Who's Who

Senior Management Team

 

W. Brooks, B.A., P.G.C.E., M.B.A. (Ed.)

Headmaster

 

W. Brooks, B.A., P.G.C.E., M.B.A. (Ed.)

W. Brooks, B.A., P.G.C.E., M.B.A. (Ed.)

Headmaster

Will went to Glenalmond College, in Perthshire before going on to read English, Sociology and Ancient History at Durham University. He completed his PGCE at Buckingham University and his MBA at Keele University. Will embarked on a fulltime career in teaching in 1999 at Bruern Abbey School where he taught Maths and English and was promoted to Deputy Head after three years in post. He then spent seven very happy years at Sunningdale before a short stint of two years at Port Regis – both as Deputy Head. Will and his family joined Brambletye in 2015.

What do you like most about your job? 

Spending time with the pupils and watching them thrive… that’s why I came into the profession in the first place!

Passion/Hobbies 

I am a frustrated golfer, gardener, artist and cook. I still play cricket, when time permits, and adore spending time with my family – preferably on a ski slope or on a beach.  I am also a lifelong supporter of Scottish Rugby – sadly this only adds to the long list of frustrations!

Best Brambletye moment 

This is a tough one – there are far too many highlights to pick from!

Sports’ Day is always a highlight for me (we’ve been blessed with great weather over the last two years) – it is an opportunity to formally celebrate all the major successes of the academic year, followed by some highly competitive sport. It’s a magical day that allows us to show off our children’s talents, both in the classroom and on the athletics track. It is one of those rare days in the school’s calendar when the whole community comes together to celebrate all that Brambletye has to offer. The competition even extends to the picnics and our parents certainly know how to throw a party!

If you weren’t a teacher 

When I was younger I had ambitions to play rugby for Scotland but I’d settle for running my own Safari Camp!

 

N. S. Hollamby, B.A., F.C.C.A.

Bursar

 

N. S. Hollamby, B.A., F.C.C.A.

N. S. Hollamby, B.A., F.C.C.A.

Bursar

Nick was appointed Brambletye’s Bursar in November 2014 and is responsible for all non-academic elements of the School. He is a qualified accountant and worked for a large accountancy practice before embarking in a career in schools in 2009.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the wide-ranging nature of the role – there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’.

Passion/Hobbies

Spending time with my young family and playing as much sport as possible.

Best Brambletye moment

Watching the children perform in the summer concert, it really was magnificent.

If you weren’t a Bursar..

I’d like to think I’d be a professional sportsman; however, there is a distinct lack of talent!

N. Holloway, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral)

 

N. Holloway, B.A., P.G.C.E

N. Holloway, B.A., P.G.C.E

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Nick read Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne before spending twelve years working for Bank of Scotland in London and Edinburgh.  In 2013 he left that behind and moved into teaching where he completed his PGCE and led a Science Department.  He joined Brambletye in 2017 as Deputy Head Pastoral and is also a Governor at Canford School in Dorset.

What do you like most about your job?

Teaching is the most incredible profession and the best thing about it is that it hardly ever feels like a job.

Passion/Hobbies

The great outdoors.  I am happiest up a mountain in crampons, skis or walking boots; on a river in a canoe; on the sea in a kayak or on a bike going down a rarely trodden path.  Chuck in a tent and a campfire and that’s perfection!  Time to do these things is at a premium these days with two small boys so when I’m at home I love fiddling around in the garden.

Best Brambletye moment

I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

One of the real joys of teaching is opening pupils’ minds to new experiences so I’m sure I would enjoy planning and leading expeditions to far flung corners of the world.

A. S.  Morris, B.Sc., M.Sc.,P.G.D.E.

Deputy Headmaster (Academic)

 

A.S. Morris, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.G.D.E.

A.S. Morris, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.G.D.E.

Deputy Head (Academic)

Andrew graduated in Zoology from The University of Edinburgh, before undertaking a Masters by research in entomology at The Royal Dick Veterinary College. When not being bitten by insects for a living, he became involved with teaching undergraduates as well as visiting schools and science festivals to engage the public in biotechnology. After studying for his P.G.D.E., Andrew moved into teaching full time and has never looked back. Working in private schools north of the border, he was a Head of Department and Housemaster, before moving to Mowden Hall School in Northumberland to take on the role of Assistant Headmaster. Andrew joined Brambletye in 2017, where he is responsible for the academic management of the school.

What do you like most about your job?

Having a passion for teaching and learning, I relish the opportunity to work with the different academic departments at Brambletye as well as across the age groups throughout the school. It is a pleasure to work with a dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled staff that are always looking for ways to engage, encourage and empower our pupils.  Teaching for me has always been about those “light bulb” moments that pupils have, building confidence and helping them to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Passions and Hobbies

Having spent a number of years in rural prep schools and living in the country, I enjoy anything that involves wearing wellies. I am usually squelching around with my family and Border Terrier on walks and much of our time away from Brambletye is spent in the North of Scotland. I am also always on the lookout for a chalk stream, spate river, loch or lake on which to fish and probably spend far too much time sorting out my fly box. I sometimes find time to squeeze in a pub quiz or failing that I enjoy shouting at the television during University Challenge on a Monday evening.

If you weren’t a Deputy Headmaster…

I’d like to think I would be working in radio production. I filled in the BBC  application form  but for some reason never put it in the post.

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S. A. Bird, M.A., Q.T.S., C.E.L.T.A.

Assistant Head (Pastoral), Head of Modern Languages, Boys’ Boarding Houseparent

 

S. A. Bird, M.A., Q.T.S., C.E.L.T.A.

S. A. Bird, M.A., Q.T.S., C.E.L.T.A.

Head of Modern Languages, Boys' Boarding Houseparent

After finishing as a boarder at The King’s School Canterbury, I went on to study at Edinburgh University. I have held many positions in senior schools, including Head of German, Head of Languages and Boarding Housemaster and this is my first post in a Prep school. 

What do you like most about your job?

Prep school education is all about giving children the best start to life and enthusing them for things which they may well keep with them forever – it is great to be a part of that.

Passion/Hobbies

As you might expect, I love my languages and enjoy traveling to different parts of the world. I particularly enjoy Northern France where I spend much of my holiday.

Best Brambletye moment

I still love the drive into school, overlooking the reservoir; I don’t think many people have that view just on their doorstep.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…

I can’t imagine doing anything other than working in a school; the work is challenging and you can make a real difference to people’s lives.

R. Parker, M.A. P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Academic), Head of History, Marlborough Housemaster

 

R. Parker, M.A. P.G.C.E.

R. Parker, M.A. P.G.C.E.

Head of History, Assistant Head (Academic), Marlborough Housemaster

Rory read Ancient History and was awarded a Distinction in his MA at Exeter University before going on to complete his PGCE at Roehampton University. Before coming to Brambletye he has worked as a Gap Student, as a class teacher in the maintained sector as well as being a Head of History at his previous school.   

What do you like most about your job?

I love the daily challenge of delivering my subject to a huge variety of age groups. I enjoy finding new and different strategies to enable every child to access the subject. I am passionate about making the subject ‘real’ and wherever possible linking it with other subjects across the curriculum as well as bringing it into context by referencing how it fits in with current affairs.

Passion/Hobbies

Very simply – sport and food! Although I am busy raising a young family I still love the thrill of competition. I continue to enjoy playing 5-a-side football on a weekly basis and – when I am allowed – playing rugby. I also have a real passion for cooking and I love learning how to cook new dishes. Although I did not necessarily enjoy Science at school I am fascinated now by the chemistry behind how dishes are made.

Best Brambletye moment

How to choose?! Marlborough’s rendition of ‘Africa’ was truly powerful and something I will remember for the rest of my life. Some of the school Charity concerts and school plays have been incredible as well. However it is the little one-off day-to-day moments I love the most.

If you weren’t a teacher  what would you be?

I can see myself running a small holding, growing my own produce, rearing my own livestock to cook with and sell at markets, maybe even opening up a pop up restaurant. I’m pretty sure it has never been done before!

Mrs D.M. Atkinson, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of EYFS & Pre-Prep

 

Mrs D.M. Atkinson B.A., P.G.C.E.

Mrs D.M. Atkinson B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of EYFS and the Pre-Prep

Dawn read ‘Political Theories and Institutions’ at Sheffield University before completing her PGCE at Durham University. She joined Brambletye in 2008 as Head of Pre-Prep. Dawn leads an outstanding team of Pre-Prep practitioners who work hard to inspire children with a passion for life and learning and the desire to be ‘their best selves’.

What do you like most about your job?

The belief that I can make a difference – no matter how small! I love welcoming children and parents each morning in the knowledge that every day brings new excitements, challenges and, opportunities to share in the awe and wonder that pervades the lives of our children and that can ultimately shape the citizen that they will one day become.

Passion/Hobbies

I love spending time with my family and Hector our cocker spaniel. I enjoy listening to music and I love going to the theatre. Travel has always been my greatest passion – meeting new people and embracing different cultures..what could be better?

Best Brambletye Moment

Every single time a child bursts into my office for a crystal! Eyes shining as they tell me ‘how they got their 3 jewels’ and the excitement of choosing the crystal that they will put in their house pot. Perfectly magical!

If I weren’t a Member of the Brambletye Common Room.

This is my ‘perfect’ job…but, being a rock journalist was high on the list for many years as was P.A. to a US senator!

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Headmaster’s Wife

Marketing and Communications

 

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Marketing and Communications

Amelia read Russian and French at Durham University, before working at Bloomberg LP. She joined Brambletye with Will in September 2015 and is fully involved with school life as well as being responsible for the school’s marketing.

What do you like most about your job?
No day is the same at Brambletye, but the level of youthful energy that fills the school is a constant. The children’s exuberance is contagious and the smorgasbord of staff talent is very inspiring.

Passion/Hobbies
I love travelling with my family, playing tennis, taking in the countryside on a walk with Hercules the dog, eating a lot and getting lost in a fantastic book.

Best Brambletye moment
Carols under the Christmas tree with the boarders and residential staff. It’s a tradition for the Headmaster and the youngest boarder to sing a duet and boarders and staff perform comic sketches and make music while the fire crackles merrily in the hearth. It is a proper old-fashioned evening that would be hard to replicate anywhere else.

If you weren’t a Headmaster’s wife…
This is my second career and I wouldn’t change it for anything!

