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The Hampshire School staff are among the best Early Years to Prep School education experts in London.

Our teachers and management staff work closely with parents and children to make sure that each child follows the academic, arts, music and sports programme most suited to their favoured destination schools and goals.

Read more about each of our teachers below.

For more information, or to speak to our staff, contact us on info@thehampshireschoolchelsea.co.uk.

Senior Management Team

Donal Brennan - Headmaster

(BEd with Frobel specialism)

Fiercely ambitious for children to reach their potential. Believes experiences should come first in learning and that children must have freedom to explore every aspect of their personalities. “One must climb the tree, prior to writing about it.” The key to a successful school is to have strong relationships and communication.

Kim Fisher - Deputy Head of Main School

(BEd, FET)

Strategic leadership, management of the main school, history department lead, teaches senior history.

Bronwyn Kidd - Headmistress of Early Years

(BEd Early Years and Primary). Maternity Leave

Responsible for Pre Nursery, Nursery and Reception. Leads the Early Years team. Link for parents and between the two schools as children progress. Develops standards to ensure Early Years children achieve their best. Provides support and care to children and parents at this precious time.

Olivia Price - Early Years Headmistress (Acting)

(BA Hons in Early Years Teaching, Management and Leadership. Montessori Teaching Diploma)

Responsible for Pre Nursery, Nursery and Reception. Head of Admissions and Marketing 

Leads the Early Years team as Early Years Headmistress. Link for parents and between the two schools as children progress. Develops standards to ensure Early Years children achieve their best. Provides support and care to children and parents at this precious time.

As Head of Admissions and Marketing, enhances whole school development for Early Years and Main School. Provides school tours, information and advice about all aspects of the school. Administers admissions assessments and offers places to potential children. Supports new families.

Lucy Collins - Deputy Head of Early Years and Reception Form Teacher

(BEd Primary with Early Years Specialism)

Extremely passionate about teaching. Advanced skills in Early Years. Loves to inspire children to reach their potential and be good kind little people. Keen runner and skier.

Sarah Reddaway - Head of Phase 1

(BEd Primary)

Responsible for Years 1, 2 and 3. Year 1 Form Teacher. Ensures team provides a stimulating, interactive and reflective learning environment, including the ‘SECRET to learning’ for children. Oversees planning and implementation of thematic, integrated curriculum. Leads coffee mornings with parents. Contact for parent queries during the school year.

Charlie Landi - Head of Phase 2

(BA Hons, PGCE)

Responsible for Years 4 and 5. Year 4 Form Teacher. Oversees pastoral care of children and teachers in Years 4 and 5. Liaises with management team to ensure progression and consistency through phases. Responsible for delivering exciting lessons in English, mathematics, PSHE and RE for children in Year 4 form class.

Cassie Fleming - Head of Phase 3 and Director of Sport

(BSc Sport and Exercise Science. PGCE with half Master’s in Physical Education)

Oversees pastoral care for Years 6, 7 and 8. Liaises with staff and management to ensure progression. Responsible for delivery of sport. Develops the curriculum and gives all children the chance to shine. Responsible for afterschool clubs programme.

Sarah Bryant - Head of Standards, Head of Science and Year 5 Form Teacher

(BSc Hons and PGCE in Primary with Science)

Responsible for collection and interpretation of academic data and professional development to identify and guide whole school improvement plans. In science, supports children in investigative and enquiry-based learning to understand the world around them.

Pola Trzmielewska - Head of Inclusion

(OCR Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties, OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, Qualified Teacher Status, MA in English Studies, BA in English Philology, Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Manages provision for children with Special Educational Needs, children who are learning English as an Additional Language, and gifted and talented children.

 

Teaching Staff

Isabel Villaneuva - Pre-nursery Class Teacher

(BA in Education with UK QTS. Teaching Spanish Diploma)

Plans and teaches across the seven areas of learning. Creates a stimulating environment and ensures the children’s wellbeing. Physical Development curriculum champion.

Seta Alexandrovich - Nursery Class Teacher

(BEd hons, Montessori Diploma, Early Years Professional Status).

Teaches, plans, assesses, observes and creates an enabling environment to nurture and help children develop logical thinking, social understanding and problem-solving skills.

Stefanie Ross - Nursery West Class Teacher

(BEd in Early Childhood Education, QTS, Trainee Play Therapist)

Plans and teaches across the seven areas of the EYFS. Creates a fun and stimulating environment for the children. Maths curriculum champion of Early Years.

Jenna Smith - Reception Class Teacher

(BA (Hons) in Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status).

Creates a nurturing environment so children can develop their best selves while improving in the seven areas of learning. Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design curriculum champion of Early Years.

Kathryn Rivalland - Reception North Class Teacher

(BEd – Early Years)

Teaches Reception class and inspires children to reach their full potential. Plans, assesses, observes and implements the curriculum. Ensures children have an exciting and safe environment to express themselves and explore. PSED curriculum champion of Early Years.

