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Our Staff

Meet the team

Our teachers at Thorpe House play a huge role in the success of the school and we are lucky enough to have a team of dedicated staff that are full behind the ethos of the school. They are passionate about bringing out the best in every boy and preparing them to be world ready.

Image of the Headmaster
Mr N Pietrek Headmaster

Nicholas Pietrek was educated at RGS Guildford before continuing his studies at Royal Holloway University of London and attending The College of Law in Guildford to pursue his intended career in Law.  However, during a period of volunteer work with a Christian youth organisation called FOCUS in the USA before starting work, Mr Pietrek realised that he would rather be giving children the very best start in life than picking up the pieces later!  Following two years in the USA, he returned to the UK and completed his teaching qualification.  Mr Pietrek started his career at two schools in Guildford, teaching History and English, before moving to Aldenham School in Hertfordshire where he took on a wide array of roles during his ten years there including Head of History, Boarding Housemaster, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Cricket coach and he also ran over 30 overseas trips.  In 2012, Mr Pietrek moved to Birkdale School, one of the two leading independent schools in Sheffield, to become Deputy Head.   During his time there, he also did a stint as Acting Headmaster and completed his Masters in Educational Leadership and Management at Nottingham University.

Fun Fact:
Mr Pietrek started acting as a child and became the poster child for the Fisher Price Doctor’s kit, followed by a Colgate commercial and another for French TV. Then had his big screen moment in The Shooting Party followed by the hit TV mini-series Kane & Abel. It started to come to an end when, having been made Head Chorister of Guildford Cathedral, he was pulled out of the final audition (just him and Christian Bale left in the running) with Steven Spielberg for the lead part in Empire of the Sun. What might have been!

During a period of volunteer work with a Christian youth organisation called FOCUS in the USA before starting work, Mr Pietrek realised that he wanted to be giving children the very best start in life

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs J PotterMrs J Potter Bursar [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House School in February 2017 having spent more than 20 years as a management accountant at Kodak Ltd.  Deciding I wanted a change from pure accountancy, the role of bursar seemed perfect as it allowed me to stretch myself into the roles of financial management, compliance, health and safety, facilities and project management whilst working within education.  I have not been disappointed with my career choice as each day brings new challenges and rewards working with a dedicated team and I’m particularly proud to have been involved with the building of the new multi-purpose hall and ancillary building due to open in summer 2020.  On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family hiking and exploring the UK countryside. 

Fun Fact
I am also involved with scoring cricket at local, county and national level with my highlight being part of the scoring team at Lord’s in July 2019 for the England vs New Zealand World Cup Final.
Image of G WellsMr G Wells Head of Upper School [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House in 2006 to be Head of the Senior School which opened that year. In addition to being Head of the Upper School, I am Head of History but I have also taught Geography & Games during my teaching career which now spans 36 years! History remains a real passion for me and I have a particular interest in World War 1, the Spanish Civil War, the Reconquista and the Cathar castles of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Fun Fact
I wasted most of my youth messing around in boats but I now spend my spare time immersing myself in all things Hispanic especially the cuisine where I am striving to cook the perfect 'arroz negro'.
Image of S DayMr S Day Head of Middle School [email protected]

I joined the school as a PE teacher in 2009 and was promoted to the role of Director of Sport in 2012.  I have now been appointed to the privileged position of Head of the Middle School and look forward to developing the academic and extracurricular opportunities for the boys in Years 6 to 8.

Fun Fact
I am a UEFA B football coach, currently involved with coaching teams who play matches against such famous teams as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.  
Image for N DoranMrs N Doran Head of Lower School [email protected]

I am married to James and we have two sons, called Euan and Kyle. I have always been a teacher, but with dreams of writing one day. 

I began my career at Eaton Square Schools in Belgravia, before moving to High March School in Beaconsfield, where I worked for five happy years; and then onto Pipers Corner, in the Chilterns, for over eight wonderful years. When I had my first son, I felt moving to a boys’ school would make a refreshing change, following thirteen years of teaching girls. I had, up until that point, recognised what I considered to be unique and spectacular learning traits in Euan. However, he fitted right in at Thorpe House, and I realised it was just that boys are very different learners to girls! 

