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Private Independent Day School for Boys 3 - 13 & Girls 3 - 4, Flexi-Boarding for Boys 8 - 13

Our Teachers


“What stands out about Christ Church Cathedral School is the real passion of its teachers – their openness, intelligence and kindness. Whenever I do the school run, I’m quite tempted to skip work and go and hang out in the staff room”

School parent.

Successful education is, at its heart, about relationships between people. There is nothing more important than the teaching staff and I am very proud that we have an extraordinarily able group of teachers.

Our staff are inventive, passionate and deeply committed to those they teach. A school of course needs decent facilities and systems but it is the teachers who ensure that learning will be truly life-changing.

“Teachers are ‘most brilliant’ and ‘fantastic’”, "say parents."

Good Schools Guide 2021.

Senior Management Team

  • Richard Murray, MA (Dunelm) - Headmaster
  • Peter Albertini, MA (Oxon), CF, PGCE (Worcester), CSBM - Bursar
  • Anna Fairhurst, MA (Cantab), PGCE (Newman), NPQH - Senior Deputy Head (Academic)
  • Nick Harrison, BSC (Southampton) PGCE (Birmingham) - Deputy Head (Pastoral) 
  • Rebecca Farmer, BEd Hons (Camarthen) - Head of Pre-Preparatory Department

Prep Teaching Staff

Richard Murray, MA (Dunelm) - Headmaster, RS, PSHE
Andrew Bagnall, MBA (Bradford), BA (Lancaster), PGCE (Exeter) - Head of Maths, Form 6
Christopher Bagnall, B.Phil in Education - Design & Technology
Sophie Biddell, MA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon) - Director of Music
Emma Cottrell, BA Hons (Chelsea College of Art), PGCE (Brookes) - Art
Nick Harrison, BSC (Southampton) PGCE (Birmingham) - Deputy Head, Head of Sport and Geography, Form 8
Alexandra Eccles-Williams, Cand Phil Hist (Bern), PGCE (Buckingham) - Teaching Assistant, French
James Farmer, BEd Hons (Carmarthen) - English
Stephanie Green, BSc (Dunelm), PGCE MEd (Cantab) - Form 3
Susannah Leeson - Teacher of EAFL
Stephanie Long - Teaching Assistant
Sophie Loyer, MA (Paris X), CAPES, PGCE - French Teacher, Form 5
Julia Ponsford - Head of English
Stephen Potts - Sports (Football) Coach
Nicholas Richards, MA (Edinburgh) - Classics, English
Kathy Schiller, BA Hons (Cantab), PGCE (London) - Maths, Form 7
Charlotte Simpkins, BA (Hons) QTS (Brunel) - Head of Science
Sarah Skipwith - Form 4

Pre-Prep Teaching Staff

Rebecca Farmer, BEd Hons (Camarthen) - Head of Pre-Prep, Reception
Hajar Amirkaveh, Teaching Assistant

Helen Leung, Teaching Assistant
Elena Fletcher, MA (Leningrad), Dip Montessori (London), PGCE (Brookes) - Form 2
Marie Merriman, Dip NVQ (3) (Cambridge Open College) - Teaching Assistant
Tom Robards - Form 1

Nursery Teaching Staff

Nicolette English, HND (Sussex), Dip Montessori ADMTEI (Michigan, USA) - Head of Nursery

Katrina Somerville, BA Hons QTS (Oxford Brookes) - Nursery Assistant

Rachel Holt, BSc (Wolverhampton) - Nursery Teacher

Boarding Staff

John Robson, MA (Sheffield), BMus (Manchester) - Housemaster
Sophie Biddell, MA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon) - Housetutor
James Farmer, BEd Hons (Carmarthen) - Housetutor
Marcy Anderson - Matron
Debbie Pendell -  Matron

School Chaplain

The Revd Philippa White, MA (Cantab)

Learning Support

Anna Fairhurst - Head of Learning Support

Music Staff

Greg Hallam, MA BMus LRAM - Singing
Martyn Jones, BA LTCL - Piano
Rebecca Luff, MusB, (Manchester), MMus – RNCMHarp    
Daniel Mathieson, MA (Oxon) MSt FRCO Piano/Theory
Jessica Mogridge, GMusRNCM PPRNCM ARCM(PG) dipRCM (teachers) - Oboe
Chaiporn Pookhaothong, BMus RCM Dip TCM - Piano
Catriona Scott, BA (Oxon) MMus RNCM - Clarinet/Recorder
Maki Sekiya, BMus (Moscow) - Piano
Nigel Somerville, BA LTCL ARCM (PG) - Brass
Connie Tanner, BMus LRAM - Bassoon
Penny Terry, Dip ABRSM Dip Ed - Flute
Ming Liu - Piano
Michael Wilkins, BA (Hons) MMus - Saxophone
Trevor Williams, BA (Salford) - Guitar
Kate Wilson, BA ARCM - Violin/Viola
Spike Wilson, BA (Oxon) - Cello/Double Bass

Administrative Staff

Poppy Green - School Secretary
Laura Kemp - Registrar
Lucy Channer, BA Hons (Nottingham) - Marketing
Nicola Norris - Accounts Assistant

Catering Staff

Peter Kilby - Catering Manager
Samir Amraoui - Chef
Sinisa Ljubic - Chef
Olivia Manifo - Chef/Dining Room Assistant
Sergio de Souza - Kitchen Porter

Ancillary Staff

Mike Pritchett - Maintenance
Mirko Basic - Maintenance
Joanna Basic - Cleaning Supervisor
Luciana Da Silva - Cleaner
Durcelia Rodrigues Bueno - Cleaner
Sharon Qualter - Cleaner

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