Staff list

Downsend School – Staff List 2023/2024

Please find a full list of all teaching and non-teaching staff at Downsend School below.


If you wish to contact a member of school staff directly, please email them using the following email structure:


Cognita CEO: Frank Maasen
Cognita European Director of Education: Nicola Lambros
Cognita European CEO: Michael Drake
General Manager: James Carroll

Senior Leadership Team

Ian ThorpeExecutive Head
Lisa BurnsHead of Little Downsend
Clare KirkhamHead of Junior School
Marc BroughtonHead of Senior School (Interim)
Symone CampbellOperations Manager

Little Downsend Ashtead Staff

Mrs Carolyn PotterHead of Nursery
Mrs Emma TaylorHead of Quality Assurance
Miss Kirsty BucklandSENCO
Mrs Feona ZomparelliBright Beginners/ Early Learners Teacher
Miss Alice BarrettBright Beginners/ Early Learners Teaching Assistant
Miss Megan DaviesBright Beginners/ Early Learners Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jackie JacksonBright Beginners/ Early Learners Teaching Assistant
Mrs Cindy LockyerBright Beginners/ Early Learners Teaching Assistant
Miss Emily StevensBright Beginners/ Early Learners Teaching Assistant
Miss Amy HodgesFirst Steps Teacher
Mrs Jaclyn HugillFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Julie JamesFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Miss Lara MowattFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Amy BryantRising Reception Teacher
Miss Mel FalzonRising Reception Teaching Assistant
Miss Hayley ChalwinYoga Teacher
Miss Jenni HayDance Teacher
Mrs Sarah MurrayFrench Teacher
Mrs Erin SymondsMusic Teacher
Mrs Holly ChoudhrySecretary

Little Downsend Epsom Staff

Miss Victoria Bacon Head of School
Mrs Emma TaylorHead of Quality Assurance
Miss Kirsty BucklandSENCO
Mrs Jane Simpson First Steps Teacher
Miss Keeley ColesFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Samantha MatthewsFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Miss Nicola ReynoldsFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sharon ButlerRising Reception Teacher
Mrs Stephanie StrangeRising Reception Teaching Assistant
Ms Chantael ClaytonReception Teacher
Miss Jenna OrganReception Teaching Assistant
Mrs Claire LaceyTeaching Assistant
Mrs Annette BurbidgeIntervention Teacher and Year 1 and Year 2 Teacher
Miss Verity Penn Year 1 and Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Camilla Lidgitt Year 2 Teacher and French Teacher
Mrs Sandra Bullock Extended Day Assistant
Mr Jon BayleyMusic Teacher
Miss Lizzie HillDance Teacher
Coach Rob ParsonsGames Teacher
Miss Marie SievewrightSwimming Teacher
Mrs Kate Walker School Secretary
Mrs Tracey WilkinsSchool Secretary
Mrs Gemma OpenshawSchool Secretary (Maternity Leave)

Little Downsend Leatherhead Staff

Mrs Lisa BurnsHead of School
Mrs Emma TaylorHead of Quality Assurance
Miss Kirsty BucklandSENCO
Miss Catherine McInnesFirst Steps Teacher
Mrs Jenny TamFirst Steps Teacher
Mrs Louise FordFirst Steps Teacher Mon & Tues and Reception Teacher Fri
Mrs Toni ToledoFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Julia Davey Teaching Assistant
Mrs Dianne HickeyFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Tracey TullettFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Miss Charlotte IllingFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Karen SimsFirst Steps Teaching Assistant
Mrs Carolyn MaraghRising Reception Teacher
Mrs Sally De KlerkRising Reception Teacher
Miss Liane Corden Rising Reception Teaching Assistant
Miss Laura TuckerRising Reception Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sally MocklerReception Teacher
Mrs Hilde Richardson Reception Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sally JonesReception Teaching Assistant
Mrs Emma DukeYear 1 Teacher
Mrs Anna CarruthersYear 1 Teacher
Mrs Melanie ChipertonYear 1 Teacher (Fri)
Mrs Rebecca HeathYear 1 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Mandy HumphriesYear 1 Teaching Assistant
Ms Charlotte CoulsdonYear 2 Teacher
Mrs Helen WestYear 2 Teacher
Mrs Emma ReevesYear 2 Teaching Assistant
Ms Vicki TrinderYear 2 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Erin SymondsMusic Teacher (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
Mr Jon BayleyMusic Teacher (First Steps and Rising Reception)
Mrs Victoria MunfordYear 2 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sarah MurreyFrench Teacher
Mrs Kelly HilsleyHigher Level Teaching Assistant
Coach Rob ParsonsGames Teacher
Mrs Jay BristowForest School Teacher
Miss Lizzie HillDance Teacher (First Steps and Rising Reception)
Miss Marie SievewrightSwimming Teacher
Mrs Tara Anderson Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Nicky New School Secretary
Mrs Annette BurbidgeIntervention Teacher and Year 1 and Year 2 Teacher
Mrs Jess BarberTeacher (Maternity Leave)
Mrs Sarah NazhaLearning Support Assistant
Ms Tamara MatviyevskaRising Reception Teaching Assistant

