Tom Holland

Trust Leader for Social Studies

BA (Hons.) in Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University / Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Sciences, University of Leicester

“I love teaching the Social Sciences as it has the ability to make society and the world we live in come to life. It also gives students a critical voice and ability to challenge status-quo ideas about how society is structured and the hierarchies that exists within it. I like working for a school and trust that is inclusive and supportive.”

I was born in London, Hackney Homerton Hospital and lived in London until I was six. I then moved around the country until I ended up in Derby at the age of fifteen. I attended Littleover Community School. This was a large, multi-cultural comprehensive with students from a range of different backgrounds and life experiences. I loved my time at this school; it gave me opportunities to become involved in music and sports, resulting in me captaining the school basketball team.


I was inspired to take Sociology at A-level by my mum who is a lecturer at Derby University and a published Sociologist. I fell in love with the subject and the critical understanding of the world it gave me and decided to go on and study this at University. This gave me the confidence and drive to go on and teach it to students. I completed my teacher training at the University of Leicester and was taught by the inspirational Sociologist Tony Lawson. This gave me the skills and passion for education and its ability to change lives.