About Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is a teacher, author and former school leader. He is Senior Director of Learning at Discovery Education.

After some years in the legal profession, Andrew re-trained as a teacher and has been a Headteacher, Deputy Head, Director of Studies, Housemaster and Head of English and Drama. He holds a BA (Hons) QTS from Bath and an MA in Creativity in Education from Kings College London. He is currently studying for an Ed.D at the University of Buckingham. He has taught in schools for over twenty years.

A prolific educational author, Andrew has written over thirty titles for several major publishers including Hodder, Harcourt, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, Rising Stars, Galore Park Publishing and John Catt Educational Ltd. He has contributed articles to the Times Educational Supplement and other educational periodicals. Andrew’s latest work is a seven-book series for John Catt Ltd entitled The Invisible Ink series.

Andrew is an educational consultant and motivational speaker, delivering INSET courses across the country and speaking regularly at conferences on creativity, character education and independent thinking. For educational training, authoring and regular blogs on teaching and learning, visit http://www.andrewjhammond.com

Andrew is the author of CRYPT, a five-book horror fiction series for teenagers, published by Headline. Andrew has performed live shows and attended book signings for his CRYPT books at Edinburgh Festivals 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Hay Festivals 2012 and 2013. He regularly delivers author visits, book signings and creative writing workshops in schools across the UK.

Click here to visit the CRYPT website and find out more about this exciting new series.

Andrew was Lead Author of the Independent Curriculum (IC Programmes for Learning), a new curriculum launched in schools in September 2011, and published by Galore Park Publishing.

Andrew has worked as an English Coordinator for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and as an English Common Entrance Setter for the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB).

Andrew lives in Suffolk with his wife, Andie, and their four children. He combines his role at Discovery Education with writing, training and keynoting at conferences across the UK and abroad.



CRYPT is the exciting new horror fiction series from Andrew Hammond.

Click here to visit the CRYPT website.


CRYPT Book 1: The Gallows Curse

Meet Jud Lester, star agent with CRYPT, the Covert Response Youth Paranormal Team

When a crime is committed and the police are at a loss, CRYPT is called in to figure out whether something paranormal is at work. Jud is their star agent.

Jud, unwillingly paired with Bex, has just landed his biggest case yet… there are atrocities in London, the like of which not even the police have seen before. And there are no explanations, no evidence and no suspects. The only think that links the attacks is the fact that survivors all claim to have seen ghosts – 17th century highwaymen to be exact.

The Gallows Curse is a fantastic blend of teenage spies, horror and the paranormal for fans of Cherub, Young Bond and Darren Shan.   Click here to purchase The Gallows Curse on Amazon.

Testimonials for The Gallows Curse:

‘This book has to be the goriest, scariest book I’ve read this year. It was gruesome, grotesque and barbaric – and I LOVED every minute of it.’

‘Fast-paced, gory, gruesome and smart, this first CRYPT novel is high action from start to finish.’

‘The Gallows Curse is an impressive debut from Andrew Hammond. This is sure to be a big hit with horror fans of all ages and I’m already looking forward to the sequel.’


CRYPT_TRAITORS_PBBCRYPT Book 2: Traitor’s Revenge 

‘We’re coming. The martyrs are awakening. Spirits are gathering. This will be our time…’

Strange shapes are taking form in London and York, emerging from the shadows, terrifying the residents. And who is the man who lies in a darkened bedroom listening to a voice that seems to speak from the darkness itself?’

Jud and Bex are dispatched to the medieval city of York. And the horrors they find there will rock the very foundations of democracy. But what is the link? Why are the same ghosts now appearing in London? And who is ‘The Master’?

Another gripping case for the CRYPT – and a race against time.



CRYPT_MASK_PBB_roughCRYPT Book 3: Mask of Death

A figure in a white mask swoops down a deserted hospital corridor towards a quarantined patient. Covered in black sores, the man can’t be saved by modern medicine. But then, the masked figure is not a modern doctor…







crypt-blood-eagle-torturesCRYPT Book 4: Blood Eagle Tortures

An ancient treasure trove off the coast of England. A lone diver, searching for riches. A horror unleashed. Once disturbed, the treasure’s protectors are out to enact terrifying revenge…








CRYPT Book 5: Guardians’ Reckoning

You may not notice them, but around the City of London sit ancient guardians. For centuries they have remained silent, watching over the treasures of the city. But now they have awoken…

Book Events

‘That was the most exciting author workshop I’ve ever been to!

