Pre-Prep Staff

  • Jacqui Freeman

    Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery and Year 2 Teacher
    • Emily Tier

      Joint Head of Nursery
        Emily started working at Cumnor in 2009 and ran the boarding house with her husband Nick for four years, before becoming the school matron. She trained at Norland Nursery Training College and spent many happy years nannying and working in London, Hampshire and Sussex before having her own children, Nancy…

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      • Louise Hackett

        Joint Head of Nursery
          Louise has over 24 years of experience as a Nursery Nurse.  Having qualified at Lewes College, she went on to work in private day care before helping to establish Sure Start Nursery in Hailsham.  Prior to joining Cumnor, Louise managed the Nursery at Bede’s in Eastbourne.  In her spare time…

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        • Nicky Forcier

          Nursery Teacher
            Nicky has been with the Nursery since its start in January 2015. After graduating from Homerton College, Cambridge, Nicky taught in London for seven years at Thomas’s Clapham, the last three as Year 1/2 coordinator. She stopped teaching to look after her three children but is thrilled to be back…

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          • Genevieve Paterson

            Nursery Teacher
              Genevieve joined the new Cumnor Nursery in January 2015 as a part-time assistant. After graduating with a BEd (Hons) from Homerton College, Cambridge (where she was a keen rower) she became a Yr 2 classroom teacher at Eaton House, Belgravia, before moving to Broomwood Hall where she spent four years…

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            • Kelly Davis

              Reception Teacher
                Kelly Davis B.Sc. (Kent), PGCE Kelly joined our Pre-Prep team in 2010. Having taught in both Year 1 and 2 she is now a Reception teacher and our EYFS co-ordinator. She oversees the RS and PSCHE curriculum within this area of the school as these are two subjects that she…

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              • Helen Owers

                Reception Teacher
                  Helen Owers has worked in the Reception Classes at Cumnor since 2009. Prior to this, she was a Cardiac Nurse at The Brompton Hospital, London. She is the mother of four children, all of whom were pupils at Cumnor.

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                • Kogie Govender

                  Year 1 Teacher
                    Kogie Govender is Montessori qualified and holds a degree from the University of Greenwich. She has taught in London, Kent and India. Kogie joined Cumnor House School in April 2015. She is a Year 1 class teacher and is currently completing her iPGCE with the University of Buckingham.

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                  • Chloe Blantern

                    Year 1 Teacher
                    • Sophie Anderson

                      Year 1 Teacher
                        Sussex born and bred, Sophie completed an Art and Design course at Brighton Art School and then worked in public relations in London before marrying her husband Mark and becoming an army wife. After 15 years and 13 houses all over the world they came home to live in Sussex.…

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                      • Natalie Church

                        Year 2 Teacher
                          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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                        • Bryony Heywood-Waddington

                          Year 2 Teacher
                            Bryony joined Cumnor in September 2015, in Year 2 in Pre-Prep. She moved from Falkner House, London, where she spent six years teaching across the Early Years. Before completing her PGCE at the University of Cambridge Bryony gained a degree in Geography from Exeter. She is a keen sportswoman, having…

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                          • Annabelle McIntosh

                            Year 2 Teacher
                              Annabelle is a qualified Montessori teacher and joined the Pre-Prep team in January 2008. She is a Year 2 class teacher.  She grew up in Sussex and has four children, all of whom were pupils at Cumnor.

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                            • Tim Freeman

                              Year 3 Teacher
                                Tim has worked extensively in the music and arts industries before moving to Sussex to bring up his children with his wife, a teacher. He joined Cumnor House in 2014, having taught Key Stage 1 children with special educational needs at a large primary school in Lewes. Tim brings with…

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                              • Ben Henderson

                                Year 3 Teacher
                                  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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                                • Charley Harris

                                  Year 3 Teacher
                                    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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                                  • Octavia Serrano

                                    Year 3 Teacher
                                      Octavia joined Cumnor in 2016 as a French and Latin teacher. She has been speaking French since birth, and while the same cannot be said of Latin, she can at least say that she has been singing in the language since the age of 8! Before completing her Primary PGCE,…

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                                    • Debs Lovill

                                      Pre-Prep SENCO
                                        Debs Lovill B.Sc. (AMCollT), PGCE After graduating from Manchester University, Debs worked for a PR agency and a management selection company specialising in communications. She took a PGCE course at Roehampton University and taught in London before moving to Sussex where she continued teaching whilst her two boys attended Cumnor.…

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