Who's Who

 

Senior Management Team

 

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

Headmaster

Mr 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!

 

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

Bursar

Mr 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!

Mr T. G. Elphinstone, M.A., Q.T.S.

Deputy Headmaster, Head of PSHEE

Mr T. Elphinstone, M.A., Q.T.S.

Deputy Headmaster, Head of PSHEE

Tom read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he was a scholar.  He started his career at Radley College as an English teacher and Assistant House Master before experiencing pacy day school life at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith.  The urge to travel overcame him and he and his wife then spent two years backpacking in Asia and South America: living with Siberian reindeer nomads, tracking wolves with Mongolian eagle hunters, trekking in the Himalayas and the Andes, sleeping in Tibetan monasteries and making Mendozan wine. Returning to the UK, Tom joined Harrow School where he was Master in Charge of Oxbridge and Scholars, Head of Year 9 and Prep Schools Liaison.  After six happy years at Harrow, he took up a sunny post as Head of Lower Secondary at King’s College School, Cascais (Portugal), a role in which he helped manage the school’s development from a prep school to an all-through school.  Tom and his family joined Brambletye in 2023.

What do you like most about your job?

The humour and endless variety. School is a rich and joyful environment, and children make me laugh a lot. Helping children find their feet and grow in confidence is also a great privilege.

Passion/Hobbies

I love playing all sports but perhaps more than anything, I enjoy spending time in nature.  Mountain hikes, family walks and gardening are amongst life’s chief pleasures.

Best Brambletye moment

I haven’t been here long, but watching the boys and girls lounging up in the trees during break filled me with joy and reminded me of the happiness of my own childhood.

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

Brambletye feels just right but, in another world, perhaps my wife and I would still be wandering the Mongolian steppe with our toddler in tow.

Miss K. M. Fleming, M.A., B.A., QTS., AdvDip

Head of Pre-Prep (Nursery & EYFS)

Miss K. M. Fleming, M.A., B.A., QTS., AdvDip

Head of Pre-Prep (Nursery & EYFS)

Kate trained as a teacher at Canterbury Christchurch University before teaching in both the state and independent sectors.  She has recently owned and run a Nursery in the Sussex countryside and whilst there undertook a Masters in Early Years Education. She has been a guest lecturer on the Masters course and also enjoys being a primary school governor.  Kate is delighted to have joined Brambletye and to be working in such a wonderful team.

What I like about my job

I love creating a happy environment which fosters a love of learning.  It is a privilege to see children develop as individuals with their own strengths and interests and to be part of their journey.

Passion/Hobbies

I’m a keen reader and enjoy a monthly book club meetup.  I love being outside for long walks, horse rides or paddle boarding.  Ballet has always been an interest, as well as theatre trips with friends and family. A trip to Cornwall is always a good idea! 

Best Brambletye Moment

I’ve only been here for a few weeks but my favourite moment so far has been seeing the children in the Pre-Prep ‘travel around the world’, excitedly clutching their passports as they celebrated the culmination of our International Week. I’m already looking forward to the Christmas celebrations!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be…

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but as a child, I’d have said ballerina!  More realistically, I love a rummage in an antiques shop so probably something to do with that.

Mrs A. Brooks, B.A.

Headmaster’s Wife

Marketing and Communications

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!

Mr F. J. Piper, B.A., i.P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Academic); Head of History

Mr F.J. Piper, B.A., i.P.G.C.E

Assistant Head (Academic); Head of History

Freddie read Politics at Leeds University and then became Head of History and Politics at Padworth College while also completing his PGCE at Buckingham University. After three years at Padworth he moved to Handcross Park where he held a number of roles during his ten years there including Head of History and Head of Upper School. He joined Brambletye in 2022. 

What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy the variety of each day. Whether it is helping the children have a lightbulb moment in a History lesson or seeing the progress they make on the sports field. There are so many opportunities for the children to realise their potential and it is great to be able to see it happen every day. 

Passions/Hobbies

I love most sports and still play the occasional game of rugby for Crowborough and enjoy a game of squash or round of golf whenever time allows.
I have three small children so most of my spare time is spent with the family, often outdoors and exploring the local area, be that walking through the woods, going for a bike ride or visiting a local play park or National Trust site. 

Best Brambletye moment

Fairly early on in my time at Brambletye we hosted Grandparents’ Day.   I was struck by how proud the children were to show off their school to their families and the positivity from that day was definitely a highlight of my early days here. 

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

On a school ski trip one of the instructors I met told me he spent six months teaching skiing in the Alps and the other six months as a water sports instructor in Saint Tropez. That sounded pretty good! 

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

Assistant Head (Pastoral) Head of Science

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

Assistant Head (Pastoral); 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 

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

Head of Lower School

Mr 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.

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

Year 3 Teacher, Assistant Head (Data & Digital)

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

Year 3 Teacher, Assistant Head (Data & Digital)

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. 

Mr N. M. Mason, M.A. B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Co-Curricular), Head of Geography

Mr N.M. Mason, M.A., B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Co-Curricular), Head of Geography

Nick read Geography at Kingston University before joining the Army on a Short Service Commission. Here he gained enormous satisfaction from leading troops on exercises and operations around the world. Wanting to train and coach young people, Nick completed his PGCE at the Institute of Education before teaching in the maintained sector in South West London for 12 years. He completed his MA Geography in Education, as well as working as a Head of Year for all the secondary key stages including Sixth Form. At his previous school he set up the Combined Cadet Force, Royal Marines’ Contingent, one of only 19 in the country at the time.

