Meet The Teachers

Mr Matthew Bryan

Position:
Headmaster

I started my career as a senior school Classicist, teaching Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation up to IB and A level at Hampton School and King’s, Wimbledon. I then discovered how amazing it is to work in Prep Schools and went out to Summer Fields, a boys’ boarding school in Oxford. From there I went to be Deputy Head (Academic) at Saint Ronan’s in Kent. I’ve been fortunate to experience everything from the ages of 2-19; single-sex and co-ed; day, boarding and ‘flexi’, traditional and progressive.

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Mr Ben Moir

Position:
Deputy Head

Before joining Longacre in September 2016, I was Director of Sport and Senior Teacher (Operations) at Rokeby School, a position I held for nearly seven years.  Rokeby is a 13+ boys school in Kingston upon Thames.  Prior to this I was Head of Sport at Lanesborough for six and a half years.

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Mrs Nicki Mould

Position:
Head of Pre-Prep

Before joining Longacre I taught Reception and Year 1 and was the childcare and curriculum adviser for a chain of 30 nurseries.

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Mr David Harry

Position:
Director of Studies/Head of Maths

After leaving school I studied history at Aberystwyth University and guitar at the Academy of Contemporary Music with dreams of recording an album and touring the world! After it quickly became apparent that I would be lucky to tour the Surrey Hills, I started coaching football at various schools across the county with Planet Soccer. In this capacity, I visited Longacre on many occasions and was delighted when I joined full-time in 2012.

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Mr Ed Spackman

Position:
Director of Sports & Activities

Growing up in Oxfordshire, my early years were spent playing football, supporting Tottenham and camping on the Dorset coastline. Just as my teenage years struck I moved to Yorkshire, where I developed a muddled accent, played lots of rugby and did lots of drama. Being the son of a teacher and having the great fortune to have been taught by many amazing coaches inspired me to become a teacher.

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Ms Naomi Watts

Position:
Head of English

Having parents and grandparents as teachers, I grew up determined never to become a teacher. After graduating, I started my career working for a hospice as People, Learning and Development Manager. Here, my passion for lifelong learning and holistic care began. Inevitably, the teacher-bug caught up with me, so I left my role to dip my toe in the waters of Education. I completed my PGCE and QTS in 2015 and I have never looked back. Since qualifying, I have taught English, Maths, History and Games across Year 4 to 8.

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Miss Rebecca Clarke

Position:
Head of Science

Before starting at Longacre I read Biology at the University of Exeter. After graduating I did some part-time work as a ‘Rugbytots’ instructor, a sailing instructor and at a local primary school. These jobs helped me to realise I wanted to continue working with children throughout my career which led to an interest in teaching.

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Mrs Penny Macfarlane

Position:
Head of Humanities / Form V Tutor

I spent a few years trying out various jobs and doing quite a bit of travelling before settling on teaching as a career. After my PGCE and three years teaching in London, I was posted with my husband to New Zealand. On our return, I spent quite a few years at home raising my four children – now almost grown up – and started supply teaching at Longacre seven years ago.

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Mrs Emma Forrest

Position:
Head of Computing / AG&T Coordinator

After studying International Business at the University of Ulster and working in Human Resources during a gap year, I decided to follow my heart and embark on a teaching career. In 2004 I left the beautiful coastal town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland to move to England and gained a PGCE in Business Studies and ICT.

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Miss Chloe du Pon

Position:
Head of Music

I’m a classically trained, professional singer and many years ago (!) I started teaching singing at a couple of schools in-between gigs and session work, and Longacre was one of them! It was Longacre that inspired me to study a PGCE, to become a qualified teacher and where I gained the desire for children to experience the joy of music; the positivity, creativity and sense of achievement it imparts.

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Mrs Tara Pandey

Position:
Head of Art & Design Technology / Head of Forms V & VI / Form VI Tutor

I worked for many years in Advertising and PR in London before completing an Art Degree at the London College of Printing as a mature student. After this I ran my own photography business before the birth of my son in 2005 who joined Longacre in Kindergarten.