Young reader, Edinburgh Book Festival.

‘Andrew had a superb rapport with the pupils, taking time to speak to as many as possible.  The Library was buzzing over the lunch break and everyone felt that Andrew had sprinkled his own brand of stardust (or should I say energy) over Prep School.’ Head of Library, Bromsgrove School, Autumn 2014



Andrew Hammond regularly carries out author visits, book signings and writing workshops across the country, where he reads excerpts from his CRYPT series, takes questions and runs inspirational writing workshops to motivate children to get writing.

Please click here to visit the CRYPT website.

Click here for one school’s write up of Andrew Hammond’s recent author visit: ANDREW HAMMOND – Website write up

If you would like Andrew Hammond to visit your school, library or bookstore, please get in touch: andrewhammond2@me.com

Andrew’s fees are:

Author visit/writing workshop fees:  £850 for a full day / £550 for half a day / £350 for an evening – plus travel expenses




Event Title



26 Sept Author visit and writing workshop at Prestfelde School 9.15am Prestfelde School, Shrewsbury
04 Oct Book signing and workshop at Oriel High School, Crawley 10.45am Oriel High School, Maidenbower, Crawley, West Sussex
04 Oct Book signing and workshop at St Wilfred’s School, Crawley 2.40pm St Wilfred’s School, Crawley, West Sussex
04 Oct Author visit and book signing at Copthorne School 4.30pm Copthorne School, Copthorne, West Sussex
06 Oct Book signing and writing workshop at Haven High Technology College 10.00am High Technology College, Boston
06 Oct Public book signing at Waterstones Bookshop, Boston 1.45pm Waterstones Bookshop, Boston
07 Oct Book signing and writing workshop at Norwich School 10.15am Norwich School, Norfolk
07 Oct Book signing and writing workshop at The Hewett School, Norwich 2pm The Hewett School, Norwich, Norfolk
10 Oct Public book signing at Swindon Headspace Library 5pm Swindon Headspace Library, Regent’s Circus, Swindon
11 Oct Author visit and historical talk at RGS History Society 4.30pm The Royal Grammar School, Guildford
18 Oct Author visit and talk about writing as a career, Northampton School for Boys 11am Northampton School for Boys, Northampton
20 Oct Author visit and book signing at St Andrew’s CofE Boys High School, Worthing 12.10pm St Andrew’s CofE Boys High School, Worthing
03 Nov CRYPT launch party, Clerkenwell, London 6.30pm St James Church, Clerkenwell, London
26 Nov Public book signing at Waterstones Bookstore, Bury St Edmunds 12pm Waterstones Bookstore, Bury St Edmunds



More CRYPT author events and signings 

Date Venue
1 March Kingswood School, Epsom
2 March Reigate Grammar School, Reigate
5 March Silverdell Books, Lancashire
6 March Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate
8 March Coppleston High School & Claydon High School, Ipswich
9 March Northampton School, Northampton
12 March City of Portsmouth Boys’ School
13 March Hamble Community Sports College, Southampton
14 March St Wilfrid’s School, Crawley
14 March Copthorne Prep School, Copthorne
16 March Long Stratton High School, Norwich
22 March Danes Hill Prep School, Oxshott, Surrey
28 March Rokeby School, Wimbledon
30 March Hay Festival Scribbler tour begins
4 April Whitgift School, Croydon
21 April Old Vicarage School, Derby
22 April Princethorpe College, Rugby
1 June Hay Festival schools event
2 June Hay Festival public event
29 June Greshams School speech day, Norfolk
30 June Longacre School speech day, Guildford
5 July Hosting the Amazing Book Awards, Worthing
6 July Danes Hill school speech day, Oxshott
24 August Edinburgh International Book Festival – schools event
25 August Edinburgh International Book Festival – public event
5 October Bath Kids Literary Festival – schools/public events


