Our Staff


Mr William Trelawny-Vernon BSc (Hons), University of Exeter

Deputy Headmaster (Academic)

Mr Dale Bright BSc (Hons), Higher Diploma (Ed), University of Cape Town

Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral)

Mr Ross Andrew BSc (Hons), PGCE, University of Plymouth

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Mrs Emma Trelawny-Vernon BA (Hons), FCIPD, University of Exeter

Head of Nursery & Pre-Prep

Mrs Andrea Bright, B. Econ., P.G.C.E. University of Cape Town


Mr David Ansell BA (Hons), University of Bristol

Finance Director

Mr Carlos Lloyd

Assistant Headmaster

Mr Timothy Fox B Ed (Hons), College of St. Mark & St. John

Director of IT

Mr Ben Clarke BSc (Hons), MBCS., University of Kent

Assistant Deputy Head (Academic)

Mr Richard Vassar-Smith BSc (Hons), University College London
Mme Corinne James, B.Com, University of Birmingham, P.G.C.E .Open University

Assistant Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Miss Elizabeth George, B.Sc. (Hons.), Wales, P.G.C.E .& M.A. Canterbury
Mrs Rachel Thompson BA (Hons), University College, Dublin, Q.T.S.
Mr David Gibbon, H.D.E. University of Cape Town

Head of Learning Support

Mrs Lucy Taggart BA (Hons), PGCE, Oxford Brookes, SEN Diploma

  • Mr Ross Andrew, B.Sc. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of Plymouth
  • Mrs Marie Bottle, B.A. (Hons)., Oxford Brookes University, SEND Diploma, Helen Arkell
  • Mr Dale Bright, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.A. (Ed.) Higher Diploma (Ed.), University of Cape Town
  • Mr Paul Bruning , B.Prim. Ed., University of Natal
  • Mrs Renee Bruning, B.Ed., Nelson Mandela University
  • Mme Florence Buet, Licence, University of Rennes, P.G.C.E., University of Keele
  • Mrs Esme Churnside, B.A. (Hons.) & Q.T.S, University of London
  • Mr Ben Clarke, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.C.S., University of Kent, Q.T.S.
  • Mrs Julie Dooley, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., M.A. University of Nottingham
  • Miss Eleanor Durr, B.Sc (Hons.), University of Loughborough
  • Mr Thomas Elliott, B.Mus, L.R.A.M., Royal Academy of Music
  • Mr Timothy Fox, B.Ed. (Hons.), College of St Mark & St John
  • Mrs Rachel Fox, B.Ed. (Hons.), Brighton University
  • Miss Elizabeth George,  B.Sc. (Hons.), Wales, P.G.C.E. & M.A. Canterbury
  • Mrs Philippa Gibson, B.A. (Hons.) Victoria University, P.G.C.E., Diploma GSMD London
  • Mr David Gibbon, H.D.E. University of Cape Town
  • Mrs Rebecca Gossage, B.Sc (Hons.), MSc, P.G.C.E, M.A. University of Liverpool
  • Mrs Natalie Hinchliffe, B.A. (Hons.), Q.T.S. University of Brighton
  • Mrs Rachel Hornsby, B.A. (Hons.), University of Kent
  • Mme Corinne James, B.Com, University of Birmingham, P.G.C.E., Open University
  • Mr James Kanzig, B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Auckland, Q.T.S., University of East London
  • Mrs Debbie Katis, B.A. (Hons), University of Birmingham
  • Mrs Sarah Michailovs, B.A. (Hons.) & P.G.C.E., University of Nottingham
  • Mrs Lorraine Lloyd, B.Sc. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of London
  • Mrs Emma Morrell, M.A., P.G.C.E., University of Oxford
  • Miss Rose Paterson, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E.,  University of Durham
  • Mrs Lizz Peacock, B.Sc. (Hons.), Oxford Brookes University, P.G.C.E., Newcastle University
  • Mrs Lucy Roberts, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., P.G.C.E., University of Bristol
  • Mrs Lucie Scott, B.Sc. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of Nottingham
  • Mr Stephen Sharp, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., Canterbury Christ Church
  • Mrs Claire Skinner, B.A. (Hons.), University of Kent, P.G.C.E, University of Lancaster
  • Ms Katie Squires, B.S.C. (Hons) and MA, Open University, PGCE, University of Buckingham
  • Mrs Karen Stickney, B.A., Glasgow School of Art
  • Mr Terry Stickney HND
  • Mrs Rachel Thompson, B.A. (Hons.), Q.T.S., University College, Dublin
  • Mrs Emma Trelawny-Vernon, B.A. (Hons.), University of Exeter, F.C.I.P.D.
  • Mr William Trelawny-Vernon, B.Sc.(Hons.), Q.T.S., University of Exeter
  • Mr Richard Vassar-Smith, B.Sc. (Hons.), University of London
  • Mrs Claire Wilson, P.G.C.E. University College, London
  • Mr James Yeabsley, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E., Nottingham Trent University
  • Mrs Frances Yonge - Piano - B.A. (Hons), University of Southampton, Dip ABRSM