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Mrs Sheila Manson

Position:
Head of Drama / Form V Tutor

Since leaving school, a very long time ago, I have completed Part 1 of the MCSP exam, been a doctor’s receptionist, a lab technician in an independent secondary school, trained as a hearing therapist, worked for a local authority installing emergency alarms, been an area organiser for a cancer charity and managed a resource/ rehab centre for adults with an acquired disability!

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Mrs Jenny Fagg

Position:
Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Born and brought up in France to a French mother and an English father, I studied English at the University of Bordeaux then the University of Versailles while, at the same time, teaching English to adults and teenagers. During my studies, I took a gap year to work as a French teaching assistant in two secondary schools in Reading.

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Mrs Susanne Gibson

Position:
Head of Pupil Progress/Prep Teacher

I can hardly remember life before Longacre as I started here in 2004 and can’t seem to keep away! I grew up in Northern Ireland where I completed a degree in Applied Languages. I moved to England for teacher training and a PGCE and decided to stay.

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Mrs Jo Trinder

Position:
Form IV Tutor

Before Longacre I worked at a prep school in Reigate. I was Head of French there for two years and taught children French from Reception to Year 6. Before that I was a Year 3 teacher, teaching all the core subjects and Humanities.

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Miss Charlotte Thorpe

Position:
Head of Forest School/Form III Tutor

After a trip around the world with my sister in 2014, I realised I wanted to work with children and be outside. I began volunteering with the Surrey Wildlife Trust and fell in love with Forest School. I trained with the Trust to become a Forest School Leader and I have helped with Forest School sessions all over the county.

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Miss Fiona Saul

Position:
Head of Forms III & IV / Form III Tutor

Whilst studying for my A Levels, I volunteered in a local primary school and tutored my friends’ younger siblings to help prepare them for their Maths GCSEs. These experiences confirmed that teaching was the career for me! I graduated from Roehampton University in 2011 and took up my first teaching position within Year 3.

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Mrs Nicky Hamer

Position:
Form II Teacher

I have been a Primary School teacher for all my working life, apart from a brief foray into retail management when I first left school and worked for the John Lewis Partnership. I have had experience across the whole primary range, in both the maintained and independent sector.

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Miss Imogen Lochhead

Position:
Form II Teacher

Before joining Longacre, I was a Year 2 teacher at Danes Hill school for five years. Prior to that I worked in Years 5 and 6 at a school near Woking.

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Mrs Leigh Couchman

Position:
Form II Teaching Assistant

Originally from South Africa, I studied Graphic Design and enjoyed a successful advertising career. Becoming a mother changes your sense of purpose, which led me on an entrepreneurial path, in which time I established my freelance design consultancy, setup an extramural art and craft club at my daughter’s school and launched a socially driven “pop-up” art class, where I taught adults to paint.

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Mrs Beth Davies

Position:
Form I Teacher

After leaving university, I quickly realised that I wanted to pursue a career in education. I became a teaching assistant at a local primary school and completed my PCGE whilst working at the same school the following year. I then moved up to London and worked at a school in Chelsea as a Year 2 teacher for 3 years.

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Mrs Christine Hamilton

Position:
Form I Teaching Assistant

Originally from Wales, I studied for a combined honours degree in English and History followed by ten years working in London, initially in investment management and following a belated gap year travelling, I spent eight years working as a Business Analyst for Reuters.

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Mrs Elana Pickering

Position:
Form I Teacher

Having grown up and taught in Australia, I came backpacking to the UK about 15 years ago and never went home! Since then I have taught in schools in central London, including most recently as Assistant Head and year 3 form teacher at St Paul’s Cathedral School. In that role I sat on the school’s senior leadership team, taught English, Maths and IPC, lead staff development, and was girls’ tutor.

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Mrs Daniela Casey

Position:
Form I Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Prior to working in education, I had a seven year career working for Network Rail. I was based in London in the IT department, working as a software analyst. Albeit, I chose a very different career than my actual desire, which was to teach and work with children. I finally decided to make  a career change and in 2011 I started as a Teaching Assistant here at Longacre, working with the exceptional Caroline Palmer, whom our fantastic Palmer Hall is named after.

