archives and write articles and books on the history and iconography of Stowe House and garden. Since 1988 I have belonged to the Stowe Advisory Panel and its predecessors and am a trustee of Stowe's Hall Bequest.
Outside of Stowe, I am team leader for setting ISEB Common Entrance Classical Greek examinations. I have taken an MEd through the Open University and now act as a tutor for teachers taking a PGCE in Classics through Buckingham University. I am also chair of trustees for a national charity and help lead groups in a local church.