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Staff & Governors

Senior Leadership Team

Mr Alastair Thomas

Position:
Headmaster
Qualifications:
BA Hons London, PGCE

Mrs Victoria Evans

Position:
Deputy Head Academic, Years 5 and 6 Science Teacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Qualifications:
BA Hons Sheffield, PGCE

Mr Varun Footring

Position:
Deputy Head Pastoral, Years 3 to 6 Teacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Qualifications:
BA Hons Lancaster, PGCE

Mr David Ramm

Position:
Bursar
Qualifications:
BSc Hons Portsmouth ACMA

Mrs Pippa McConnell

Position:
Head of Early Years, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Extended Day Co-ordinator
Qualifications:
BEd Hons Exeter

Mrs Emma Gower

Position:
Head of Years 1 and 2, Year 2 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Brighton, QTS

Mrs Jennifer Shaw

Position:
Head of Years 3 and 4, Year 4 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Bath Spa, PGCE

Mr Neil Jackson

Position:
Head of Years 5 and 6, House System Co-ordinator, PE & Sport Teacher, Head of PSHEE, Year 6 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BSc Hons Exeter, PGCE, FA Level 1 Football Coach, ASA Level 2 Swimming Coach

Mrs Karen Copson

Position:
Director of Admissions and Communications
Qualifications:
Diploma for Bilingual Secretaries, Bristol UWE

Early Years

Mrs Vicky Alsworth

Position:
Pre-Nursery Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
BTEC Level 3 Childhood Studies

Mrs Janet Bicarregui

Position:
Teaching Assistant, Reception French Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Sussex, PGCE Kent, MSc Oxon, DPhil Oxford

Mrs Tania Constance

Position:
Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
NVQ Level 3

Miss Camilla Copping

Position:
Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
Level 3 in Childcare and Education

Mrs Anna Dashwood

Position:
Teaching Assistant, EYFS Forest School Leader
Qualifications:
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice

Miss Rebecca Evans

Position:
EYFS Curriculum Co-ordinator, Teacher
Qualifications:
NNEB, BA Hons Open University, PGCE (Early Years) Oxford Brookes

Mrs Sarahjane Gillies

Position:
Year 1-2 Forest School Leader, Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Early Childhood Studies, QTS, Roehampton

Mrs Denise Higgins

Position:
Pre-Nursery Teaching Assistant

Ms Lisa Harris

Position:
Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
BA Gloucester, NNEB, NPQICL Wolverhampton, Level 3 Foundation Degree in Arts Oxford Brookes

Miss Tracy Heath

Position:
Pre-Nursery Co-ordinator, Manor Fun Leader, Breakfast Club Co-ordinator
Qualifications:
NNEB, BA Early Years Open University Level 6

Mrs Samantha Howse

Position:
Pre-Nursery Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
Foundation Degree in Early Years Level 5

Miss Lucy Ingram

Position:
Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Religious Studies York, QTS Oxford Brookes

Mrs Kate Lupton

Position:
Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
NNEB

Mrs Karen Lygo

Position:
Pre-Nursery Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

Mrs Sara Organ

Position:
Early Years Administrator, Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
DipIT LCCI, PS Cert

Mrs Sharron Parkinson

Position:
Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
NNEB

Mrs Laura Porter

Position:
Teacher
Qualifications:
BA University of Kent, PGCE Oxford Brookes

Mrs Clare Sandford

Position:
EYFS Assessment Co-ordinator, Teacher
Qualifications:
BEd Hons Crewe and Alsager

Mrs Laura Vernède

Position:
EYFS and Year 1-2 PSED and PSHEE Co-ordinator, Teacher
Qualifications:
BSc Hons Surrey, PGCE Roehampton,

Years 1 and 2

Mrs Carol Bartley

Position:
Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Miss Lily Cox

Position:
Year 1 Teacher (maternity cover)
Qualifications:
BA Primary EDucation and QTS Bristol

Mrs Tracy Dunne

Position:
Year 1 Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Assistant
Qualifications:
B Prim Ed, Natal, SA

Mrs Sarah Fifield

Position:
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
BA Hons Buckinghamshire, PGCE Oxford Brookes

Mrs Aislinn Goodman

Position:
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
LLB Hons, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Mrs Rachel Haines

Position:
Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
Dip Childcare & Education

Mrs Emma Holman

Position:
Year 2 Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Primary Anglia Ruskin University

Mrs Monique Langman

Position:
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
BEd Hons Stellenbosch

Miss Victoria Lucas

Position:
Year 1 Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Primary Education and QTS Bristol

Mrs Theresa Masih

Position:
Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
Level 3 Dip Child Care and Education

Mrs Katie Morley

Position:
Year 1 Form Teacher (currently on maternity leave)
Qualifications:
BA Hons, PGCE York

Mrs Lenka Murdoch

Position:
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
QTS, BA Open University - Level 6

Mrs Lucy Pater

Position:
Year 2 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Bristol UWE, PGCE Cambridge

