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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, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
MEd, Educational Leadership, Buckingham. 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

Mr John Bowden


Head of Cricket & Year 3 Form Teacher

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

Mrs Kate Easton


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

Mr Mike Parker


Head of PE, Head of Football & Year 5 Form Teacher. BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies, Canterbury Christchurch

Mrs Dana Koheji


Head of Art, Pastoral Lead - Welfare, Year 6 Form Teacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
BA (Hons) Slade School of Art, UCL PGCE, Middlesex

Mrs Lisa Glennon-Cousins


Head of Learning Development & Year 6 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) & PGCE, PG Dip Dyslexia and Literacy, PG Cert National Award for SENCO

Mrs Emma Snow


Head of English & Year 6 Form Teacher

Mr James Cramp


Head of History, Head of Rugby & Year 7 Form Teacher
BSc (Hons) Sports Management, Bournemouth University
iPGCE University of Buckingham

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
MEd, Educational Leadership, Buckingham. BA (Hons) French, Birmingham. PGCE, French & Spanish, Birmingham

Mr Carlos Henry


Director of Sport, Pastoral Lead - Behaviour, Teacher
MEd, Educational Leadership, Buckingham. BEd, Dunedin College of Education, New Zealand

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

Mr Paul Devereux


Head of Mathematics (from Sept 2019)
BSc Waikato, New Zealand
DipTchg Auckland, New Zealand

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 Julie Collini


Teaching Assistant
MA (Hons) Geography, Oxford University
PGCE, Manchester University

Miss Leanne Elphinstone


1 to 1 Support Assistant

Mrs Gabby Oakley


After School Care 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


Miss Miranda Hunt, Sister of ex Solefield


Catering Team

Mr Neville Grimshaw


Chef Manager

Miss Kadine Pearce


Chef De Partie 

Ms Katy Wiggins


Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Robert Connell


Guitar BA (Hons), PGCE, ATCL

Mr Martin Bloor



Mr Alun Francis


Recorder & Clarinet

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 Jonathan Harber


MA (Oxon), PGCE (Cantab) - Housemaster, Tonbridge School

Jonathan Harber was brought up in Surrey and read History at Oxford, where he rowed and played cricket for his college. He was involved in university politics and after graduating, worked as a researcher in the House of Commons for two Conservative MPs. Following a PGCE at Cambridge, he taught at Berkhamsted and started at Tonbridge in 2003. He has been Housemaster of Cowdrey since January 2015.

Jonathan teaches History and has taught British Politics to sixth formers. He has served in a number of pastoral roles at Tonbridge including Lower Master and Assistant Housemaster in Park House (a boarding house), while his co-curricular responsibilities include being Contingent Commander of the Combined Cadet Force (having lead the RAF Section for nine years); coaching fives and cricket (and lots of rugby in the past) and he helps to run the Ruston Society (the school Christian meeting). His personal sporting interests mainly revolve around cricket, racquet sports and skiing, and he enjoys travel and reading. He is married to Ali who is the Assistant Head (Sixth Form) at Benenden.

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.

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.

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 three 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, who are both at Solefield School. Mark qualified as a chartered accountant and tax adviser, having worked in the City for most of his working life.   

Mrs Dina Foster


BA (Hons), PGCE, MTeach - Current Parent

Dina is a former Deputy Head Teacher with over 12 years teaching experience as a French and Spanish teacher.  She has a Masters degree in Teaching and is experienced in many different areas of education ranging from pastoral care to curriculum design.  She previously worked at a large, high performing comprehensive Secondary school in North London before moving to Sevenoaks with her husband and two boys in 2015.  She has a son in Year 1 and her youngest is looking forward to joining Reception in September 2019.  

Mr Krish Shanmuganathan


MA (Cantab), MSc (London) - Current Parent

Krish runs his own advisory business, having previously worked in government (including as a British diplomat in South Africa and Greece), finance and consultancy.  He is married to Sarah, Head of Religious Studies at Solefield. They have three children - their son is a current pupil at Solefield. He is also Chairman of Trustees for St Jude India ChildCare Centres UK.