As the school enters its next phase of development, I am thrilled to be Head of Lower School. I look forward to uniting the younger boys of all ages, in collaborative learning opportunities, growing Forest School and facilitating leadership opportunities for the boys.  

Fun Fact
I met the REAL Father Christmas at the North Pole
Photo of S JenkinMrs S Jenkin Head of Curriculum [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House School in 2007 to help to implement the Senior Science curriculum during the first year we expanded to include Year 9.  This was a very exciting opportunity as it allowed me to develop the Science curriculum from the start for the whole school.  At the time the only Science laboratory was the junior laboratory.  By the start of the school year in September we will have three bespoke purpose-built laboratories, one for each of the sciences in addition to our original junior laboratory.  My role encompasses Head of Curriculum throughout the school and Head of Science. 

Prior to Thorpe House I worked as the Deputy Headmistress at Sylvia Young’s Theatre School in Marylebone, London. During this time, the school appeared in the top 50 independent schools in Britain for academic achievement – quite a feat for a theatre school.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and would not have left had they had not been expanding and moving to a different part of London.  Prior to this I worked at a diverse set of schools including Eton College and Westgate in Slough.

I love my job here at Thorpe House, the class sizes are small enough for you to really give the boys the support they need to achieve the highest possible grades and get to know them as individuals.

Fun Fact
My minor claim to fame before teaching was becoming one of the first female sommeliers in Britain, which has had its uses on various social occasions. I am an avid reader of almost all types of fiction – except romantic fiction and a keen welsh rugby supporter. In addition to my role at school I am also the Chief Examiner for Biology, developing the papers and running the marking of GCSE and A level papers for a prominent examination board.

I joined Thorpe House School in February 2017 having spent more than 20 years as a management accountant at Kodak Ltd.  Deciding I wanted a change from pure accountancy, the role of bursar seemed perfect as it allowed me to stretch myself into the roles of financial management, compliance, health and safety, facilities and project management whilst working within education.  I have not been disappointed with my career choice as each day brings new challenges and rewards working with a dedicated team and I’m particularly proud to have been involved with the building of the new multi-purpose hall and ancillary building due to open in summer 2020.  On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family hiking and exploring the UK countryside. 

Fun Fact
I am also involved with scoring cricket at local, county and national level with my highlight being part of the scoring team at Lord’s in July 2019 for the England vs New Zealand World Cup Final.

I joined Thorpe House in 2006 to be Head of the Senior School which opened that year. In addition to being Head of the Upper School, I am Head of History but I have also taught Geography & Games during my teaching career which now spans 36 years! History remains a real passion for me and I have a particular interest in World War 1, the Spanish Civil War, the Reconquista and the Cathar castles of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Fun Fact
I wasted most of my youth messing around in boats but I now spend my spare time immersing myself in all things Hispanic especially the cuisine where I am striving to cook the perfect 'arroz negro'.

I joined the school as a PE teacher in 2009 and was promoted to the role of Director of Sport in 2012.  I have now been appointed to the privileged position of Head of the Middle School and look forward to developing the academic and extracurricular opportunities for the boys in Years 6 to 8.

Fun Fact
I am a UEFA B football coach, currently involved with coaching teams who play matches against such famous teams as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.  

I am married to James and we have two sons, called Euan and Kyle. I have always been a teacher, but with dreams of writing one day. 

I began my career at Eaton Square Schools in Belgravia, before moving to High March School in Beaconsfield, where I worked for five happy years; and then onto Pipers Corner, in the Chilterns, for over eight wonderful years. When I had my first son, I felt moving to a boys’ school would make a refreshing change, following thirteen years of teaching girls. I had, up until that point, recognised what I considered to be unique and spectacular learning traits in Euan. However, he fitted right in at Thorpe House, and I realised it was just that boys are very different learners to girls! 