Educational Training

Andrew Hammond continues to deliver CPD training in schools across the UK and speaks at conferences on character education, creativity, motivation, independent thinkingactive learning, philosophy in schools and AfL. He has twenty years classroom experience and is regarded as a highly motivational and inspiring speaker

In 2018, Andrew delivered a TEDx talk on ‘Culture before Curriculum’. You can watch his TEDx talk here

Visit Andrew’s educational site: http://www.andrewjhammond.com


An inspiring INSET which got all of the teachers talking and enthused by creativity in the classroom.  Andrew was an excellent motivational speaker and we are looking forward to welcoming him back in January.‘ Deputy Head (Academic), Edge Grove School.

‘Thank you to Andrew Hammond for a fascinating insight into Thinking Skills & philosophy in the classroom. Recommended!’ Headmaster Adcote School.

Andrew recently attended our summer INSET training and delivered a very inspiring and thought provoking session on teaching and learning.  Many of our teachers stated that is was one of the best insets they had ever attended.  The style of the presentation was full of energy and conviction and the proof of success for us is that our teachers have been inspired to try new ideas, techniques and practices from day one of the new term.  I would highly recommend Andrew, he is very engaging, not afraid to challenge and offers innovative ideas that will ultimately enrich the educational experience for children.’ Proprietor, Finborough School, Suffolk.

Andrew has delivered the following CPD training in schools:

Venue Theme of course delivered
Ackworth School Building character in education
Adcote School Active learning and independent thinking
Adcote School Philosophy and thinking skills
Ardingly College Teaching for Motivation
Barrow Hills School Preparing for Common Entrance English
Benenden School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Blundells School Independent thinking; Creativity in education
Copthorne School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Cottesmore School Creative writing workshop; CE English
Cranleigh School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Cranleigh School Preparing for Common Entrance English
Dame Bradbury School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Danes Hill School, Oxshott Creative writing workshop
Danes Hill School, Oxshott Guest speaker at Prizegiving
Davenies School Independent thinking; AfL; Creativity in education
Dulwich Prep School Independent Curriculum; Active learning
Edge Grove School Active Learning and Independent Thinking
Glasgow Academy The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Gleddings School Learning about thinking and thinking about learning
Gleddings School Teacher as storyteller
Gresham’s School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Gresham’s School Guest speaker at Prizegiving
Great Ballard School Encouraging creativity in learning
Finborough School Teaching for curiosity, independent thinking
Haslemere Prep School Supporting your child’s learning – parent workshop
Hazelwood School English for Common Entrance
Hurstpierpoint College Creative writing workshop
Kingswood School Teaching in the 21st Century
Knightsbridge Prep School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Longacre Prep School Guest speaker at Prizegiving
Lyndhurst School High Achievement & Potential / Gifted & Talented
Mill Hill School, Grimsdell Pre-Prep Teaching for curiosity and independent thinking
Notting Hill Prep School Independent Curriculum / Active Learning
Oakhyrst Grange  School Independent thinking and active learning
Old Buckenham Hall School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Old Vicarage School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Papplewick School Managing an English Department
Port Regis School English for Common Entrance
Prestfelde School Reading and writing for Common Entrance
RGS The Grange School English across the curriculum
Rokeby School Writing stories
Sedburgh Prep School Raising standards through creative teaching
Sedburgh Prep School Differentiating to meet individual needs
Sevenoaks School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Servite RC Primary School Teaching for Motivation; Motivating staff
Spratton Hall School Literacy across the curriculum
St Andrew’s Pangbourne The Independent Curriculum, lead author
St Teresa’s School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
St Helen’s College Creativity in education; Assessment for Learning
Sutton Valance School Teacher as storyteller; teaching for creativity
Sutton Valance Prep School Teaching for Character
Thames Ditton Primary School Teaching for Motivation
Thomas’ School, Battersea The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Trevor-Roberts School, London Active learning; Teaching for motivation
Twyford School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
University College Junior School Literacy across the curriculum
Upton House School Teaching in the 21st Century
Vita et Pax School The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Wetherby Prep School Creative writing workshops
Windlesham House School English workshops
Andrew has delivered keynote speeches at the following conferences:
Venue Subject of speech delivered
ISA Heads Conference 2017 Teaching for Character (The Hidden Curriculum)
Suffolk Festival of Learning 2016 Developing Character in Education
Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance Teaching for Character
Institute of Education / UCL The Realities of Leadership
Wellington College The future of Common Entrance
Marlborough College Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Charterhouse Bursar’s Conference The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Port Regis 21st Director of Studies Conference Independent thinking; Assessment for Learning;