Downsend Junior Teaching Staff

Mr Marc Popham Head of Year 3
Mrs Yvette De Vries Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Chelsea BradfordJunior Leader of Enrichment, Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Sarah ButcherYear 3 Teacher
Mrs Marian Bayley Head of Year 4
Mrs Sally TemlettHead of Junior School Maths, Year 4 Teacher
Miss Helen BlackDeputy Head of Junior School, Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Natasha LudlamYear 4 Teacher
Mrs Alexa Winn- Harding Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Amy SuttonYear 4 Teacher
Mrs Caroline DriscollHead of Year 5
Mrs Ljubica CarmodyLeader of Junior School Computing, Year 5 Teacher
Mrs Emma HippolyteYear 5 Teacher
Miss Livvy NoakesYear 5 Teacher
Mrs Becky DaviesHead of Year 6
Mrs Jodie NewberryHead of Junior School English, Year 6 Teacher
Mr Darren GardinerJunior School Specialist Teacher of ADT, Year 6 Teacher
Miss Lucy BatesYear 6 Teacher
Mrs Emily Friend-HaynesYear 6 Teacher
Miss Caitlin McGovern Year 6 Teacher
Learning Assistants
Ms Sharon CorrJunior School Learning Assistant
Mrs Michelle CrowJunior School Learning Assistant, ELSA
Miss Abbie Deane-ArmstrongJunior School Learning Assistant
Miss Rosie KendrickJunior School Learning Assistant
Mrs Heather SmithJunior School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Ing-Marie RogersJunior School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Lina MurrayJunior School Teaching Assistant
Mrs Ella HowlettJunior School Teaching Assistant
Specialist Staff Junior School
Mrs Robyn TemlettHead of Junior Science
Mr Tim PearneLeader of Learning and Innovation
Mrs Sarah HallsworthJunior School SENDCo
Mrs Katharine HaywardTeacher of ADT

Downsend Senior Teaching Staff

Mrs Anna MercerHead of Year 7, Head of KS2/3 Transition, Teacher of Maths
Mrs Alison GrimmerYear 7 Tutor, Acting KS3 Leader for Maths
Mrs Rebecca HurleyYear 7 Tutor, Head of Hockey, Teacher of PE & Games
Miss Krupali PatelYear 7 Tutor, Teacher of Science
Mrs Sonia SagarYear 7 Tutor, Teacher of Science Senior School
Miss Emma ChidgeyYear 7 Tutor, Teacher of Geography Senior School
Mr Phillip EdwardsHead of Year 8, Acting KS4 Leader for Maths
Mr Dan BasistaYear 8 Tutor, Teacher of PE &Games
Mr Charlie GibbonsYear 8 Form Tutor, Head of Science & Silver DoE Award Manager
Miss Maggie HambletonYear 8 Form Tutor, Head of Art, Design and Technology
Miss Emma MageeYear 8 Tutor, Head of Netball, Teacher of PE &Games
Miss Jasmine JonesHead of Year 9, Teacher of PE & Games
Miss Julia AylenYear 9 Form Tutor, Teacher of Art
Mr Thomas HyamYear 9 Form Tutor, Head of Rugby & Teacher of PE
Mrs Susie TaylorYear 9 Form Tutor, Teacher of French
Mr Craig MooreYear 9 Form Tutor, Head of Cricket & Teacher of PE and Games
Miss Marie SeivewrightYear 9 Tutor, Head of Girls' Sport
Mr Seb OlsenHead of Year 10, Teacher of English
Miss Kate ChandlerYear 10 Tutor, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Helen GoreYear 10 Form Tutor, Teacher of Science
Mr Jack Sibley Year 10 Form Tutor, Teacher of Spanish
Mrs Jo HawesHead of Y11, Head of PSHE, Teacher of PE & Girl’s Games
Mr Marcus BellYear 11 Form Tutor, Head of Football, Teacher of PE and Games
Mrs Tanya HaylettYear 11 Tutor, Teacher of English
Mrs Michelle SehgalYear 11 Tutor, Teacher of Science

