We believe that our outstanding staff are integral to our success. They work hard to form pupils for their futures, encouraging kindness, a spirit of enquiry and a lifelong love of learning throughout our community.
Head of Mathematics
Year 8 Form Teacher
Ian joined Sherborne Prep in September 2020. He received his degree and PGCE from Durham University prior to completing his MBA. He has worked in UK and overseas prep schools for 20+ years and has run Maths, Science, Geography and Sports departments. He has been a UK and international school inspector for 20 years. He has been a prep school Deputy Head for 12 years and a Head for 5 years. In 2020, Ian and his family arrived in Sherborne from East Africa and his two daughters attend SPS. His interests include cricket and windsurfing.
Year 4 Form Teacher
Rachel completed a degree in History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and then after a year travelling and working, went back to take a PGCE in Middle Years’ education. Rachel then spent 12 years teaching at a variety of schools in the city, including a special residential school for boys with very challenging behaviour. Rachel has had several senior roles, leading KS2 and 3, English, History and Behaviour Management. Rachel also spent four years as Deputy Head of a Middle School before leaving to have her daughters. Whilst Rachel’s daughters were young, she qualified and worked as a personal trainer but returned to teaching in 2014 when she moved from Essex to Dorset with her husband, daughters and dogs.
Learning Support Teacher
Having studied Theology at the University of Wales and then attaining a PGCE from Hughes Hall Cambridge, Elaine taught Religious Education in a state secondary school before taking a break to raise a family. Elaine returned to teaching in the primary sector, initially teaching French before deciding to specialise in learning support. Elaine has completed the PG Cert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination with Plymouth University and worked as a SEN Coordinator in a local primary school for a number of years. In her spare time, Elaine enjoys gardening, attempting to manage her allotment and occasionally dusting off her flute.
Rose completed a Geography degree at Reading University and her PGCE at Oxford University. In between qualifications, Rose spent a couple of years living in Italy, teaching English and gaining first-hand experience about Italian culture, geography and food. With her son, Rose moved to Dorset and enjoys continually exploring the natural beauty that can be found across the Southwest.
Science and Maths Teacher
After a catholic grammar school in Bolton, Daniel moved to Eliot College, Canterbury to study Physics with computer science. Having completed a PGCE at Trinity College, Oxford, Daniel’s first teaching post was in North London where he ran the physics department for two years before deciding to move abroad to take up a post at the British School of Milan before returning to England to become an assistant housemaster at a boarding school in Berkshire. All of Daniel’s three children have gone through the Prep, thoroughly enjoying their time. Daniel’s wife, Donna, is a teacher of English in a prep school in Dorchester.
With a Degree in English and Classics from University of Nottingham and qualified teacher through Nottingham Trent, Annie has just completed a MEd in Educational Leadership. Annie oversees the pastoral care at the School and has a passion for good mental health and emotional wellbeing. She runs the Personal Development of all pupils in the school and teaches senior English. Annie thoroughly enjoys her role working closely with children, parents and staff.
Head of French
After an amazing experience in the United States and falling in love with the English language at school, Myriam took a BA in English Language and Civilisation going on to teach French as a Foreign Language at the University of Aix-en-Provence, with an exchange year at Concordia University in Montreal. Myriam then became a teacher of English in France before moving to England with her husband and completing a PGCE at Exeter University. Having had two twin daughters, Myriam has now returned to teaching and joined us as Head of French in 2019.
Head of History and Humanities Faculty Lead
Janine joined Sherborne Prep in 2012 as Head of History and senior history teacher. After graduating from Bournemouth University with BA (Hons) in History and Literature, she completed her PGCE at Exeter University. Prior to the Prep, Janine was at Hooke Court where she was responsible for Key Stage 2 and was Head of Humanities. Within her career she has taught A’ Level History and also enjoyed many years as a Higher Education Lecturer in the history department at Bournemouth University. She is now the ‘Humanities Faculty Lead’ here at the Sherborne Prep and responsible for the smooth running of these departments. During her spare time, she enjoys visiting exhibitions and historical buildings, live music, literature, and having travelled extensively in Central and South America, is always keen to embark on another adventure.
Sports Coach & Residential Tutor
Alice joined Sherborne Prep in September 2021 after three years coaching sport at a prep school in her hometown of Kent; specifically swimming and netball. She has been a keen swimmer and netball player since she was at school herself and alongside her work here she is studying Sociology and Philosophy through the Open University.
