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, History, Head of PSHEE

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

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

Deputy Headmaster, History, Head of PSHEE

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.

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!

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

Head of Lower School

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

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

Head of Lower School

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.

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

Assistant Head (Academic), Head of History.

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

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

Head of History, Assistant Head (Academic)

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!

Ms. C.J.  Wightman, M.F.A., B.A., P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Pastoral), Head of English 

C. J. Wightman, M.F.A., B.A., P.G.C.E.

C. J. Wightman, M.F.A., B.A., P.G.C.E.

English

Charis read Drama at the University of Manchester, before working as a legal secretary whilst contemplating a career in law and then moving to London to work in television production.  Upon realising teaching was the career for her, she completed a PGCE and taught in Devon before moving to Dubai, where she spent many happy years being both Head of Year and then Head of English at Repton, Dubai. She then moved to Foremarke Dubai where she was a founding member of the Prep department as well as again being Head of English and Head of Year. During her time there, she delivered training to staff and parents on all areas of teaching and learning English as well as training to staff from Nursery to Year 13 at international schools, on the implementation of a new curriculum as well as how to delivery outstanding lessons. She then returned to Manchester and completed an MFA in Creative Writing, which included writing a full length Young Adult fiction book. Next she spent a term teaching at Pembroke,  a boarding school in Kenya where she taught Maths and History and was a Houseparent in the boys’ house, before joining Brambletye in January 2019.

What do you like most about your job? 

Being able to talk and enthuse about English all day with young people.

Passion/Hobbies 

I love to read and I am currently working on my second book.   I enjoyed being a judge for Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition.  I like to run, play squash and swim, and love spending time with my niece and nephew. My favourite thing to do is go for long walks on Dartmoor, especially in winter when it ends with an evening in front of a fire.

Best Brambletye moment

Tricky.  I’m going to plump for last year’s Verse Speaking Competition.  The talent and confidence of some of our pupils was incredible.  I may have shed a tear. 

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

If I weren’t a teacher I would like to be a famous author (mostly to get the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.)

Prep Teaching Staff

 

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

Head of Boarding, Director of Music.

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

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

Head of Boarding, Director of Music.

Peta (Mrs A) 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 Summer 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 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, Nelson Housemaster

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, Wellington Housemaster

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

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

Mathematics, Wellington Housemaster

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 C. Ferris, B.A., P.G.C.E.

Year 4 Teacher

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

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

Year 4 Teacher

Catie studied Acting whilst at university in Bath and went on to perform across different venues including Shakespeare’s Globe in London. After completing her degree, Catie moved to a prep school in St. Albans where she worked as an unqualified teacher and boarding assistant. Catie later completed her PGCE in Brighton and has since taught in schools across West Sussex. Catie joined the Brambletye family in September 2019 and is keen to get stuck in to the busy Brambletye lifestyle!

What do you like most about your job?

I love that every morning I get to see the biggest smiles on the children’s faces as they prepare for a fun packed day ahead. The children at Brambletye are so lucky to be surrounded by passionate teachers, immersing themselves in a vast amount of activities; it is clear that they are more confident and charismatic learners because of this.

Passions/Hobbies

Having trod the boards for a number of years, I still love to perform when I can – however, this can be tricky as a teacher! I love to keep fit by going to the gym and love taking classes like Zumba! When I’m not so busy, I love to spend time with my family and friends and walking my dog in the countryside.

Best Brambletye moment

My favourite moment is always the first day of school when everyone is full of excitement for the year ahead. It’s always such a lovely surprise to see how much the children have changed over the summer!  I also can’t wait for all the performances this year and to witness some Brambletye magic on stage.

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

I think I would still be pursuing my acting career at the Globe – still one of the best experiences to perform in such an iconic place!

