Prep Staff

  • Christian Heinrich

    Headmaster
      Christian Heinrich B.A. (Kent), PGCE Christian was an academic scholar at 13+ to King’s, Worcester and thence gained a B.A. in American Studies (Literature) at The University of Kent, Canterbury and a PGCE. from Westminster College, Oxford.  He has taught within prep schools since 1984.  Immediately prior to becoming Headmaster at…

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    • Matt Mockridge

      Deputy Headmaster & Bursar
        Matt Mockridge B. Sc. (Edinburgh), PGCE Educated at Cumnor and Marlborough College, Matt gained an Honours degree in Pharmacology at Edinburgh. Eschewing the financial benefits of the pharmaceutical industry, he ran his own golf club business for 12 years before re-joining CHS as a Science and Maths teacher, gaining a…

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      • Christopher Walker

        Director of Studies
          Christopher Walker B.Sc, PGSE, FSS Christopher joined Cumnor in 2011 as Director of Studies, having taught in Oxford, Berkshire, Norfolk and Sussex. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and an active member of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. His favorite number is 256 and he knows that…

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        • Di Medhurst

          Senior Mistress
            Di Medhurst B.Ed (Oxon) Di began her teaching career at The Dragon School, Oxford, followed by two years at Harrow International School, Bangkok, where she also indulged her passion for travel. She has been teaching at Cumnor for fourteen years as a form taker for year 4 and French teacher up…

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          • Belinda Heinrich

            Headmaster's Wife
              Belinda Heinrich B.A. (Kent), PGCE Belinda was at Oakdene in Beaconsfield and thereafter read French with Italian at the University of Kent. Her PGCE was from Exeter University and she taught at Lady Eden’s and Kitebrook before joining Christian at Summer Fields. Married in 1985, they have 4 children.

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            • Yvonne Turner

              Assistant Head
                Yvonne Turner B.Sc. (UNISA), Dip.Ed (Zimbabwe) Originally from Zimbabwe where she completed her education, Yvonne moved to the UK in 2004 and started working at Cumnor House in September 2005 in the Science department. She occupies a small piece of the Sussex countryside with her husband, two boys and three…

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              • Ben Chapman

                Assistant Head & Head of Cricket and Football
                  Ben Chapman B.A. (Oxford Brookes), PGCE Having parents who ran two successful Prep Schools, teaching always seemed an obvious occupation. A BA in Sport and Coaching Studies and Educational Studies from Oxford Brookes followed a Shrewsbury School education. A PGCE was gained whilst being Head of PE and Assistant Housemaster…

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                • Will Fuller

                  Head of Maths
                    Will joined Cumnor in 2014. He is a keen mathematician and enjoys developing his, and his pupils mental maths skills. Will studied in the city of Oxford for both his degree and then later for his PGCE. Will is also a keen sportsman and has represented Kent in both hockey…

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                  • Katie Kemp

                    Head of English
                      Katie Kemp moved to Cumnor after fourteen years at Oakhyrst Grange School in Caterham. Katie is a qualified teacher with a BA in History from Bedford College, London, and has four older children. She loves books, reading and history, and the outdoors – particularly walking, canoeing and camping in British national…

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                    • Simon Perry

                      Head of Science
                        Simon joined Cumnor in January 2015 bringing with him over 20 years’ experience of teaching Science. He read Human Biology at Oxford Brookes and took a PCGE in Science and PE at Bath University, working as a Haematology and Virology lab manager for 3 years in between. Injury curtailed an…

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                      • Kim Lambert

                        Head of Modern Languages
                          Kim Lambert B.A. (Hons) French (UCL), PGCE Kim was born in that exotic part of the world known as Hampshire, and has taught at Cumnor since January 2013. She has a degree in French language and literature from UCL and a PGCE in French and German from Cambridge. Since a…

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                        • Jane Sykes

                          Head of Classics and Scholarship Co-ordinator
                            Jane Sykes B.A. (Hons) (Exeter) Jane grew up in Kent and read Law and Sociology at Exeter University. After working in HR and Marketing, she and her husband moved gradually further north, undertaking a variety of roles within boarding schools at both prep and senior level. Since 2001 she has taught Latin,…