Year 3 Form Teacher
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology from Loughborough University, Laura continued to spend most of her time playing cricket for England and travelling the world. After retiring from international cricket, Laura taught sport in many primary and secondary schools before completing a primary PGCE at Marjon in Plymouth. Laura teaches English, Maths, History, Geography and lots of sport at the Prep. Laura loves adventure and spends much of her spare time on the slopes, on a boat or on a beach; always keen to see the world in all its glory.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Year 7 Form Teacher
Before moving into the teaching profession, Briony graduated with a BA(Hons) in Music and Psychology from the University of Exeter, worked for The Wombles (yes, really!) and then spent a very happy five years working for Comic Relief. It was after this, and teaching in the state sector for a couple of years, that Briony developed an interest in special educational needs. Briony has a particular drive to understand an individual pupil's profile and how best to support them finding the best version of themselves. She has a keen interest in the science and research behind teaching and learning to help ensure pupils are as engaged and motivated as possible in the classroom.
Having spent his formative years at Marlborough College and teaching at Timbertop in Australia (Geelong Grammar’s outward bounds campus), Dan taught Secondary P.E. and later headed the department at Dubai International Academy Secondary School. Whilst in Dubai, he also qualified to be part of the UAE National Rugby Team where he travelled and played semi-professional rugby and competed in the World Cup Rugby 7s tournament in 2009. He then took a break in teaching to open a coffee shop in Cardiff before returning to education as Director of Boarding and Head of Boys' Games at Sherborne Prep.
As a child, Ginny was horse mad and qualified as a BHSAI and later BHSIT before leaving for the States, where she taught horse riding for 20 years. Ginny enjoys travelling, and greatly enjoyed her time in Kenya teaching on a remote farm in the bush for six months, as well as volunteering in Ghana and backpacking around much of Australia. More recently, Ginny and her dog Pip enjoy exploring England in their campervan!
As a Naval child, Tamsin spent her early years living in New Zealand and Portugal but was educated in the UK. Having completed a B.Ed. Hons in English Literature, Tamsin taught Years 2, 3 and 4 at Garden House in London for many years before moving to the Blackmore Vale over twenty years ago. Tamsin and her husband, James, have three children and one grandson called Reggie. Tamsin loves reading works by William Barnes, Thomas Hardy, children's authors and has a special interest in poetry, Russian Literature and the Brontës – their family Labrador is even named after Mr Rochester's dog in Jane Eyre!
Graduate Gap & English Tutor
Harriet has just graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in English. This year she will be working part time at Sherborne Prep, whilst also assisting the Chaplain at Sherborne Girls. You will often find Harriet with her head in a book, or on a windy walk at the seaside. She is very musical, playing both the piano and violin, and has a passion for working with children and young people.
1-1 Learning Support Teacher
Suzy had a calling to work with children. After an initial career working at Shell and Citi Bank as a Facilities management consultant, Suzy took the decision to change careers, in order to make a difference to the lives of young people. She spent several years working in a Learning Support Department at a secondary school before becoming a Mum to Harrison and Mary. Harrison is attending the boat building academy in Lyme Regis and is also a trained blacksmith. Mary is now in Year 8 at the Gryphon and loves being creative. Suzy is passionate about Yoga and interior design and is also learning to paddle board! Suzy is a 1:1 learning support teacher who works predominantly in the junior part of the Prep. She is hugely impressed by the fun and nurturing environment that is evident at the school. The pupils are kind and polite and she enjoys our positive and supportive community. She loves being part of the SPS team.
Constance was a student herself at Sherborne Prep between 2007-2016. The school gave her a passion for a wide range of academic subjects and extra-curricular activities, such as science, hockey and music, which has continued throughout her GCSE and A level years at King’s School Bruton. After Sherborne, Constance will study for a BSc in Natural Sciences at University.
English & PD Teacher
Year 5 Form Teacher
Military Children Mentor
Alastair completed a degree in History at Bristol University, and then an iPGSE at Buckingham University. In between, he spent a few years in an infantry regiment, a few years in venture capital in the west end and then 12 years co-founding and running a travel company. Now with a young family and wife, Hayley, they both enjoy teaching young children. Alastair teaches English, History, French and Leadership as well as being regularly involved in Sport at the Prep.
Latin, English Teacher
Year 8 Form Teacher
Richard joined Sherborne Prep in 2017 after a PGCE in Classics from King’s College, London. He previously worked in London, latterly being a director of two banks. He studied Latin and French at Pembroke College, Cambridge and has an MBA from the City University Business School. He loves cricket and played, mainly without success but with huge enjoyment, both for Cambridge and Dorset. He is a Trustee of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, which helps underprivileged and disabled children through cricket (and kindness). He also loves horses and was an undistinguished point-to-point jockey. He lives in West Dorset with Corinna, a potter, and their three boys.