D. D. Finch, B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Head of Science

D.D. Finch B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

D.D. Finch B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Head of Science

David read Medical Imaging at Liverpool University before completing a PGCE at Edge Hill University. He has taught in both state and independent schools, where he has held various roles including being a Head of Biology at two schools; Senior Boarding Tutor; Head of Cricket and most recently Head of Boarding. As part of his Head of Boarding role he was also the Designated Safeguarding Leader. David and his family joined Brambletye in September 2020. 

What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy being able to help students realise their potential and encourage them to always give things a go.

Passions/Hobbies

Sport – especially cricket. Whether it is winter nets or the summer season, I really enjoy both the coaching and playing of it. I also like to get some golf in when I can, although I am a long way off getting my PGA license. My other passion is spending time with my family and visiting National Trusts with them.

Best Brambletye moment

Being part of a community that looks after each other and where you always feel supported

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

Professional cricket coach 

J. Franco, B.A., P.G.C.E.

French & Spanish Teacher

J. Franco B.A., P.G.C.E.

J. Franco B.A., P.G.C.E.

French & Spanish Teacher

Josh read English Literature and Spanish at the University of Exeter;  On graduating, he worked in Jersey in Offshore Finance for two years before qualifying as a teacher. After 3 years working in a bilingual school in Madrid, Josh moved back to the UK to teach Spanish and French and joined Brambletye in January 2020.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy the challenge and the creative element of planning lessons; the fact that no one day is the same as the last; and sharing my passion for learning languages with the students.

Passions/Hobbies

I love sport and being outdoors. My winter sport is football and in the summer I swap my boots for a tennis racket. I have recently got into cooking and I try my hand at Jamie Oliver and Happy Pear recipes with varying degrees of success

Best Brambletye moment

That would have to be French Day at the Pre-Prep. All the children were dressed up in French outfits with little mustaches drawn on their faces. It was such a fun day: we had croissants and chocolat chaud for breakfast, we sang French songs and pupils created model Eiffel Towers

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

If I weren’t a teacher, I would likely be a personal trainer or sports coach.

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.

Master of Scholars, Mathematics

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

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

Head of Scholars, 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!

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.

Miss L.G. Kennedy, B.A., M.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Head of Classics

Miss L.G. Kennedy, B.A., M.Sc., P.G.C.E

Miss L.G. Kennedy, B.A., M.Sc., P.G.C.E

Head of Classics

Lara read Classics at the University of Bristol, specialising in epic poetry and Greek tragedy. Lara then moved to London and completed a masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. This was followed by a PGCE and five years teaching Classics to A-level at Moreton Hall in Shropshire. Lara joined the wonderful Brambletye family in September 2020.

What do you like most about your job? 

Sharing stories! It is a true joy to share, listen to, and translate stories all day long; stories about words, stories about language, stories about people, monsters, gods. I enjoy nothing more than helping a child unlock a puzzling piece of Latin grammar and seeing their shock/delight/horror when they realise what that sentence means and what that means for the story!

Passion/Hobbies

I always have a book (or two!) in my bag, ready to seize any spare moment for a spot of reading. I also go outdoors as much as possible, and this normally involves my two main loves of walking and picnics. You can’t beat sitting upon a centuries-old tree-root after a good morning’s hike and tucking into bread, cheese and homemade lemonade.

Best Brambletye moment

Playing football for the first time in my life as part of the Years 5 and 6 Girls’ Football Tournament. Talk about jumping out of your comfort zone!

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

A teacher! I can’t think of a better way of spending my days. Unless, perhaps, somebody wants to pay me to read books and eat cake all day …?

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…

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 N. McKie, B.Ed.

Head of Modern Languages

Mrs N. McKie, B.Ed.

Mrs N. McKie, B.Ed.

Head of Modern Languages

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.

G. A. Mitten, B.A., M.A. (Ed)

English

G.A. Mitten, B.A., M.A.(Ed)

G.A. Mitten, B.A., M.A.(Ed)

English

Gary read Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After teaching in London for a couple of years, he returned to Brighton where he taught and completed his Masters in Education. He was awarded an M.A. with Merit, from the University of Sussex. Gary has held numerous positions: Inclusion Advisor, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. He joined Brambletye in January 2020.