Prep Teaching Staff

 

Mrs P. Andrews, G.Mus, P.G.C.E., LLB, LLM

Director of Music, Drake Housemaster

 

Mrs P. Andrews, G.Mus, P.G.C.E., LLB, LLM

Mrs P. Andrews, G.Mus, P.G.C.E., LLB, LLM

Director of Music, Drake Housemaster

Peta read music at Music College and then trained as a secondary school music teacher, before being enticed away to begin a new career as a Barrister. After being Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn however, the pull of creative music making was too strong and she returned to teaching.

What do you like most about your job?

Oh crikey….loads of things! I think that I especially like the freedom. Music is not an examined subject at C.E., so we have the flexibility to teach the children whatever we like about music: nothing more rewarding than introducing the children to Vaughan-Williams and Pharrell Williams within the same lesson! 

Passion/Hobbies

I enjoy gardening (when it’s sunny), exploring the gorgeous Sussex countryside with our black Labrador, Bramble and I love listening to The Archers. I am also a life-long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC and get to their matches whenever time (and funds!) allow.

Best Brambletye moment

FAR too many to mention as music lends itself very nicely to enjoying many wonderful moments. Off the top of my head a 40th birthday surprise for a colleague in the Rose garden, the last night performances of both ‘Oliver’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’ and the finale to the S ummer concert, where the whole school (and audience!) were involved in a performance of ‘Rule the world’! It was utterly amazing!

If you weren’t the Director of Music…..what would you be?

Well, having moved to the Law and then jumped back again, it would have to be something creative to fulfill that urge. So, an artist (even though I cannot draw), landscape gardener or possibly an actress. I think that I might really enjoy that!

Mrs H. Anson, M.A., P.G.C.E

Head of Classics, Latin, Greek

 

Mrs H. Anson, M.A., P.G.C.E

Mrs H. Anson, M.A., P.G.C.E

Head of Classics

Hilary read Classics at Downing College, Cambridge where she was the organ scholar. She worked in secondary schools in Exeter and London and also tried Headhunting for Financial Services for a year before having children.

What do you like most about your job?

The entertainment provided by the children. Even when you’re teaching them a dry bit of Latin grammar they will always make life more fun.

Passion/Hobbies

My three children and walking up mountains. We are also building a house from scratch this year.

Best Brambletye Moment

Latin lessons outside in the stunning grounds.

If you weren’t Head of Classics

I’d like to work for the Big Tree Climbing Company. They set up zip wires and tree climbing apparatus in huge trees all over the country and encourage children to try something they have never done before.

S. A. Bird, M.A., Q.T.S., C.E.L.T.A.

Assistant  Head (Pastoral), Head of Modern Languages, Boys’ Boarding Houseparent

 

S. A. Bird, M.A.

S. A. Bird, M.A.

Head of Modern Languages, Boys' Boarding Houseparent

After finishing as a boarder at The King’s School Canterbury, I went on to study at Edinburgh University. I have held many positions in senior schools, including Head of German, Head of Languages and Boarding Housemaster and this is my first post in a Prep school. 

What do you like most about your job?

Prep school education is all about giving children the best start to life and enthusing them for things which they may well keep with them forever – it is great to be a part of that.

Passion/Hobbies

As you might expect, I love my languages and enjoy traveling to different parts of the world. I particularly enjoy Northern France where I spend much of my holiday.

Best Brambletye moment

I still love the drive into school, overlooking the reservoir; I don’t think many people have that view just on their doorstep.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…

I can’t imagine doing anything other than working in a school; the work is challenging and you can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Mrs F.V.M. Bird, B.A., P.G.C.E.

French, Spanish,

Boys’ Boarding Houseparent

 

Mrs F.V.M. Bird B.A., P.G.C.E.

Mrs F.V.M. Bird B.A., P.G.C.E.

French, Spanish, Boys' Houseparent

Fabienne read English and Sciences of Education at Caen University. She moved to England in 2003 to work in a prep school in Dorset and to complete her PGCE.  Since this time she has worked in several schools, including Copthorne Prep and Royal Russell, where she was Head of Languages and helped run the boys’ boarding house. She joined Brambletye with Simon in September 2016 with whom looks after the Boys’ Boarding. She teaches both Spanish and French and also coaches girls’ sport.

What do you like most about your job?

Getting  stuck in! Life at Brambletye is very busy and brings lots of fantastic opportunities with it. I spend my time teaching in both the prep and pre-prep, running games sessions, taking care of the boys’ boarders and looking after my own children. Never a dull moment! The children here are fantastic – eager to learn, passionate about what they do and supportive of each other.

Passion/Hobbies

Simon and I are always looking for new adventures.  We love giving our children new opportunities to explore the world. We often go to our little place in France and visit the family in Normandy too.  I make the most of that “free” time to read, bake and swim.

Best Brambletye moment

“Dorm of the Week”, every week! I love spending time with the winning boarders, sitting downstairs by the fire, drinking hot chocolate, eating marshmallows and playing board games. This is a very simple treat but it means so much to the boys.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I’d run a stationery shop
OR
I’d be a midwife.

D. H. Brundish, M.A., P.G.C.E

Year 4 Teacher

 

D. H. Brundish, M.A., P.G.C.E

D. H. Brundish, M.A., P.G.C.E

Year 4 Teacher

David read Geography and Geology at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London before selling houses and then spending a year travelling around the world.  Upon his return he completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education before teaching in a UK school and then spent six very happy years teaching in Dubai, during which time he also completed an MA in Education.  Following this he returned to the UK and began work at Brambletye soon after.

What do you like most about your job?.

The sheer variety of opportunity for students at Brambletye is breathtaking and it is great to be a part of this.  One day you can be visiting the pigs on the lower field, before taking children on the zip wire or doing an English lesson in the tree house.  Another you can be producing amazing shows in the school’s Theatre or searching the school grounds for organisms as part of a Science unit.

Passion/Hobbies

My family is my passion and we spend many happy hours discovering the local area on days out or travelling further afield in the holidays.  Gardening is also a keen hobby, as is cooking, and when the time allows I like to pound out the lengths in a swimming pool.

Best Brambletye moment

I have had many precious moments at Brambletye but it is seeing the day-in day-out progress of children in my care that gives me the greatest satisfaction.

If you weren’t a teacher  what would you be?

If I weren’t a teacher I would happily work as a gardener; I’d ideally like to build my own multi-faceted outside space from which I could harvest produce to use in the kitchen.

Mrs M. J. Clark, M.Sc., P.G.C.E

Year 4 Teacher, Nelson Housemaster

 

Mrs M. J. Clark, M.Sc., P.G.C.E

Mrs M. J. Clark, M.Sc., P.G.C.E

Year 4 Teacher

Michelle hails from South Africa.  Her first job in the UK was at Great Ormond Street Hospital as an office manager before becoming a Mum and completing a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods.  When Michelle’s children started school, she began working  as a support worker with Young Epilepsy before completing a PGCE.  Michelle joined  Brambletye in 2013 as a Year 4 teacher.

What do you like most about your job? 

I enjoy the children’s enthusiasm for school and watching their confidence grow as they learn new things.  No day is the same and working at Brambletye allows you to immerse yourself in so many different activities on a daily basis.

Passion/Hobbies 

I enjoy being active and getting involved in the odd challenge, such as running a marathon or cycling 250 miles into France and back for the school charity.  I also enjoy relaxing with a good book or spending time with my family and friends.

Best Brambletye moment 

There are so many magical moments at Brambletye and it’s hard to pick just one.  Sports Day when the sun is shining is a fantastic day when the whole Brambletye community comes together and the Brambletye Ski Trip is a truly amazing experience too.

If you weren’t a teacher..

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a variety of jobs so far but if I had to opportunity to choose a different career I would love to be a doctor or an Educational Psychologist.

W.J.F. Denny, B.A., P.G.C.E

Mathematics

 

W. F. J. Denny, B.A., P.G.C.E.

W. F. J. Denny, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Mathematics

Will read Classical Studies at The University of Liverpool, then worked in London as a Recruitment Consultant before qualifying as a teacher in 2014. After 3 more years at a primary school in Norfolk, Will made the move to Brambletye in September 2017.

What do you like most about your job? 

The passion of the school from  everyone and the infectious enthusiasm from the pupils, along with their charming nature, has impressed me beyond expectation.

Passion/Hobbies 

I love sport. I am often seen with a hockey stick during the winter and a cricket bat or golf club in the summer. I also enjoy staying fit, but my love of food compromises this greatly!

Best Brambletye moment

Dorms Got Talent comes to mind straight away. The humour, enjoyment and talent on display was entertaining and lovely to see. A close second was the inter-house triathlon: seeing absolutely everyone give their all and the support shown by everyone watching showed the close bond there is here at Brambletye.

If you weren’t a Maths Teacher…

I’d seek a job with the ECB of England Hockey to promote cricket or hockey, respectively.

Miss J. A. Dunstan, B.A., Cert.Ed.

Year 3 Teacher

 

Miss J. A. Dunstan, B.A., Cert.Ed.

Miss J. A. Dunstan, B.A., Cert.Ed.

Year 3 Teacher, Head of Lower School

Judith read English at university before becoming a graduate trainee teacher at a primary school.  As a child she loved Jennings books so when she saw a teaching job advertised at a prep school, she eagerly applied.  Judith has taken one of the Year 3 classes ever since she started working at Brambletye  and is affectionately known by the children as Miss D.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy working with Year 3 and seeing them become increasingly independent and confident as the year goes by.  I also like being part of the boarding environment, holding baking sessions, and running activities with the younger boarders at weekends.

Passions/Hobbies

Baking and I have been known to have the occasional cup of coffee….!

Best Brambletye moment

The first time I found myself with a boy and a girl as new pupils, both of whose fathers had also been in my class.’ 

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…

A Personal Assistant.

C. J. Franklin, B.Sc. P.G.C.E

P.E, Mathematics, Religious Studies

 

C. J. Franklin, B.Sc. P.G.C.E

C. J. Franklin, B.Sc. P.G.C.E

P.E, Mathematics, Religious Studies

Chris played semi-professional rugby after leaving school, before going on to read Sports Development and Coaching Sciences at Bournemouth University. He joined Brambletye in September of 2012 as a graduate teacher and has since become a fully qualified teacher. During his time here Chris has been involved in many aspects of school life including being a boarding tutor and setting up the school’s smallholding project, as well as teaching maths, R.S., P.E. and games.

What do you like most about your job?