Sophie Le Marchand - Head of Lower School Literacy, Year 1 Form Teacher

(BA (Hons) from Oxford University in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Graduate Teaching Program at Reading University).

Organises and leads the Read Write Inc. and Big Write Schemes. Creates talking points for the school. Holds parent coffee mornings.

Ensures every child in form class thrives academically, socially and emotionally.

Jennifer Hansen - Head of Lower School Science and Year 2 Form Teacher

(Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Master of Teaching).

Supports and guides children in the lower school to investigate science in the world around them with enquiry based learning. Ensures every child in form class thrives academically, socially and emotionally.

Shishali Sheth - Head of PSHE and Charities. Form 2 teacher

(BA Hons, PGCE)

Leads weekly PSHE assemblies for Phase 1, 2 and 3. Co-ordinates monthly class charity events. Organises WellBeing Week for the school. Teaches core subjects to Year 2.

Genna Amira - Year 3 West form teacher

(BA Rhodes University, majors in Drama and Organisational Psychology. PGCE)

Enhances each child’s learning potential with interactive and challenging lessons. Involved with tennis coaching.

Dawn Freeborn - Year 3 class teacher, RE co coordinator and teaches Year 8 RE for Common Entrance. School Council Leader.

(Post Graduate Cert in Education, Post graduate Diploma in Community Art Education, Honors Degree in Textile Design)

Plans and delivers a stimulating curriculum. Runs the P4C club. Part of the SECRET team which supports children in taking control of their own learning. Leads the school council by facilitating meetings and supporting objectives.

Holds bi-weekly meetings with elected school councillors.

Ciara Gibney - Head of Lower School Maths, 4 West Teacher

(BEd with Geography)

Plans and delivers exciting lessons for Year 4 children. Co-ordinates Mathematics teaching and learning from EYFS to Year 4.

Selina Sutton - English Teacher, Head of IPC, Year 5 Class teacher

(BA (Hons) from Sheffield University in Media and Journalism. PGCE Northumbria University).

Oversees coverage, planning, assessment and making links with schools around the world.

Rosemarie Capper - Science Teacher and Year 6 form teacher

(BSc (Chemistry)

Enthuses pupils thorough exciting and interactive lessons in science for Key Stage 2 and 3.

Jyoti Marwah - Head of Upper School Maths and Year 7 form teacher

(BSc (Hons) QTS: Biological Sciences).

Encourages children by invigorating the enquiring mind and practical activities. Teaches pupils to evaluate information, see patterns and connections, construct meaningful knowledge and apply it in real life. 11 and 13 + preparation underpins all planning.

Line Montero Pesoa - Head of French

(BA in Modern Foreign languages (Spanish and French), QTS).

Teaches French from Year 4 to Year 8. Adapts lessons for each individual pupil according to fluency and level.

Andrew Burton - Sports teacher, Year 6 History teacher and holiday camp co-ordinator

(BA, PGCE)

Teachers Year 6 History, coaches boys’ and girls’ PE lessons and teambuilding sessions. Plans and implements holiday camp programmes during holidays.

Berna Bouwer - Year 7 Tutor, Maths teacher and Enrichment support teacher

(Bachelors in Education – Junior Primary (Maths Specialisation), BEd Hons in Education – School Psychology and Counselling, BEd Hons in Education – Educational Psychology, Masters in Education – Educational Psychology)

Helps pupils develop inquiring minds and to learn problem solving with mathematical reasoning and analytical skills. Supports learning development with an inclusive mindset.

Ana Bagaric - ICT and Computing Teacher

(BSc Hons Degree in Information Systems. PGCE Postgraduate Teacher Training).

Teaching ICT and Computing  across all year groups, Facilitate the use of co-curricular ICT across the school, implementing curriculum as necessary.

Chris Macleod - Head of Art

(BA Honours in Fine Art and French. KS2 qualification).

Teaches art, encourages creativity, builds on skills taught, presents artwork to the community, displays artwork around the school.

Lisa Dhesi - Head of Upper School English

(Masters in Creative Writing from Cambridge University, PGCE from Oxford Brookes University, BA Hons in English Literature from Exeter University).

Enhances learning and a love of English in all forms across the school. Provides specialised teaching in the upper school in preparation for Common Entrance exams.

Piers Roderick - Head of Geography and PE teacher

(BSc Geography with Honours. PGCE Secondary with Geography).

Enjoys helping children become passionate about the world around them. Prepares children for the 11+ exams.

Holly George - Head of Drama

(Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre, PGCE. Winner of International American Songwriting Awards 2015 (Lyricist)

Teaches creative drama to all year groups to encourage confidence in performing. Writes and directs school productions, teaches school singing for whole school assembly. Directs musical theatre Glee club productions. Coaches public speaking skills.

Christian Nielsen - Sports Teacher

(BENG (Hons) in Engineering NVQ Level 2 in Sports. Recreation, Coaching, Teaching and Instructing)

Organises, plans and teaches sports skills and games in a fun environment. Plans fixtures with other prep schools.