What do you most like about your job?

Being able to help a pupil develop a love of learning through fun lessons is hugely rewarding. I enjoy those moments when a pupil realises they can achieve more than even they thought, or they have a eureka moment.

Passion/hobbies

I love sport! I am mildly obsessed with golf, but also play tennis too. I absolutely adore skiing and completed two ski seasons in Alpe D’Huez in my younger years.

Best Brambletye Moment

I would have to go with organising a ‘bring your pet’ to the lesson during the recent home learning period. Trying to teach online while we all attempted to keep our dogs or cats still was brilliant. Admittingly, perhaps not the most effective way to start a lesson but definitely the most fun!

If I wasnt’ a member of the Brambletye Common Room?

I could happily travel around the world, playing professional golf for huge sums of money.  Equally, architecture interests me and designing my own dream home sounds enticing, so perhaps an Architect.

T.H. Morgan, B.Sc.,M.A. (Ed), P.G.C.E.

Head of Mathematics

T.H. Morgan B.Sc., M.A.(Ed), P.G.C.E.

T.H. Morgan B.Sc., M.A.(Ed), P.G.C.E.

Head of Mathematics

Tom went to Cowbridge Comprehensive, in the Vale of Glamorgan before going on to read Criminology at the University of Southampton. He also completed his PGCE at Southampton and his MA at the University of Bath. Tom began his career in teaching in 2011 at Beechwood Park School where he taught Maths and Games before moving to Kings’ Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Whilst at Kings’ he was promoted to Head of Maths in post before moving on to the British International School Al Khobar. Here Tom held multiple positions of responsibility, including Head of Maths, Data Manager (Academic) and Exams Officer. Tom and his wife Lydia have three children (one born in each country in which they have worked!): Arthur, Eirlys and Bertie.  

What do you like most about your job? 

Having worked primarily in secondary schools, I find the enthusiasm and the joy of learning demonstrated by the pupils at Brambletye to be a breath of fresh air. There are always plenty of smiles and a positive attitude, whether they are in a maths classroom, on the games field or in the dining room.

Passion/Hobbies

I have played a lot of rugby but as I have got older and my family has grown, I have found that I have been consigned more and more to the role of spectator. During the recent lockdown I rediscovered my love of running (I have previously completed a marathon and triathlon but that was many moons ago!) and bought a road bike to help me explore the South Downs and beyond. I also enjoy reading, which may surprise some given that I teach maths and I love to travel. During the last year I embarked on a year off to travel the world; this was unfortunately cut short by Covid-19 but we still managed to visit France, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Best Brambletye moment

I haven’t been at Brambletye long but I really enjoyed my first experience of boarding on the Sunday before school started. I have not been a part of that sort of atmosphere before and everyone was so pleased to be back at school, seeing friends and meeting new people. It was a joy to be a part of.

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

I would love to run a book shop. I have always been an avid reader and I love nothing more than popping into a local book shop and browsing through the many and varied titles they have on offer. In reality, though, I think I would miss the buzz and excitement of being a teacher.

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.

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

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

Head of History, Assistant Head (Academic)

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!

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

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 N. Robinson, B.A., P.G.C.E., M.F.A.

Head of Learning Development

Mrs N. Robinson

Mrs N. Robinson

Head of Learning Development

Nicky read Education with English and History at Durham University. Before joining Brambletye in
January 2019 Nicky was an Assistant Head teacher, in charge of Inclusion, across two primary
schools.

What do you like most about your job?

The children! It is a privilege to work with children on a 1:1 or small group basis. It allows you to get
to know the children very well, and it is a joy to watch them realise that they can do it.