Mrs Claire Shadbolt

Position:
Year 2 Form Teacher, Mindfulness Co-ordinator
Qualifications:
BSc Hons Cardiff, PGCE Oxford Brookes

Years 3 to 6

Mr Jonathan Chitty

Position:
Year 5 Form Teacher and Years 5 and 6 English and Maths Teacher, Director of Extra-Curricular Activities
Qualifications:
BA Hons Nottingham Trent, PGCE Southampton

Mrs Rhiannon Demain

Position:
Years 3 and 6 Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Ed with Music Hons Reading

Miss Georgina Ellard

Position:
Year 3 Form Teacher, Gifted, Able and Talented Co-ordinator, Head of RE
Qualifications:
BA (Ed) Hons with QTS Durham

Miss Kate Holland

Position:
Year 3 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BSc University of Reading, PGCE Oxford Brookes University

Mrs Liz McGill

Position:
Years 5 and 6 Humanities Teacher, Year 6 English Teacher, Head of History, Year 5 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Cardiff, PGCE Leeds

Mrs Jude Plater

Position:
Year 3 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BEd Hons, PGCert (Literacy Difficulties) Oxford Brookes

Mrs Carolyn Putter

Position:
Year 4 Form Teacher, Head of Geography
Qualifications:
BA Hons Leicester, PGCE Nottingham

Mr Harrison Read

Position:
Year 5 Form Teacher, Head of Maths
Qualifications:
BA Hons & PGCE Winchester, Level 4 FA Football Referee

Mrs Hannah Thomas

Position:
Year 6 Form Teacher, Years 3 to 6 Teacher
Qualifications:
BSc Southampton, PGCE Buckingham

Mrs Pippa Webb

Position:
Years 3 and 4 Teaching Assistant
Qualifications:
NNEB

Mrs Jane Williams

Position:
Head of Science, Year 4 Form Teacher
Qualifications:
BEd Hons Cantab

Other Subject Teachers

Mrs Natalie Abbott

Position:
EAL Co-ordinator
Qualifications:
BA Hons Birmingham, PG Cert (English as an Additional Language) Oxford Brookes

Mrs Louise Cloke

Position:
Learning Support Assistant
Qualifications:
BSc Hons Northumbria

Mrs Catherine Duff

Position:
Head of Food and Nutrition, Educational Visits Coordinator and Charities/Community Links Coordinator, Year 1 and 2 Swimming Teacher

Mrs Rhonda Forbes-Smith

Position:
Director of Sport and Head of Girls’ Games
Qualifications:
England Netball Level 2 Coach and Tutor, ILEX dip (Employment Law), CIPD Cert (Human Resources)

Mrs Diana Gottfried

Position:
Learning Support Manager, Learning Support Teacher
Qualifications:
OCR Cert SpLD, RSA Dip (Bus)

Mrs Sarah Heyworth

Position:
SENCO Years 3 to 6, Assessment Co-ordinator
Qualifications:
BEd Hons Goldsmiths College, PG Cert (Literacy Difficulties) Oxford Brookes, CCET and CPT3A

Mr Daniel Hornby

Position:
Temporary Music Teacher
Qualifications:
BMus (Hons), PGCE Oxford Brookes

Miss Eleanor Ingram

Position:
PE and Sport Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Sport, Coaching and Physical Education Oxford Brookes

Mrs Jo Law

Position:
Head of Design Technology, Years 2 to 6 Design Technology Teacher, Years 3 to 4 Art Teacher
Qualifications:
Dip (D&T) Cambridge

Mrs Fiona Lewis

Position:
Years 5 and 6 English and Maths Teacher, Computing Co-ordinator, Head of English
Qualifications:
BA Oxford, PGCE Cantab

Mrs Catherine Mentzel

Position:
Librarian and Hospitality Assistant
Qualifications:
BSc Hons Royal College of Nursing

Miss Paula Nattrass

Position:
Ballet Teacher
Qualifications:
LISTD, RAD Teaching Certificate

Miss Rachel Pearmain

Position:
Assistant Director of Music
Qualifications:
BA Hons Royal Holloway, PGCE Buckingham

Mr Andrew Roberts

Position:
Head of Boys' Sport
Qualifications:
BA Hons Lancashire, PGCE Bath

Mrs Sue Side

Position:
Head of Art, Years 4 to 6 Art Teacher
Qualifications:
BA Hons Leicester, PGCE Exeter, PGCAEP Oxford Brookes

Mme Anne-Gaëlle Spikes

Position:
Maitrise Toulouse PGCE Oxford, Head of French, Latin & Verbal Reasoning, PASS/3Sys Academic Administrator