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                          • Maureen Boyland

                            Head of Geography
                              Maureen Boyland B.A. (Rhodesia), PGCE, SpLD Maureen grew up in Zambia and studied Geography at the University of Rhodesia. This led to a PGCE and Head of Geography posts in schools in Zimbabwe. In 2001 her family arrived in England and her children joined Cumnor, whilst she spent a year…

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                            • James Timmis

                              Head of History
                                James joined Cumnor in 2013. He is Head of History and a Year 7 Form Teacher. He also helps organise cross-country running. James worked for three years in state education in England and then in international schools in China and the United Arab Emirates. Although his specialism has always been History, he…

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                              • Henry Tresidder

                                Head of Religious Studies
                                  Henry Tresidder is joined as Head of Religious Studies and a Year 7 Form Teacher in 2016. He recently completed his teacher training at The Marsh Academy, in South East Kent, with a BA Hons in Religion and Education, followed by a PGCE undertaken at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Although…

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                                • Barbara Darlington

                                  Head of Art
                                    Barbara Darlington joined Cumnor after 10 years as Head of Art at Brighton College Prep school. Prior to that, she worked in London in several schools as Head of Art and as a freelance community arts worker for Kids Company and Age Exchange. Barbara graduated with a Fine Art degree…

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                                  • Tony Woods

                                    Head of Design Technology
                                      Tony Woods B.Ed (London) (Technology) Tony has been Head of Design and Technology since setting the department up in 2002. Before this he worked as a teacher in Croydon, Edenbridge and Tonbridge. He enjoys an active role taking teams in Football, Rugby and Cricket. He is married to Sibylla and…

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                                    • Ray Gabbard

                                      Director of Drama
                                        Ray Gabbard B.A. (College of Idaho), MM (Az), GTP (Drama), QTS American-born Ray has been teaching at Cumnor since 2010. He holds a BA in Music Education and an MMus in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. Before becoming a drama teacher, Ray was on the professional stage in numerous…

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                                      • Hazel Chant

                                        Head of Learning Enhancement
                                          Hazel Chant B.A. (Southampton), SpLD, PGCE Hazel has specialised in the education of children with additional needs throughout her career.  She studied Archaeology and History at the University of Southampton and chose children with learning difficulties as the focus of her teacher training. Teaching in a variety of settings including…

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                                        • James Tunstill

                                          Director of Music
                                            James Tunstill (BMus/RCM (Hons) ALCM), was second in charge of the Music Department, Head of Peripatetic Music and Head of PSHEE & Lifeskills at Hurtwood House School, Surrey, where he worked from 2000.  Having gained his first professional qualification whilst still at school, James then studied for 4 years at…

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                                          • Craig Burgess

                                            Director of Sport
                                              Craig is married with two young children and is joining us from Sandroyd School in Wiltshire, where he has been teaching PE, games and swimming for the last two years. He is well- acquainted with the boarding system, having also been Senior Housemaster at Sandroyd. Craig is a qualified teacher…

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                                            • Caroline Park

                                              Assistant Director of Sport / Houseparent / Head of Rounders
                                                Caroline Park B.A. (Manchester Met) (Bus. and Sport), HND Sport Coaching, Dip. Applied Sport Psych. (Bath), QTS Caroline has a degree in Business and Sport, along with diplomas in coaching and sports psychology.  She came to Cumnor in 2011 as Head of Girls’ Games and PE, having become acquainted with…

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                                              • Rob Park

                                                Houseparent
                                                  Rob joined Cumnor in 2013 taking over the running of the boarding house, with his wife Caroline. Alongside this he coaches games for both boys and girls. He enjoys all sports and can still be found playing cricket, and coaching the junior members at his local club in Fletching. He…

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                                                • Reem Acason

                                                    Reem Acason is a qualified teacher with a Fine Arts degree. She has been teaching Art at Bennett Memorial School in Tunbridge Wells since 2007 but has also worked independently as an artist during this time, exhibiting her artwork in galleries and on her website. She uses a wide variety…