Head of Science & Maths Teacher
Year 5 Form Teacher
Having gained a BSc (Hons) in Zoo Biology from Nottingham Trent, Jonathan went on to work in zoological collections and became an amateur Entomologist. Jonathan completed his PGCE at the University of Buckingham and has returned to his childhood home of Sherborne to teach Science at the Prep as well as helping out in the boarding house have recently achieved a Certificate in International Boarding with BSA (Boarding Schools Association). Jonathan lives in Sherborne with his wife, Lucy, and enjoys fly-fishing in his spare time.
Head of English
Year 6 Form Teacher
Becca studied at St Luke’s, Exeter University for four years, gaining a B.Ed (Hons). specialising in English and Drama. She started her teaching career in Greater London, then relocated to Devon to marry Huw (our Director of Operations and Co-curricular/Director of Sport) teaching in a rural primary school and raising two young boys. The family then relocated to Scotland to run a boarding house in Perthshire and during that time, Becca taught as a supply teacher in a range of city and rural schools, before settling for five years at Kinnoull Primary School in Perth. The family then relocated to Sherborne in 2016 where Becca is Head of English, a form tutor, and teaches English to older pupils. She is passionate about teaching and learning and enjoys supporting the Music and Drama departments across the year groups.
Deputy DSL & Head of Junior Maths
Year 4 Form Teacher
After reading Law at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and spending six months travelling through South America and Australasia, Andrew worked as a Solicitor in the City of London for over 12 years. He specialised in corporate tax, working on many high profile and international transactions and spent six months working in Paris. After volunteering at two London inner city schools, Andrew completed his primary PGCE with a Maths specialism at Exeter University. Andrew is Head of Junior Maths, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader.
Learning Support Assistant
Sports Coach & Graduate Gap Tutor
Having completed his degree at the University of Plymouth Marjon in 2018, Scott spent the next 3 years working in bilingual education in Cologne, Germany. He started as a teaching assistant before spending his final year teaching sport. Scott has also represented both Cornwall and Devon at age group level Rugby and has experience working with both Exeter Chiefs and Plymouth Albion in performance analyst roles.
Curriculum Teacher of Music
Joe joined Sherborne Prep in September 2021 after spending two years at Oakham School as the Graduate Musician and Resident House Tutor. Prior to this he gained a BMus (Hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, specialising in the Trombone. During his time in Cardiff Joe was fortunate to begin working alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera performing across the UK. Away from Music Joe is a passionate sportsman, enjoying both Cricket and Golf. Joe is excited to begin working at Sherborne Prep alongside teaching at Sherborne School.
Head of Technology
Paul joined Sherborne Prep in 2020. He completed a teaching degree in Design Technology at the University of Exeter. Prior to his teaching career, he worked in the field of Engineering as a Design Draughtsman in a variety of areas, the last being within the automotive industry. Paul has taught Technology in both the state and independent sector since qualifying. He lives in South Somerset with his wife, who is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and their three boys. On Sundays, you will find Paul at the side of a rugby pitch supporting his children either in Castle Cary or Sherborne. On warmer days, you might see him on his motorbike, a forbidden form of transport in his youth!
Director of Music
After having her children, Yvonne went to university to study music and achieved a First Class Honours degree going on to her first teaching post at Aylesbury Grammar School. Following on from this, Yvonne was appointed Director of Music at Gayhurst School in Gerrards Cross and, at the same time, founded a musical theatre club in her village that she continued until she moved to Somerset as Director of Music at Hazlegrove. Yvonne loves to build and expand and when the opportunity arose, she was delighted to accept the post at the Prep so that she could get her teeth into a new project. Yvonne is married to Andrew Fawbert, a hugely successful and talented professional musician and, with him, she loves to ski, travel, spend time with her family and laugh a lot!
Head of Drama
Vicki filled her school life playing in every musical ensemble and performing in every play that she could get a part in. She studied Drama and Dance in York, and got her first professional job as a Musical Director with a West End creative team before leaving university. She worked as an Actor/Musician for four years, mostly touring and particularly enjoyed a year's contract in a musical in Paris. She then undertook a PGCE in Senior Drama at Birmingham. The Prep is Vicki's third school, having moved here after eight years as Director of Drama in Bangkok. She is currently studying with The British Wheel of Yoga to become a fully qualified yoga teacher.
Head of Girls’ Games
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology from Loughborough University, Laura continued to spend most of her time playing cricket for England and travelling the world. After retiring from International Cricket, Laura taught sport in many primary and secondary schools before doing a primary PGCE at Marjon in Plymouth. Laura teaches English, Maths, History, Geography and lots of sport at The Prep. Laura loves adventure and spends much of her spare time on the slopes, on a boat or on a beach; always keen to see the world in all its glory.