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Miss Andrea Beasley

Position:
Reception Teacher

I joined Longacre in September 2008 and before this was studying to achieve my Level 3 Childcare Diploma. During this time, I experienced working with a variety of different age groups from Nursery to Form I. It was during my course that I discovered my passion for Early Years teaching.

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Mrs Jane Chapman

Position:
Form I HL Teaching Assistant

I have a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree and prior to starting a family, I had a successful career as a Marketing Manager in the automotive industry working for premium brands including McLaren, Porsche and BMW.  Then in 2002, I decided to put my career on hold to focus on raising my children.  

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Mrs Sarah Morris

Position:
Reception Teacher

Prior to joining Longacre School in September 2018 I worked at a local Primary School where I taught YrR, Yr1 and Yr2 over six years. In this time, I led PE and managed the Key Stage One team. Before qualifying as a teacher in 2012, I managed two private day nurseries and a Sure Start Children’s Centre.  Whilst working in these roles I studied part-time to achieve my degree and also had my two children.

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Mrs Heejin Warner

Position:
Learning Support Teaching Assistant

After living in both South Korea and Japan I moved to the UK over  twenty years ago. Prior to working in education, I was an HR professional working in various international organisations. My work involved long hours and lots of travelling, so after I had my own child I decided to focus on parenting.

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Mrs Melanie Lee

Position:
Reception Teaching Assistant

After I achieved my NNEB, I have been lucky to have worked in a variety of places with young children. I started as a Nanny and then became a nursery leader and then a child minder, while I brought up my own children. In 2007 I became a Reception Teaching Assistant.

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Miss Sara Cedola

Position:
Reception Teaching Assistant

Following my studies in fashion photography at university, I decided to spend some time nurturing my creative side and came across a wonderful photographer who gave me the opportunity to gain some valuable experience working alongside her. Finding myself with some free time, I happily accepted the chance to work voluntarily at a primary school and discovered my love of working with children.

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Miss Jemma Winterton

Position:
Kindergarten Leader

From a very early age I have always wanted to work in the Early Years. I have been working with and teaching children for over 20 years! Each day is different but I find the Early Years especially rewarding. Being part of the crucial early stages and laying down foundations in order for them to grow into individuals is something special.

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Miss Holly Mclaren

Position:
Kindergarten Room Leader

I studied for two years and obtained a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education before going to work in France as a nanny. Before I joined Longacre I worked as a live-in nanny in Hampton.

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Miss Jess Bryant

Position:
Early Years Teaching Assistant

I studied Politics, Psychology and Geography A-Levels at Godalming College whilst working at a local school as a receptionist and helping with their holiday club for children aged 4-12. After leaving college, I started as a Nursery Practitioner at a local nursery whilst studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education. It was here that I discovered my love for Early Years and realised this was the career path I wanted to pursue.

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Miss Charlotte Philps

Position:
Early Years Teaching Assistant

Before joining Longacre I began my journey of working with children in a local infant school. There I spent a year with Year One and moved up with them to Year Two; it was fantastic to take this step of the journey together. After taking a very special year out to have my daughter, I worked in the Pre-school and in the last two years helped to establish the new nursery.

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Mrs Sheila O’Brien

Position:
Nursery Leader

After attaining my NNEB I became a private nanny for many years before becoming a Nursery Manager of a day nursery. I joined the Longacre family as a parent when my three children started in Nursery through to Form VI. I was offered a job in Early Years when my youngest started in Reception and have worked in both Kindergarten and Nursery for the past 10 years.

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Mrs Becky Chambers

Position:
Early Years Teaching Assistant

I worked as an Administrator at the University of Surrey for eight years until I left in 2003 to have my first daughter. I then retrained as an Early Years Practitioner in 2008 and worked at a nursery in Cranleigh until I started my job at Longacre in 2014.

