Meet The Team

Matthew Routledge (Head of Department)

Matthew Routledge arrived as Head of Classics in 2014 after teaching at Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby as both a classroom teacher and as Head of Department, a time during which he was an examiner for OCR in both Latin and Classical Civilisation. Matthew completed a BA (Jt. Hons.) in Latin and Ancient History at the University of Nottingham in 2007 before gaining a PGCE in Secondary Education in Classics from King’s College, London in 2008. 

Matthew regularly runs Classical trips, both foreign and domestic, and has led sessions at King's College, London in training new Classics teachers. He is also a Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor to PGCE students of Classics at Cambridge University.


Matthew Christmas

Matthew Christmas is the Director of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning and came to RHS in September 2011. He has been Head of History at Sandroyd Prep School, Monmouth School, and the Lady Eleanor Holles School, as well as Deputy Headmaster at Felsted School and Headmaster of a British curriculum boarding school in Kenya. 

Matthew won a scholarship to the Queen's College, Oxford and was awarded a BA(Hons) in Ancient and Modern History in 1989 and his MA (Oxon) in 1993. His teaching specialisations, aside from Classical Greece and the late Roman Empire, include Modern China, the Third Reich and the Tudors. He teaches History, Classical Civilisation and Thinking Skills, as well as supervising the EPQ. He is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and regularly takes battlefield tours in the UK and abroad, including Europe and South Africa. He served in the Territorial Army, retiring as a Major. At RHS, he is an Officer in the Army Section of the CCF. He has twin boys and a daughter.


George Johnson

George Johnson joined RHS in September 2017. George was a pupil at Norwich School and went on to Pembroke College, Cambridge to study Classics. He is passionate about Latin and Greek and this has led him into teaching. George has completed a PGDipED with King Edward’s Consortium (Birmingham), gaining QTS. 

George is a keen writer and enjoys drama, particularly directing. He is also an enthusiastic cross-country runner and was a member of Cambridge University Orienteering Club. He knows the area well through a strong family presence in the region.


Holly Batten

Holly Batten joined RHS in September 2017. Holly was a pupil at Norwich High School for Girls before moving to study Classics at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Holly then completed her PGCE in Secondary Classics with Kings College, London in 2017. 

Holly has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award and is an accomplished musician, achieving distinctions in all of her Grades in piano and clarinet up to and including Grade 8. She played principal clarinet for the University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Norfolk County Youth Orchestra. Holly's music has seen her perform at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Holly is also passionate about nature, having volunteered with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.