Meet Mr Karl Vadaszffy, the Head of English. We spoke to Mr Vadaszffy to learn more about him and his role.
How long have you worked at the school?
I joined the school in September 2022 after having been Head of English at a secondary school in Hertfordshire for twelve years.
What does your role involve?
I’m responsible for managing the English department and the curriculum we deliver, but my primary aim is to instil a love of reading and communication in all the pupils we teach. We are trying to build and nurture a culture of reading in the school.
What is your favourite thing at the school?
There’s nothing more refreshing that walking onto the school grounds when the sun is shining. The grandness of the architecture, the vast space and the sense of history are inspiring.
Do you have any advice for our pupils which could help them to get the most out of their time at the school?
Embrace every opportunity you’re given. The school offers so much to pupils, both inside and outside of the classroom. Time passes quickly when you’re at school, so don’t ever hesitate when those opportunities arise.
What is your favourite book and film for our pupils and why?
My favourite book is Amsterdam by Ian McEwan. Gorgeous prose and a twist you can’t see coming. And my favourite film is The Usual Suspects, a brilliant crime thriller with… a twist you can’t see coming. It seems I’m rather fond of twists!
Could you share an inspirational quote with us? How does it inspire you?
Speaking about writing being rejected, screenwriter William Goldman said, ‘Do not let “no” stop you. Keep going!’ I found comfort in that message as the rejection letters I received after sending my writing to agents piled up over several years.
Can you tell us something that we might not know about you?
Since 2009, I’ve written five novels, the latest two of which were published by Orion Fiction under the pseudonym A.J. Park, and I play Anders, a sarcastic butler, in the murder mystery musical film, The Mystery of Mr E, which will be released on 25 November on Amazon. A couple of the film’s scenes were actually filmed here at Mill Hill School!