Staff & Governors

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Mr Dougal Philps

 

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

Mrs Helen McClure

 

Deputy Head, Head of Religious Studies, Year 7 Form Teacher, 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

Miss Rachael Adams

 

Reception Teacher & EYFS Key Person
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

Mr John Bowden

 

Head of Cricket & Year 3 Form Teacher

Mr Robert Coston

 

Head of ICT & Year 3 Form Teacher
BA Childhood Studies and Professional Practice Studies, Northumbria. PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch

Miss Angie Turner

 

Junior Department Assistant

Mr James Cramp

 

Head of History, Head of Rugby & Year 4 Form Teacher
BSc (Hons) Sports Management, Bournemouth University
iPGCE University of Buckingham

Mrs Laura Rogan

 

Year 4 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) History, University College Swansea. PGCE, CCCU
 

Mr Mike Parker

 

Head of PE, Head of Football & Year 5 Form Teacher

Mrs Clare Skinner

 

Year 5 Form Teacher & Library Coordinator
BA (Hons) Warwick; PGCE UEL

Mrs Dana Baker

 

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

Mrs Gina Reedy

 

Art Teacher & Year 6 Form Teacher (Maternity Cover)
BA, Victoria University NZ. Diploma of Teaching (Majors: Art and Science), Wellington College of Education NZ.

Mrs Sarah Jewitt

 

Head of English, Year 6 Form Teacher
BA (Ed) (Hons) English with Education, Reading.

Mrs Helen McClure

 

Deputy Head, Head of Religious Studies, Year 7 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) French, Birmingham. PGCE, French & Spanish, Birmingham

Mrs Linda Payne

 

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

Miss Gemma Wilson

 

Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Head of Drama & Clubs
BA (Hons) Durham; PGCE Canterbury, Christchurch

Mr Carlos Henry

 

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

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

 

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

Mrs Helen de May

 

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

Mrs Denise Cheek

 

Mathematics Teaching Assistant

Mrs Janette Obeney

 

Learning Development Assistant

Mrs Gloria Moscatelli

 

Learning Development Assistant

Mr Kim Raymond

 

Teaching Assistant & Games

Mr Pawel Jankowski

 

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

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

 

Finance
ACA, BA (Hons)

Mrs Fiona Henry

 

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

Mr Sean Smeeth

 

Caretaker

Gap Year Students

Mr Jonny Briggs, ex Solefield

 

BSc, Natural Sciences, Bath University

Mr Nick Holberton, ex Solefield

 

Mr Alex Pedder, ex Solefield

 

Mr Matt Volpato

 

Catering Team

Neville Grimshaw

 

Chef Manager

Ms Katy Wiggins

 

Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Robert Connell

 

Guitar BA (Hons), PGCE, ATCL
 

Mr Martin Bloor

 

Strings

Mrs Alice Yelf

 

Brass

Mr Alun Francis

 

Recorder & Clarinet

Mrs Rachel Threlfall

 

Cello

Mr Nick Quiney

 

Piano GLCM, PGCE

Mrs Helen Walker

 

Voice & Choir AGSM

Mr Matt Wilson

 

Drums

Governors

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: office@solefieldschool.org

Mr Michael Bolton

 

MBE, BA - Retired Undermaster (Senior Deputy, Head) of Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks

Mike read History at Lancaster University and trained as a teacher at Sussex University. He has taught at two State Schools and recently retired as Undermaster (Senior Deputy, Head) at Sevenoaks School, where he has also been a boarding Housemaster. He lives in Sevenoaks with his wife, who was formerly Head of a Kent Grammar School. Mike is Vice Chairman of Governors at Knole Academy and is also a Governor at two Senior Independent Schools. He is Chairman of the Trustees of Sevenoaks Almshouses. He has been a Governor at Solefield for fourteen years and chairs the Education Committee.

Mr Graham D. Malcolm

 

BEd, MA, FRSA, (IAPS) - Headmaster, Priory Prep School, Banstead

Graham Malcolm has been Headmaster at Priory Preparatory School in Banstead since September 2000. He joined the Governing Body in September 2008 and is on 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.

Mr Andrew Hicks

 

BA (Hons) Econ, ACIB, MCT - Past Parent

Andrew has lived in Sevenoaks with his wife, Emma, for over 20 years. They have six children, and have been delighted to educate each of their four sons at Solefield School. Andrew joined the Governing Body in June 2012 and serves on the Finance Committee. Andrew had a long career in the City, where he specialised in international banking and structured capital markets.

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 9 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.

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 serves on 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.