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Mr Dougal Philps


Headmaster B.Sc (Hons) Manchester IAPS Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs Helen McClure


Deputy Head, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Asst. Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
BA (Hons) French, Birmingham. PGCE, French & Spanish, Birmingham

Miss Diana Mahon


Deputy Head (Head of Pre-Prep), Year 2 Form Teacher
BEd (Hons) Sunderland

Teaching Staff

Mrs Rachael Robinson


Reception Teacher & EYFS Key Person & Head of Drama
BA (Hons) Greenwich

Mrs Jana Mack


Junior Department Assistant

Mrs Gemma Goodwin


Year 1 Teacher
BA (Hons) French, Reading. PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch

Mrs Carol Garton


Junior Department Assistant & After School Care Supervisor

Miss Diana Mahon


Deputy Head (Head of Pre-Prep) & Year 2 Teacher
BEd (Hons) Sunderland

Mrs Emma Hicks


Junior Department Assistant
BA (Hons), PGCE Goldsmiths, London

Mrs Laura Rogan


Year 3 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) History, University College Swansea. PGCE, CCCU

Miss Angie Turner


Junior Department Assistant

Mr Robert Coston


Head of ICT & Year 4 Form Teacher
BA Childhood Studies and Professional Practice Studies, Northumbria. PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch

Mr Mike Parker


Head of PE, Head of Football & Year 4 Form Teacher. BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies, Canterbury Christchurch

Mr John Bowden


Head of Cricket & Year 5 Form Teacher

Mrs Kate Easton


English & Maths Teacher & Year 5 Form Teacher
BEng Portsmouth, PGCE Kingston

Mrs Dana Koheji


Head of Art & Year 6 Form Teacher, Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
BA (Hons) Slade School of Art, UCL PGCE, Middlesex

Mr Carlos Henry


Director of Sport & Year 6 Form Teacher
BEd, Dunedin College of Education, New Zealand

Mr James Cramp


Head of History, Head of Rugby & Year 6 Form Teacher
BSc (Hons) Sports Management, Bournemouth University
iPGCE University of Buckingham

Mrs Emma Snow


Head of English & Year 7 Form Teacher

Mrs Linda Payne


Head of Geography & Year 8 Form Teacher & Clubs Coordinator
Geography Coordinator IAPS District 2 (Kent)
GRSM, RAM, PGCE Homerton College, Cambridge; English/Music

Mrs Helen McClure


Deputy Head, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
BA (Hons) French, Birmingham. PGCE, French & Spanish, Birmingham

Mrs Lisa Glennon-Cousins


Head of Learning Development
BA (Hons) & PGCE, PG Dip Dyslexia and Literacy, PG Cert National Award for SENCO

Mr Rob Fenning


Director of Music
BA, Music, Hull

Mr Kevin Farmery


Head of Science
BEd, Biological Sciences, Warwick

Mr Malcolm Kennedy


Head of Mathematics
BA, Sth Africa. Cert. Ed Rhodesia. QTS, PG Dip, UEL

Mrs Sarah Shanmuganathan


Head of Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Modern Languages, Liverpool John Moores. PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch.

Mrs Wendy Alteirac


French Teacher
BA Joint Hons, French & Italian, Birmingham. PGCE, Oxford.

Mrs Helen de May


Latin Teacher
BA (Hons) University of Durham. PGCE Homerton College, Cambridge.

Mrs Janette Obeney


Learning Development Assistant

Mrs Gloria Moscatelli


Learning Development Assistant

Mrs Clare Cheveley


Teaching Assistant
BSc Economics & Business, University of Southampton & PGCE (Secondary Maths) University of Greenwich

Mr Kim Raymond


Teaching Assistant & Games Coach

Mr Pawel Jankowski


Teaching Assistant & Games Coach
BA (Ed) & MA (Ed) Physical & Health Education, University of Lodz, Poland

Mrs Gabby Oakley


After School Care Assistant

Mrs Denise Cheek


Mathematics Teaching Assistant

Mr Malcolm Burkett


Visiting Judo Coach

Miss Sarah Burkett


Visiting Judo Coach

Administrative & Support Staff

Mrs Rosalind Philps


Estates Bursar
LLB (Hons) Kingston, Solicitor(NP)

