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Mrs Helen McClure

Headmistress, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
BA (Hons) French, Birmingham. PGCE, French & Spanish, Birmingham. MEd, Educational Leadership, Buckingham. 

Mrs Kate Easton

Deputy Head & Year 5 Teacher 
BEng Portsmouth, PGCE Kingston.

Teaching Staff

Miss Helen Showell

Reception Teacher & EYFS Key Person
BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, Newcastle Upon Tyne. PGCE (Hons) Canterbury Christ Church.

Mrs Jana Mack

Junior Department Assistant

Mrs Rachael Robinson

Year 1 Teacher & Head of Drama
BA (Hons) Greenwich.

Mrs Carol Garton

Junior Department Assistant & After School Care Supervisor

Mrs Gemma Goodwin

Head of Pre-Prep (Rec-Y2), Year 2 Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
BA (Hons) French, Reading. PGCE, Canterbury Christ Church.

Mrs Emma Hicks

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

Mr John Bowden

Year 3 Form Teacher & Head of Cricket 

Miss Angie Turner

Junior Department Assistant

Mrs Lisa Glennon-Cousins

Head of Learning Development & Year 4 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) & PGCE, PG Dip Dyslexia and Literacy, PG Cert National Award for SENCO, Level 3 Certificate, Counselling Skills for working with children, Place2Be. 

Mr Mike Parker

Director of Sport & Year 4 Form Teacher. BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies, Canterbury Christ Church.

Mrs Laura Rogan

Year 4 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) History, University College Swansea. PGCE, Canterbury Christ Church.

Mr Robert Coston

Assistant Headteacher, Director of Technology & Year 5 Form Teacher
BA Childhood Studies and Professional Practice Studies, Northumbria. PGCE, Canterbury Christ Church.

Mr Carlos Henry

Year 6 Form Teacher & Year 3 Teacher
MEd, Educational Leadership, Buckingham. BEd, Dunedin College of Education, New Zealand.

Mrs Linda Payne

Head of Geography & Year 7 Form Teacher & Director of Organisation
GRSM (Hons), Royal Academy of Music. PGCE Homerton College, Cambridge/Music.

Mr James Cramp

Head of History, Head of Rugby & Year 8 Form Teacher
BSc (Hons) Sports Management, Bournemouth University
iPGCE University of Buckingham.

Mrs Emma Snow

Head of English
BA, UEA. PGCE Leeds.

Mr Luke Budden

Director of STEM
BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham. PGCE Primary, Institute of Education, London. MA Pedagogical Leadership in School Sport & PE, St Mary's Twickenham.

Mr Kevin Farmery

Head of Science & Director of Timetabling
BEd, Biological Sciences, Warwick.

Mrs Dana Koheji

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Head of Art, Pastoral Lead for Welfare.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Slade School of Art, UCL. PGCE Art and Design, Middlesex. Level 3 Certificate, Counselling Skills for working with children, Place2Be. 

Mr Rob Fenning

Director of Music
BA, Music, Hull.

Mrs Sarah Shanmuganathan

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

Mrs Wendy Alteirac

Head of Modern Languages
BA Joint Hons, French & Italian, Birmingham. PGCE, Oxford.

Mrs Helen de May

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

Mrs Clare Cheveley

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

Mrs Janette Obeney

Learning Development Assistant

Mrs Gloria Moscatelli

Learning Development Assistant

Mr Kim Raymond

1 to 1 Assistant & Games Coach

Miss Leanne Elphinstone

1 to 1 Support Assistant

Mr Malcolm Burkett

Visiting Judo Coach

Miss Sarah Burkett

Visiting Judo Coach

Administrative & Support Staff

Mrs Barbara Volpato

Registrar & Headmistress' PA
BA (Hons), ACIB

Miss Jen Wright

Office Administrator
CIPD Level 3

Mrs Lindsay Savage

Facilities Manager & Clerk to the Governors
BSc (Hons) Loughborough

Miss Jacqueline Crowley

Finance Manager
ACA, BA (Hons)

Mrs Fiona Henry

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

Mr Sean Smeeth


Gap Year Students

Mr Jack Holden

Solefield Old Boy

Mr Joe Barty

Solefield Old Boy

Catering Team

Mrs Jane Chatterton

Chef Manager

Miss Kadine Pearce

Chef De Partie 

Miss Amy Byrne

Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Robert Connell

Guitar BA (Hons), PGCE, ATCL

Mrs Abigail Cross

Strings DipABRSM (Violin)

Mr Alun Francis

Recorder & Clarinet

Mr Nick Quiney


Mrs Lydia Sage

Voice & Choir BMus (Hons)


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: [email protected]

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 led 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 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.  Both her boys are at Solefield.  

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.