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Mrs Beckie Reddish

Position:
Early Years Teaching Assistant

After completing my Primary Education degree at the University of Roehampton I began my career in a state school in Surrey teaching Reception. Since then I have worked across both the state and independent sectors teaching across the Early Years and Key Stage 1. Before joining Longacre, I worked at Newton Prep in Battersea teaching the Nursery class.

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Mr Simon Floyer

Position:
PE & Games Teacher

As a PE and Games teacher I think it is safe to assume that a passion for sport is evident. From a very young age my focus has always been on developing as a team sportsman and pursuing any opportunity to make my interests, my work. I studied Sports Science for 3 years at Brunel University and then worked as a personal trainer before realising my passion to work with children and help to develop their passion for sport.

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Mrs Joey Hall-Palmer

Position:
Games & PE Teacher/Outdoor Teamwork & Leadership Teacher

I have been lucky enough to have taught at schools in the UK, Australia and the USA. I lived and taught in Sydney for 8 years which was amazing as I was able to indulge my love of the outdoors and all sports in fantastic weather.  

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Mr Andrew Whitall

Position:
Classroom and Sports Graduate

I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Physical Education from the University of Gloucestershire in 2019. Whilst at university, I also worked part time as a squash coach at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. After graduating, I worked full time as a squash coach in a variety of squash clubs within Surrey for a year before joining Longacre as a Classroom and Sports Graduate, whilst still continuing as the Lead Junior Squash Coach at Surrey Sports Park.

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Miss Chloe Holcombe

Position:
Classroom and Sports Assistant

Before joining Longacre, I was a teaching assistant in a local SEN school. I worked closely with a pupil on a one-to-one basis for two years and enjoyed the opportunity to take on this challenging role.

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Mrs Lisa Edwards

Position:
Head of Learning Support

Prior to joining Longacre I taught in both primary and secondary schools in the state sector. In my most recent role, as well as being SENCo I was also Progress Leader for year 7, one of the Deputy Safeguarding Leads and I taught English to years 7 and 8.

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Mrs Jacqui Davies

Position:
Learning Support Teacher

I started my teaching career in London and moved to Guildford where I have enjoyed  teaching in many Surrey schools, both in the state and independent sector.

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Mrs Tracey Madgwick

Position:
Learning Support Assistant

I started my career in banking, working closely with the public and taking on many roles before becoming a full-time mum in 1995.

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Mrs Claire Collins

Position:
Learning Support Assistant

After graduating with a degree in the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts, I initially worked in a London art gallery.  Although the job was interesting I felt that there was something missing so took a leap of faith and headed to Roehampton to complete a PGCE. 

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Mrs Nicky Stormonth-Darling

Position:
Prep Learning Support Assistant

I have a degree in Sociology from Exeter University and am a qualified SpLD teacher. I have taught special needs for 20 years.

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Mrs Shirley Carter

Position:
Pre-Prep Learning Support Assistant

After gaining my Level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education, I worked in a school nursery in Birmingham for 13 years. I moved to Surrey with my family in 2007 and worked in a local nursery for 10 years before joining Longacre.

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Miss Holly Butler

Position:
Art & DT Technician

After leaving college, I completed a Foundation Degree in Fine Art at UCA Epsom and then volunteered at the David Shepherd Foundation and the Cranleigh Arts Centre. I joined Longacre as a volunteer in the Art Department in 2013 and completed a Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course. I became full-time a year after that, joining Form I and then Form II as a Teaching Assistant.

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Mr Rob Bartlett

Position:
Librarian

This is a case of life before and life after Longacre. In my time away I have been working at Gatwick Airport assisting passengers with reduced mobility. I have helped the blind, deaf, autistic, the elderly, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as former soldiers who have had limbs blown off. It has been a very humbling experience and one that I will continue to do in my spare time.

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Miss Mia Hardcastle

Position:
Gap Student

I have just finished my A Levels at Godalming College where I studied English Language, Photography and Hospitality. Before Godalming, I was at Cranleigh School. I am now on my GAP year, working at Longacre and hoping to travel.

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