The atmosphere of the school. Students and staff get on really well and due to boarding nature of the school we, as staff, get to know our pupils on a much better level than we would otherwise.

Passion/Hobbies

I have a great passion for all sport, I think it is a vital part of anyone’s life and aim to instil the same passion in the students I teach. I still play rugby and cricket to a competitive standard and enjoy being responsible for the school’s smallholding.

Best Brambletye moment

Any Wednesday or Saturday when we have fixtures, the pride our students take from representing the school never fails to astound me. If not on the sports field then, as a house tutor I would have to say the House Shout competition, seeing all of the students on stage singing and competing for their house is a wonderful thing.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I would probably have followed in my family’s footsteps and turned to Accountancy or Farming, I think I have the best of both worlds as it stands.

Mrs M. Ford, B.Sc., P.G.Dip.Sp.L.D., M.P.C.s.S. Dep E

Learning Development

 

Mrs M. Ford, B.Sc., P.G.Dip.Sp.L.D., M.P.C.s.S. Dep E

Mrs M. Ford, B.Sc., P.G.Dip.Sp.L.D., M.P.C.s.S. Dep E

Learning Development

I graduated with a Masters in Child and Educational Psychology  in Leiden, Holland  and had a private practice there until our family moved to the UK. I did my training at the Dyslexia Institute while my youngest son ( of five children) was at Brambletye and have worked in the LD Department for nearly twenty years.

What do you like most about your job?

That’s an easy one.  Working with children! Every child is different and every child has something special to give.

Passion/Hobbies

Maths and  Latin in joint first position. I have always found they tap the same skills! I used to read bits of Ovid when looking after five kids became too much sometimes: don’t laugh.

Travelling and speaking/learning  foreign languages. I was born in China!

Best Brambletye moment

Moments really. When students, especially ones  we thought would have a hard time with CE, come up trumps in the exam.

If you weren’t an LD  Teacher…

I would be a Maths and/or Latin teacher.

J. V. Gallagher, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of English, Latin

 

J. V. Gallagher, B.A., P.G.C.E.

J. V. Gallagher, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Jeff read English and Latin with a PGCE at the University of Keele.  He has been at Brambletye since 1995. Jeff is responsible for advising the Headmaster in all academic matters. He has taught almost every subject in the curriculum during a long and varied career.

What do you like most about your job?

I have had the opportunity to do just about everything – coaching sport, producing plays, visiting many interesting places, singing in the staff choir…the list is almost endless. It is hard work but never boring.

Passion/Hobbies

Writing and producing plays, general knowledge, quizzes, long walks and telling terrible jokes.

Best Brambletye moment

A 25 yard ‘screamer’ scored by A. Gallagher for the 3rd XI against Cottesmore in 2011.

If I hadn’t been a member of the Brambletye Common Room..

I would be playing Polonius to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet at the National Theatre!

Mrs. S. Gallagher, B.A., P.G.C.E

Curriculum Support

 

Mrs. S. Gallagher, B.A., P.G.C.E

Mrs. S. Gallagher, B.A., P.G.C.E

Curriculum Support

Sue read Biology and Psychology with a PGCE at the University of Keele. She has taught Science, Geography and DT. She joined Brambletye in September 1996. Apart from assisting overseas pupils with their studies, she has produced numerous costumes for Brambletye’s dramatic productions.

What do you like most about your job?

Every day brings a fresh challenge and every pupil is different. The children come from many different cultures and they have taught me almost as much as I have taught them!

Passions/Hobbies

I love designing and making play costumes. Spare time is taken up in the garden or walking the South Downs.

Best Brambletye moment

Listening to my son Angus in Year 5 reading at the Carol Service. The Service is a very special event that brings the whole school community together.

If you weren’t a teacher…

I can’t think of anything better than being a teacher but I might have been an environmental campaigner as I can’t think of anything more important for our children’s futures than protecting the planet.

J. A. Gomm, B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Head of Mathematics

 

J. A. Gomm, B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

J. A. Gomm, B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Head of Mathematics

Justin spent 5 years as an officer in the Royal Navy where he gained a degree in Marine Science from Plymouth University before retraining in Law and working at Norton Rose in the City as a commercial solicitor. Teaching was third time lucky for him and he has been in Prep Schools since 1996 having gained his PGCE from Roehampton. He has previously been Head of Maths at both Sunningdale in Berkshire and The Elms in Worcestershire before joining Brambletye in 2009 where he has also been Assistant Director of Studies on the Senior Management Team.

What do you like most about your job?

To be honest I don’t really regard it as a job. I enjoy all aspects of it but most particularly the time spent in the classroom where it can be especially rewarding to see a child begin to understand and enjoy maths without any associated fear.

Passion/Hobbies

 I love travelling with my two girls, especially in France. I am a keen skier and enjoy photography and golf. I am very attached to my coffee machine!

Best Brambletye moment 

The moments that stick in my mind most are those times when we all come together as a school community, such as the Carol Service or Sports and Speech Day. Oh, and when my 2nd XI cricket team beats Ashdown or Cumnor in the final over at one minute before 6!

If you weren’t a Head of Maths…

I am definitely in the right job but if life had taken another direction than maybe something creative such as being a glass blower.

Rev’d K. E. Higgs, B.Ed., B.A.

Year 3 Teacher

 

Rev'd K. E. Higgs, B.Ed., B.A.

Rev'd K. E. Higgs, B.Ed., B.A.

Year 3 Teacher

Karen joined Brambletye in September 2015. She has had a long and varied career in Education spending many years teaching in Crawley before moving to teach within the Independent Sector. Her responsibilities have included the management of Special Needs , Maths and Personal and Social Education. More recently Karen has also completed 3 years of Theological Study with Canterbury University.

What do you like most about your job? 

No one day is ever the same and the children always succeed in bringing to the classroom something new. I never stop learning with them. It is always a privilege to share in their progress and watch them gently mold into the person they will one day become.

Passion/Hobbies

Since I have been at Brambletye we have enjoyed having a dog for the first time. In fact, he is a Brambletye pet, being part of a litter of puppies from one of our families here. The chance to go out walking across the forest and enjoy the many walks in this area is a real treat. I also love the theatre and annually visit the West End with my daughter to watch the musicals.

Best Brambletye moment

Last November at our Remembrance service we heard a poem written by David Raikes   who had been at School at Brambletye and served in the armed forces in World War 2.  It was read by his great niece, a current pupil here, and the parent of one of our pupils who is a serving officer. It was a poignant reminder of the legacy of those who had come before us and the unifying ties there are in a School such as ours; bringing the past and present together in a very special way. It was an important reminder of what it means to belong to a School such as this. It really was very special.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room 

I feel that I am more fortunate than most. When I said to a friend some years ago that if I could be anything else I would wish to be a Priest in the Church of England, I could not have imagined it ever to become a reality. Yet here I am serving in a local parish, alongside my teaching career, as a Priest.

I have to say though, I have always loved shoes and a Saturday job in a shoe shop would be rather fun. Perhaps that is one for my retirement!

A. J. Holden, B.A.

Art, Design Technology

 

A. J. Holden, B.A.

A. J. Holden, B.A.

Art, DT

Alastair has practiced Art and Photography throughout most of his lifetime, specialising in Photography at Northumbria University. He has worked on a number of Photography jobs nationally and internationally alongside personal projects that saw him travel through Australia and the Philippines. Football has always been a core passion of his, playing to a high level as a teenager and more recently qualifying as a F.A Football Coach. He joined us in September 2016   and is keen to see his teaching career blossom at Brambletye both in the Art Department and on the football field. 

What do you like most about your job? 

The openness to creativity and spontaneous behavior. Nothing seems impossible at Brambletye. Having the ability to push boundaries in order to reach a child’s potential is rewarding in itself. Teaching a child to be creative is something else.  

Passion/Hobbies 

I love playing and coaching football, taking my camera out for a walk with my headphones in and enjoying the freedom of photography. I love to eat, drink and travel, combining the three is special. 

Best Brambletye moment 

The annual Art exhibition where every child at Brambletye from the Pre-Prep up to Year 8 produced a piece of artwork to display.. It was without a doubt, the most rewarding moment I’ve had as a teacher.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

Captain of the England Football Team.

D. F. Holden, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of Art & Design Technology

 

D. F. Holden, B.A., P.G.C.E.

D. F. Holden, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of Art & Design Technology

David joined Brambletye  in 1997 as Head of Art. He has since become Head of Art, DT and Football.

What do you like most about your job? 

I love the variety. A typical day  involves teaching Art &  DT, then down to the sports field for games, back to the art room and then upstairs to supervise boarding.  Staff support each other and I’m equally at home as stage manager for school productions or bus driver to matches or on trips. Weekend activities including Art club every Sunday morning.

Passion/Hobbies

Football, running, charity fund raising and bringing out the best in students.

Best Brambletye moment

Witnessing the 187 Art scholars receive their good news.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I’d be a footballer or try my hand at Art.

C. B. R. Hughes, C.T.C.L., P.G.C.E.

Music

 

C. B. R. Hughes, C.T.C.L., P.G.C.E.

C. B. R. Hughes, C.T.C.L., P.G.C.E.

Music

Colin studied violin and piano at Trinity College of Music and worked as a musician, barman and clerk before retraining to be a teacher.

What do you like most about your job? 

The children are always lively and enthusiastic here.  There is so much talent and such a willingness to perform that music rehearsals are always busy and fun.  Music is music and we mix pop songs in with classical repertoire so there is lots of variety too.

Passion/Hobbies 

I perform in concerts quite often and am available for weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs etc.  I also enjoy jiu jitsu and squash and spend time with my family when I can squeeze them in.

Best Brambletye moment

I love the fact that the children bring home-made cakes in on their birthdays.  The major concerts are always great especially watching the initially reluctant pupils performing on stage.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I’ve always fancied running a hotel on the seafront.

Mrs M. D. M. Keville, H.L.T.A.

Classroom Assistant, Place 2 Go

 

Mrs M. D. M. Keville, H.L.T.A.

Mrs M. D. M. Keville, H.L.T.A.

Classroom Assistant

What do you most like about your job?

I love teaching the children and watching the “light bulb moments” when they come!  I also enjoy the simple, personal chats during my lunchtime duty and when we’re hanging out in Place 2 Go.