What do you like most about your job? 
Being able to teach a subject I really enjoy and one that always gets students asking challenging questions. I get huge satisfaction from the ‘Oh, I get it Sir’ moment where something you are explaining suddenly resonates with pupils and they are secure in their knowledge for that particular topic or skill. Not to mention the ability to be constantly challenged by students’ perceptions and wide ranging questions – every day is different and you are always kept on your toes!

Passion/Hobbies
Any sport really, watching, playing or coaching; spending time with my family and trying to combine all of these with some good holidays where we can watch sport in the sunshine as a family!

Best Brambletye moment
The Year 8 Leavers’ trip. Despite the relentless rain, sogginess and mud there was always humour and positivity.  It was a fantastic few days which brought out the best of the Brambletye spirit.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room
I love the idea of planning and leading expeditions thus combining Geography with adventure!

 

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

Head’s PA, Head of Admin 

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

Head's PA, Head of Admin

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).

Prep Teaching Staff

 

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

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.

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

Mathematics, Wellington Housemaster

Mr 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.

Mrs Erika Eastcott

Teaching Assistant (Lower School)

Mrs Erika Eastcott

Teaching Assistant (Lower School)

After working for 9 years at a local primary school, Erika joined the Lower School team in January 2020,  

What do you like most about your job?

Within a few days of starting my role at Brambletye I felt very much at home due, in a large part, to the Brambletye family spirit – the children and staff were all so welcoming. 

Supporting the children whether that is in the classroom, in small groups or on a 1-1 basis is extremely rewarding. It’s so great to see their progress, but wonderful when they realise themselves what they have achieved. It’s a privilege to play a part in their development. I also love all the little conversations with the children, hearing their views and opinions is always interesting!

Best Brambletye moment.

The House Shout competition in Summer 2022 was an incredible showcase of the Brambletye creative talent – every child singing their heart out, filling the theatre with palpable joy! 

Passions/Hobbies

Two of my greatest passions are dance and music, so I can often be found heading to a theatre, concert hall or a live gig. Relaxing with my family is very important to me, whether that is enjoying movie night together, cooking homemade pizzas – which often involves a chilli challenge, or simply going for a walk in the countryside.

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

I could be a perpetual student, there are so many subjects I’d love to learn more about – Languages, Psychology, English Literature, Teaching…so I’d probably head back to the classroom!

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

Head of Science

Mr 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 

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

French & Spanish Teacher, Marlborough Housemaster

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

French & Spanish Teacher, Marlborough Housemaster

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.

Mr L.J.E. Gallagher, B.A., Q.T.S., P.G.C.E

Head of English, Head of Theatre Tech

Mr L.J.E. Gallagher, B.A., Q.T.S., P.G.C.E

Head of English, Head of Theatre Tech

Liam read English Literature at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand for his undergraduate degree, completing a postgrad Honours year in the process. He then worked in schools in Arusha, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, eventually moving to England.. He completed his PGCE and gained a Master’s Degree in Learning and Teaching through Oxford University whilst teaching English and Drama at Copthorne Preparatory School. In September 2022, Liam joined Brambletye as Head of English and Head of Theatre Technical.

What do you like most about your job?

I love working with children and seeing all the different strengths and challenges they bring to the classroom. Brambletye pupils are energetic and enthusiastic which makes working here all the more enjoyable. 

Passion/Hobbies

The sea is one of my favourite places to be, either in the water or alongside it. I very much enjoy the theatre in general and musicals in particular, with Phantom of the Opera ranking as my favourite musical of all time and Hamilton as the best recent musical. I also love to travel the world and have spent many holiday breaks exploring different countries and cultures. 

Best Brambletye moment

The Carol Concert and Carols Around the Tree events rank pretty highly up there with all the ingredients for a great experience. Superb singing and a really strong sense of community on display.

If you weren’t an English Teacher…

I have a bit of a passion for writing and words in general so I think I’d probably be working as a journalist or editor of some kind. 

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

Master of Scholars, Mathematics

Mr 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.

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

Head of Art & Design Technology

Mr 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.

Mr L. Ingen-Housz, M.A., M.A., B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of TPR 

Mr L. Ingen-Housz M.A., M.A., B.A., P.G.C.E.

Head of TPR

Lucas studied Classical languages in Canada before moving to London in 2013 for an MA in Latin palaeography. After his PGCE he taught Classics at Haileybury Imperial College until returning to university for an MA in Classical religion. He joined Brambletye as a Classics teacher in January 2022 and switched to TPR the following September

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The company. 

Passions/hobbies

I like reading about and travelling to the places in my curriculum. My happiest summer was spent reading the Bible in Jerusalem. 

Best Brambletye moment

Getting a permanent contract. I know that’s like asking the genie for more wishes but I started at Brambletye on maternity cover and became attached to the school before I knew I’d be staying. 

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

I’d run a hostel on Rhodes. I’m still planning on it a few decades down the road.

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

English, Drake Housemaster

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

English, Drake Housemaster

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!

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

Head of Classics

Ms 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, Cert SpLD

Additional Pupil Support 

Mrs M. D. M. Keville Cert SpLD

Additional Pupil Support

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…

Miss L.R. Levy, B.A., Q.T.S

Art

L.R. Levy, B.A., Q.T.S.

