Leadership Team and Staff


People are what make our school inspirational. Come and meet our team.

Ian Thorpe Headmaster

Ian Thorpe

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Seb Watts Deputy Head

Seb Watts

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Karl Newland Head of Upper School

Karl Newland

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Jon Albert Deputy Head

Jon Albert

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Clare Kirkham Head of Lower School

Clare Kirkham

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Carole Dickie Business Manager

Carole Dickie

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Vanessa Conlan Head of Epsom Pre-Prep School

Vanessa Conlan

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Tessa Roberts Head of Ashtead Pre-Prep School

Tessa Roberts

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Gill Brooks Head of Leatherhead Pre-Prep School

Gill Brooks

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Title Forename Surname Qualifactions Role
Mr Jon Albert BSc (Hons), MA Ed QTS Assistant Head of External Relations
Mrs Lauren Albert Lower School Administrator
Mrs Colette Allen Office Manager
Mrs Nicole Allison BMus, Dip Ed Head of Music
Mrs Ida Ashworth BA (Hons), MMu, PGCE Head of Latin
Mrs Sandra Attenberger Administrator
Miss Julia Aylen BSc, PGCE Head of Art
Ms Lucy Bates Lower School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Marian Bayley BMus, PGCE Head of Yr3, Teacher KS2
Miss Helen Black BA (Hons), PGCE Deputy Head of Lower School, Joint Head of Yr 5, Head of History
Mrs Joanne Brettell Receptionist
Mrs Wendy Bruce Facilities Administrator
Mrs Lisa Brunt BEd (Hons), QTS Curriculum Manager
Mr Christopher Bryant BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS Head of English & Drama
Mrs Lisa Burns BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS Acting Head of Yr2, 2ic English, Teacher KS1
Mrs Alison Caldwell Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Ljubica Carmody BAEd QTS, HD Teach Hons Teacher KS2, 2ic ICT, NQT Mentor
Ms Sarah Concanon Admissions Registrar
Mrs Elaine Cooper Lower School Teaching Assistant & D Plus Co-Leader
Mrs Claire Cooper-James PGCE, BSc (Hons) Girl’s Games/PE teacher
Ms Sharon Corr Teaching Assistant
Mrs Karen Cresswell BEd Librarian
Mrs Michelle Crow Lower School Teaching Assistant, ELSA
Mrs Beth Day BA (Hons) Head of Design & Technology
Mrs Yvette De Vries Further Dip Ed, Higher Dip Ed, MBD Special Needs Acting Head of Yr2, DDSL, Teacher KS1
Mrs Carole Dickie Business Manager
Mrs Susan Dinnage BEd (Hons) Religious Studies / History
Mr Adrian Dunning BEd (Hons) Senior Teacher, Head of Geography
Mr Josh Evans Coach of Boy’s Games
Mrs Rachel Faulkner BA (Hons), DipM Marketing Communications
Mrs Helen Ferguson RGN School Nurse
Mrs Fiona Fitch BA (Hons), PGCE Head of Lower School Games
Miss Emily Friend BA (Hons), PGCE Teacher KS2, RAISE Co-ordinator
Mrs Jane Giannelli Receptionist/Admin Assistant
Mrs Jenny Graham Cert Ed Head of Religious Studies
Mrs Christine Greaves Finance Assistant
Mrs Sarah Gregory BA (Hons), PGCE Head of Languages
Mrs Melanie Grimshaw-Smith BA (Hons), PGCE Textiles Teacher
Mrs Tamsin Groocock BSc (Hons), PGCE Head of Science & STEAM
Mrs Louise Hallam BA (Hons), PGCE Language Teacher
Mrs Sarah Hallsworth BA (Hons), PG Cert SEND SENCO