Natalie studied Sports Science at University of Kent. After a few years of PT and exercise to music teaching in gyms, she completed a PGCE at Plymouth Marjon University. Natalie spent 10 years teaching in both state and private schools before taking a career break to raise a family and support her husband’s medical training. During this time, she completed various coaching courses and volunteered at various clubs whilst supply teaching. Natalie moved from Shropshire with her husband and three daughters in 2019 for her husband’s job and managed to find her dream job at Sherborne Prep shortly after.
Andy is a Level 3 hockey coach with many years of experience at all levels from club to school to Futures Cup. He has won several National titles with club and schools dating back to the year 2000.
Director of Operations & Co-Curricular, Director of Sport
Huw joined the Prep in 2016 following seven years in Scotland as a Senior School Housemaster and Director of Rugby. He previously worked at Blundell's School for 11 years. He is married to Becca (Year 6 class teacher and Head of English) and has two teenage sons. Huw has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, alongside the management of the Co-Curricular programme and Sport. He cites the fun loving pupil body and positive community as enjoyable aspects of his role.
Head of Art
Year 6 Form Teacher
Fernando took his PGCE at Buckingham University having graduated from Kensington and Chelsea College, London in Fine Art Management & Professional Practice. Fernando also completed a Foundation course of History of Modern Art and a BTEC New Art Practice & Theory course at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Fernando studied Law at the University of Murcia and Seville until moving to England in 1996. Since then, he has exhibited as a professional artist worldwide whilst developing his teaching. Having previously taught Spanish, as part of the Modern Languages department, Fernando is our Head of Art, as well as teaching Personal Development and being a Year 6 Form Tutor. Fernando is also a trustee of Dorset Visual Arts and part of their executive board.
Head of Pre-Prep
Heidi has been Head of Pre-Prep since 2010. Her aim is to make sure each child is happy and confident, and that all learning opportunities are tailored to their needs, embracing outdoor learning and working with our community. As a music specialist, she ensures that there are many creative opportunities for children to develop their music as well as other performing arts during their time in Pre-Prep. Heidi has also introduced the Hemisphere Handwriting Programme to the Pre-Prep and helped to introduce the Inspire (Singapore-based) Maths programme into the school. In her spare time, she is mother to three boys, enjoys running, and is leader of the Wessex String Orchestra, the Sherborne Community orchestra and sings with the Sherborne Chamber Choir.
Cassie graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BEd with Maths in 1998. She began her teaching career in South West London, working at a number of inner city schools, teaching across all the primary age groups. With two young children in tow, Cassie moved with her family to Sherborne where she initially worked at Milborne Port Primary School as the Deputy Head before her career was rudely interrupted by the arrival of a further two children, twin boys! Four children made teaching full-time naturally challenging, however Cassie continued to teach at Trent Young's Primary School whilst also using her well-honed skills to provide private tutoring for children on a one-to-one basis. She joined Sherborne Prep in October 2020. When presented with a spare moment, Cassie enjoys running and keeping fit.
Year 1 Teacher
Lucy grew up in Sherborne and went to school locally, then moved to Brighton to study Human Sciences B.Sc at the University of Sussex. During this time, Lucy spent 6 months as an exchange student in Brisbane attending the University of Queensland. Upon returning to the UK, Lucy completed a PGCE in Primary with a science specialism at Exeter University. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys baking and cake decorating and being outdoors in the Dorset countryside.
Toddler Group Leader
Jen began her career in a pre-school as a nursery assistant before taking a position as a primary teaching assistant based in early years and KS1. Later qualifying as a SEND Teaching Assistant 2014, Jen supported children with many different learning needs across EYFS and KS1 & 2 before finding a love for teaching both Phonics and Speech and Language. Jen is looking forward to her new challenge as our Toddler Group Leader and is simply bursting with ideas to entertain our youngest and arguably most excitable members of the SPS community!
Becky has worked in the Early Years for many years, either nannying or within Nursery settings and has an NVQ 3 in Early Years’ Education, a Foundation Degree and a BA (Hons). Becky thoroughly enjoys providing the youngest children with a stimulating environment and watching them grow and develop through the school. During her spare time, Becky enjoys nothing more than making special memories with her own children during the holidays.
Elly joined Sherborne Prep School in 2013. She grew up in Shaftesbury and from a young age she trained in gymnastics at Port Regis School. Elly went on to coach gymnastics before working in the Childcare sector where she gained level 2 and 3 qualifications in Children's Care Learning and Development. Elly has 2 young children who she loves spending time with and they all particularly love going on adventures!