Art Teacher

Lauren studied Textiles at Loughborough University, specialising in print for fashion and interiors. After graduating Lauren worked as a fashion designer for  high end womenswear.  In 2008 Lauren completed a GTP at Kingston University and after qualifying went on to teach at Hurtwood House and Box Hill in Surrey, specialising in A-level fine art textiles.  Lauren has spent the last 8 years teaching the secondary key stages and A-level in the maintained sector and has begun studying towards an MA in Art Psychotherapy.

What do you most like about your job?
I feel incredibly blessed to be an Art teacher, to inspire children through art is truly precious. My own art practice continues to evolve and teaching inspires me to create. It is such a therapeutic process for children and every child conveys a visual language that is unique and a powerful form of expression. 

Passion/hobbies
Alongside being a practising artist, I love to pursue sport, running is my therapy. I have run full and ultra marathons raising funds for The Royal British Legion who I worked as an ambassador for.
I have trekked the Pyrenees and just absolutely adore being out in the elements exploring different terrain. 

 Best Brambletye Moment
I have arrived at Brambletye during the pandemic and witnessed the most supportive and caring team. The camaraderie here is tangible and I am honoured to now be part of that team. 

If I wasn’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…
I knew from a young age I wanted to teach and it is absolutely the path for me. I would love the opportunity to study an MA in the future in Art Psychotherapy and potentially go on to create an Art therapy charity for children

 

 

 

 

Mrs M. Loulaki, M.A., B.Mus

Music Teacher

Mrs M. Loulaki, M.A., B.Mus

Music Teacher

Myrto started her education in Athens at the Greek Kodaly Conservatory and Institute, and then came to London to complete her studies with an MA in Choral Education at Roehampton University.

What do you like most about your job?

I love seeing the children’s progress year after year. These little “aha” moments they might get in Year 6  when they realise something we learnt in Reception actually makes sense.  I enjoy singing with them and making music.  I feel very privileged that I teach a subject which offers me the opportunity to become a child again.

Passion/Hobbies

When I am not singing or teaching, you will find me walking with my family and our dog Pluto. I love reading books and baking cakes or even writing my own stories. 

Best Brambletye moment

As I am very  new in the school, my current best moment has been my first lesson with the year ones who made me feel very welcomed, and reminded me why I love this job.

If you weren’t a music teacher…. 

I would probably have a job in the theatre world, or writing children’s books.

Mr J. P. Lush, B.Ed.

English

Mr 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 and I joined Brambletye in the summer of 1992.  In my time at the school I have enjoyed a number of roles in addition to teaching English.   I have coached 1st Team Hockey since introducing girls’ hockey to the school in 2000, have been the Housemaster of Drake for 12 wonderful years;  I’ve edited the Brambletye Magazine and  I have  produced and directed the senior musicals since 1998. 

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.

Mr N. M. Mason,M.A. B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Head of Geography

Mr N.M. Mason, M.A., B.Sc., P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Co-Curricular), Head of Geography

Nick read Geography at Kingston University before joining the Army on a Short Service Commission. Here he gained enormous satisfaction from leading troops on exercises and operations around the world. Wanting to train and coach young people, Nick completed his PGCE at the Institute of Education before teaching in the maintained sector in South West London for 12 years. He completed his MA Geography in Education, as well as working as a Head of Year for all the secondary key stages including Sixth Form. At his previous school he set up the Combined Cadet Force, Royal Marines’ Contingent, one of only 19 in the country at the time.

What do you like most about your job? 
Being able to teach a subject I really enjoy and one that always gets students asking challenging questions. I get huge satisfaction from the ‘Oh, I get it Sir’ moment where something you are explaining suddenly resonates with pupils and they are secure in their knowledge for that particular topic or skill. Not to mention the ability to be constantly challenged by students’ perceptions and wide ranging questions – every day is different and you are always kept on your toes!

Passion/Hobbies
Any sport really, watching, playing or coaching; spending time with my family and trying to combine all of these with some good holidays where we can watch sport in the sunshine as a family!

Best Brambletye moment
The Year 8 Leavers’ trip. Despite the relentless rain, sogginess and mud there was always humour and positivity.  It was a fantastic few days which brought out the best of the Brambletye spirit.

If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room
I love the idea of planning and leading expeditions thus combining Geography with adventure!

 

Mrs N. McKie, B.Ed.

Head of Modern Languages

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.

Ms K. J. Miller-Gras, B.Ed.

Year 3 Teacher 

Ms K. J. Miller-Gras, B.Ed.

Year 3 Teacher

Katie Miller-Gras hails from Cape Town, South Africa. She trained as a Primary School Teacher  through the University of South Africa. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree in South Africa, Katie moved to London where she taught Year 3 at Eaton House the Manor and Year 4 at Bassett House School, where she was also Lower Key Stage 2 Coordinator. Having taken some time out of teaching to explore the advertising industry, she realised that nothing compares and made the return to education as a Year 2 Teaching Assistant at Brambletye Pre-Prep for one year, before joining the Prep School Team as a Year 3 Teacher in 2022.

What do you like most about your job?

It is so rewarding to be part of the children’s learning journey. I really enjoy seeing them thrive and develop confidence as they master new skills and discover the things that they’re passionate about.

Passion/Hobbies

I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family, travelling to discover new places, drawing landscapes and animals, and have recently taken up modern calligraphy.

Best Brambletye moment

The Carol Concert was definitely a highlight; all of the children, parents and staff performed with great enthusiasm, and it was a lovely, festive way to start the Christmas holiday.