Mr Tomas Harmsworth Gap Year Student
Mrs Jo Hawes BEd (Hons), MEd PE & Girls Games Teacher
Mrs Tanya Haylett QTS, BA (Hons) with QTS English Teacher (Maternity)
Mr Michael Henderson Premises Assistant
Mrs Judy Houlden BA, PGCE Spanish Teacher
Mr Rupert Howe BA (Hons), PGCE PE Teacher
Mrs Jill Izatt Lower School Teaching Assistant
Miss Rosie Kendrick Lower School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Clare Kirkham BA (Hons), PGCE Head of Lower School
Mrs Amina Langridge BSc (Hons), Cert Ed Maths Teacher
Ms Natasha Ludlam MA (Hons), PGCE Teacher KS2
Mr John Marchant Finance Officer
Mrs Anna Mercer BA (Hons) with QTS Acting Head of Maths, Head of Year 7
Mr Peter Mitchell BA (Hons), QTS Teacher KS2
Mrs Jodie Newberry BA (Hons), QTS Head of Yr4, Teacher KS2
Mr Karl Newland BSc (Hons), MEd, PGCE Head of Upper School
Mrs Sarah Orr Lower School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Vinnie Pankhania Administrator (SENco)
Mr James Paul Lower School Teaching Assistant
Ms Rebecca Peek Downsend Plus Co-Leader
Mr Marc Popham BSc (Hons), QTS Teacher KS2
Mr Iain Potter Premises Assistant
Mrs Dawn Proudfoot Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Alison Richardson Classroom Support Assistant
Mr Howard Roberts BEd, QTS Director of Sport
Miss Ceci Rodriguez Turano Girls Hockey Coach, PE Teacher
Mrs Ing-Marie Rogers Teaching Assistant
Mrs Michelle Sehgal BA (Hons), QTS 2ic Science, Science Teacher
Miss Marie Seivewright BEd (Hons) Head of Girl’s Games
Mr Lee Silva BEd, MA, QTS Head of Year 8, Science Teacher
Mrs Heather Smith Lower School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Leanne Stewart UNISA Maths Teacher
Mrs Amy Sutton BSc (Hons), PGCE 2ic Maths, Teacher KS2
Mrs Susie Taylor BA (Hons), PGCE French Teacher, 2ic Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Robert Temlett BA (Hons), PGCE Deputy Head of Upper School, Head of Year 6
Mrs Sally Temlett BA (Hons), PGCE Teacher KS1
Mr James Thompson BA (Hons) Primary Education, QTS Boy’s Games, PE Teacher
Mr Ian Thorpe BA Ed (Hons), MA Education Headmaster
Mr Samuel Thorpe Gap Student, Coach for Mini Crickets
Mr Michael Turvey BA (Hons), QTS Head of ICT
Mrs Dee Vanstone BEd Head of PSHE & Reasoning
Miss Nicole Vanstone Gap Year Student
Mr James Walker Gap Year Student
Mr Seb Watts BA (Hons), PGCE Deputy Headmaster & DSL
Mrs Victoria Wharam Learning Support Specialist
Miss Chelsea Wilby BA (Hons) Teacher KS1
Mr Ian Winmill STEM Technician
Mrs Sue Wood HR Administrator
Mr Gregory Wright Classroom Support Assistant
Mrs Karen Wyatt Finance Assistant
Mrs Catherine Young Lower School Teaching Assistant
Member of Staff Age Group Taught Qualifications
Headteacher
Tessa Roberts BEd
Teachers
Janet Catlow Year One BA (Hons), PGCE
Deputy Head
DSL
Christeen Hill Reception BSC Hons, IPGCE
Early Years Coordinator
Melanie Piper Reception BA (Hons), PGCE
Early Years DSL
Deputy DSL
EVC
Julie James First Steps NVQ3
Jo Langham Swimming ASA Swimming
Stephanie Michael-Stratton First Steps BA (Hons), PG Cert
Sarah Murray French BA (Hons), PGCE
Andrea Powney Rising Reception NNEB
Sally Rose Rising Reception NVQ3
Rachel Shaw Music / Drama Theatre Studies
Sally Thomas Dance / Drama Dance Teacher Cert
Teaching Assistants
Tracey Cobb First Steps
Reception
Laura Forsyth First Steps
Reception
Year One
Katherine Gray First Steps