Other Downsend Teaching Staff - Whole School

Mrs Nicole AllisonHead of Music
Mr Hafiz AshfaqTeacher of Maths Senior School
Mrs Hanna BilhamTeacher of RS
Mrs Lisa BruntAssessment & Exams Manager
Mr Chris BryantHead of Drama
Mrs Ann CampbellLearning Support Specialist Senior School
Miss Kate ChandlerTeacher of Languages
Miss Emma ChidgeyTeacher of Geography
Mrs Claire Cooper- JamesTeacher of PE & Girls' Games
Mr Adrian DunningTeacher - Supply
Mrs Stephanie ElmasHead of English Senior School
Mrs Danielle EvansTeacher of History
Mrs Heidi Gray Head of Musical Theatre
Mrs Louise HallamTeacher of French & Spanish Junior School
Mrs Yasmin Haq Head of Computer Science Senior School
Mrs Alanna HarteSubject Leader for Food & Nutrition Senior School
Miss Elsie HeffermehlTeacher of Humanities (Maternity Leave)
Mrs Joanna HilmanTeacher of History Senior School
Mr Rupert HoweTeacher of PE & Games
Mr Grant LawrenceDirector of Sport & Leader of SS Enrichment
Miss Emma MageeHead of Netball, Teacher of PE &Games
Mr Louis PeckhamPerforming Arts Technician
Miss Ceci Rodriguez-TuranoGirls' Hockey Coach
Mrs Joelle SauterelleTeacher of English Senior School
Mr Jack Sibley Teacher of Spanish
Miss Marie Seivewright Head of Girls' Sport
Mr Lee SilvaHead of Digital Learning, Deputy Head of Senior School
Miss Gemma Skerry Learning Support Assistant
Mr Martin SkittSenior School Leader of Learning & Innovation
Mrs Sarah SkittHead of Humanities
Mrs Rebecca SuarezSubject Leader for Geography, DoE Award Manager (Maternity Leave)
Mr David Vinsen Tell Teacher of English
Mrs James WalkerTeacher of PE & Games
Learning Support
Mrs Sarah HallsworthJunior School SENDCo
Mrs Laura KennySenior School SENDCo
Miss Ann Campbell1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Suzanne HammettLearning Support Specialist
Mrs Tiffany MarksLearning Support Administrator
Mrs Alison RichardsClassroom Support Assistant
Mrs Ginny StaddonLearning Support Specialist
Miss Gemma SkerryLearning Support Specialist
Miss Lisa WinteridgeLearning Support Assistance

Downsend School Support Staff

Miss Michaela AbrahamHR Administrator (Maternity Cover)
Mr Mark Ayling Minibus Driver
Mr Simon BakerFacilities Manager
Mrs Lou BlanchardHR Administrator (Maternity Leave)
Mrs Kim CollinsonFacilities & Transport Coordinator
Mrs Laura CrombieADT Technician
Mr David DorringtonMinibus Driver
Mrs Laura DickinsonSchool Receptionist (Mondays and Fridays)
Mrs Nikki EarlyHealth Care Assistant
Mr David FranklinMinibus Driver
Mr Ray Gray Premises Assistant
Mrs Lisa HardwickSenior School Administrator
Mrs Hannah HarrisonAdmissions Manager
Mr Michael HendersonPremises Assistant
Mrs Sarah HegartyJunior School Administrator
Miss Kugappriya Jageerthan Science Technician
Mrs Katherine KeenAdmissions Assistant
Mrs Rhian KiddSchool Nurse
Mrs Tina LevyFinance Assistant
Mr John MarchantFinance Officer
Ms Fern MatthewsEnrichment Administrator
Mr Steve McCready Minibus Driver
Mrs Jane Park School Nurse
Mrs Caroline Peacock PA to Headmaster
Mrs Sarah Pinch School Receptionist (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Mr Ian PotterPremises Assistant
Mrs Lynn TurnerSenior School Librarian
Mrs Andrea Trotter Junior School Librarian
Mr Greg TweedaleMinibus Driver

Downsend School

Admissions: 01372 372311

General: 01372 372197