If you weren’t a teacher… 

Having taken some time out of teaching between 2016 & 2021, I realised that it is hard to find a more fulfilling career! It is such a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference.

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

English

Mr 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.

Mr F. J. Piper, B.A., i.P.G.C.E.

Assistant Head (Academic); Head of History

Mr F.J. Piper, B.A., i.P.G.C.E

Assistant Head (Academic); Head of History

Freddie read Politics at Leeds University and then became Head of History and Politics at Padworth College while also completing his PGCE at Buckingham University. After three years at Padworth he moved to Handcross Park where he held a number of roles during his ten years there including Head of History and Head of Upper School. He joined Brambletye in 2022. 

What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy the variety of each day. Whether it is helping the children have a lightbulb moment in a History lesson or seeing the progress they make on the sports field. There are so many opportunities for the children to realise their potential and it is great to be able to see it happen every day. 

Passions/Hobbies

I love most sports and still play the occasional game of rugby for Crowborough and enjoy a game of squash or round of golf whenever time allows.
I have three small children so most of my spare time is spent with the family, often outdoors and exploring the local area, be that walking through the woods, going for a bike ride or visiting a local play park or National Trust site. 

Best Brambletye moment

Fairly early on in my time at Brambletye we hosted Grandparents’ Day.   I was struck by how proud the children were to show off their school to their families and the positivity from that day was definitely a highlight of my early days here. 

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

On a school ski trip one of the instructors I met told me he spent six months teaching skiing in the Alps and the other six months as a water sports instructor in Saint Tropez. That sounded pretty good! 

Ms K.J. Price, B.Ed. 

Science Teacher 

Ms K.J. Price, B.Ed.

Science Teacher

Kaylan hails from South Africa. She was a qualified financial adviser before starting her degree. She completed a Bachelor of Education, specialising in maths and science, in South Africa. After graduating, she took the leap and moved to the UK. She joined Brambletye in 2022. 

What do you like most about your job?

Sharing my passion and enthusiasm with the children in my classroom. It is always a special moment for me when the children show up to science with a smile on their face and an energetic buzz as they are excitedly anticipating what we might be getting up to in the lesson.  

Passion/Hobbies

I enjoy keeping fit and active by going to the gym and running, but some days I can happily curl up with a good book or tackle a puzzle. During the holidays, I love to chase the sunshine and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends! 

Best Brambletye moment

Receiving a wonderfully warm welcome from all the staff, parents and children. 

If you weren’t a Science Teacher…

Photographer or work in marketing and digital content creation.

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

Head of Additional Pupil Support

Mrs N. Robinson

Head of Additional Pupil Support

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.

Director of Music 

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

Director of Music

Rachel began her musical career as a chorister at Rochester Cathedral and later went on to read Music at Durham University.  After working in Kenya, she joined the staff at Brambletye in 2008.  

What do you like most about your job?

The diversity of the job is amazing.   I enjoy working on quartets with some of our advanced musicians as much as leading Beginner Band.  It’s very special to see the musical progress each pupil makes from Nursery up to Year 8.  As well as teaching Music, coaching netball and other sports is a great way to get to know pupils in different ways.

Passion/Hobbies

When I’m not responsible for lots of noise in the Music Department, I love spending time with family, friends, at church or adventuring with my sons somewhere in the fresh air.

Best Brambletye moment

Conducting Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical, ‘The Likes of Us’ with Tim Rice in the audience.

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

I visited Uganda in 2023 and have since founded The Fundo Foundation to support a remote primary school and its local community.  If I wasn’t teaching at Brambletye I would love to live in East Africa!

Mr R. Skinner

Art Teacher

Mr R. Skinner

Art Teacher

What do I like most about my job?
 
I love the variety that each day has, from teaching art and helping in classes, to ankle deep in mud or hot and sunny on the sports field for games, then upstairs helping in the boarding department. The community that Brambletye is second to none, and is a joy to be apart of such a world class institution.
 
Passion/ Hobbies ?
 
I am a very keen sportsman, predominantly more to the side of rugby in the winter and cricket or golf throughout the warmer months of the year and from time to time enjoy a game of squash. From an early age I have also developed a love for fishing.
 
Best Brambletye moment ?
 
Undoubtedly my first time seeing the view overlooking the reservoir.
 
If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye common room ?
 
I’d have joined the Army Air Corps in search of my pilots license.

Mr S.P. Walker, B.Ed.

Director of Sport 

Mr S.P. Walker, B.Ed.

Director of Sport

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 compliment.

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.

Mr R.E.M. Williams, B.A., i.P.G.C.E.

Head of Maths

Mr R.E.M. Williams, B.A., i.P.G.C.E.

Head of Maths

Robbie read Economics at the University of Durham after which he became a full-time professional cricketer for four years. In 2014 he moved into teaching at a full boarding prep school in Oxfordshire where he and his wife also ran a boarding house there together for six and a half years. Alongside this, he completed his PGCE, coached sport and started to raise a family too. In 2022, Robbie joined Brambletye as Head of Maths.

What do you like most about your job?

There are so many things that make teaching such an enjoyable profession; from the challenge of helping students grasp new ideas to the sense of community and purpose, one gets from supporting them in multiple facets of their lives. Being able to do this in a setting as magnificent as Brambleyte makes it all the more special.  