Charlotte studied Law at University, qualified as a solicitor and worked in the City as well as internationally. Returning to the UK from Moscow with her 3 children, she joined Sherborne Prep School in 2013 and has worked in the Marketing and Admissions Department since, most recently as Registrar. Outside of her life at school, Charlotte enjoys walking with her 2 very naughty terriers, gardening, playing tennis and researching military history.
Paul joined Sherborne Prep in in 2007, having studied sports turf and countryside management at Kingston Maurward College. Paul joined the Fire & Rescue Service in 2011 as a retained fire fighter based in Sherborne. He is on call for 120 hours a week which means he is often on duty during his working day at the Prep. The children really enjoy it when Paul brings the fire engine into school and teaches them all about fire safety and what it means to be a firefighter.
Head of Maintenance
Sherborne Group Bursar
David assumed the role of Bursar in January 2021 having previously held a number of senior roles within both the private and public sectors.
After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of St Andrews and both a masters and doctorate from the University of Southampton, David began his working career in Hospitality and Leisure with Whitbread plc, working primarily on the early expansion of the Costa Coffee brand post acquisition. His experience of developing and translating strategy into delivery, soon led to senior strategy-based roles with the Law Society and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Following London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, David joined the executive team of the UK Sports Council for the Beijing, London and Rio squads, ultimately being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
To spend more time with his family David took a role closer to home with the University of Sussex in 2015 as Director of Planning & Performance, with leadership responsibility for the professional staff supporting the University’s eleven Schools of Study. David is married to Vicky with two children who are growing up far too quickly.
Jane grew up in the Lake District surrounded by beautiful scenery, lots of tourists and plenty of opportunity to develop the customer service skills she has used ever since. She met her husband while working in France and they lived in Hampshire, New Zealand and Spain before settling in Dorset with their two sons. Jane spent 9 happy years at Sherborne Girls before joining Sherborne Prep in 2019. She thoroughly enjoys her role in the busy School Office where there is never a dull moment!
Jo studied music at the University of Edinburgh and went on to do various conservation projects around the world, including some time spent with orangutans in Malaysia! She met her husband training to be a field guide in South Africa, and after returning to England she decided to train as a primary teacher. Jo has now spent 14 years working in schools, mostly in the south west of England and is very happy to now be part of the SPS family!
Billing Accounts Assistant
Margaret returned to the UK in 2017 after living in Botswana for over 30 years where she worked as an administrator in a private primary school. Margaret enjoys walking in the countryside and spending time with her son in Bristol.
Jason joined Sherborne Prep in August 2020. Prior to moving to Dorset, he was the Network Manager and member of the Senior Leadership Team at an independent school in West Sussex. With over 20 years of experience working in the education sector, his aim is to enable the prep to excel in the use of the IT technology available to schools in the 21st century.
Anne joined The Prep in 2013 as School Secretary and is now the School Administrator. She has a daughter and two sons who live and work in London and in her spare time, Anne provides independent welfare support to the Royal Marines, coming from four generations of service in the Armed Forces. With an interest in genealogy, Anne has traced her family back to Tudor times and enjoys helping others to discover their family trees and tales. She also has a legendary love of all things chocolate!
Lizzie joined the Prep in August 2021. Over the last 10 years Lizzie has worked in creating digital content for entrepreneurs and luxury brands and has a passion for start-ups and individuals who want to make a stand in the world. A huge advocate for education, local politics and governance, Lizzie is Chair of Governors at Trent Young's Primary School. Before having her children she worked for many years as an agency nanny and activity class play leader from birth to 4 years and went on to run her own company as a Children’s Party Entertainer!
Lizzie is also a certified Nurturing Birth Doula, Hypnobirthing Teacher, and qualified life coach. Lizzie has a passion for nutrition, gut health and holistic practice and is a bit of an advocate for the infant microbiome and epigenetics. Lizzie has three children, lives in Sherborne and is the illustrator for the Sherborne Times.
Head of Marketing, Sherborne Group
Zoe is the Head of Marketing for the Sherborne Group which involves overseeing the marketing of Sherborne Prep, Sherborne School and Sherborne International having previously held positions as Head of Marketing for both Sherborne School and Sherborne Prep. Prior to this Zoe spent seventeen happy years at the Royal High School Bath GDST where she was Director of Sport for thirteen years before moving on to become Director of Marketing and Outreach following the completion of the CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing. A keen sportswoman Zoe is often to be found heading for the hills on her bike or helping at local children’s sports clubs.