Mrs Clare Woodall

Position:
Director of Music
Qualifications:
MA Cantab, PGCE Oxford Brookes

General Teaching Assistants

Mrs Sarah Goldthorpe

Miss Erin Parkinson

Visiting Music Teachers

Mrs Clare Cottingham

Position:
Piano
Qualifications:
BEd Hons Belfast, CT ABRSM

Mrs Alison Cutting

Position:
Violin
Qualifications:
BA Kingston

Mr Stephen Cutting

Position:
Brass
Qualifications:
ALCM, BA Hons CNAA, ARCM

Mr Robert Davies

Position:
Guitar
Qualifications:
BSc Brunel, PGCE Oxford Brookes

Ms Jenny Hill

Position:
Harp
Qualifications:
BA Hons, PGdip TCM, ARCM

Mr Steve Gower

Position:
Drum Kit and Percussion, Ukelele
Qualifications:
Oxford Brookes

Ms Jane Fenton

Position:
Cello
Qualifications:
AGSM Soloists Performance Diploma

Mrs Karen Kidd

Position:
Clarinet
Qualifications:
MA Hons St Andrews

Ms Kari Moffatt

Position:
Singing
Qualifications:
MA Oxon, MSc Surrey

Mrs Rachel Prince

Position:
Piano and Violin
Qualifications:
BMus (RCM), Dip RCM (teaching), PGCE Goldsmiths

Mr Glyn Rowlands

Position:
Piano
Qualifications:
BA Hons, ABRSM

Mr Richard Thorne

Position:
Flute
Qualifications:
BA AMusA Canberra School of Music

Mrs Rebecca Van Den Berg

Position:
Singing
Qualifications:
GSMD BMus

Administrative Staff

Miss Kerry Arnold

Position:
Admissions and Marketing Assistant
Qualifications:
AMCIS Diploma in Schools Marketing, GNVQ Media Communications and Production

Mr David Bridgford

Position:
FCA Accountant

Mrs Heather Brown

Position:
Bursary Administrator

Mrs Nicole Burroughs

Position:
PA to the Headmaster
Qualifications:
BA Hons Leeds

Mrs Denise Chapman

Position:
Assistant Bursar
Qualifications:
RSA (Bus)

Mrs Sarah Horrox

Position:
School Secretary

Mrs Philippa Johnson

Position:
Music Department Administrator
Qualifications:
Dip HE Bath

Mrs Judy Ramm

Position:
School Nurse
Qualifications:
RN

Miss Kate Smith

Position:
HR Officer
Qualifications:
Currently studying for CIPD in HR Practice

Key Ancillary Staff

Mr Robert Bland

Position:
Gardener

Mr David Copping

Position:
Minibus Supervisor

Mrs Fiona Francis

Position:
Minibus Supervisor

Mr Richard Gordon

Position:
Minibus Driver

Mrs Lisa Johnson

Position:
General Services Manager

Mrs Sue Matthews

Position:
Bus Supervisor, Playground Supervisor

Mr Zeeshan Najmi

Position:
IT and Network Manager
Qualifications:
BS Computer Engineering, MSc Data Telecoms and Networks, University of Salford

Mr Brendan O’Neill

Position:
Minibus Driver

Mr Ian Smith

Position:
Temporary Gardener

Mr Dave Stepney

Position:
Site Manager

Revd Peter Wilkinson

Position:
School Chaplain

Mr Richard Winfield

Position:
Minibus Driver

Governors

Mr Shaun Forrestal

Position:
Chair
Qualifications:
MEng, MPhil, MBA – Former parent

Address for correspondence: Mr Shaun Forrestal c/o Mr D Ramm, Clerk to the Governors, The Manor Preparatory School Faringdon Rd Abingdon OX13 6LN

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Mrs Sian Champkin

Qualifications:
LLB – solicitor and Partner at Knights Solicitors Professional Services Limited heading up the corporate Team.

Mr Tom James

Mr Tom James
Qualifications:
BSc, MSc. Former Sub-Warden at St Edward’s School.

Mr Darren Jones

Qualifications:
ICAEW – Head of Group Financial Planning and Analysis, Vodafone.

Dr Lucy MacLaren

Qualifications:
BSc Hons, MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, MRCPCH – Former paediatrician, GP.

Mr Simon McConnell

Simon McConnell
Qualifications:
MNAEA, Head of Residential Sales at Carter Jonas

Mrs Jan Rimmer

Mrs Jan Rimmer
Qualifications:
Cert Ed Nottingham, AMBDA – Former Head of Learning Support at The Dragon School.

Mrs Margaret Ruiseal

Qualifications:
MA Cantab – Global HR Transformation Director at Johnson Matthey, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, former parent.

Mrs Sue Sowden

Qualifications:
BSc(Hons), AKC, PGCE, Adv Dip Ed (Open) – Former Head of St Mary’s School in Wantage and Former Registrar at Headington School.

Mrs Caroline Steinsberg

Qualifications:
MA Hons St Andrew’s, PGCE – Previously a teacher at The Manor, former parent.

Where Next

School Closed

In line with Government guidance, today we are delighted to welcome back to The Manor all eligible year groups, as well as our Critical Worker children.

We are very pleased to be able to offer Virtual Open Days, with an opportunity to chat with the Headmaster, on Saturdays during the month of June so do please click here to sign up to join one.  If you have an admissions query please call 01235 858462 or email admissions@manorprep.org.

For all other queries, please call 01235 858458 – thank you.