Passions/Hobbies

Golf and tennis are great passions of mine but with three young children, I’m more likely to be fetching balls that they have thrown, kicked or hit! Once the holidays come around, I’m always keen to settle back into a spot of cooking, especially rustling up a feast for friends and family to enjoy and you might find me and my family catching a crab or two on the shores of the Isle of Wight. Of course, as a maths lover, I love a good puzzle too!

Best Brambletye moment

You can’t go too far wrong with the House shout – magnificent singing, boundless energy and generally just great fun. 

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

I’d be continuing my dream of teaching maths, coaching sport and cooking food somewhere else!

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

Year 3 Teacher, Assistant Head (Data & Digital)

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

Year 3 Teacher, Assistant Head (Data & Digital)

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. 

Boarding & Medical Staff

 

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

School Sister

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

School Sister

Julie grew up in Scotland. She studied for a BSc in Science and Nursing Studies at Edinburgh university. She worked in hospitals, and in the community, for several years before moving south and becoming a school nurse. She has three grown up sons.

What do you like most about your job?

Brambletye is such a happy school to work in.  Children live in the moment and are always ready to smile and enjoy themselves.  It’s a privilege to help them when they come to the Surgery, whether it’s simply for a chat or to tend to an injury.

Passion/Hobbies

I have always loved reading and started to write in my thirties. In 2009 my first novel was published by Hodder and Stoughton. My ninth psychological thriller will be out in October 2024. I also love to travel, and the luxury of long holidays means that I travel a lot, recently mostly to the USA as two of my sons and my granddaughter live there.

Best Brambletye moment

I don’t think there is a stand out moment but every day something happens that warms my heart, whether it’s a child recovering from an illness and pleased to be back on games or children sharing their successes with me.

If you weren’t the Brambletye Sister…

I’d either be a midwifery teacher or be running the crime fiction department for a large publisher.

Mrs C. Kingsley 

Senior Matron

Mrs C. Kingsley

Senior Matron

 

What do you like most about your job?

The interaction with the children, their smiles and the energy they pass on to us. That is the best thing we can have. It never feels like I’m working.

Passion/Hobbies

Arts and crafts are some of my favourite hobbies; baking and cooking is my passion. When I have the time, I love taking long walks in the forest.

Best Brambletye moment

I began working at Brambletye during the 2021 lockdown and I spent the first few weeks working in an empty school.  My best Brambletye moment, therefore, was the day the children returned to school!

If you didn’t work at Brambletye what would you like to be?

Since I was young I always wanted to work with children or as a hairdresser, so if I wasn’t working at Brambletye,  I’d like to work in a hair salon.

Miss J. E. Stamp

Residential Matron 

Miss J. E. Stamp

Residential Matron

Jess has grown up in a small county called Rutland and went Uppingham school. She studied Classical Civilization, Drama and Business for  A-levels and spent her first year after leaving school working as a gap student at Brambletye.

What do you like most about your job? 

I love seeing the kids ready to start their day most mornings or up in the dorms relaxing and enjoying the boarding activities. 

Passion/Hobbies 

One of my passions is singing and musical theatre, ever since I was little I used to sing and my favourite memories are  of watching a musical, play or panto with my family.  Lacrosse is also one of my favourite hobbies and I love the adrenaline rush that comes with playing the game  – it is also where I have met some of my closest friends.

Best Brambletye moment

My best Brambletye moment would have to be Sports Day when all the kids come up to you to say goodbye and tell you how much they will miss you over the summer holidays 

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

If I wasn’t in my current occupation I would probably be in marketing and advertising for a company.

Mrs Price-Ingham (Annabelle)

Catering Manager

Mrs A. Price-Ingham (Annabelle)

Catering Manager

 

What do you like most about your job?

 

Passion/Hobbies

 

Best Brambletye moment

 

If you didn’t work at Brambletye what would you like to be?

 

Pre-Prep Staff

 

Miss K. M. Fleming, M.A., B.A., QTS., AdvDip

Head of Pre-Prep (Nursery & EYFS)

Miss K. M. Fleming, M.A., B.A., QTS., AdvDip

Head of Pre-Prep (Nursery & EYFS)

Kate trained as a teacher at Canterbury Christchurch University before teaching in both the state and independent sectors.  She has recently owned and run a Nursery in the Sussex countryside and whilst there undertook a Masters in Early Years Education. She has been a guest lecturer on the Masters course and also enjoys being a primary school governor.  Kate is delighted to have joined Brambletye and to be working in such a wonderful team.

What I like about my job

I love creating a happy environment which fosters a love of learning.  It is a privilege to see children develop as individuals with their own strengths and interests and to be part of their journey.

Passion/Hobbies

I’m a keen reader and enjoy a monthly book club meetup.  I love being outside for long walks, horse rides or paddle boarding.  Ballet has always been an interest, as well as theatre trips with friends and family. A trip to Cornwall is always a good idea! 

Best Brambletye Moment

I’ve only been here for a few weeks but my favourite moment so far has been seeing the children in the Pre-Prep ‘travel around the world’, excitedly clutching their passports as they celebrated the culmination of our International Week. I’m already looking forward to the Christmas celebrations!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be…

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but as a child, I’d have said ballerina!  More realistically, I love a rummage in an antiques shop so probably something to do with that.