Passion/hobbies

I love watching classical ballet/Arsenal football club/walking my two gorgeous Labradors, Skippie and Barney Keville on Ashdown Forest/enjoying the company of my two teenage boys and spending time with  Ben and Jerry’s – my two best friends…….

Best Brambletye Moment

Watching the reception children performing a Polish ballet routine that I had taught them for the Christmas play and observing their parents’ reaction (off the record, they stole the show!)

If I didn’t work at Brambletye

I’m sure I’d become very bored…

Mrs G. K. M. Knight, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Latin, Religious Studies

 

Mrs G. K. M. Knight, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Mrs G. K. M. Knight, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Latin, Religious Studies

After completing her A levels at Mayfield School, Georgie read Religious and Theological Studies (and studied Ancient Hebrew) at Cardiff University. She completed her PGCE in a Welsh primary school. After a few years, she moved on to teach Years 3 and 5 at  Fonthill Lodge School  where she was Head of Girls’ Games.  Georgie moved to  Brambletye in 2011 as a Year 4 Class teacher. 

What do you like most about your job?.

Every day is a school day! You learn lots of interesting things being a teacher, from the children and from colleagues.

Passion/Hobbies

I love travelling and generally being outside. I grew up on a farm so getting my 2 sons outside is very important to me. I love sport (particularly riding and  rugby, which I played at university).

Best Brambletye moment

Driving into school on a misty morning and seeing the fabulous views down to the reservoir!

Christmas Carol Services – particularly when the staff join in with the children to sing.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…

  1. Professional Horse rider, or
  2. An HGV/tank driver!
  3. In the army or police force
  4. Anything outdoors like a tree surgeon!

T. J. Lloyd-Edwards, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Religious Studies, English, Wellington Housemaster

 

T. J. Lloyd-Edwards, B.A., P.G.C.E.

T. J. Lloyd-Edwards, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of Religious Studies, English, Wellington Housemaster

Tom read Science, Society and Media at UWE in Bristol, before working in residential and commercial property, property development and latterly sport events. He joined Brambletye with his wife, Danielle, and three daughters in 2010.

What do you like most about your job?

I love teaching. To try and help someone learn and be inspired enough to carry on with the subject on their own is a constant motivation and enjoyment. The job is extremely varied and keeps you on your artistic toes.

Passion/Hobbies

Travelling, spending time with the family (on the beach, in the woods, at home), sports, friends and extended family, good talking with great food and reading.

Best Brambletye moment

So many memories come a tumbling: my first day seeing all my daughters in their smart Brambletye uniform, the House assault course and sports day, carols around the Christmas tree and Christmas feast with singing and many more!

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

Professional boxer or Olympic runner.

Mrs S. N. Lloyd-Smith, B.A., Q.T.S.

Head of Girls’ Games, Drama, Religious Studies

 

Mrs S. N. Lloyd-Smith, B.A., Q.T.S.

Mrs S. N. Lloyd-Smith, B.A., Q.T.S.

Head of Girls’ Games, Religious Studies

Sam went to Brighton University for four years to study Upper Primary/Lower Secondary Physical Education Teaching with Maths, English and Science. She then went on to Twyford Prep School as Head of Girls’ Games for three years before joining Brambletye back in 2004. 

What do you like most about your job?

I have been at Brambletye a number of years now, but I never get bored. I have taught a number of different subjects over the years and we are always coming up with new and exciting ideas for the children. I particularly enjoy taking Pre-Prep for Netball and then watching them develop as they go up the school.

Passion/Hobbies

I love running with my border collie Toby and if I get the opportunity I run for the Horsham Joggers. I also enjoy walking up mountains and spend quite a bit of time with the family in the Lake District.

Best Brambletye moment

There are too many great sporting ones to decide! Probably reaching the Nationals Netball. I loved directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory back in 2015 and loved seeing the year three children dressed up as Umpaloompas!

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I would probably work with animals. I would love a job as a dog trainer and would organize running holidays with dogs.

J. P. Lush, B.Ed.

English

 

 J. P. Lush, B.Ed.

J. P. Lush, B.Ed.

English

I was a session musician working mainly in theatres and recording studios before training to be a teacher. I read English and trained to be a teacher at the University of Chichester. I joined Brambletye in the summer of 1992. In my time at the school I have been a member of the English Department, have coached 1st Team Hockey since introducing girls’ hockey to the school in 2000, have been the Housemaster of Drake for 12 wonderful years and have produced and directed the senior musicals since 1998. I am now also the editor of the Brambletye Magazine.

What do you like most about your job? 

Working with the children in a variety of different areas of school life and helping them to learn new skills, take on new challenges and perform to their best ability be it in the classroom, on the hockey pitch or on the stage. The children’s natural enthusiasm is infectious and this makes the job so rewarding and enjoyable.

Passion/Hobbies 

My two dogs are a huge part of my life and mean a great deal to me. Walks with the dogs around the beautiful grounds here at Brambletye and the surrounding countryside is an absolute joy. Staging musicals in the Brambletye Theatre is also a passion while photography and graphic design are also fabulous hobbies.

Best Brambletye moments

Being the Housemaster of Drake was a marvellous time and one I was desperately proud of. Also introducing Sir Tim Rice to the cast of ‘The Likes of Us’ on the Brambletye stage when we became the first school in the world to perform the musical was a magical moment. Added to this introducing a number of different activities that have now become established Brambletye events (Boarders’ Entertainment, the Boarders Disco, Leavers’ Entertainment and the annual Firework Display to name but four) have been memorable moments. But I have to agree with Amelia, Carols Round the Christmas Tree for all the boarders and the residential staff and families on the last night of the Autumn Term remains a very special Brambletye tradition.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…

I would probably like to be a theatre producer or director or go into the world of Marketing.

Mrs E. Martin, MSc.

Mathematics, Science

 

Mrs E. Martin, M.Sc.

Mrs E. Martin, M.Sc.

Mathematics, Science

Emily read Natural Sciences (Maths, Biology and Chemistry) at Durham University, before working for 13 years in Commodity Derivatives in the City.  She joined Brambletye in September 2017 and teaches Year 5-7 Maths and Year 5 Science. Emily also helps out with the Girls’ hockey (U10) and netball (U11).

What do you like most about your job?

I love the variety of every single day, its cheesy but true. From watching children progress and learn in a classroom; to them running on a sports field; to performing in a drama production or music recital, all talents and interests are catered for and the children get to explore the many different sides of their characters. The children’s energy is both heart –warming and infectious, it inspires me to want to help better equip them with the tools that they will need to thrive and be successful in tomorrow’s world.

Passion/Hobbies 

I love travelling the world, horse riding, all aspects of the UK countryside and going to see live music whenever I can.

Best Brambletye moment 

After just a few weeks there are already so many to choose from! Probably the main one is taking the U10B to Great Walstead and watching them play their hearts out to a tremendous win. They demonstrated some great hockey skills, but also their sportsmanship off the pitch was equally impressive.

If you weren’t a Teacher.. 

I would be teaching Mindfulness and/ or Pilates!

Mrs N. McKie, B.Ed.

French

 

Mrs N. McKie, B.Ed.

Mrs N. McKie, B.Ed.

French

Naomie McKie studied in Quebec, Canada. She trained as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teacher at McGill University in Montreal and moved to England in 2011. In Canada, she taught French to classes of Canadian immigrants of  all ages, from 5 years old to adult. Naomie joined the French Department at Brambletye in September 2012.

What do you like most about your job?.

For me, teaching children is the most fulfilling profession anyway but  Brambletye’s busy life also brings so much variety to it. One minute I can be in my classroom giving a lesson on the Perfect Tense, and the next I can be on a netball court umpiring a match or in the theatre directing a play rehearsal. Every day brings its new experiences. In addition, the friendly and supportive community of children and staff at Brambletye makes the job  even more satisfying and enjoyable.

Passion/Hobbies

I like to be outside. Whenever I have free-time and the weather is OK I tend to work in the garden or go for a walk, but there is nothing I enjoy more than spending a warm day at the seaside with the family!

Best Brambletye moment

Brambletye brings many memorable moments. The carols around the Christmas tree, the plays, the House Knockout,… They all make this school very special. However, being a French teacher, I particularly  look forward to the Year 7 History and French trip to Normandy.

If you werent a teacher what would you be?

I would definitely choose a job that involved close contact with people. I have always been interested in biology and alternative medicine and so if I were not a teacher I would probably be an osteopath.

N. L. Miller, B.Sc., P.G.C.E. F.R.G.S.

Head of Digital Strategy,  Girls’ Boarding Houseparent

 

N. L. Miller, B.Sc., P.G.C.E. F.R.G.S.

N. L. Miller, B.Sc., P.G.C.E. F.R.G.S.

Head of Digital Strategy, Girls' Boarding Houseparent

Nik went to Colfe’s School in London and studied Geography at Reading University. He has taught Geography at The Beacon, Cottesmore and Saint George’s in Rome. It was in Rome where he met Juliana and they returned to the UK to get married. In addition to leading  the Geography and ICT departments, the Millers are responsible for the Girls’ Boarding House.

What do you like most about your job?

Brambletye children are enthusiastic and full of fun. The Year 8 Scotland trip is a real highlight as I am able to see the children really pushing themselves, overcoming physical and mental challenges.

Passion/Hobbies

Much to my wife’s annoyance, I love gadgets and computers. I have become a real fan of hockey and enjoy watching, coaching and playing hockey at East Grinstead Hockey Club. We are blessed to live in this amazing place surrounded by exciting wildlife and landscape: we could film a whole series of Springwatch from our grounds! I also love food and cooking and believe that I make a mean onion bahji!

Best Brambletye moments

There are numerous times when I have had a lump in my throat because a sports team has really turned it around and worked together to create a performance that was so much better than the individual parts of the team. Also, I will never forget Mrs Andrews arranging for the choir to sing one of my compositions at the Christmas Carol Service and keeping a secret from me until 30 seconds before they sung … oh, yes and getting my daughter, Sophie to sing the solo!

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…

I would love to own a restaurant.

Mrs J.M Miller B.Ed.

Girls’ Boarding Houseparent

Classroom Assistant

 

Juliana Miller B.Ed

Juliana Miller B.Ed

Girls' Boarding Houseparent

Juliana met Nik in Rome whilst Teaching. She then continued teaching until Sophie and then William arrived and trained as a Childminder. When both children started school she returned to the teaching day but as a T.A. Now she is working nights too in the Dorms as the Girls’ Houseparent. She often says as a family we ‘live, breathe, sleep and eat Brambletye’.