David MacDonald - Head of Music

(Cert Ed. LRAM)

Supports the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of children, using music as an investigative and creative force.

Leads team of professional peripatetic teachers in pupil led concerts and public performances. Responsible for the development and integration of music software into the curriculum.

Maintains communication and liaison with the music departments from future schools our children attend once leaving The Hampshire School.

Amanda Pepona - Latin and Classical Civilisation/Enrichment teacher

(BA in Classics (Classical Philology) Studying for MA in Education)

Teaches Latin and Ancient Greek to Year 5 to 8 pupils. Helps with preparation for CE 13+ exams. Support children with learning difficulties..

Magalie Tremblay - French Teacher for Early Years and Phase 1

(BA in Communication and Media, Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Modern Foreign Languages).

Teaches French to the Early Years and Phase 1 pupils. Brings the subject alive with lots of role play, songs and fun activities. Ensures differentiation is apparent for beginners through to native speakers.

Ric Pinheiro - Enrichment Teacher

(BSc in Psychology)

Works with teachers to plan, present lesson plans and create some assessments to ensure all children have their different needs met.

 

Administration Staff

Rachael Blaney - Receptionist/School Secretary

(BA Hons Dance Studies)

Meets and greets visitors and parents. Organises first aid for children. Takes calls and messages. Point of communication between staff and parents.

Christine Elford - School Secretary

(BA Hons Dance Studies)

Responsible for school HR and PA duties to the Headmaster.

Michelle Abraham - Registrar

(BA in Business Management)

Responsible for admissions to the school, arranging tours and taster days for children, and conducting assessments. Collates admissions data, works with marketing team. 

Julia Parreira - School Secretary of Early Years and PA to Headmistress

(BA Modern Languages)

First point of contact for the Early Years School. Assists with the admissions process. Carries out other administrative duties. PA to Early Years Headmistress.

Taslima Karbhari - Office Manager and Finance Administrator

(BA in Accounting and Finance)

Manages the school office team and ensures smooth communication. Oversees all aspects of school finance.

Daniel Yaw - Finance Assistant

(BA in Business Management)

Assisting Finance Manager with school finance.

 

Teaching & Learning Support Assistants

Nilu Andawatta - Year 2 Teaching Assistant

(BA Education Studies. Diploma in Teaching English)

Plans and delivers Read, Write, Inc. lessons. Works alongside teachers to help children get most out of learning.

Annie Edwards - Early Years Teaching Assistant

(BA in Mass Communication, Diploma In Childcare Education)

Works one to one with children. Assists teachers in daily classroom activities.

Mouna Salih - Early Years Teaching Assistant

(BA)

Assists teachers with exciting and interactive classroom and outdoors activities. Cares for the younger children.

Ellie Martin-Smith - Early Years Teaching Assistant

(BA in History of Art and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education specialising in Early Years)

Supports Reception children in their learning and everyday needs. Enhances self-esteem and confidence. Teaches Read, Write, inc.

Lucy Costa - Year 1 Teaching Assistant

(NVQ Level 3 in Childcare)

Helps children get the most out of their learning.

Alana Takzian - Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Supports children with all areas of learning. Facilitates the transition between Reception and Year 1, ensuring every child is happy and secure.

Michelle Whalley - Year 2 Teaching Assistant

(NNEB Diploma)

Helps and supports children in their learning.

John Gleeson - Year 2 Learning Support Assistant

(BA Hons)

Supports children in class to ensure the most is made of their unique and individual skills.

Lydia McGlone - Year 3 Teaching Assistant

Worked with The Hampshire School children for twenty-one years! Helps children in learning. Supports pastoral care.

Tom Relevitch - Upper School Learning Support Assistant

(BA English Literature and Modern History, MA Social and Cultural History, Postgraduate Certificate in Supporting Learning and a Diploma in Counselling Adults)

Supports Read, Write, Inc. lessons. Works alongside teachers to help children maximise their potential.

Breege Hynes - Art Teaching Assistant

(BA in Fine Art -Printmaking)

To provide extra support in the art room and for the children during lessons, also running after school Art Club.

 

Transport & Facilities

Mario Costa - Facilities and Driver/Transport Coordinator

Building and facility maintenance. School bus coordinator.

Chris Boniface - Facilities Manager

Building and facility management and maintenance.

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Contact Us

The Early Years

5 Wetherby Place

London

SW7 4NX

 

Tel: +44[0] 207 370 7081

Admissions: admissions@thehampshireschoolchelsea.co.uk

Enquiries: info@thehampshireschoolchelsea.co.uk

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15 Manresa Road

Chelsea

London

SW3 6NB

Tel: +44[0] 207 352 7077   |   Fax: +44[0] 207 351 3960

Admissions: admissions@thehampshireschoolchelsea.co.uk

Enquiries: info@thehampshireschoolchelsea.co.uk

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