Ella Hodgkinson Rising Reception
Reception
Amanda Humphries Year One
Early Birds Supervisor
Extended Day Supervisor
Sally Jones Rising reception
Cindy Lockyear First Steps
Year One
Avril Macfarlane Rising Reception
Debbie Nicholson Frist Steps
Year One
Extended Day Supervisor
Catering / Extended Day
Jan Filby Extended Day Assistant
Shazia Gale Catering Assistant
Clare McCluskey Cook
Secretarial
Mary McIntosh School Secretary
Member of Staff Age Group Taught Qualifications
Headteacher
Mrs V Conlan Head Teacher BEd (Hons), NPQH
Teachers
Mr J Albert Games Teacher BSc Hons, MA (Ed), QTS
Mrs C Bantock Rising Reception Class Teacher BEd (Hons)
Mr J Bayley Music Teacher BMus, MPerf
Mrs S Butler Reception Class Teacher BEd (Hons)
Mrs S Bullock Rising Reception Class Teacher NVQ Level 4 Early Years Education & Childcare
Mrs A Burbidge Year 1 Teacher BEd (Hons), QTS
Mrs A Carruthers Early Years Leader & First Steps BA (Hons), QTS
Miss C Clayton Rising Reception Class Teacher BA (Hons)
Mrs Freeman-White Dance Teacher
Mrs S Goldsmith Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator BA (Hons), OCR Dip SpLD (Level 7)
Mrs J Langham Swimming Teacher ASA  Swimming Certificate
Miss P McIntyre Year 1 Teacher BSc, PGCE
Mrs S Murray French Teacher
Mrs R Parmar Rising Reception Class Teacher NVQ 3 Early Years & Childcare
Teaching Assistants
Mrs L Bernard Teaching Assistant
Miss I Bowles Teaching Assistant
Extended Day Supervisor
Mrs J Dreghorn Teaching Assistant
Mrs N Gillott Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Matthews Teaching Assistant
Miss J Organ Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Simpson Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Strange Teaching Assistant
Catering
Mrs J Thomson Catering Assistant
Secretarial
Mrs A Tucker School Secretary
Member of Staff Age Group Taught Qualifications
Headteacher
Gill Brooks Cert Ed
Teachers
Vanda Laverock Year 1 BA (Hons), PGCE
ICT/Science Co-ordinator
DSL
Amy Hodges Year 1 BA Hons Early Years, IPGCE
Deputy Head
EVC
Sarah Butcher Year 1 B Ed (Hons)
Jessica Barber Reception BA Hons, EYPS, IPGCE
Jenny Ellis Reception BA English with QTS
Anita Grimstone Reception BA (Hons) Early Years, NVQ3
Catherine McInnes Reception Early Years Foundation Degree
Liane Corden Rising Reception NVQ3
Deputy DSL
Angela Hampshire Rising Reception BSc Hons, NVQ3
Carolyn Potter First Steps BA Hons Early Years, EYPS
Early Years Coordinator
EYFS DSL
Jon Bayley Music BMus, MPerf
Liz Roscoe French BA Hons
Sally Thomas Dance / Drama Dance Teacher’s Cert
Jo Langham Swimming ASA Swimming
Teaching Assistants
Amy Bassett First Steps
Aliona Braileanu First Steps
Kelly Hilsley First Steps
Sally Webb First Steps
Joanna White First Steps
Abbie Deane-Armstrong Rising Reception
Rebecca Hajdu Rising Reception
Victoria Penny Rising Reception
Tracey Tullett Rising Reception
Sue Colvin Reception
Sara Corrigan Reception
Rebecca Goldsmith Reception
Heidi Bazlinton Year 1
Susan Dakin-White Year 1
Niki Taylor Year 1
Rosie Wood Year 1
Catering Staff
Elaine Hook Caterer
Maria Santos Catering Assistant
Secretarial
Esther Booth  Secretary

Name, address and telephone number of Proprietor:

Cognita Schools,

5 & 7 Diamond Court,
Opal Drive,
Eastlake Park,
Fox Milne,
Milton Keynes,
MK15 0DU

01908 396250

Name of Chair of Governors (ADE):

 

James Carroll
01908 396250

01372 372311