  • Mrs Karen Booth-Clibborn, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of Bristol
  • Mrs Andrea Bright,  B. Econ., P.G.C.E. University of Cape Town
  • Mrs Nicky Brooks, M.A. and P.G.C.E., University of Edinburgh
  • Mrs Rachel Curtin, B.A. Ed (Hons.), University of London
  • Mrs Emma-Grace Dedman, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of Kingston
  • Mrs Gemma Grierson Rickford, M.A. (Hons.) & P.G.C.E., St Andrews University
  • Mrs Jacqueline Hewitt, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of Durham
  • Mrs Kara Kanzig, B.A. (Hons.), Central School Speech & Drama (U.C.L.), P.G.C.E., C’Church
  • Mrs Stephanie Morris, B.Sc. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., University of Leicester
  • Mrs Helena Stephenson, B.A. (Hons) University of Bristol, P.G.C.E., U.C.L.

  • Mrs Simone Edwards, B.A. (Hons.), Canterbury Christ Church
  • Mrs Julie Jenkins, C.A.C.H.E., NVQ level 4
  • Mrs Amy Raynor, NVQ level 3
  • Mrs Paula Robinson, NVQ level 3
  • Mrs Chloe Startin, C.A.C.H.E. Cert., level 4

  • Mrs Lisa Amin, C.A.C.H.E., NVQ level 3
  • Mrs Alison Cooper, C.A.C.H.E., NVQ level 3
  • Mrs Tamatha Drake, B.A. (Hons.) University of Leeds, P.G.C.E., U.C.L.
  • Mrs Amanda Fox, NVQ level 3 & OCR level 5 (SpLD
  • Ms Beth Hopkins, B.A. (Hons), University of London, M.A, University of East Anglia
  • Mrs Sara Humphrey, B.Ed (Hons), Liverpool University, QTS
  • Mrs Clare Morris, B.A. (Hons.) CGCHE
  • Mrs Sally Stevens, C.A.C.H.E, NVQ level 3
  • Mrs Jeanne Zeitlyn,  B.Sc. (Hons.), Western Michigan University USA

  • Mrs Emma Trelawny-Vernon Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mr James Yeabsley Head of Boarding
  • Mrs Julie Gillam Boarding Matron
  • Ms Angela Bouchard, Dip HE Nursing, University of Greenwich - Health Matron
  • Mrs Natalie Allgrove, BSc (Hons) London, RN (Child) - Junior Health Matron
  • Miss Emily Talbot Junior Health Matron

