Staff & Governors

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Mr Dougal Philps

Headmaster B.Sc (Hons) Manchester IAPS

Mrs Diana Mahon

Deputy Head & Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Helen McClure

Deputy Head (Academic) & Head of Religious Studies

Teaching staff

Miss Rachael Adams

BA (Hons) Greenwich
Reception Teacher

Mrs Jana Mack

Junior Department Assistant

Mrs Carol Garton

Junior Department Assistant & After School Care Supervisor

Mrs Emma Hicks

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

Mr John Bowden

Year 3 Form Teacher & Head of Cricket

Mrs Laura Rogan

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

Miss Angie Turner

Junior Department Assistant

Mr James Cramp

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

Miss Gemma Wilson

BA (Hons) Durham; PGCE Canterbury, Christchurch
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Clubs Coordinator & Year 4 Form Teacher

Mr Mike Parker

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

Mrs Clare Skinner

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

Mrs Dana Baker

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

Mrs Gina Reedy

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

Mr Malcolm Kennedy

BA - Sth Africa; Cert. Ed Rhodesia; QTS, PG Dip UEL
Head of Mathematics & Year 7 Form Teacher

Mrs Linda Payne

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

Mrs Diana Mahon

BEd (Hons) Sunderland
Deputy Head & Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Helen McClure

BA (Hons) French, Birmingham. PGCE, French & Spanish, Birmingham
Deputy Head (Academic) & Head of Religious Studies

Mr Carlos Henry

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

Mr Rob Fenning

BA, Music, Hull
Director of Music

Mr Kevin Farmery

BEd, Biological Sciences, Warwick
Head of Science

Mrs Lisa Glennon-Cousins

BA (Hons) & PGCE, PG Dip Dyslexia and Literacy, PG Cert National Award for SENCO
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Mrs Denise Cheek

Mathematics Teaching Assistant

Mrs Janette Obeney

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Gloria Moscatelli

Learning Support Assistant

Mr Sam Hewes

Learning Support Assistant

Mr Kim Raymond

Teaching Assistant & Games

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

Mr Sean Smeeth


Gap Year Students

Mr Matt Volpato

Mr Nick Holberton, ex Solefield Boy

Catering Team

Mr Neville Grimshaw

Head Chef

Mr Richard Matanawui


Ms Katy Wiggins

Kitchen Assistant

Ms Jacqui Alford

Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Robert Connell


Mr Peter de Croos

MA, BMus,
Piano & Keyboard

Mr Martin Bloor


Mrs Alice Yelf


Mr Alun Francis

Recorder & Clarinet

Mrs Rachel Threlfall


Mr Nick Quiney


Mrs Helen Walker

Voice & Choir

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 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

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 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 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.