Meet the Teachers – Katy Powis-Holt, Head of Politics

Where were you before Eltham College?

I was Head of History and Politics at Babington House School and before that I taught at Watford Grammar School for Girls.

What have you enjoyed so far about starting here? 

Political knowledge and the enthusiasm with which the students have followed the US elections, not just in the Sixth Form but across the school. I have overheard many conversations in the Lower School where they have been discussing how the Electoral College works and the news stories regarding postal votes.

What are you most excited about undertaking with students?

I always thoroughly enjoy the first couple of terms of teaching with new Lower Sixth students as Politics is a new subject to them. It’s very rewarding to see them begin to understand some of the key political debates in the UK and to start to apply what they have learnt to real world events. Sometimes they don’t realise how far they have come with their understanding of politics and that is really exciting to see. I can’t wait until we can start organising school trips again and I can take them to Parliament and hopefully to Washington!

Something students and staff may not know about you? 

I really enjoy playing music and singing even though I don’t have so much time these days. I joined my first choir at university and haven’t looked back! For a while I sang with the BBC Symphony Chorus and performed all over the UK and Europe; there is even some grainy footage on YouTube of me singing in the Last Night of the Proms! I met my husband whilst singing in the chorus of an opera production so I suppose that decision to join a choir at university was a good one!