Miss E.C. Atkinson, C.A.C.H.E. 3

Stay & Play & BrambleBabies Lead

Elizabeth Atkinson

Stay & Play Manager; BrambleBabies Lead

Elizabeth joined the Brambletye team aged 18 and trained to become a teaching assistant before starting a new career in hospitality.  She was delighted to return 9 years later to run Stay & Play, BrambleBabies and BrambleBabes in the Woods.  

What do you like most about your job?

The endless possibilities! Stay & Play and BrambleBabies allow me to have so much fun.  I love working with such a wide range of ages and having free reign to make a mess, make some noise, giggle with the children and watch them flourish.

Passion/Hobbies

I am currently studying to become a qualified counsellor with the aim of specialising in working with children but when I am not studying, planning exciting themes for BrambleBabies or collecting recycling for junk modelling at Stay & Play you will find me in a sunny garden with friends and my spaniel Moose. 

Best Brambletye Moment

My best Brambletye moment was introducing the chicks to our BrambleBabies.  The children were mesmerised and the Hall was full of the sound of giggling and chirping.  A truly magical session!

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

I would probably breed spaniels so that I could cuddle puppies all day, every day!

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

Deputy Head of Pre-Prep,  Key Stage 1 Teacher

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

Deputy Head of Pre-Prep, Key Stage 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.

Key Stage 1 Teacher

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

Key Stage 1 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!

Miss G.R.A. Cosens, B.Sc., P.G.C.E., Q.T.S.

Key Stage 1 Teacher

Miss G.R.A. Cosens B.Sc., P.G.C.E., Q.T.S

Key Stage 1 Teacher

What I like about my job
I love teaching young children and witnessing their amazement and wonder when they discover something new. I enjoy fostering their imagination and guiding them to design, create and achieve their goals. Being a Key Stage 1 teacher allows me to be a part of their journey to inspire them, encourage them, and help develop their confidence so they can reach their dreams.   

Passions / Hobbies
I enjoy spending my time in nature, walking in the forest, or relaxing in my garden. I have recently found a love of plants and gardening and enjoy painting a range of flowers, the more vibrant the better.  

Best Brambletye Moment
I very much enjoyed Cocoa Evening as part of Book Week. Seeing the children wrapped up cuddly and warm in their pj’s and sharing some of their favourite books was a delight. 

Miss S.L. Deane, B.A., Q.T.S.

Reception Teacher

Miss S. Deane B.A., Q.T.S.

Reception Teacher

I am honoured to be teaching at Brambletye in this early stage of my career.   I am an Early Years specialist and currently teach Reception which gives me great joy.  I love to help each child to flourish, seeing them become more confident as they develop their unique set of skills.

What I like about my job

It has to be that lightbulb moment when a child puts those sparks of knowledge and imagination together.   No day is the same, there is always an opportunity to create something new.    I really enjoy sharing my love of reading with the children, helping them to become fantastic, creative and enthusiastic learners.  

Passions / Hobbies

Reading and long country walks with my family and dogs.  I love experimenting with flavours and designs in the kitchen.  I also have a passion for the theatre, especially musicals.

Best Brambletye Moment

When I first set foot in the Pre-Prep!  I was so nervous for my interview but from the moment I entered the building I felt at ease as if it was home.  Everyone was so welcoming and kind.  I knew that the school was something very special and I wanted to be part of it.  I have also loved delving into the book “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” with my class and hearing and seeing all their wonderful explanations and ideas.  Their imagination has no limits!

Mrs K.E. Ellis, B.A., P.L.A. Dip., Cert.Ed.

Nursery Practitioner

Mrs K.E. Ellis B.A., P.L.A. Dip., Cert.Ed.

Nursery Practitioner

I am a Nursery Practitioner 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!

Miss Emma Foster, BTEC, NVQ Level 4

Nursery Middle Room Leader

Miss E. Foster BTEC, NVQ Level 4

Nursery Middle Room Leader

I have had a fulfilling and rewarding career within Early Years for the past 24 years and I joined Brambletye as a Nursery Teaching Assistant in September 2020 and I have since been promoted to Nursery Middle Room Leader. 

What I like about my job

I enjoy seeing children having fun and learning through play and seeing them grow in confidence along their journey as they progress through each stage of their development.

Passion/Hobbies

Spending quality time with my family, exploring our village and local surrounding areas, going on picnics, and spending days out together at farms, theme parks etc.

 If I wasn’t a teaching assistant  I would be…

Having never really thought about this question before, I asked my 7 year old who was quite insistent in her answer of “Mummy you should be a florist” ?!?

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

Key Stage 1 Teacher

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

Key Stage 1 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!

Miss H.L. Grantham

Nursery Practitioner

Miss H.L. Grantham

Nursery Practitioner

 

What I like about my job

 

Passion/Hobbies

 

Best Brambletye Moment

 

If you weren’t a teaching assistant at Brambletye

 

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

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

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

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

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.

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 A. Morton-Smith, C.A.C.H.E. 3

Nursery Room 1 Leader

Mrs A. Morton-Smith

Nursery Room 1 Leader

I have been an Early Years Teaching Assistant for 8 years and absolutely feel like it’s what I am destined to do.   I studied child development both at school and college and always knew I would work with young children. After having my two children, who are now both at secondary school, I feel very grateful to have joined Brambletye in September 2018. I quickly discovered that it is a special place to work. The sense of community spirit and genuine dedication and pride in everything that happens here is truly unique.

What I like about my job 

No two days are the same and I never tire of the children’s enthusiasm for life and learning. To watch them grow, both in their development and confidence is so rewarding and at least one of them will make me laugh every day!