As the school enters its next phase of development, I am thrilled to be Head of Lower School. I look forward to uniting the younger boys of all ages, in collaborative learning opportunities, growing Forest School and facilitating leadership opportunities for the boys.  

Fun Fact
I met the REAL Father Christmas at the North Pole

I joined Thorpe House School in 2007 to help to implement the Senior Science curriculum during the first year we expanded to include Year 9.  This was a very exciting opportunity as it allowed me to develop the Science curriculum from the start for the whole school.  At the time the only Science laboratory was the junior laboratory.  By the start of the school year in September we will have three bespoke purpose-built laboratories, one for each of the sciences in addition to our original junior laboratory.  My role encompasses Head of Curriculum throughout the school and Head of Science. 

Prior to Thorpe House I worked as the Deputy Headmistress at Sylvia Young’s Theatre School in Marylebone, London. During this time, the school appeared in the top 50 independent schools in Britain for academic achievement – quite a feat for a theatre school.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and would not have left had they had not been expanding and moving to a different part of London.  Prior to this I worked at a diverse set of schools including Eton College and Westgate in Slough.

I love my job here at Thorpe House, the class sizes are small enough for you to really give the boys the support they need to achieve the highest possible grades and get to know them as individuals.

Fun Fact
My minor claim to fame before teaching was becoming one of the first female sommeliers in Britain, which has had its uses on various social occasions. I am an avid reader of almost all types of fiction – except romantic fiction and a keen welsh rugby supporter. In addition to my role at school I am also the Chief Examiner for Biology, developing the papers and running the marking of GCSE and A level papers for a prominent examination board.

Heads of Department

Mr C Blango, Head of RS - [email protected]
Mr P Britton, Director of Sport & Year 6 from tutor - [email protected]

I have worked at Thorpe House school now for 10 years. I started as an NQT, was promoted to Head of Junior PE and Games in 2012 and have recently taken on the post of Director of Sport. My main passion is rugby and I am a avid Leicester Tigers fan. Having played rugby at a semi-professional level in both England and Holland, now my focus is more towards coaching. Most recently I have been forwards coach for Ruislip Mens 1st XV, I have also coached Bucks County age groups from U15's - U18's. I have a keen interests in other sports including swimming, football, table tennis and basketball.

Fun Fact

I am very allergic to Hyacinth tulip bulbs (Discovered while working at a tulip factory in Holland).

Mr A Hoar, Head of English & Year 10 form tutor - [email protected]

Kia ora! Welcome to Thorpe House School; a wonderful and vibrant place in which to work and learn. My varied teaching career has seen me work in both State and Independent sectors in a variety of schools in the UK and New Zealand, and I can safely say that I have had my share of interesting and exciting cultural experiences!  Teaching students from a range of ethnic and economic backgrounds, from Pakeha to Pasifika, from South Asian to those from the many regions of the UK, has been enormously rewarding.  It is my passions to help students’ from a wide range of backgrounds explore and engage with our world through the magic of the English language. Having taught English, Psychology and Philosophy, I know that human beings are capable of communicating amazingly complex things in very exciting ways, and I try to bring that sense of enthusiasm and enjoyment to bear within the department. Helping students explore the incredible depth of human feelings, experiences and thoughts that both inspire and amaze is our vocation. Our aim is simple, to help students recognise and celebrate the world around them, so they can find their own talents and successes in doing so. 

Fun Fact

I have two!

I used to live close to Mount Doom in Mordor (In fact, just south of Mt Ruapehu in the North Island volcanic plateau in NZ). I am not an agent of Sauron!  

Taumatawhakatangi hangakoauauotamatea pokaiwhenuakitanatahu  (in Hawks Bay, New Zealand) is the longest place name in the English speaking world.