Passion/Hobbies

I love to be outside in the countryside or by the beach. I especially enjoy walking in the New Forest and in the Lake District. Having a growing family keeps me busy, but when I get the opportunity I love to visit the theatre; especially the musicals. I also enjoy going to a good concert. My favourite artist is Bruce Springsteen who I have seen more times than I can remember.

Best Brambletye Moment

I have to say the view from the top of the drive is pretty spectacular, and I particularly loved it when it snowed. I am sure there are many more stand out moments to come!

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

I would be an educational or child psychologist. I have studied psychology in my spare time, as well as professionally, and I find it fascinating.

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

Music, Geography

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

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.

Miss A.J. Young B.Sc., P.G.C.E., Q.T.S.

Year 3 Teacher

Miss A.J. Young B.Sc., P.G.C.E., Q.T.S.

Miss A.J. Young B.Sc., P.G.C.E., Q.T.S.

Year 3 Teacher

Arabella read Politics and Sociology at the University of Bristol, specialising in international relations and political argument. Arabella then moved to Switzerland where she worked as a ski instructor and guide for the Swiss Ski School for two years. Following this she completed a PGCE and worked in an academy school in Westminster before joining Brambletye in September 2020.

What do you like most about your job? 

Having the opportunity to inspire and be inspired. The children at Brambletye have a contagious enthusiasm for school life and it’s hard not to feel uplifted when listening to them recount the plethora of experiences they have in just one day!

Passion/Hobbies 

Having worked for 2 years in the Swiss Alps I have a passion for the outdoors and skiing in particular. I also love water sports, especially those which involve being towed along behind a boat at speed. When snow and water are unavailable, I like to climb and cycle, but I also love spending time with friends and family, preferably over a big roast dinner.

Best Brambletye moment

Being drafted to play in the Junior girls’ rounders tournament. It really took me back to my own childhood and I loved being a part of the team spirit that the children at Brambletye share.

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

I think it’s hard to find a more fulfilling career than teaching but working for an NGO would certainly appeal. The pipe dream of course would be to become a professional skier. 

Matronal & Medical Staff

 

Ms J. Pochel, R.N.  

School Sister

Miss J. Pochel, R.N.

Miss J. Pochel, R.N.

School Sister

Mrs J. Corbin, B.Sc., R.G.N., N.D.N.

School Sister

Mrs J. Corbin, B.Sc., R.G.N., N.D.N.

Mrs J. Corbin, B.Sc., R.G.N., N.D.N.

School Sister

Miss J. Faulkner

Assistant Houseparent

Miss J. Faulkner

Miss J. Faulkner

Assistant Houseparent

Jasmine  joined Brambletye in 2018 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.

 

Mrs H. Harrison B.Sc., B.M.B.S.

Head Matron

Mrs H. Harrison

Mrs H. Harrison

Head Matron

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 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

Classroom 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

Year 2 Teaching Assistant, Stay & Play

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

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

Year 2 Teaching 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.

Miss K. McColl, B.A.

Nursery Teacher

Miss K. McColl, B.A.

Miss K. McColl, B.A.

Nursery Teacher

Mrs A. Morton-Smith, B.A.

EYFS Teaching  Assistant

Mrs A. Morton-Smith

Mrs A. Morton-Smith

EYFS Teaching Assistant

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

Nursery Teacher

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

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

Nursery 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 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 C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.   

Pre-Prep Secretary

Mrs D. Simpson

Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mrs D. Simpson

Mrs D. Simpson

Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mrs J.C. Thorburn, C.A.C.H.E.  3 Dip.

Year 1 Teaching  Assistant

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

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

Year 1 Teaching 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.

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!

Mrs J. Leman

Deputy Bursar

Mrs J. Leman

Mrs J. Leman

Deputy Bursar

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!

Mrs K.J. Garner

Accounts Assistant

Mrs K.J. Garner

Mrs K.J. Garner

Accounts Assistant

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 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 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 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 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.

Mrs K. J. Field, B.A.

