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Staff list

Academic Year 2023/2024

All teaching and support staff may be contacted by email address.

Please address emails to


Cognita CEO: Frank Maassen
Cognita European Director of Education: Nicola Lambros
Cognita European CEO: Michael Drake
Chair of Governors: Nicola Lambros

Senior Leadership team

Helen HierHeadteacher
Mary LaylandHead of Prep School; Deputy Head - Academic; Head of Science
Rachel SmartDeputy Head - Pastoral & Wellbeing; Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nicola LambrosChair of
Zain Ul AbideenOperations Manager

Senior School

Helen HierHeadteacherMEd; BA (Hons) Spanish/Italian; PGCE
Rachel SmartDeputy Head - Pastoral & Wellbeing; Designated Safeguarding LeadBA (Hons) French/Spanish; PGCE
Mary LaylandDeputy Head - Academic; Head of Science; Head of Prep SchoolBSc (Hons) Biology; PGCE
Beth ChevertonAssistant Head - Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning; Deputy DSL; Teacher of SpanishBA (Hons) French/Spanish; PGCE
Leon YemmAssistant Head - Curriculum & Planning; Teacher of Computer Science; SIMs Champion BSc (Hons) Computing; PGCE
Kelly BurnsDirector of Teaching & Learning; Head of EnglishBA (Hons) English Literature; PGCE Secondary English
Kerry MurphyHead of Maths; Teacher of MathsMA Education; BSc (Hons); PGCE
Varuni RathkeyTeacher of Biology; PSE Co-ordinator;BSc PhD PGCE
Louise WilliamsHead of Art; Teacher of Art and TextilesBA (Hons) Art, Fashion, Textiles; PGCE
Diane TrenowethHead of Sixth Form; Teacher of Fine Art & GraphicsBA (Hons) Art & Graphic Design; PGCE
Laura BowenTeacher of PESports & Exercise Science BSC (Hons); QTS
Laurie Burgess Teacher of PEBSC Sports Science; PGCE
Matthew ColeTeacher of ChemistryBSc Chemistry; PGCE in Secondary Science
Jamie CorsiTeacher of PEBSC (Hons) Sports Coaching; PGCE
Grant JonesTeacher of PhysicsBEng (Hons), QTS
Sophie GriffithsALN Co-ordinator & Deputy DSLBA Hons Drama and Dance; PGCE
Huw DaviesTeacher of HistoryBA Hons Hist; PGCE
Jane EvansTeacher of BusinessBA (Hons) Business Education
Anna FarrowTeacher of GeographyBSc Physical Geography; MSc Environmental Conservation Management; PGCE
Michael GattCover TeacherBSc (Hons) Geology; PGCE Geology and Secondary Science
Alan JenkinsTeacher of ChemistryApplied Chemistry BSc; PGCE
Craig EvansTeacher of Maths; Data ChampionBSc (Hons) Mathematics, PGCE Mathematics (11-18); HNC Construction Management
Laure ParsonsTeacher of Modern Foreign LanguagesBA (Hons) MFL; PGCE
Paul ReesTeacher of MathsBSC (Hons) Maths; PGCE
Jason StaddonTeacher of Music; Perpipatetic Guitar TeacherBMus Guitar Studies; Masters degree in Music Composition; PGCE
Katherine WardTeacher of Life SkillsBSC (Hons) Food Studies; QTS
Jessica WebbTeacher of English; MAT Co-ordinatorBA English Literature; MA English Literature; Doctor of Philosophy
Paula WilliamsTeacher of English, Drama and Art BEd Drama
Anita PhillipsCover SupervisorBA (Hons) French; PGCE
Karen BessellTeaching AssistantAdvanced Apprenticeship in Early Years Care and Education
Kathryn PhillipsScience TechnicianMiBiol, HND Applied Biology; HNC Equine Science, Level 3 TA, Level 3 SEN

Preparatory School

Mary LaylandHead of Prep School; Deputy Head AcademicBSc (Hons) Biology; PGCE
Christopher EmanuelAssistant Head of Prep School; Prep School Teacher (Year 6)BEd (Hons); PG Diploma in Educational Management
Carmen VanderbrinkNursery & KS1 Co-ordinator; Numeracy Co-ordinator & EYSDSL: Prep Scjhool Teacher (Year 1)BA (Hons) Education & Early Years; PGCE
Claire KingPrep School Teacher (Reception); Foundation Subjects Co-ordinatorBA Childhood Studies; PGCE
Lucy EdyPrep School Teacher (Nursery)BSC Education Studies & Sociology; PGCE in Primary and Early Years
Kate SchofieldPrep School Teacher (Year 2); Foundation Subjects Co-ordinatorBSc (Hons) Psychology; PGCE
Kirstie PhillipsPrep School Teacher (Year 3); Literacy Co-ordinator Bed Hons Primary Education
Thomas LewisPrep School Teacher (Year 4)BA (Hons) Geography; PGCE
Lucy HarrisPrep School Teacher (Year 5)BSc Genetics; PGCE; QTS
Susan ClarkNursery Assistant CACHE Level 3
Loraine LedwellTeaching Teaching Assistant(QCF) Level 3 Diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning
Josie MorganNursery Teaching Assistant Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning & Development
Sarah RunnallsLunch Break Supervisor NNEB
Lisa CroleLunch Break Supervisor
Beth SimonsAfter School Club Co-ordinator; Lunch Break SupervisorCACHE Level 3 Supporting teaching and learning in school

Support staff

Adam MatthewsFacilities ManagerManaging Health & Safety
Lisa BrownFinance & Admin Officer; EVC & Transport Co-ordinatorBTEC Business Studies; IOSH
Fran DomachowskiSchool Secretary
Christina FarmerExaminations OfficerCACHE Level 3 Supporting teaching and learning in schools
Holly FowlkesAdmissions Registrar; Marketing Manager
Timothy SnookNetwork Manager
Christopher CouplandSite Manager
Fiona SmithSchool Administrator
Amy StephensHead's PABA (Hons) Education, PGCE Primary
Georgia WilliamsCommunications & Events Coordinator

Domestic Support

Tina Cuss
Julie Jones
Lorraine Lauder
Jodie Harman Orchard
Amanda Russell
Christopher Russell

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