  • Mrs Lucy Taggart, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., Oxford Brookes, SEN Diploma (Head of Learning Support)
  • Mrs Tee Aitken, B.A. (Hons) Manchester University, SEN Level 5 Diploma, Helen Arkell
  • Mrs Marie Bottle, B.A. (Hons)., Oxford Brookes University, SEND Diploma, Helen Arkell
  • Mrs Carolyn Freeman, B.Ed (Hons.), University of Cambridge, Dyslexia Institute Maths Programme
  • Mrs Joanna Miller, B.A (Hons.), University of Surrey, P.G.C.E. University of Surrey, SEND Diploma , Middlesex University
  • Mrs Teletha Tapper, B.Sc (Hons.), P.G.C.E. University of Greenwich
  • Mrs Mary Woolgar, M.A, University of St Andrews, P.G.C.E. Roehampton Institute, SEND

  • Mr David Ansell - Bursar
  • Mr Carlos Lloyd - Finance Director
  • Mrs Jess Taylor - Bursary Assistant
  • Miss Lynsey Fryer - Bursary Assistant
  • Mrs Amanda Startin - Headmaster’s Secretary
  • Mrs Clare O’Connell - School Secretary
  • Mrs Samantha Lloyd - School Secretary
  • Mrs Katy Bielecki - Music Administrator
  • Mrs Charlotte Sinclair - Librarian & Admissions Assistant
  • Mrs Hayley Curran - Database Administrator
  • Mr Stuart Old - Computer Systems Administrator
  • Mrs Julie Gillam - Head of Housekeeping

  • Mrs Lorraine Turner Science - Technician/School Beadle
  • Mr Sam Webb - E&D Technician
  • Mrs Laura Smith - Art Assistant
  • Mrs Tracy Osborne - School Beadle
  • Mr Richard Goodman - Chef Manager (Holroyd Howe)
  • Mr David Payne - Health & Safety Officer/Maintenance Manager
  • Mr Harry Jeffery - Maintenance
  • Mr Jeff Lewis - Maintenance
  • Mr Paul Sheppard - Maintenance
  • Mr John Watson - Grounds Manager
  • Mr Nic Hyde - Grounds Deputy
  • Mr Jim Cater - Grounds Assistant

  • Mr Andrew Benians - Piano and Voice - LRAM, ARCM, ARCO
  • Mr Ed Bingham - Guitar - BA(Hons), University of Southampton
  • Mr Mark Bromley - Piano, BA (Hons) Dip ABRSM ARCO
  • Mr Felix Buser - ‘Cello - Lehrdiplom Konservatorium, Basel
  • Mrs Siobhan Carter - Flute - Grad Diploma in Music
  • Mr Sebastian Charlesworth - Bassoon and Voice - BMus (Hons) GGSMD
  • Mrs Lynne Conway - Piano, ATCL
  • Mrs Glynis Dickinson - Piano MA, GRSM, LRAM, PGCE
  • Mrs Annie Hatcher - Voice - PGCE Roehampton, ALCM, LLCM, GLCM (Hons)
  • Mr Stephen Hollamby - Brass - ARCM, Dip RCM
  • Mr Rob Leake - Woodwind - BA (Hons) Jazz Studies
  • Mr Oliver Mansfield - ‘Cello - BMus (Hons), University of Birmingham, PGCE
  • Mrs Naomi Mitchell - Violin - BMus (Hons), MMus, LRAM, Cert BBM, ARAM
  • Mrs Alison Moncrieff-Kelly - Cello - ARCM, ARAM
  • Mrs Clare Preece - French Horn - ARAM (Hons), LRAM
  • Mrs Helen Pye - Oboe - BA(Hons) & M.Mus, University of Liverpool, LRAM
  • Mr Adam Tanner - Drum Kit - LLB (Hons)
  • Mrs Miriam Teppich -Violin - BMus (Hons), PGCE
  • Ms Louise Winter - Voice - GRNCM, PPRNCM

  • Mr Charlie Sloan - Boys Games
  • Mr Ivan Carson - Boys Games
  • Mrs Sarah Underhill - Girls Games
  • Mrs Pernilla Rosenberg - Girls Games