What do you like most about your job? 

Upstairs it’s all about fun and laughter; lotions, potions and enjoying a girl’s world! Although I do remind the girls that to be beautiful at breakfast requires a good night’s sleep.

Passion/Hobbies

I love travelling and speaking a different language. Driving and walking, walking and running alongside our dog Leo, Art and colour – especially interior design and Gardening – I love growing a green space and seeing it change.

Best Brambletye moment 

It’s the hugs and “How are you Mrs Miller?” when the girls return to school.

As a Mummy it was when Sophie sang the solo in Nik’s carol at the 2016 Christmas Carol Service.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I’d be a  Landscape Architect, gardening on a more challenging larger scale! Greenery and Art.

Mrs C.O. Parker B.A., Q.T.S.

Art, Design Technology

 

Mrs C.O. Parker B.A., Q.T.S.

Mrs C.O. Parker B.A., Q.T.S.

Art, Design Technology

Clemmie completed a four year teaching degree at Warwick University.  She began her Brambletye career as Year 4 teacher and in that time has married Rory Parker (Head of History) and had two children, Freddie and Amelie. She is now teaching Art to the junior pupils.

What do you like most about your job? 

Doing a job that you know you were always destined to do is extremely rewarding and the children at Brambletye make the job great fun as they are so enthusiastic. The staff are brilliant and the sense of community is wonderful and makes living and working at Brambletye a very happy place.

Passion/Hobbies 

Sport is a huge passion of mine, especially playing netball and anything to do with rugby. We love holidaying with family and friends, mostly in Cornwall and Devon since the children have arrived. Summer barbecues and dinner parties with friends are great fun as well as evenings in the pub!

Best Brambletye moment

Carols round the tree is by far the most special evening of the year. It gives us a chance to show the children that the staff can be fun and have talent too and seeing the younger boarders huddled around the fire in their dressing gowns is so magical. I can’t wait for my children to experience this evening when they are old enough to appreciate it.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I’d either like to perform in a music band (but low key!) or I’d quite like to run a B&B down in the West Country.

R. Parker, M.A. P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Academic) Head of History, Marlborough Housemaster

 

R. Parker, M.A. P.G.C.E.

R. Parker, M.A. P.G.C.E.

Head of History, Assistant Head (Academic), Marlborough Housemaster

Rory read Ancient History and was awarded a Distinction in his MA at Exeter University before going on to complete his PGCE at Roehampton University. Before coming to Brambletye he has worked as a Gap Student, as a class teacher in the maintained sector as well as being a Head of History at his previous school.   

What do you like most about your job?

I love the daily challenge of delivering my subject to a huge variety of age groups. I enjoy finding new and different strategies to enable every child to access the subject. I am passionate about making the subject ‘real’ and wherever possible linking it with other subjects across the curriculum as well as bringing it into context by referencing how it fits in with current affairs.

Passion/Hobbies

Very simply – sport and food! Although I am busy raising a young family I still love the thrill of competition. I continue to enjoy playing 5-a-side football on a weekly basis and – when I am allowed – playing rugby. I also have a real passion for cooking and I love learning how to cook new dishes. Although I did not necessarily enjoy Science at school I am fascinated now by the chemistry behind how dishes are made.

Best Brambletye moment

How to choose?! Marlborough’s rendition of ‘Africa’ was truly powerful and something I will remember for the rest of my life. Some of the school Charity concerts and school plays have been incredible as well. However it is the little one-off day-to-day moments I love the most.

If you weren’t a teacher  what would you be?

I can see myself running a small holding, growing my own produce, rearing my own livestock to cook with and sell at markets, maybe even opening up a pop up restaurant. I’m pretty sure it has never been done before!

Mrs R Pulvermacher, B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert Dips.

Head of Learning Development

 

 Mrs R Pulvermacher, B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert Dips.

Mrs R Pulvermacher, B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert Dips.

Head of Learning Development

Rowena has enjoyed life as a student! She read psychology at Durham, then went on to complete a PGCE at UWE, before doing a number of specialist qualifications in working with children with specific learning difficulties. Rowena joined the school in April 2016.

What do you like most about your job?

Without doubt it is the opportunity to work with children on a one-to-one basis. It gives me the opportunity to find out what their passions and priorities are so I can really involve them in the learning process.

Passion/Hobbies

I am in a joint book club/ ‘culinary appreciation’ club which meets monthly to discuss a book and rate the food at local gastro pubs in the area (and provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends!) I also enjoy running, swimming and cycling; perhaps one day I will find the drive to complete my first triathlon…

Best Brambletye moment

I am blown away by the standard of drama and musical productions put on at Brambletye. We may be a small prep school but we can more than punch above our weight on the stage.

If you weren’t A Teacher

I once had a holiday job as a cinema usher. I got to watch all the latest films and eat lots of popcorn!

I. R. Purcell, B.A. ,F.G.A., F.E.T.C.

Head of Science

 

I. R. Purcell, B.A. ,F.G.A., F.E.T.C.

I. R. Purcell, B.A. ,F.G.A., F.E.T.C.

Head of Science, Nelson Housemaster

After studying engineering at Uni and working in aerospace I found my niche in teaching. First in tertiary education then I became a science teacher.  I joined the prep school world in Nairobi before settling into Brambletye in 1992.

What do you like most about your job?.

I love practical science and enthusing children in this area should be reward enough. The best bit however is the great variety that comes with the life of a prep school teacher. One day I can be taking the U8 rugby team then the next firing the trebuchet which we built across the Nevill field.

Passion/Hobbies

I enjoy travel, sailing, pottering about in the garden and when I have the time pursuing my more adventurous hobbies like green laning in my 4×4 or kite buggying along a beach.

Best Brambletye moment

There cannot be one best moment as there are so many highlights.  However I was once told at an Old Brambletyeans Day that I was the inspiration for an ex-pupil to become a doctor and that the Kenya expedition which I lead,  prompted him to volunteer to work in Vanawatu. I felt so  proud that  this must come close to one of the best moments.

If you weren’t a teacher/bursar/HM wife what would you be?

If teaching had not got me first I think a career as a Sommelier would have been most rewarding.

Mrs R. H. Selleck B. A., P.G.C.E., Cert. G.S.M.D.

Music

 

Mrs R. H. Selleck, B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert.G.S.M.D

Mrs R. H. Selleck, B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert.G.S.M.D

Music, Geography

Fresh from a year working in a Prep school in Kenya, Rachel went to Durham University to read Music. She joined Brambletye in 2008 as a Year 4 teacher before being appointed Director of Music in 2009. Rachel currently coordinates the music at the Pre-Prep as well as teaching Music and Geography to Year 3.

What do you like most about your job?

The diversity of the job is pretty amazing. From the everyday to the sublime, it’s extremely rewarding to help the children develop in so many different ways.

Passion/Hobbies
Choral singing is my great passion. It began as a girl chorister at Rochester Cathedral and continued as a Choral Scholar at Durham. And once upon a time I ran a marathon in Edinburgh.

Best Brambletye moment
Conducting the musical, ‘The Likes of Us’ with Tim Rice in the audience.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

Living off the land on a remote croft in the Scottish Highlands

Mrs Z. Sargant

Learning Developement

 

Mrs Z. Sargant B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert SpLD

Mrs Z. Sargant B.A., P.G.C.E., Cert SpLD

Learning Development

Zena read History at Oxford University. She then worked in children’s publishing for many years, editing English language teaching books, picture books and children’s non-fiction. Zena trained as a teacher and has been a class teacher for Year 3 and Year 5. She then taught English and History at a preparatory school in Dubai. After a break when her children were young, Zena decided to follow her interest in special educational needs and studied for a diploma at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Following four years at Mayfield School as a learning development teacher, she joined the staff at Brambletye.

What do you like most about your job?

Teaching children one to one, as you are lucky enough to get to know the pupils very well. Also, that wonderful moment when a pupil makes progress in an area they have found really hard.

Passion/Hobbies

I read almost every day. I love going to the theatre and like to go up to London to see a play or a musical, especially during the holidays. I also like walking my rather naughty dog, Arthur, in the countryside and playing tennis when I have time.

Best Brambletye Moment

It is great to work at a school where the children are polite and friendly. I have never had the door held open for me with a friendly smile so often!

If you weren’t a teacher..

I would work in publishing, or for the educational department of a museum or theatre.

S.P. Walker, B.Ed.

Director of Sport, Geography

 

S.P. Walker, B.Ed.

S.P. Walker, B.Ed.

Director of Sport, Geography

Sam studied to be a Sports teacher directly after sitting A levels and has always been a keen sportsman and coach. Before joining Brambletye in 2014 Sam was the Deputy Headmaster at St Aubyns school in Brighton.

What do you like most about your job? 

I find the energy and enthusiasm shown by the children is incredibly motivating. I like nothing more than seeing the happy faces of the children running out to the games fields on a sunny afternoon.

Passion/Hobbies 

I have always enjoyed playing team sports but more recently this has taken a backseat as most of my time is spent in the company of my three beautiful daughters. When I do get some time to myself I am keen road cyclist.

Best Brambletye moment

Sports day 2016 will live long in the memory. The event ran perfectly with great races, school records and fun all-round. Numerous parents remarked that it was “Back to the good old days” and I took this as a complement.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I would be keen to run my own business in catering. I have been very tempted in the past and once made an offer on a business in Yorkshire. In hindsight being turned down was a good thing.

Matronal & Medical Staff

 

Mrs V. E. Brooks, R.G.N., S.N.Cert.

School Sister

 

Mrs V. E. Brooks, R.G.N., S.N.Cert.

Mrs V. E. Brooks, R.G.N., S.N.Cert.

School Sister

Vicki trained at St. Georges Hospital in London, specialising in intensive care neurosurgical nursing.

After having babies, she retrained in school nursing, and worked for the NHS for 10 years before coming to Brambletye.

What do you most like about your job?
Although I am trained to look after ill children, the main emphasis of my job is actually to keep everyone healthy. I really enjoy looking after all of the children and staff. I also love teaching PSHEE—I tend to teach the Health related topics—Nits, Zits and Naughty Bits!!!

Hobbies

Looking after my five grandchildren—harder than looking after 294  children at Brambletye!

I also enjoy gardening and keeping my 16th century cottage in good repair. I have made and furnished two Dolls Houses.  And I love reading—anything, I always finish a book.