Passions/Hobbies:

I love the great outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. Whether it’s enjoying long walks with my two Labradors (followed by a yummy pub lunch!), surfing in Cornwall (my second home) or just enjoying a picnic by the sea. The simple things in life make me very happy.

My Best Brambletye Moment

I think my Best Brambletye Moment has to be during my first winter when I was in Nursery. We had heavy snow and took the children to the Top Field where we all had a huge snowball fight and made snow angels. Genuine joy and happiness from us all!

If I wasn’t a teaching assistant I would be…..

Either a Midwife or a Property Developer!

Mrs K. O’Gara, B.A.

Nursery 2 Leader

Mrs K. O'Gara, B.A.

Nursery 2 Leader

I have worked in Early Years education  for twenty years. I have taught in inner city schools in London and Brighton as well as in a village pre-school. I also lived in southern Spain for eight years, working in an International School. My Brambletye career began in September, 2018.

What I like about my job

The Nursery is such an exciting and fun place to be! Every day is so different and it’s  wonderful seeing the children learn, grow and develop new skills. It’s a joy being a part of this stage of the children’s early education and development.

Passion/Hobbies

My favourite thing to do is to spend time with my family. We love the outdoors, so we often go for long walks on the forest. I also enjoy looking for ‘treasures’ at markets and fairs. A perfect day for me would be all my favourite people around a table, enjoying a delicious meal.

My Best Brambletye Moment

The Christmas Carol Concert at St Swithun’s is truly magical.

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be…

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker!

 

Mrs C. Stacey, B.A., M.Sc.   

Pre-Prep Secretary

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.

Ms H. A. Signora, B.A., Mont Dip 

Key Stage 1 Teaching Assistant

Ms H. A. Signora, B.A., Mont Dip

Key Stage 1 Teaching Assistant

Helene’s journey in Early Years began in Year 2 in a small Primary School on Putney Common. Having completed her Degree in Music and looking to further her education Helene took a job as a Teaching Assistant when she came across Montessori Education. She trained in early years (2 1/2 – 7-year olds) in London and have since taught in Main Stream Education and Montessori Schools in the UK and abroad. Helene has experience teaching international students from diverse backgrounds and she has a special interest in supporting neurodiverse students, getting each student the support, they need to reach their potential.

What I like about my job

I find great joy supporting in Pre -Prep as the Early Years is such a special time during childhood and a sensitive period for developing a lifelong love of learning.

Passion/Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling to new places. I love playing music, cooking, yoga and playing tennis ( badly) We are also about to welcome an eight-week-old Labrador Puppy which will no doubt keep me on my toes. 

Best Brambletye Moment

I am too new to have experienced many, but the Summer Fair was great fun.

If you weren’t a Brambletye teacher

I would like to follow in the footsteps of David Attenborough and learn more about the Natural world.

Mrs D. Simpson C.A.C.H.E. 2

Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs D. Simpson C.A.C.H.E. 2

Reception Teaching Assistant

I  worked as a teaching assistant in the Brambletye Nursery for 3 years. Prior to that I was at Forest Row Primary School as a teaching assistant with  Years 3,4 and 5.  I have travelled extensively as a dance teacher, teaching in Hong Kong; St Johns, Newfoundland and up and down the UK.

Passion/Hobbies

My children keep me busy enough! Rugby, food, friends and fun are what I enjoy and try and do as much of  as possible.

My Best Brambletye Moment

Water fights in the sunshine with the children – and ‘accidentally’ spraying them with the hose!

If I wasn’t a teaching assistant  I would be…

Designing and building my own house. I love architecture and interior design, so anything involving designing and creating would make me happy.

Mrs M. C. Thorne, B.A., PGCert., Q.T.S.

Key Stage 1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs M. C. Thorne, B.A., PGCert., Q.T.S.

Key Stage 1 Teaching Assistant

 

Passion/Hobbies

 

My Best Brambletye Moment

 

If I wasn’t a teaching assistant  I would be…

 

Support  Staff

 

Miss. K. Barratt, M.A.

Registrar

Miss K. Barratt M.A.

Registrar

Kate left a corporate role in London to move with her family to rural Sussex. She joined Brambletye as Registrar in 2022.
In her free time, Kate loves tending to her garden, exploring nature with her young son, working on interiors projects and travelling to Italy and Wales.

What do you like most about your job? 

 

Passion/Hobbies 

 

Best Brambletye moment

 

If you weren’t a member of the Bursary.

 

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

Bursar

Mr 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

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

Bursary Assistant

Mrs K.J. Garner

Bursary Assistant

I have worked in various industries, mainly in accounting roles. I was a Funeral Arranger for several years, a Proof Reader, a PA and a Purchasing Assistant.

What do you like most about your job?

Every day brings new challenges, I love the variety.  Great colleagues and beautiful surroundings also help to make the working week pass pleasantly.

Passion/Hobbies

Spending time with my Family.  Long walks in the Countryside. I’m a good listener and I love to hear People’s stories.  Everyone is fascinating in their own way. 

Best Brambletye moment

The Carol Concert was definitely a highlight and I also love the annual Act of Remembrance.

If you weren’t a member of the Bursary.

I’d be doing something where I could listen and talk to people and feel like I was making a difference, a Behavioural Therapist perhaps.

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

Head’s PA, Head of Admin 

Mrs R. E. Duthie, B.A.

