Nick Hammond grew up in Norwich in the East of England and took History, Geography and Classics at A level. While at school he was actively involved in acting and sport. He spent a year in Minnesota as a Rotary Exchange student and then went on to study archaeology at the University of Cambridge. During his time at Cambridge he represented his college at rugby, rowing and cricket, and was Secretary of the college Wine Society.
After leaving university Nick worked as an archaeologist for a year and then decided to swap a muddy, wet trench for a rather warmer classroom. He achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford, where he rowed for his college. His first teaching post took him to Edinburgh, where he taught history at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College. While there, he ran their rowing programme and coached rugby football. A brief stay at Rannoch School in the Highlands was followed by a return to Eastern England, where he was Head of History, Director of Rowing and Deputy Director of Sixth Form at The King’s School, Ely. From there he moved to Bristol Grammar School to be head of Sixth Form and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to his Headship of The British School of Paris, Nick was Headmaster of Wisbech Grammar School in Cambridgeshire for six years.
Nick is a devotee of all aspects of cycle sport and has successfully cycled up the formidable Mont Ventoux, one of the most gruelling climbs in the Tour de France, no less than three times. Nick is an enthusiastic reader of modern travel writing, crime fiction and modern literary fiction. He also enjoys many aspects of the visual arts, particularly the works and careers of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.
Nick is married to Nathalie and their two sons attend the School.