Alumni & Development Assistant

 

Mrs K. J. Field, B.A.

Mrs K. J. Field, B.A.

Alumni & Development Assistant

L.P.H. Simpson

Head of Estates

L.P.H. Simpson

L.P.H. Simpson

Head of Estates

 

J.B. Geer, M.A. MMus, P.G. Cert, P.G.V.D

Music Department Administrator

J.B. Geer, M.A., MMus, P.G. Cert P.G.V.D.

J.B. Geer, M.A., MMus, P.G. Cert P.G.V.D.

Music Department Administrator

Governors

Governors of the School are appointed based on factors such as their professional skills and experience, and their knowledge of the School. Appointments are recommended by a Governor Nominations Sub-Committee and approved by the full Board. While there are no current vacancies, you are welcome to contact the Chairman of Governors at the email address stated on the contact page if you feel you have the requisite skills and are interested in joining the Board in due course.

 

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.

 C. J. Beazley, B.Sc

Mr C. J. Beazley, B.Sc

Mr C. J. Beazley, B.Sc

Christopher Beazley is CEO of MS Amlin AG, a Swiss based reinsurance company.  He started work in the insurance industry in 2001, and has thoroughly enjoyed being based in London, Houston, Singapore and Zurich during his career.  He was educated at Brambletye from 1987-1992 before moving on to Charterhouse followed by the University of Kent.  He met his wife Molly, in Houston, Texas and they were married in the Brambletye chapel in 2010.  They have three 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 V. A. Finegold, B.A., G.S.R.E.

Mrs V. A. Finegold, B.A., G.S.R.E.

Mrs V. A. Finegold, B.A., G.S.R.E.

Virginia was born in Venezuela and spent much of her childhood abroad in Australia and Iran.  She was  educated at Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks and read a double major in English and American Literature and Print Journalism at New York University.  Ginny has worked in the Financial sector in London broking American stocks and shares and  as a Financial Journalist in New York. She is a trustee at Bradfield College.

Virginia has a passion for theatre and is a Patron of two theatres groups in London and New York. She been a parent at Brambletye since 2003, all four of her children have attended Brambletye.   She lives on a farm nearby with her husband Nick.

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.

R.C.W. Mason, B.A.

 

R.C.W. Mason, B.A.

R.C.W. Mason, B.A.

Rob Mason has spent his career in the sports marketing business, recently founding the consultancy Inform Network following his time at IMG.  A law graduate from Durham university, he lives locally with his wife Emma and their two sons, Tom and William, who were both 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.

Dr. A.L.R.  Peterken B.A., M.A., Ed.D

 

Dr. A.L.R. Peterken, B.A., M.A., Ed. D.

Dr. A.L.R. Peterken, B.A., M.A., Ed. D.

Educated at Eton College, Alex read Theology at the University of Durham, and was also a Choral Scholar at Durham Cathedral. He holds an MA in Educational Management and a Doctorate in Education, specialising in School Leadership.
Alex’s first teaching post was at Charterhouse where he spent 11 successful years in various posts including Head of Theology, Head of Higher Education and Careers and Housemaster.  He joined Cheltenham College as Deputy Headmaster in 2008 and became Headmaster in September 2010.  Alex returned to Charterhouse as Headmaster in January 2018.

Alex is passionate about co-education and helping pupils achieve their academic best, whilst stretching their co-curricular talents and preparing them for life beyond school.  Alex is Vice-Chair of ISEB and Governor at both Brambletye School and Lambrook School.

Alex is married to Henny and has six children.

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.

Ms. L. J. Watts

 

Ms. L. J.  Watts

Ms. L. J. Watts

Lucy Watts was educated at South Hampstead High School and St.Helen’s and St.Katherine’s School,Oxfordshire.  She started teaching in London in 1988 and was Headmistress of Eaton House ,Belgravia for 17 years.She is now an Educational Consultant.
Lucy lives in London with her husband,Damian.