Mrs L Hughes, Head of Drama & Year 9 form tutor - [email protected]

I joined the school in 2016 and have worked tirelessly to provide a well rounded and varied Drama curriculum specifically for our boys from Year 3-11. I love nothing more than putting on challenging school productions, they’re always the highlight(s) of the year and I’m always blown away by the incredible talent and commitment shown by the boys! 

Thorpe is it’s boys and it’s staff, a real community of people doing their best for one another, that’s what brought me here and it’s what keeps me here, too!

Fun Fact

Can do almost any accent and can impersonate many singers!

Mr S Kochhar, Head of Mathematics & Year 8 from tutor - [email protected]

My passion for Mathematics came from an early age which took me on to study Mathematics at University, achieving a First-Class Honours degree. I then went on to complete my PGCE and furthered my education by completing a Masters in Teaching Leaders. After teaching for over a decade I am a firm believer that, especially for the younger students, if we engage them during lessons, through extra-curricular activities, competitions, trips and different areas beyond the curriculum, then they will also become passionate about the subject and therefore strive to work harder and ultimately achieve their full potential.

Apart from Mathematics, my other passions include football, golf and badminton.

Fun Fact
Mrs L Macken, Head of Geography & Year 10 Form Tutor - [email protected]

I am delighted to have been appointed Head of Geography here at Thorpe House School in January of this year. I believe all young people should have the opportunity to study this subject as it provides an appreciation and awareness of the world around them. The development of students understanding and develop an informed opinion of places, respect for differing cultures and empathy within our society are vitally important skills to learn in our ever changing world. Outside of the classroom I love to travel and gain an ever growing appreciation for the richness and diversity of the world in which we live.

Fun Fact
Mrs J MacMillan, Head of Learning Support & Year 6 form tutor - [email protected]
Mr T McDonough, Head of Music & Year 7 form tutor - [email protected]
Mr J Swart, Head of DT & Year 9 form Tutor - [email protected]

Been at Thorpe House since 2011

Fun Fact

Worked on Robben Island and can fix any air cooled VW

Ms K Soltys, Head of French & Year 8 Form Tutor - [email protected]
Mr N Tomlinson, Head of Art & Year 9 form tutor - [email protected]
Mr B Calderwood, Head of Computer Science & Year 6 Form Tutor - [email protected]
Mr J Gomez, Head of Spanish - [email protected]

have always been very much interested in learning modern foreign languages, finding out about different cultures to mine and teaching. This led me to read for a degree in English and Spanish and a PGCE at Secondary School Level in English and Spanish, both from the University of Filosofía and Letras, Valladolid, Spain.  I have extensive and diverse experience as a Spanish teacher in the UK. Having taught Spanish from Year 7 to A Level, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in state and independent single sex and co-educational schools to students of all abilities, social backgrounds and cultures. I have previously been a Head of Department, acted as a Form Tutor and been a resident tutor. In my previous schools, I have also organised and led a wide range of Spanish activities and trips to Spain and South America and have contributed to other school activities. I am also a very experienced Spanish teacher to adult learners, having taught evening and Saturday courses for many years.  Recently, I carried out a research on the life and works of the Spanish playwright and poet, Federico García Lorca.

Fun Fact

There is no doubt that learning a modern foreign language enriches one’s mind. Certainly, it has enriched mine, that’s why I would highly recommend it.

 

I like to share with you all these two very revealing quotes:

 

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

“To learn another language is to have one more window at which to look at the world.”

Middle & Upper School

Mr J Brawn, PE & Year 7 form tutor - [email protected]
Mrs M Degan, Maths - [email protected]

Namaste, Jambo and Hello! 

 

My name is Mrs Degan and I’ve been a Senior Mathematics teacher at Thorpe House since 2017. After completing my degree in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, I had a choice of becoming a secret detective (MI5) or an architect but teaching combined both by becoming a a teacher! 

 

Teaching at Thorpe House enables me to architect my students‘ mathematical education and ensure a lifelong positive attitude to learning! I teach with traditional methods whilst embracing the new; from pen & paper to the digital ecosystem. My key values for teaching are creativity, adaptability and most of all, enjoyment! 