Best Brambletye moment?

Taking two boys out to dispose of a dead mouse. We put Vicks up our noses to kill the smell!Carols around the tree on the last night of the Autumn term is my favourite event and switching my nurse’s uniform for sequins to judge  Dorms Got talent is a highlight of the year.

If not a member of Brambletye common room—

I have loved my time here. Retirement beckons next Easter—I shall look forward to an extended summer holiday.

Miss J. Wass, N.N.E.B.

Matron

 

Miss J. Wass, N.N.E.B.

Miss J. Wass, N.N.E.B.

Matron

Julie (Jools) did her N.N.E.B training at Poole and Bournemouth College of Further Education in Dorset.  Her first job was at Hawkhurst Court in Wisborough Green. She joined Brambletye in September 1983 as an assistant matron, taking the senior post in 1999.

What do you most like about your job?

I adore being with and caring for the children, sharing their lives, happiness and enthusiasm.  I love reading to the younger boarders, hopefully encouraging them to read and appreciate books too. I  consider  it  a privilege to work and look after the children.

Hobbies/ Passion

I adore going to London to the theatre with close friends,  sharing holidays with them too, both in the UK and abroad.  I love my garden, connecting with nature, the amazement of watching things grow, walking, baking, and when there  is time reading  novels, listening to music and the radio  and writing letters.

Best Brambletye moment

This is a tough question, as there are many!  The great Brambletye family atmosphere at gatherings like carols round the Christmas tree and our fabulous musical concerts in the theatre, where the whole school takes part.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common what would you do?

I honestly couldn’t tell you. I did my Nursery Nurse training as a result of guidance from my headmistress at my senior school.  My close friend’s aunt suggested I work in a boarding school, (she being a head of a boarding school herself.)  I have never looked back, the rest is history as they say!

Miss A. Grobbelaar

Assistant Houseparent

 

Miss A. Grobbelaar

Miss A. Grobbelaar

Assistant Houseparent

Ashley joined Brambletye in 2014 and is fully involved in the boarding life of the school. She assists in the matronal department as well as in boarding house with all our boarders.

What do you like most about your job? 

Watching the children grow and being a part of their everyday development into independent young people full of character and ambition. I love being able to look back and see how far they have come.

Passion/Hobbies 

I enjoy travelling and the school holidays have afforded some wonderful adventures abroad. The beautiful countryside around the school is also great territory for running, walking and cycling.

Best Brambletye moment

Walking outside on a sunny summer evening and seeing the children being children – playing outside in the beautiful Brambletye grounds.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I would  be a nurse serving in a third world country – or a safari guide.

Pre-Prep Staff

 

Mrs D.M. Atkinson, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of Pre-Prep

 

Dawn Atkinson

Dawn Atkinson

Head of EYFS and the Pre-Prep

Dawn read ‘Political Theories and Institutions’ at Sheffield University before completing her PGCE at Durham University. She joined Brambletye in 2008 as Head of Pre-Prep. Dawn leads an outstanding team of Pre-Prep practitioners who work hard to inspire children with a passion for life and learning and the desire to be ‘their best selves’.

What do you like most about your job?

The belief that I can make a difference – no matter how small! I love welcoming children and parents each morning in the knowledge that every day brings new excitements, challenges and, opportunities to share in the awe and wonder that pervades the lives of our children and that can ultimately shape the citizen that they will one day become.

Passion/Hobbies

I love spending time with my family and Hector our cocker spaniel. I enjoy listening to music and I love going to the theatre. Travel has always been my greatest passion – meeting new people and embracing different cultures..what could be better?

Best Brambletye Moment

Every single time a child bursts into my office for a crystal! Eyes shining as they tell me ‘how they got their 3 jewels’ and the excitement of choosing the crystal that they will put in their house pot. Perfectly magical!

If I weren’t a Member of the Brambletye Common Room.

This is my ‘perfect’ job…but, being a rock journalist was high on the list for many years as was P.A. to a US senator!

Mrs J.S. Bradshaw, P.L.A. Dip.

Nursery 1 Teacher

 

Mrs J.S. Bradshaw, P.L.A. Dip.

Mrs J.S. Bradshaw, P.L.A. Dip.

Nursery Teacher

Following an early career in book-keeping and several happy years as a full time Mum I joined Brambletye School in 1988. I discovered a passion and enthusiasm for Early Years education which prompted me to attain my PLA Diploma.

What I like about my job

The warmth and sincerity amongst the staff and children in the Pre-Prep is tangible. Every day is an exciting new adventure in Nursery, and filled with lots of fun and laughter along the way. I feel privileged to share the children’s experiences with them.

Passion/Hobbies

First and foremost I am truly blessed with the most amazing grandchildren. I enjoy walking, gardening and visiting places of historical interest with my family. I am building a 1/12 size Victorian dolls house and enjoy searching for the interior furnishings.

Mrs C.E. Clabby, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 1 Teacher

 

Mrs C. E. Clabby, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Mrs C. E. Clabby, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 1 Teacher

I have been teaching at Brambletye  for 12 years. I currently teach Year 1 and I am the Maths co-ordinator for the Pre-Prep department.

What I like about my job

I love all aspects of teaching young children. I love teaching in a creative and inspiring way and making learning fun and engaging for the children. I particularly enjoy teaching Phonics, Mathematics and Art.

Passion/Hobbies

Outside school my family keep me busy. I enjoy going for walks, reading, cooking and going on outings with my two young children.

Miss G.L. Coldwell, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Reception Teacher

 

Miss G. L. Coldwell, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Miss G. L. Coldwell, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Reception Teacher

I have been a teacher in the Pre-Prep department at Brambletye for 9 years. I currently teach Reception; the age group where my heart lies! I am also the PSHEE and R.E co-ordinator for the Pre-Prep.

What I like about my job

I love teaching 4 and 5 year olds because they are so enthusiastic. This is the year when the magic happens and children begin to learn to read and write. It is a wonderful privilege to help prepare them at the start of their educational journey.

Passion/Hobbies

I love to spend as much time as I can with my 2 daughters. We have recently finished building our own house and been busy as a family landscaping the garden and making the house a ‘home’. A vegetable patch, Labrador and chickens help complete the picture!

My Best Brambletye Moment

Definitely my first Christmas carol service at St Swithans. The choir sang O’Holy Night and it brought tears to my eyes!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be….

Something to do with property. Anything to do with renovating, buying or selling houses and I would be happy!

Mrs K.E. Ellis, Cert.Ed.

Classroom Assistant

 

Mrs K.E. Ellis

Mrs K.E. Ellis

Teaching Assistant

I am a teaching assistant in the Pre -Prep department. My role involves working with all the year groups. To support and reinforce class lessons I review material with the children in small groups or one-on-one and help in all other aspects of their school life.

What I like about my job

I enjoy working with a talented and committed team in a busy, happy, and inspiring learning environment. I love the challenge that every day is different and most rewarding is to see the children grow in confidence and ability, happy and caring, fulfilling their potential.

Passions / Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially socialising and sharing a meal or cake as I have a passion for food and cooking! I love to travel exploring new places and discovering the different cultures, not forgetting the food and wine!

B.R. Fulton, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 2 Teacher

 

B. R. Fulton, B.A., P.G.C.E.

B. R. Fulton, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 2 Teacher

I have been teaching Year 2 since 2011 and am also the Science Co-ordinator for the Pre-Prep. As a class teacher and form tutor I play a very active part in the department and you will often find me playing the piano for many of our plays and performances.

What I like about my job

I believe passionately that young children can achieve their best when happy, secure, and stimulated through exciting ways of learning. One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is preparing the children for their transition into Year 3 and the exciting new opportunities of the Prep school.

Passion/Hobbies

Outside of school my young family keep me very busy! I enjoy running, badminton and have recently developed an interest in pottery. Over the years I have travelled widely around Europe but my favourite place to visit is Italy – especially to sample the food and wine!

Best Brambletye Moment?

Favourite Brambletye moment – Each Year I take my Year 2 class to create and perform a little play in the Theatre in front of the whole school and parents. I love the way they rise to the challenge– often leading me in direction! It’s this dynamic relationship that keeps this profession perpetually interesting.

If you weren’t a teacher at Brambletye what would you be?

I’d be a camera operator in the film industry!

Mrs S.A. Langridge, C.A.C.H.E. 2

Classroom Assistant

Stay & Play

 

Mrs S.A. Langridge, C.A.C.H.E. 2

Mrs S.A. Langridge, C.A.C.H.E. 2

Classroom Assistant and 'Stay & Play' Coordinator

I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and also run the Stay and Play after school.

What I like about my job

I enjoy seeing the children achieving things that they thought they couldn’t do.

Passion/Hobbies

In my spare time I like going to the Cinema and reading books, I also have two dogs.

Best Brambletye Moment

My favourite memories at Brambletye are the summer fun days, especially the one where I won the wheelbarrow of bottles!

If you weren’t a teaching assistant at Brambletye

I would probably work in a toy shop or a play centre, somewhere I could interact with the customers and children.

Mrs L.A. Lunn, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Reception Teacher

 

Mrs L.A. Lunn, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Mrs L.A. Lunn, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Reception Teacher

The children are nurtured and set off on their own individual learning journeys. They are encouraged to reach for the skies, challenge, develop key skills and ideas. This is achieved by providing a creatively enabling environment for learning. I also run the Pre-Prep Art Club.

What I like about my job

It is a joy to see children inspired, reaching their creative and imaginative potential. Having lived in China and Japan I enjoy bringing different cultures to life. Imbibing a love of literature and educating the children to be enquiring, well-mannered, creative and kind is an enormous pleasure.

Passion/Hobbies

I visit art exhibitions and engage with artists on a regular basis. I am a bee keeper and am constantly fascinated by these pollinating creatures and the importance of their role in the world. I cook Japanese food and practice ikebana.

Best Brambletye Moment

When we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears, made porridge, went for a walk only to return and find Goldilocks had eaten Flora’s porridge!

If you weren’t a Brambletye teacher

I would be an art gallery curator.

Mrs J.A. Mackey, H.L.T.A.

Learning Support

 

Mrs J.A. Mackey, H.L.T.A.

Mrs J.A. Mackey, H.L.T.A.

Learning Development Coordinator

I have been working with children who have additional educational needs for about 25 years and joined Brambletye Pre-Prep in 2009. I ensure the operation of the Pre-Prep’s SEND Policy and liaise with class teachers in the Pre-Prep to co-ordinate the provision for childrens’ needs.