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                                                  • Scott Brand

                                                      Scott is an avid sportsman who joined as a GAP student from Zimbabwe in 2009 and has worked hard to get himself qualified in the relevant fields in order to get where he is today. He jointly runs the swimming department of the school, leads the athletics season and coaches…

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                                                    • Amanda Brown

                                                      Swimming
                                                        Amanda qualified as a swimming instructor in 2001 before opening her own swim school. She joined Cumnor House in 2008 and subsequently became Head of Swimming. She holds numerous swimming qualifications including ASA Level 2 and is a qualified Parent and Baby teacher. Having recently gained her Level 1 coach status,…

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                                                      • Pippa Chapman

                                                        Head of Hockey
                                                          Pippa Chapman B.Ed (Stellenbosch) Pippa joined Cumnor in January 2012. She enjoyed playing hockey for various teams whilst completing her B.Ed. at the University of Stellenbosch. She is currently Head of Year 3 and Head of hockey. She still enjoys playing hockey for East Grinstead hockey club and loves inventing…

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                                                        • Natalie Church

                                                            Natalie joined Cumnor in 2010 as Head of Year 3; since then she has changed roles, married and had two children.  The move to Cumnor was a move back home, as Natalie was brought up locally and attended Burgess Hill School. Prior to Cumnor she was head of KS1 in…

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                                                          • Kim Ellis

                                                            Junior English
                                                              Kim Ellis B.A. (Royal Hollaway, London), PGCE Kim joined Cumnor in 2012 moving down from Scotland after having taught in London for many years. She is Head of Junior English and has genuine passion for the written and spoken word, especially poetry. She relishes being outdoors with her family whether…

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                                                            • Julie Enticknap

                                                                Dr Julie Enticknap B.Sc (East Anglia), Ph.D. (Warwick) Dr Julie Enticknap studied Biological Sciences at The University of East Anglia and specialised in Microbiology for her Ph.D. at The University of Warwick. She joined at Cumnor in 2010 after several years of postdoctoral research in the United States and in…

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                                                              • Graham Griffiths

                                                                Assistant Director of Music
                                                                  Dr Graham Griffiths B. Mus (Edinburgh), D.Phil (Oxon), PGCE Graham studied music at Edinburgh University (BMusHons), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (PGCE) and at Christ Church, Oxford (DPhil., Musicology). He joined Cumnor in 2010 as Assistant Director of Music responsible for teaching music to Reception children and Years 1 to…

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                                                                • Crystal Gwilliam

                                                                    Crystal Gwilliam is looking forward to the challenge of helping to set up the new Science department and prep room. She is an experienced lab technician, having worked in laboratories since 2007. She has most recently been at Moira House in a very similar role to the one she will…

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                                                                  • Laura Harding

                                                                      Laura Harding BSc (Hons), MA (Queen’s College, London & Westminster) An Old Cumnorian, is a mother of three current pupils, two daughters and a son.  She continues to enjoy all sport, netball being her main focus throughout university and beyond – where she is involved as a coach, player and…

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                                                                    • Charley Harris

                                                                        Having completed her degree in Drama and Performing Arts at Middlesex University, Charley worked for many years as a professional actress and ran her own Theatre in Education company. She then made a move into the fashion world, working as a stylist on numerous pop videos, TV and music shows,…

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                                                                      • Ben Henderson

                                                                          Ben returned to Cumnor as a Teaching Assistant in the Pre-Prep in 2012 having attended as a pupil until 2002. He qualified as a teacher in 2013 and has since been a form teacher in Year 3, assisted with school trips, helped the boarding community and operated as Head of…

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                                                                        • Jane Hicks

                                                                          Head of Netball
                                                                            Jane arrived to teach at Cumnor in 2014. Sport has played an important role in her life, having represented the county in Hockey, Swimming and Netball. Throughout university and beyond Netball has been her main focus where she has been involved as both a player and as a coach. In…

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                                                                          • Nick McAdam