 

My three passions are travelling, maths and & chocolate (equally, and often all at the same time) 

Fun Fact

I am trained in the classical Indian dance of Kathak.

Mr M Heppner-Logan, Games Coach - [email protected]

I have always enjoyed working with young people and coaching sport. I joined the Thorpe community in 2009 as a parent and in 2010 as a member of the PE dept. Having played and coached rugby for most of my life, I now also lead youth rugby for Bucks RFU and manage a county squad. For many years I was a coach and the chair of the junior section at Gerrards Cross Cricket Club.  It is so rewarding to work with young people, encouraging them to take part and achieve their potential. Initially working with young offenders, I learnt how to listen, engage and support them to be their best and the importance of mutual respect and making things fun. These values have stayed with me through my many years of coaching sport and this is a good fit with Thorpe, with its friendly and supportive culture.

Fun Fact

I met my wife when we were both volunteers at a Romanian orphanage.

Mrs H Horwood, Science Teacher - [email protected]

My teaching career was inspired by my father who became a lecturer after being diagnosed with MS and could no longer carry out his role as a nuclear physicist at Windscale. I started to do his marking for him and realised that I enjoyed it! Strange but true. He also sparked my love of science and I hope to pass that on to the boys and help them to enjoy science through discovery and interesting activities.

Previously I have been a riding instructor and have a passion for horses. Most evenings and weekends I can be found at the stables, in the early or twilight hours or hacking in the woods with my headlamp on dark nights.

Fun Fact

My time as a telephone engineer had me climbing telegraph poles and running cables in Oxford’s Nuffield hospital, where being part of a specialist team made the work even more enjoyable. Later I co-ordinated the engineers and worked more indoors away from the elements.

Mr J Lyne, Geography & Physics - [email protected]

I began my Geography career at The University of Aberdeen where I completed a Masters Degree, writing extensively about sustainable transport and land use planning. During this time, I also served in The Universities Royal Naval Unit and as the captain of the University Cricket Club. After university, I worked in outdoor education before completing a PGCE in Secondary Geography at Bath University and going on to teach at a number of schools in the independent and state sector. I am also a keen cyclist, skier and mountaineer. A few years ago I successfully completed a cycle ride from Lands End to John O Groats!

Fun Fact

A few years ago I successfully completed a cycle ride from Lands End to John O Groats!

Mrs M Wade, Learning Support - [email protected]
Mrs H Bassi, Maths - [email protected]
Dr J Bates, Chemistry & ICT - [email protected]

I have loved chemistry since I was very young. The magic that anything is possible has really only been surpassed in the world of technology.

I did the sciences at school, Chemistry and Food Science at university and a PhD in alcoholic fermentation to support my professor's home brew magazine. After teaching science for 10 years I switched to IT and have returned to my roots this year.

Fun Fact

Unfortunately my wine is rarely drinkable.

Mrs K Beevor, English - [email protected]
Mrs J Delve, Learning Support - [email protected]

After spending some time in the worlds of publishing and theatre, I taught English and Drama in London schools for several years before being appointed a SENCO in Harrow in 1995. I came to Thorpe as a part-time Learning Support teacher in 2011, after having my own children, and have managed to combine my three loves: working alongside my fabulous Learning Support colleagues, supporting some outstanding teaching in the English department and stage managing the Senior school play.

Fun Fact
Mrs I Devlin, Senior English Teacher - [email protected]

Moi!
I grew up in Finland and still have very fond memories of my schooling there with PE lessons including ice-hockey and downhill skiing. My love of sports lessened to simply watching ice-hockey but the love of the challenge remained: after completing my Master's Degree in English, as well as a double degree in teaching, I decided to move to England to work and have not looked back since. My passion for English Literature, the eagerness of Thorpe House students and the school's family-like atmosphere have only confirmed that feeling.

