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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


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
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 Support Assistant

Mrs Gloria Moscatelli


Learning Support Assistant

Mr Sam Hewes


Learning Support 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


ACA, BA (Hons)

Mrs Fiona Henry


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

Mr Sean Smeeth



Gap Year Students

Mr Jonny Briggs, ex Solefield


BSc, Natural Sciences, Bath University

Mr Nick Holberton, ex Solefield Boy


Mr Alex Pedder, ex Solefield


Mr Matt Volpato


Catering Team

Mr Mark Fenge


Head Chef

Mr Richard Matanawui



Ms Katy Wiggins


Kitchen Assistant

Ms Jacqui Alford


Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Robert Connell


Guitar BA (Hons), PGCE, ATCL

Mr Martin Bloor



Mrs Alice Yelf



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 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.