Led by an experienced senior management team , over 70 teaching staff engage with our children on a daily basis.
Assisted by a dedicated team of support staff, Cumnor continually strives to create the best school and learning environment possible.
Senior Management Team
Fergus Llewellyn B.A
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 Cumnor, he was Deputy Head at Summer Fields in Oxford and has 12 years of experience as a boarding Housemaster. Christian has also been on Council for IAPS and was Chairman of the BSA 2012-13. He is an ISI inspector.
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.
Matt Mockridge, B.Sc., P.G.C.E
Deputy Headmaster & Bursar
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 before re-joining CHS as a Science and Maths teacher, gaining a PGCE in his first year. Matt has been Deputy Headmaster since 1998, as well at times Director of Sport and Head of Maths, and, in 2016, became Bursar too.
Matt is married with three daughters, all of whom are Old Cumnorians.
Ben Chapman, B.A., P.G.C.E
Assistant Head (Pastoral)
Head of Cricket & Football
Educated at Shrewsbury School followed by Oxford Brooke’s University, Ben has worked at Cumnor for 10 years having joined as a Year 4 teacher before becoming Assistant Director of Sport. Ben took on the Assistant Head role in 2015 and is responsible for the daily running of the school including the House and Tutor system. In support of this, Ben recently completed an M.Ed in Educational Leadership through the University of Buckingham, focusing his final dissertation on Pastoral Care in Prep Schools.
Ben lives in Newick with his wife Pippa and is often found at Fletching Cricket Club or Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club.
Yvonne Turner, B.Sc., Dip. Ed., Q.T.S
Assistant Head (Academic)
Yvonne was born, raised and educated in Zimbabwe where she completed a BSc and teacher training simultaneously before travelling to England in 2004. She settled in the South East in 2005, taking up her first post as a Science teacher at Cumnor and later Head of Science in April 2006. Since that time she has taught Sciences, Games and Religious Studies to all ages, been involved in Boarding and accompanied countless trips. In 2016 she took on the Assistant Head role, responsible for running and developing the academic arm of the school. Yvonne occupies a small piece of farmland on the edge of the South Downs together with her husband and three children.
Jacqui Freeman, B.A., Q.T.S
Head of Pre-Prep & Nursery
Taking an unconventional route into teaching, Jacqui began working life in publishing before pursuing her career in the museum sector. Five years at London’s Transport Museum was followed by seven at the Science Museum, London. Inspired by their incredible education department, she retrained, qualifying as a teacher in 2006. She then spent eight happy years at Cumnor as a Year 1 and 2 teacher, before taking up a Senior Management role at Brighton College Pre-Prep where she became Acting Deputy Head. Returning to Cumnor in 2017, Jacqui is a firm believer in the importance of inculcating a love of learning and discovery in young children which, combined with confidence, tenacity and respect for others will equip them for the demands of life beyond school.