Fun Fact

As a young child, I wanted to become a formula 1-driving princess and got as far as sitting behind the steering wheel of the former F1 champion, Keke Rosberg's, race car. Since the two aspirations didn't quite seem to mix that well together, I became an English teacher instead...

Mrs S Saif, Chemistry & Year 11 form tutor - [email protected]
Mrs R Swede, Diagnostic Teacher - [email protected]
Dr J Thompson, Physics & Year 9 Form Tutor - [email protected]
Mrs M Wade, Learning Support - [email protected]
Mrs L Wheat, Latin Teacher - [email protected]

I have been a Latin teacher at Thorpe for sixteen years and feel very privileged to have taught so many talented pupils during that time. My aim has always been to engender a love of language along with a thorough understanding of how the Roman, Greek, Persian, Egyptian and Celtic civilisations contributed great literature and left a phenomenal historical legacy.

My love of languages was seeded at school where I learnt Latin, French, German and Welsh; I followed my passion at university where I studied Latin, French, medieval French, Provençal, Welsh and Linguistics.

I taught English at a school near Toulouse and learnt how to speak "Occitan" which was the local dialect of the region.

Language teaching has been my passion ever since. I have always aimed to foster a love of languages amongst pupils; I strive to develop their understanding that being able to communicate with others in their native language enables them to enter the hearts and minds of people across the world. What could be more important in our global networking economy?

Fun Fact

I play piano, guitar, flute and recorder; I sang for many years in the Glamorganshire County choir; I am a qualified NLP Life Coach and hypnotherapist!

Mr A Worth , History teacher, head of school timetable, MIS manager - [email protected]

I found my way into teaching through a rather bizarre route; having first worked with children whilst at university, helping them to excavate a medieval manor house in South Devon and English Civil War era modifications to an Oxfordshire Norman motte and bailey castle. Giving young people a physical and hands on experience of objects from the past moved my career aspirations from spending my life outside in rain and mud digging up bones to being in a dry warm classroom getting young people to understand and care about the importance of the past and how it explains where we are as a nation and planet today.

I joined Thorpe House in 2012, theoretically on a one year maternity cover and have been around ever since; with the exception of the Autumn Term 2019 when I disappeared off to Japan, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for a few months to experience different places, food, languages and people. It was quite a coincidence that the Rugby World Cup happened to be on at the same time.

Outside of the classroom I spend my free time putting on my best Devonian accent (from 4 years experience) whilst supporting Exeter Chiefs at rugby matches in and around London. I enjoy looking at maps, both historical and modern (as any boy who has been in one of my history classes will attest) and listening to a range of rock and jazz music; or any recommendations from the boys who attend music club in school, who have, on rare occasions, found something good to listen to.

Fun Fact

Is undefeated in 1vs1 games on the school table football table for 3 academic years.

Miss S Campbell, Maths Teacher - [email protected]
Mr D Correia, Lower & Middle School Teacher & Year 6 Form Tutor - [email protected]

I really, really wanted to be a secondary PE teacher when I started my degree. Then one day a colleague suggested that I experience education within the Primary age range before making any decisions. Initially I laughed out loud, but then I took his advice and went on a work placement at my old primary school. After a few months I was a changed man.  The fun, the creativity, the curiosity and the love for learning had me instantly hooked.  16 years later and here I am, still enjoying teaching for the same reasons.

Fun Fact

I’ve met Voldermort!

Lower School

Mrs M Treves, Reception Teacher - [email protected]
Mrs S Thomson, Year 2 Teacher (Maternity leave) - [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House in September 2016 and as soon I entered Thorpe House on my interview day, I knew this was the place I wanted to work. With its friendly character, small, nurturing classes and that instant feeling of warmth as soon as you enter the doors, it felt like a home from home from the get go.  It’s easy to see why the boys thrive here.

I am passionate about early year’s education and making sure that each individual boy’s voice is heard and respected. The boys’ development in reading and writing in particular is my highlight of Reception. Watching those cogs in their heads develop and turn is the most rewarding part of the job. I strive for the boys to have those ‘I can do it!’ moments.