What I like about my job

I enjoy that I work with all the age groups of children in the Pre-Prep and that the children love coming to their ‘special lessons’. The best result is when a child no longer needs my support!

Passion/Hobbies

I love going on long walks with my dog as well as reading, baking and wine making. I am addicted to crocheting and have overloaded friends and colleagues with more crochet gifts than they care for.

Best Brambletye Moment

I am so proud each year when the Year 2 children that I may have been giving Learning Support to since they were 4 years old, or even younger, leave us to start their new educational journey in the Prep School. Full of confidence and equipped with the skills they need for the next adventure.

If you weren’t a Brambletye teacher

If I wasn’t working at Brambletye I would buy myself a kiln and become a ceramicist, preferably in St. Ives!

Mrs L. Milham, P.L.A. Dip.

Nursery Teacher

 

Mrs L. Milham, P.L.A. Dip

Mrs L. Milham, P.L.A. Dip

Nursery 1 Teacher

I have worked in Early Years education for over 25 years. I completed my PLA Diploma and worked as a Nursery Supervisor for many years before coming to Brambletye school in 2010.

What I like about my job

The Nursery is a wonderful place to work. It’s full of fun, laughter and excitement. There is always lots going on and the children have endless energy. No two days are ever the same.

Passion/Hobbies

I love spending time with family and friends, visiting tea rooms rating their carrot cake! Gardening, long dog walks over the fields and woodlands. I enjoy sitting by the open fire with a good book, but this rarely happens.

Mrs J.M. Miller

Classroom Assistant

Touch Typing

 

Mrs J.M. Miller

Mrs J.M. Miller

Classroom Assistant

Juliana met Nik in Rome whilst Teaching. She then continued teaching until Sophie and then William arrived and trained as a Childminder. When both children started school she returned to the teaching day but as a T.A. Now she is working nights too in the Dorms as the Girls’ Houseparent. She often says as a family we ‘live, breathe, sleep and eat Brambletye’.

What do you like most about your job? 

Upstairs it’s all about fun and laughter; lotions, potions and enjoying a girl’s world! Although I do remind the girls that to be beautiful at breakfast requires a good night’s sleep.

Passion/Hobbies

I love travelling and speaking a different language. Driving and walking, walking and running alongside our dog Leo, Art and colour – especially interior design and Gardening – I love growing a green space and seeing it change.

Best Brambletye moment 

It’s the hugs and “How are you Mrs Miller?” when the girls return to school.

As a Mummy it was when Sophie sang the solo in Nik’s carol at the 2016 Christmas Carol Service.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

i’d be a  Landscape Architect, gardening on a more challenging larger scale! Greenery and Art.

Mrs C. Purcell, B.A., Cert.Ed., Mont. Dip.

Head of Nursery

 

Mrs C. Purcell, B.A., Cert.Ed., Mont. Dip.

Mrs C. Purcell, B.A., Cert.Ed., Mont. Dip.

Head of Nursery

After teaching in Kenya and then Chelwood Gate I joined Brambletye in 2000 to set up the Nursery in the new Pre-Prep building. Both our children went to Brambletye and it gave them a great start to their education.

What I like about my job

We actually have a really good laugh in the Nursery! The children are so enthusiastic about everything we do, the staff are really committed and the Nursery is always such a busy place. It all makes for a very happy working environment.

Passion/Hobbies

I love travelling and discovering new and exciting places. I like ballroom and Latin dancing and enjoy going to the theatre. I do a bit of running (albeit rather slowly) and eat too much chocolate!

Best Brambletye Moment
Too many to name but possibly taking groups of 10-13 year old Brambletye pupils to Kenya and seeing their awe and wonder.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?
Maybe if I had written down all the funny things the Nursery children have said to me over the years I could have written a book!

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.   

Pre-Prep Secretary

 

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.

Pre-Prep Secretary

My role involves supporting, administering and documenting the many strands of Pre-Prep life and keeping the parent body abreast of news, events and our day-to-day activities. I am the first point of contact for general enquiries and visitors.

What I like about my job

No two days are the same – clichéd but true! It is a vibrant, dynamic and energising environment and great to be part of a team whose goal is to deliver outstanding and memorable experiences for the children and their families.

Passion/Hobbies

I like nothing more than spending time with my family and friends, walking our dogs over the Ashdown Forest and socialising over dinner or a pub lunch. I like being active and keeping fit, my current craze being Kettle Bells.

Best Brambletye Moment

Book Day in the Pre-Prep – creative and colourful costumes bringing the children’s favourite books to life. The enthusiasm and excitement was infectious resulting in a great fun day celebrating the brilliance of books.

If you weren’t a School Secretary what would you be?

Working in conservation, in some way, shape or form. This could either be from a historical perspective by getting involved in National Trust/Heritage properties, or via environmental projects, both domestic and abroad.

Mrs J.C. Thorburn, C.A.C.H.E.

3 Dip.

Classroom Assistant

 

Mrs J.C. Thorburn, C.A.C.H.E. 3 Dip.

Mrs J.C. Thorburn, C.A.C.H.E. 3 Dip.

Classroom Assistant

For the last 6 years I have enjoyed working as a Teaching Assistant in the Pre-Prep department. Predominantly working in one year group and providing additional help in the nursery as required, I support the children in all aspects of their learning and school life.

What I like about my job

Helping the children begin their educational journey and seeing them develop in confidence, knowledge and skills, ready to embrace life in the Prep school is the most rewarding aspect of my role.

Passion/Hobbies

Outside of school, my life revolves around spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy gardening and going for long walks with my little dog.

Mrs M.E. Weller. B.A., Q.T.S.

Year 1 Teacher

 

Mrs M.E. Weller, B.A., Q.T.S.

Mrs M.E. Weller, B.A., Q.T.S.

Year 1 Teacher

I work within the wonderful Pre-Prep Department as a Year One Teacher. My role is to teach, inspire and encourage the children to learn whilst having fun.

What I like about my job

One of the most wonderful parts of my job is witnessing the amazed, happy and proud reaction of a child when they realise they ‘can do’ the task they have been struggling with, and proudly shout out ‘I can do it’!

Passion/Hobbies

In my spare time I play the tenor horn in a local brass band along with my family. I enjoy running and going to the gym but most of all I enjoy spending time with my husband, 3 grown up children and Grace, our dog!

Best Brambletye Moment

One of my favourite Brambletye moments was being a part of the staff and parents choir during the Christmas concert.

If you weren’t a Brambletye teacher

I would be a music therapist.

Miss A. Winn, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 2 Teacher

 

Miss A. Winn B.A., P.G.C.E.

Miss A. Winn B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 2 Teacher

Support  Staff

 

N. S. Hollamby, B.A., F.C.C.A.

Bursar

 

N. S. Hollamby, B.A., F.C.C.A.

N. S. Hollamby, B.A., F.C.C.A.

Bursar

Nick was appointed Brambletye’s Bursar in November 2014 and is responsible for all non-academic elements of the School. He is a qualified accountant and worked for a large accountancy practice before embarking in a career in schools in 2009.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the wide-ranging nature of the role – there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’.

Passion/Hobbies

Spending time with my young family and playing as much sport as possible.

Best Brambletye moment

Watching the children perform in the summer concert, it really was magnificent.

If you weren’t a Bursar..

I’d like to think I’d be a professional sportsman; however, there is a distinct lack of talent!

L. D. Quirico, F.C.C.A.

Financial Manager

 

L. D. Quirico, F.C.C.A.

L. D. Quirico, F.C.C.A.

Financial Manager

What do you like most about your job?

No two days are ever the same, so when life as an accountant just gets too exciting, I can take time out by distributing the post, franking letters, etc.

Passion/Hobbies

Running, particularly ‘off-road’ in the Sussex and Surrey countryside; travelling, music, theatre, cinema and visiting our grandchildren.

Best Brambletye moment

One I should probably keep secret, but whisper it: being Santa to Pre-Prep every year.

If you weren’t a member of the Bursary

I would be a National Trust guide and have more time to run.

Mrs J. Leman

Purchase Ledger Clerk

 

Mrs J. Leman

Mrs J. Leman

Purchase Ledger Clerk

I joined Brambletye in November 2007, after many years in IT and accounting.  My experience includes working as a programmer for Nestlé, running my own software support business, assisting in the set up of a recruitment agency and a ladies boutique, preparing accounts for a health club and consolidating accounts for a public company.

What do you like most about your job? 

Driving in every morning and seeing the vista and grounds never fails to bring a smile to my face and uplift my spirit.

Passion/Hobbies 

I enjoy relaxing with my family and friends, sharing a glass of wine, jokes and stories.  I always intend to exercise and I enjoy weight training classes, the treadmill, road cycling and walking when I make time for it!  I can easily be distracted by ‘The Bake Off’ or a good book.

Best Brambletye moment

The amazing lunches every day.

If you weren’t a member of the Bursary.

I’d waitress at a beach bar in Barbados or a surf beach in North Cornwall!

Ms H. L. Tarnoy, B.A.

Headmaster’s Secretary, Registrar

 

Ms H. L. Tarnoy, B.A.

Ms H. L. Tarnoy, B.A.

Headmaster’s Secretary, Registrar

Harriet read Combined Arts at Newcastle University and Project Management for Construction at Brighton University.  She joined Brambletye in 2011 as Head’s PA and subsequently took on the Registrar role in 2012.

What do you like most about your job?

The Brambletye team spirit.  It really does feel like one very large family, with everyone able to enjoy each individual child’s success.  To see children arrive, perhaps a little nervous for a taster day or assessment, to watching them leave the school having grown into confident young adults, is really special.

Passion/Hobbies

Spending time with my children exploring somewhere or something new; hiking, snowboarding and scuba diving; good food and cooking – though it is always a treat to be cooked for!

Best Brambletye moment

Sports and Speech Day always.  It is such a wonderfully inclusive day, celebrating all that the children have achieved over the past year.  With the sports fields usually bathed in sunshine, happy children receiving prizes, families and friends gathering for picnics in the beautiful school grounds whilst hollering encouragement towards the athletics track, Brambletye doesn’t get much better than this.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room

I would start a Brambletye ski school in the Alps.