  • Mr William Trelawny-Vernon - Headmaster
  • Mr Ross Andrew Deputy - Headmaster (Pastoral)
  • Mrs Andrea Bright - Head of Nursery & Pre-Prep
  • Mr Dale Bright - Deputy Headmaster (Academic)
  • Mr David Ansell - Bursar
  • Mr Ben Clarke - Director of IT
  • Mr Tim Fox - Assistant Headmaster
  • Mrs Emma Trelawny-Vernon - Registrar & Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Mr Richard Vassar-Smith - Enrichment
  • Mr Terry Stickney - Examinations & Timetabling
  • Mme Corinne James - Monitoring

  • Ms Katie Squires – Year 3
  • Mrs Rachel Thompson – Year 4
  • Miss Elizabeth George – Year 5
  • Mr Terry Stickney – Year 6
  • Mrs Claire Skinner – Year 7
  • Mr David Gibbon – Year 8

  • Christina Yates, LGSM, London Guildhall School Of Music and Drama
  • Marc Henderson, B.A. (Hons), University of Hull
  • Ruairidh MacDonald, BA, Musical Theatre (Training The Guildford School of Acting)
  • Beth Crame, BA, Musical Theatre (Training The Guildford School of Acting)
  • Isabella Kibble, BA, Musical Theatre (TrainingThe Guildford School of Acting)
  • Rosanna Adams, Kings College London, BA (Hons) English, (Training: Oxford School of Drama).

  • Mrs Karen West ¥ Former staff member
  • Prof. Kathy Dacre ∆  University lecturer and former parent
  • Mrs Georgina MacLeay β Former parent
  • Mrs Julie Lowe Reporting Inspector and former Pre-Prep Head
  • Mr Dominic Oliver Headmaster (Lancing College)
  • Mr Bruce Seton Banker, former parent, OR
  • Mr Stephen Langer † Chartered Architect & former parent
  • Mr Nicholas Phillis ¶  Former Senior Housemaster (King’s Canterbury)
  • Mr Andrew Ross * Wealth Management, former parent, OR
  • Mr Nick Sladden Accountant
  • Mr Nick Beart Banker, former parent
  • Mrs Elizabeth Worthington  Senior Deputy Head (King’s, Canterbury)
  • Mr Carlos Lloyd Clerk to the Trustees

  • * Chairman
  • Ø Deputy Chairman
  • Δ Vice Chairman
  • † Chairman, Estates Committee
  • ‡ Chairman, Finance and General Purpose Committee
  • ¶ Chairman, Curriculum Committee
  • ¥ Chairman, Health &Safety Committee
  • β Chairman, Safeguarding & Pastoral Care Committee

Any correspondence for the Governors should be addressed to: (name of Governor) c/o Mr C Lloyd, Saint Ronan’s School, Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 5DJ


Here are just a few of our awards from over the last few years.

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Best of the Best

Named as 'Best of the Best' Prep School for Innovation by The Week!

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Outstanding response to COVID

We are delighted to announce that we have, once again, been selected as finalists in the Independent School of the Year Awards organised by the Independent School Parent magazine.

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2021 Tes Prep School of the Year

This award is for continued excellence. ‘It recognises more than academic achievement, but innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables’.

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Shortlisted- Tes Prep School of the Year, Award for Wellbeing

The wellbeing initiative is specific to ways the school has improved mental health of the children during this period. This relates to the work of the community in the daily Radio and TV programmes during lockdown.

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Shortlisted- TES Independent Schools of the Year, Award for Marketing.

This award recognises the Radio and TV as our strategy to promote the pastoral side of the school to a wider community. Sharing the ‘magic’! Marvellous.

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Finalist - TES Prep School of the Year

This award recognises the Radio and TV as our strategy to promote the pastoral side of the school to a wider community. Sharing the ‘magic’! Marvellous.

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Finalist - TES Creativity Award

This award recognises the Radio and TV as our strategy to promote the pastoral side of the school to a wider community. Sharing the ‘magic’! Marvellous.

View all our awards