 

What keeps me motivated after 7 years of teaching? The amazing boys we have here at Thorpe House!

 

 

Fun Fact

Fun Fact: I have backpacked across North America travelling from Boston to Los Angeles. It took me 3 weeks!

Miss K Mercer, Year 1 Teacher - [email protected]

I have been teaching at Thorpe House for over 18 years and have previously taught in Liverpool, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent. Most of my time here I have enjoyed teaching Year 2 but I am currently loving my role as a Year 1 class teacher. I run a board games club for our boys after school which is lots of fun and gets very competitive!

Fun Fact

I hail from Lancashire originally and so I am a passionate Blackburn Rovers supporter. My other loves are dogs and Mexico!

Miss C Hazell, Year 2 Teacher - [email protected]
Mr G Devlin, Year 3 - [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House School in September of 2012 and have taught Year 1 and Year 3 during my time here so far. I really enjoy the way Thorpe House fosters individuality amongst the boys and the staff. It is great to come to work in a place where everyone knows each other so well and it benefits the boys enormously to learn in a place where they can feel truly at home and valued as an individual.

I believe that our ability to learn is the greatest gift we possess so when I am not in school teaching the boys, I am at home teaching myself. I love to learn about all things technical and have learnt basic coding in a few different languages recently. I particularly like learning new skills and expertise that I can bring back into the classroom to create extra challenges and interest for the boys I teach.

Fun Fact

I also love to work out and I am passionate about health and fitness. Before I was a teacher, I used to be a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

Mr M Jenkin, Year 4 - [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House in 2010 immediately after finishing a masters degree in English. I started here rather belatedly as a gap year student, testing the water and seeing if teaching was what I wanted to do. After having opportunities to assist with lessons throughout the school I realised that I wanted to teach in primary education, very specifically, here. After being given the chance to gain another year of experience, the school funded and helped to train me, before hiring me as a Year 2 teacher. Due to my love of the school, its ethos and the boys, I have stayed since, the only change being to move into Year 4  and I continue to maintain that I hope to end my career here as well. Along with classroom teaching, I'm regularly involved in writing and lighting for productions, and have for 9 years have coached chess within the school.

Outside of school, I like to chess at a club level, catch up with as much reading as I can and enjoy spending plenty of quality time with my Playstation 4.

Fun Fact

I once represented the UK in the world championships of the video game Guitar Hero 3.

Mr C Hipwell, Year 5 - [email protected]
Mr D Correia, Lower & Middle School Teacher & Year 6 Tutor - [email protected]

I really, really wanted to be a secondary PE teacher when I started my degree. Then one day a colleague suggested that I experience education within the Primary age range before making any decisions. Initially I laughed out loud, but then I took his advice and went on a work placement at my old primary school. After a few months I was a changed man.  The fun, the creativity, the curiosity and the love for learning had me instantly hooked.  16 years later and here I am, still enjoying teaching for the same reasons.

Fun Fact

I’ve met Voldermort!

Mrs J Hazell, Lower School Classroom Assistant - [email protected]
Mrs M Wade, Pre-Prep SENCo - [email protected]
Mrs G Reisinger, Music Teacher - [email protected]

Peripatetic Teachers

Ms N Hands, Woodwind and voice - [email protected]
Ms K Stallabrass, Piano - [email protected]
Mr M Morris, Guitar - [email protected]
Mr W Skelton, Brass - [email protected]
Mr G Sculpher, Electric Guitar - g[email protected]
Mr P Mallyon, Drums - [email protected]
Mr J Woodward, Percussion and Drums - [email protected]
Mr M Talks, Cello - [email protected]
Ms G Reisinger, Piano - [email protected]
Ms F Hill, Piano - [email protected]

Administration

Mrs C Young, 
Bursar’s Assistant - [email protected]
Mrs J Tyler, Registrar and Headmaster’s PA - [email protected]

As Registrar I am one of the first point of contacts for both parents and boys and it’s so lovely to get to know everyone at the start of their Thorpe House journey.

