Heads of Department

  • 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

          Assistant Director of Studies and 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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                        • David Newbery

                          Head of ICT
                            David Newbery LTCL, GTCL David has been at Cumnor since joining in 2003, having spent many years in London, first studying singing and composition at Trinity College of Music, then as a teacher at the Eaton House group of schools where he was in charge of ICT and sport. He…

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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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