Head's PA, Head of Admin

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 A. Monroe

Prep School Secretary 

Mrs A. Monroe

Prep School Secretary

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

Pre-Prep Secretary

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.

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

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.

Mr L.P.H. Simpson

Head of Estates

Mr L.P.H. Simpson

Head of Estates

Mr Simpson was in the army in the Mechanised Infantry before teaching Mechanical Engineering & Fabrication at UCL and East Surrey College then becoming a course leader for Engineering apprenticeships.  He also ran a  family engineering business, designing and building equipment for the industrial bakery industry.  He has completed NEBOSH NGc1 & 2 and is TechIOSH qualified.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the variety of challenges that my role at Brambletye brings –  it keeps me on my toes!

Passion/Hobbies

I enjoy playing and coaching rugby and I recently became a qualified referee. 

Best Brambletye moment

Sports Days and Bonfire Nights.

If you weren’t a member of the estates team…. 

I would progress further into the world of RFU match officials.

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.

 

Mr N. J. Perry, M.A.

Chairman

 

Mr N. J. Perry, M.A.

Chairman

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.

Mr L. A. Armstrong, M.A.

Mr 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 his son also went to Brambletye. 

Mr C. J. Beazley, B.Sc.

Mr C.J. Beazley B.Sc.

Chris Beazley is an Old Brambletyean.  Having spent five very happy years at Brambletye he went on to Charterhouse before graduating from the University of Kent.   Chris has spent twenty years in the insurance industry in London, Singapore, the U.S.and most latterly as a CEO of a reinsurance company in Zurich, Switzerland.

He and Molly were married at Brambletye and now live in London with their three children.

 Mrs L.S. Curra, B.A.

Mrs L.S. Curra, B.A.

Sarah Curra is CEO of The Mango Agency, a specialist public relations firm in the lifestyle and travel industry.  She has two sons at Brambletye.   

Mr B.H. Dunhill, B.A., Q.T.S.

Mr B.H. Dunhill, B.A., Q.T.S.

Benedict Dunhill has over 25 years’ experience working in British private schools – 16 years of headship in leading boarding preps and 2 London day preps followed ten years in senior schools as a teacher, tutor and boarding housemaster. Benedict also taught English in Le Puy, France. Benedict was a governor of the Drapers’ Academy School in Havering for five years and is now Chair of Governors of Draper’s Pyrgo Primary, part of the same Multi Academy Trust. He has served as an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, ISI for many years.

Benedict has an extended overview of the independent school sector from 3 – 18; co-educational and single sex, boarding and day. This perspective and his close knowledge of the transition requirements at each stage, as well as his many close contacts within schools, allows Benedict to have a highly informed and impartial view at all stages of a child’s educational journey.

Mrs H.R. Kelso, B.A.

H.Kelso, B.A.

Heather Kelso was educated at Gordonstoun School and Oxford Brookes University. She has a small London based lifestyle management business. She lives locally with her husband David and two daughters, Sophie and Rose, both educated at Brambletye..

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

Mr 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.

Dr R. J. Maloney, M.Theol. (Hons), M.A., PhD –

 

Mr R. Maloney, M.Theol. (Hons), M.A., PhD -

Dr Richard Maloney became Uppingham’s Headmaster in September 2016 after seven years as the Headmaster and CEO of the St Bede’s School Trust in East Sussex. He grew up in London, attended Latymer Upper School, and read Theology and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. After his PGCE at Cambridge University, and whilst working as a teacher, Richard completed an MA and then a PhD in education leadership and policy at King’s College, London.

Richard believes wholeheartedly that children benefit best from a rigorous all-round education. Yes, they must be inspired and enthused by outstanding teachers in their academic studies, but, equally importantly, pupils should be immersed in broad-ranging co-curricular enrichment opportunities. Young people will need to leave school ready to face a rapidly changing world and education is the transformative mechanism by which that process will happen.

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

 

Mr 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.  

Mr R. A. Porter

 

Mr R. A. Porter

Rudy Porter grew up in Harlesden,  North London and on leaving school went straight into the retail industry. He enjoys playing football, squash and tennis and lives locally with his wife Kim and two children,  Jay and Gabriella, who were both educated at Brambletye.

Mrs. S. L. Segrave, M.A. (Ed.)

 

Mrs. S. L. Segrave, M.A. (Ed.)

Mrs Sarah Segrave has been Headmistress of Eaton House The Manor Prep School since 2016 and Principal for the Eaton House Schools Group since 2022. She was educated at Cranbrook School in Kent before moving on to Durham University, where she gained her BA (Ed) in Education. Following that, she attended The Institute of Education in London, where she gained an MA in History.

Mrs Segrave is married to Nick, and they have two children, who both attended Eaton House the Manor before joining Westminster and St. Mary’s, Ascot. She joined the school in 1993 as a History and Latin teacher, before taking on the headship of Eaton House The Manor Pre-Preparatory School in 2001, and Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School in 2008.

According to Mrs Segrave, an outstanding education is one where teachers are emotionally connected with their pupils and where the relationships between the staff, pupils and parents are bound in a common sense of purpose. She wants Eaton House The Manor to combine rigorous academics with a warm and happy atmosphere. It is of vital importance to her that every boy is known and noticed and for all the boys to ‘look up and out’ and play an active role in the school and wider community.

Ms. L. J. Watts, Mont. Dip.

 

Ms. L. J. Watts, Mont. Dip.

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.