Dennis was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and the University of Manchester, where he graduated in Modern Languages and completed a PGCE with Distinction. He was a languages assistant at the Institution Notre Dame in Valenciennes, France, for three years. He taught French and German in two Yorkshire schools and at the same time completed a part-time BD Degree at King’s College, London. He was appointed to an assistant head post at Chase School, Enfield, and subsequently moved to Kettering to become deputy head teacher at Bishop Stopford CE High School. He moved back to his native Yorkshire on his appointment as Headmaster of St Aidan’s CE High School in Harrogate in 1989 – a post he held, very successfully, for 23 years. Whilst at St Aidan’s he completed an MA in Theology with Distinction at Leeds University.
In 2007 he received two major national awards; the Ted Wragg Teaching Award for Lifetime Achievement, and an OBE for services to education. He has had an advisory role with a number of national education boards including QCA and the General Synod.
He is Hon. President of Pannal CC and the North Yorkshire Schools Cricket Association, and still teaches modern languages at St John Fisher. He has recently been appointed to the RFU World Cup 2015 Legacy Board and is also Chair of Governors of a multi-cultural school in Bradford. He brings an unrivalled wealth of educational experience to the board at Cundall Manor.