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

School Secretary

 

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

Prep School Secretary

Rachel Duthie: School Secretary 

Rachel grew up in Zimbabwe and read Classics at Cape Town University before moving to London. She worked in London for ten years at Christie’s and Linley, but yearned for the glamour and glitz that life as a country Prep School Secretary offered.  Rachel has been at Brambletye since 2009 working variously as Head’s PA, School Secretary and Development Assistant.

What do you like most about your job? 

I’ve been lucky enough to be at Brambletye over some periods of great change, and it’s been exciting to see the school flourish and catch up with the rest of the digital world, while retaining the reassuringly good old-fashioned spirit that drew me to Brambletye in the first place.

Passion/Hobbies

Spending time with my young family, exploring the Kent/Sussex countryside and establishing which pubs have playgrounds in them.

Best Brambletye moment

Shepherding a large ewe off school grounds, back into the neighboring field. That wasn’t in the Job Description I was given!

If you weren’t a Secretary...

I’d make an excellent Shepherdess (see above).

Mrs K. J. Field, B.A.

Prep School Secretary/Development Assistant

 

Mrs K. J. Field, B.A.

Mrs K. J. Field, B.A.

Development Assistant

Katharine is currently on Maternity Leave from her role, having had her second child in September.

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Marketing and Communications

 

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Amelia Brooks: Headmaster’s wife & Marketing Officer
Amelia read Russian and French at Durham University, before working at Bloomberg LP. She joined Brambletye with Will in September 2015 and is fully involved with school life as well as being responsible for the school’s marketing.

What do you like most about your job?
No day is the same at Brambletye, but the level of youthful energy that fills the school is a constant. The children’s exuberance is contagious and the smorgasbord of staff talent is very inspiring.

Passion/Hobbies
I love travelling with my family, playing tennis, taking in the countryside on a walk with Hercules the dog, eating a lot and getting lost in a fantastic book.

Best Brambletye moment
Carols under the Christmas tree with the boarders and residential staff. It’s a tradition for the Headmaster and the youngest boarder to sing a duet and boarders and staff perform comic sketches and make music while the fire crackles merrily in the hearth. It is a proper old-fashioned evening that would be hard to replicate anywhere else.

If you weren’t a headmaster’s wife…
This is my second career and I wouldn’t change it for anything!

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.

Pre-Prep Secretary

 

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.

Pre-Prep Secretary

My role involves supporting, administering and documenting the many strands of Pre-Prep life and keeping the parent body abreast of news, events and our day-to-day activities. I am the first point of contact for general enquiries and visitors.

What I like about my job

No two days are the same – clichéd but true! It is a vibrant, dynamic and energising environment and great to be part of a team whose goal is to deliver outstanding and memorable experiences for the children and their families.

Passion/Hobbies

I like nothing more than spending time with my family and friends, walking our dogs over the Ashdown Forest and socialising over dinner or a pub lunch. I like being active and keeping fit, my current craze being Kettle Bells.

Best Brambletye Moment

Book Day in the Pre-Prep – creative and colourful costumes bringing the children’s favourite books to life. The enthusiasm and excitement was infectious resulting in a great fun day celebrating the brilliance of books.

If you weren’t a School Secretary what would you be?

Working in conservation, in some way, shape or form. This could either be from a historical perspective by getting involved in National Trust/Heritage properties, or via environmental projects, both domestic and abroad.

Mrs L. Townsend, B.Eng., P.G.C.E

Development Assistant & Alumni Relations

 

Mrs Lena Townsend, B.Eng., P.G.C.E.

Mrs Lena Townsend, B.Eng., P.G.C.E.

Development Assistant & Alumni Relations

Lena read Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bath University before becoming a Science Teacher and then working in the education software industry in marketing and business development.  Lena is a Governor at Bletchingley Village Primary School and a Trustee of the Tandridge Learning Trust.

What do you like most about your job? 

The friendly environment and the enthusiasm for continued improvement in all aspects of school life.

Passions/Hobbies

I love meeting people and learning from them.  I enjoy a wide variety of water sports and am delighted that my children are now both of an age where I can share my love of these with them.

Best Brambleye moment 

Having only been at Brambletye a mere four weeks it would have to be the moment I was offered the opportunity to work here.

If you weren’t the Development Assistant at Brambletye

My absolute dream job would to be part of the underwater filming team on Plant Earth II series.

 

Mrs H.L. White, M.Sc., Assoc. CIPD 

HR & Compliance Officer

 

Mrs H.L. White, M.Sc., Assoc. CIPD

Mrs H.L. White, M.Sc., Assoc. CIPD

Pre-Prep Secretary

Heather completed her MSc in Personnel and Development in 2013 before working in HR at Tonbridge School.  Previous to this she had a career as a Careers Advisor working at several schools in East Sussex.  She joined Brambletye in September 2017.

What do you like most about your job?

The people I come across in my role.  Their stories, their situations…..people are fascinating.  I also love the family feel that Brambletye  has and seeing how well staff support each other and how approachable the Senior Management Team are. 

Passions/Hobbies

Taking lovely walks with a very stubborn Shih-Tzu, Milly for the Cinnamon Trust (a dog walking charity).  I also love spending time with my young family, cooking (badly) and getting immersed in a really good TV series. 

Best Brambletye moment?

…..this is yet to come having started here so recently but I have been overwhelmed by the friendliness and kindness of both staff and pupils since I arrived.

If you were not working in HR?

I would love to be a  primary school teacher, as much as I love working in HR I will always regret not making the leap into teaching but working in a school environment is a close second.

L.P.H. Simpson

Head of Estates

 

L.P.H. Simpson

L.P.H. Simpson

Head of Estates

Governors

 

P. J. Lough, M.A., P.G.C.E.C.A.

Chairman

 

P. J. Lough, M.A., P.G.C.E.

P. J. Lough, M.A., P.G.C.E.

Chairman

Philip Lough was Headmaster of three prep schools – Windlesham House School in West Sussex, The Hall, Hampstead and subsequently Westminster Under School. Previously he was a Housemaster at Marlborough College. He now works as an educational consultant, especially in the prep school sector, and is a Governor of two other independent schools. His father was a founder Governor at Brambletye.

L. A. Armstrong, M.A.

 

L. A. Armstrong, M.A.

L. A. Armstrong, M.A.

 

Lorne Armstrong is a founding partner of global training business The Event Academy and experiential marketing agency Fathom.  He is an Old Brambletyean and has a son at the school.

Mrs C. J. Atkin, B.A.

 

Mrs C. J. Atkin, B.A.

Mrs C. J. Atkin, B.A.

 

Kate Atkin had a career in Human Resources in London. After having children, Kate worked at the Hospice in the Weald recruiting volunteers, followed by 8 years as Registrar and Head of Marketing at Brambletye.  Kate now works as Volunteer and Committee Member at Royal Marsden.  Three generations of Kate’s husband’s family are Brambletye OBs.

 C. J. Beazley, B.Sc

 

Mr C. J. Beazley, B.Sc

Mr C. J. Beazley, B.Sc

 

Christopher Beazley is CEO of the London Market Group, an organisation that represents the insurance and reinsurance market in London. He commenced his career in insurance in 2001 and has previously worked both as a broker and on the underwriting side in London, Singapore and the USA. Having left Brambletye in 1992, his education continued at Charterhouse before graduating from the University of Kent. He was married in the Brambletye Chapel in 2010 and now lives in London with his wife Molly and their 3 children.

T. A.C. N. Dawson, M.A.,P.G.C.E.

 

T. A.C. N. Dawson, M.A.,P.G.C.E.

T. A.C. N. Dawson, M.A.,P.G.C.E.

 

Tom Dawson was educated at Eton and went on to read Modern Languages at Edinburgh University, prior to completing a PGCE at Bristol University.  Tom moved to Sunningdale in 2002 fulfilling various roles until taking over as Headmaster in 2005. Tom is also on the board of the Independent Schools Examination Board and is Chairman of the Languages Committee.  Tom is married to Elisabeth and they have a son and a daughter.

Mrs J. Donegan

 

Mrs M. P. Donegan

Mrs M. P. Donegan

 

Jenny Donegan previously worked as a headhunter in the financial services sector in London. Mother of three, two of which went through Brambletye, she lives in Cowden, Kent.

M. J. Lascelles, B.A.

 

M. J. Lascelles, B.A.

M. J. Lascelles, B.A.

 

Mark Lascelles is Head Master of Dauntsey’s School, in West Lavington, Wiltshire. Prior to this post, he was Lower Master (Deputy Head) at The King’s School, Canterbury. He is married to Amber and they have three young daughters.

S. N. A. Leefe, B.A., A.C.A

 

S. N. A. Leefe, B.A., A.C.A

S. N. A. Leefe, B.A., A.C.A

 

Simon Leefe is a founding member of 24Haymarket, a group of angel investors backing early stage companies in the UK.  Simon is also a trustee of the charity Help2Read. He is married to Joy and lives in Ansty.  He is a Brambletye alumnus and his two children were both educated at Brambletye.

M. R. Marten, B.Sc., M.R.I.C.S.

 

M. R. Marten, B.Sc., M.R.I.C.S.

M. R. Marten, B.Sc., M.R.I.C.S.

 

Miles Marten was educated at Ardingly College, before he went on to study at Southbank University London, graduating with a degree in Estate Management.  A year later he qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Miles’s specialist area is providing investment advice to a range of UK institutions.  Miles lives in Buxted with his wife Camilla, and has two children currently at Brambletye.

N. J. Perry, M.A.

 

N. J. Perry, M.A.

N. J. Perry, M.A.

 

Nick Perry is the Managing Partner of the London office of law firm Bird & Bird LLP.  He is married with three children, all of whom have been educated at Brambletye, and lives in Lye Green in Sussex.

Mrs S. A. Price, M.A., P.G.C.E

 

Mrs S. A. Price, M.A., P.G.C.E

Mrs S. A. Price, M.A., P.G.C.E

 

Samantha Price is Headmistress of Benenden School.  She started her teaching career as a History of Art and History Teacher and was then a teacher and Housemistress at King’s Canterbury.  Her next post was Deputy Head at Hereford Cathedral School and from there she became Head of Godolphin, before joining Benenden in 2014.  She is married to Iori, an Army Chaplain, and they have a daughter and a son.

Mrs D. Walker, B.Sc.

 

Mrs D. Walker, B.Sc.

Mrs D. Walker, B.Sc.

 

Diana Walker runs Anderson Hoare, a recruitment and training consultancy in London. Her two children were at Brambletye and she lives in Hartfield.