I really enjoy working with staff at Thorpe House and I have been here 9 years, it is such a warm family feel school.  If we haven’t yet met I very much look forward to meeting with you.

Fun Fact

I got married on Live Aid Day!

Mrs N Davidson, HR, Clerk to the Governors - [email protected]

Having worked for the company secretary of a large hotel group and for the chief executive and HR director of the industrial arm of a leading mining company, I joined Thorpe House School when my son was a pupil here.   Over the years my role has diversified as the school has expanded to become principally HR Officer and Clerk to the Governors.  I am also involved in administration including organising parents’ evenings, the school calendar, assisting with the organisation of residential trips, school events and policies.  In my spare time(!), I enjoy going to the gym, walking and visiting different places in the UK and abroad.

Fun Fact
Mrs J Gaine, Marketing and Communications Manager, - [email protected]

My background is PR and Brand sponsorship and before joining Thorpe House I used to be part of the team that organised the Isle of Wight Festival. It was an absolute passion of mine and I just loved the excitement and buzz around the Festival. After having my two boys I wanted to find something closer to home and Thorpe House was a great fit. Since joining I have really enjoyed the new challenge and everyone has been incredibly welcoming. 

Fun Fact

I used to be a Synchronised Swimmer and was trained to be a national judge.

Mrs J Parker, Matron and Domestic Bursar - [email protected]
Mrs J Bevan, Receptionist - [email protected]

I have been at the school for 10 years, and my son came here too so I speak with great experience. The reception area is the hub of the school and I love my job because I have the pleasure of talking to the boys, parents and visitors every day.

Fun Fact

Way to my heart is chocolate and George Clooney!

Miss L Butt, Lower School Office Manager - [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House in September 2011 having spent two years previously working as a school secretary in an independent girls school.  I am the first point of contact for boys and parents in the Lower School and am also a first aider.  Prior to working at Thorpe I had been working as a PA in the business world but had always wanted to work in a school environment.  I love the fact that no day is ever the same when you work in a school!  It’s an incredibly satisfying job where you really do feel that you’re making a difference. 

Fun Fact

When I’m not at school I enjoy hiking, getting out on my bike and generally keeping fit and active.  I’m a purple & white belt in Shotokan Karate and have run two London marathons.  I am also a big football fan and support Chelsea (sorry to all the non-Chelsea fans).

Mrs P Clarke, Science Administrator - [email protected]

I joined Thorpe House School in September 2008 as a Science Technician in the then new Lab, and a 1-2-1 support for a Year 7 Pupil

The role as a Technician increased as the Senior School got bigger and the Science Team grew.

I then was offered a role assisting within the SEN department alongside my Science role. This was a 1-2-1 support for a Year 1 pupil until he moved on to another school

I still help out in the SEN department with admin and am always happy to support the team where I can

In September 2018 I assisted in the Library for a year, helping to set up the Accelerated reading scheme and offering Lunch time supervision

Fun Fact
Mr A Lakhan, Facilities Manager - [email protected]

It is my responsibility to ensure that all the school's sites continue to be safe and provide a productive work and learning environment.  This involves maintaining all areas, cleaning, security, health & safety, space management, contract management and overseeing building works.  I find each day brings unique challenges and opportunities; when I am able to resolve issues and make improvements that allows my colleagues and the students to perform their duties to the best of their ability, I feel a sense of satisfaction and pride.

Fun Fact
Mr D Perry, Maintenance Officer - [email protected]
Mr B Westbrook-Burr, Gap Year Student - [email protected]
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Open Day – Autumn Term 2020

We are delighted to introduce small group tours at our Autumn Open Mornings. Please make sure you book your place in advance here

Saturday 10th October - Whole School 10am - 1pm

Tuesday 13th October- Whole School 9am- 11am

Tuesday 10th November - Lower School with Reception focus 9am-11am