Mrs Barbara Volpato


Registrar & PA to the Headmaster
BA (Hons), ACIB

Mrs Lindsay Savage


School Secretary & PA to the Governors
BSc (Hons) Loughborough

Miss Jacqueline Crowley


ACA, BA (Hons)

Mrs Fiona Henry


Marketing Manager
MBus, BCom, BMus (Hons) Otago, New Zealand

Mr Sean Smeeth



Gap Year Students

Mr Jack Holden, ex Solefield


Mr Alex Hill


BA Exeter

Mr Jon Mamas, ex Solefield


Gap Year Student

Catering Team

Miss Kadine Pearce


Chef De Partie 

Miss Gitana Krusniauskaite


Kitchen Assistant 

Ms Katy Wiggins


Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Robert Connell


Guitar BA (Hons), PGCE, ATCL

Mr Martin Bloor



Mr Alun Francis


Recorder & Clarinet

Mrs Rachel Threlfall



Mr Nick Quiney



Mrs Helen Walker


Voice & Choir AGSM

Mr Matt Wilson




Mr Rob Clewley - Chairman


ACMA - Past parent

Rob has been proud to be associated with Solefield since 1993, initially as the father of three boys who each benefited from a wonderful education at the school, and since 1999 as a Governor and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2004, and retains the roles of Chairman of the Administration and Health and Safety Committee, and membership of the Finance Committee.
After qualifying as an accountant in 1976 he enjoyed a long career in senior financial and general management roles with Whitbread Plc in the UK and overseas. Since 2002 he has worked as a consultant and in interim management and also enjoys the challenge of being Chairman of three other diverse businesses.
He has lived in the Sevenoaks area for over 25 years. He is married to Veronica, a yoga instructor, and has three grown up sons who retain many of their best friends from their memorable days at Solefield.

Mr Clewley may be contacted through the School Office, Solefield School, Solefields Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1PH. Telephone: 01732 452 142. Email:

Mr Graham D. Malcolm


BEd, MA, FRSA, (IAPS) - ex Headmaster

Graham Malcolm was previously Headmaster at Priory Preparatory School in Banstead. He joined the Governing Body in September 2008 and is Chair of the Education Committee. He has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters Degree in Educational Management. He has been an Inspector of Schools since 2002, inspecting Independent Schools across the country. As a member of the IAPS he has been on the National Sports Committee with specific responsibility for football. He is married with two children at Independent Boarding Schools. Graham and his wife, who is a teacher, live locally.

Mrs Claire Major


BA (Hons), Drama and Technical Theatre Arts - Current parent

Claire is a parent of three boys, all of whom currently attend the school. She has lived in Sevenoaks for many years and previously lived in London, where she was a Freelance Stage Manager touring with various theatre companies both nationally and internationally. Her boys are very happy at Solefield and she was proud to join the Board of Governors in 2014. Claire is Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Mrs Alison Wollaston


BSc (Hons), ACCA - Past Parent

Alison's son attended Solefield, starting in Reception right through the school and she also has two daughters. Before leaving to concentrate on home life, Alison worked in the City as CFO for a Reinsurance corporation and spent some years with Morgan Stanley. For the past six years she has taken the role of Treasurer at Benenden School Parents' Association and prior to that, Granville. She is now delighted to be able to contribute something back to her son's prep school on the Finance committee.

Mr Salim Somjee


Current Parent & ex-Solefield Student

As a former pupil and current parent, Salim has a long-standing involvement with Solefield School.  Salim has lived in Sevenoaks for most of his life.  He is a partner in a regional law firm and specialises in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.  Salim joined the Board of Governors in 2016 and is Chairman of the Finance Committee. 

Mr Ramon Walsh


BSc (Hons), CA - Current Parent

Ramon joined the Governing Body in March 2015 and serves on the Finance Committee. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in Scotland, Ramon worked in investment banking for 12 years before moving to a role investing in emerging markets in 2012. Ramon and his wife Penny have lived in Sevenoaks since 2006 and have 3 children - their two sons have attended Solefield School, with one still present.

Mr Mark Wrafter


BA (Hons), ACA, CTA – Current Parent

Mark joined the Governing Body in June 2016 and serves on the Education Committee.  He and his wife moved to Sevenoaks from London in 2012 and have two young sons, the elder one having joined Solefield School recently whilst the younger one still looks forward to doing so. Mark qualified as a chartered accountant and tax adviser, having worked in the City for most of his working life.