Creativity in education

Cheltenham College The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Hurstpierpoint College English across the curriculum
IAPS Science Conference Curriculum development and assessment
SMIS Conference Character in education
Orley Farm Conference Motivating teaching staff
FSM Maths Conference The Independent Curriculum, lead author
IAPS Director of Studies Conf. Independent thinking and learning
Haslemere School Conference Teaching for Creativity
Glasgow Academy Gifted and Talented Conference Supporting the gifted and talented / High Achievement & Potential Policy
CMRE/SPA conference, London The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Old Buckenham Hall Conference The Independent Curriculum, lead author
Hazlegrove School Conference The Independent Curriculum, lead author
IAPS English conference Public Speaking and Debating (Course Director)
IAPS English Conference Writing for Common Entrance (Course Director)
IAPS English Conference English across the curriculum (Course Director)
IAPS English Conference Pre-Prep English and developing writing
IAPS Pre-Prep Heads’ Conference Teacher as storyteller
IAPS Teaching Conference Assessment for Learning
IAPS Pre-Prep Heads Conference After dinner speaker, theme: creativity in education
Girls’ School Association (GSA) Key note speaker – motivation in staff and students

Andrew can be booked for:

– INSETs for teachers (full day, half day, twilight sessions)

– Curriculum consultancy work / mentoring

– Summer workshops (on all aspects of English / Drama / Study Skills)

– Author events and signings to present his CRYPT series, tell ghost stories and inspire young writers to write

Andrew Hammond is Lead Author of the Independent Curriculum (IC) published by Galore Park and launched in schools in September 2011.

Click here to visit the IC website.

To book Andrew Hammond for conferences and CPD in schools, please email: andrewhammond2@me.com or telephone: 07725 874906

Recent testimonials from delegates, teachers and pupils:

‘What an inspirational day! My mind is absolutely buzzing! I feel rejuvenated to return to the classroom again!’

‘I learned more today than I did in my entire PGCE year. Brilliant.’ 

‘I felt a valued member of the course. The pro-active nature of the day allowed delegates to feel genuinely part of the process – almost exciting really!’

‘Very witty and engaging. Andrew Hammond was so enthusiastic. Inspirational!’ 

‘Andrew Hammond’s talk was relevant, realistic and inspiring.’

 Andrew’s standard fees (excl VAT) are:

Full day INSET –  £1050

Half day INSET – £750

Twilight INSET – £450

Parents’ session / after dinner speech – £450

Pupils’ reading/writing workshops: (day) £850  (half day) £550

Author visit/signing/workshops: (full day) £850, (half day) £550


Andrew Hammond has been authoring books since 2001. He has written over thirty titles for several major publishers including: Headline, Harcourt, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, Rising Stars and Galore Park and John Catt Educational and contributed to numerous educational magazines and other publications.

The Gallows Curse is the first title in Andrew’s  horror fiction series, CRYPT, for young adults published by Headline. A Traitor’s Revenge, book 2 in the series, was published in March 2012. Bk 3, Mask of Death was published in September 2012, Bk4: Blood Eagle Tortures was published in March 2013 and the final title in the series, Bk5: Guardians Awakening was published in September 2014.

Andrew’s writing credits to date include:

Published texts:

Published articles and papers:


You can contact Andrew via:

Telephone: 07725 874906

Email:  andrewhammond2@me.com

Twitter: @AndrewJHammond

Educational website: www.andrewjhammond.com