                                                                              Nick McAdam was at school at Brighton College for his A’ levels and went on to take a PGCE with a Maths Specialisation at Exeter after his BA degree in American Studies. He has taught in Prep and Primary schools in Sussex, mostly concentrating on Maths with games or PE.…

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                                                                            • Marie-Clare McMenemy

                                                                                Marie-Clare McMenemy B.Sc (King’s London), PGCE Marie-Clare joined Cumnor in 2011 from the Secondary sector. A Biologist at heart, she also enjoys Physics and its close cousin, Mathematics. She has been a form teacher and seen many tutees through the senior part of the school. She is Head of Black…

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                                                                              • Penny Mussell

                                                                                  Penny Mussell B.Ed (Worcester College) Having been at Cumnor for over thirty years, Penny is the longest-serving member of the teaching staff. In that time she has taught many subjects and every age group from the Pre-Prep to Year 8. She is currently in charge of the library and enjoys…

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                                                                                • Lotte North

                                                                                    Lotte joined in 2013, fresh from completing her NQT year at a secondary academy in West Sussex, teaching English up to GCSE level. Prior to this, she gained both a PGCE in Middle Years English from the University of Bath and a BA Honours in English Literature and Creative Writing…

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                                                                                  • Rachel Pengelly

                                                                                      Rachel Pengelly is a Maths enthusiast, having added a Primary PGCE with Maths Specialisation and SEND from Canterbury Christ Church to her Bachelor of Science honours degree. She also has over 40 Music and Dance qualifications! Rachel comes to Cumnor after two years at St. Lawrence CEP School, Sevenoaks, where…

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                                                                                    • Fiona Pullen

                                                                                        Fiona Pullan B.A. (Hons) Classics (UCL) Fiona started teaching Latin at Cumnor in September 1993. She also enjoys an active role taking teams in Netball, Hockey and Rounders. She is married to David and has three children, all of whom were pupils at Cumnor.

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                                                                                      • Andrew Rose

                                                                                          Andrew Rose M.A. (Cantab), PGCE Andrew is the school’s Ancient Mariner, having joined in 1993 after thirteen years in the City. He holds an M.A. in English from Trinity College, Cambridge, and a PGCE. After stints as 1st XV coach, Houseparent and member of the SMT, he now sits quietly…

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                                                                                        • Gerard Shannon

                                                                                          Design Technology
                                                                                            Gerard trained as a Craft Design and Technology Teacher at Avery Hill College. He taught CDT in mainstream comprehensive schools in Kent and was second in department in Croydon. During this time his pupils achieved excellent GCSE results and succeeded in extra-curricular competitions in DT and various sporting events. Gerard…

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                                                                                          • Alex Thackway

                                                                                              Alex Thackway B.Sc. (Lancaster), PGCE Alex joined us in 2013 from Bedford School. Before that he worked in Yorkshire for many years. In addition to being a passionate Science teacher, he enjoys coaching football, rugby and cricket. In his spare time, he is a keen rock climber and mountaineer. He…

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                                                                                            • Nick Tier

                                                                                                NIck Tier B.A. (Hons) (Middlesex), PGCE Nick has been a prep school teacher since 1999, after working in advertising since leaving university. He joined Cumnor as a Maths teacher in 2009 and, together with his wife Emily, ran the boarding house for 4 years, including a very successful ISI interim…

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                                                                                              • Hadon Westerby

                                                                                                Head of Rugby
                                                                                                  Hadon Westerby B.Ph.Ed (Otago) Hadon joined Cumnor in 2013, initially as a sports teacher. He works in the Sports Department as well as running the website and social media for the school. In addition to heading up rugby at Cumnor and coaching the 1st XV, he is heavily in involved…

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                                                                                                • Patrick Wigan

                                                                                                    Patrick Wigan B.A. (Manchester), PGCE This is Patrick’s ninth year as a teacher at Cumnor, but he also spent ten years here as a boy. After Cumnor he went to Eton College, where he enjoyed playing sport and the French Horn. He read languages at Manchester University before living in…

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