Our Staff

Governors
J Quant

Mr J Quant

Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee

A Laing

Mr A Laing

Chair of Curriculum and Staffing Committee

M Barnes SJ

Fr M Barnes SJ

Governor

T Jarratt

Mr T Jarratt

Governor

S Hayman

Mrs S Hayman

Governor

D Doran

Mr D Doran

Chair of Pastoral and Chaplaincy Committee

P Chitnis

Mr P Chitnis

Chairman of Governing Body

Email: Paul.Chitnis@donhead.org.uk

Headmaster's Office
Philip Barr

Mr Philip Barr

Headmaster

Having over 11 years experience in Jesuit Education, Mission & Identity are words that truly resonate with Mr Barr. He is an ISI Compliance and Team Inspector, and is also Parent Governor at a maintained first school. He is married with 2 sons and his hobbies are DIY, Reading, Scuba Diving and Golf.

Sian Buckley

Miss Sian Buckley

PA to Headmaster

Miss Buckley joined Donhead in September 2017, and has several years' experience working as a Personal Assistant as well as within Project Management roles. She has two children and enjoys swimming, cycling and walking at weekends.

School Leadership Team
Bernadette White

Mrs Bernadette White

Deputy Headteacher

A graduate of the University of Cambridge (Geography with Education Studies BA Hons), Mrs White stayed up in Cambridge to continue her education and completed her Primary PGCE at the University’s Faculty of Education. In 2013, Mrs White was awarded an MA in Leading Innovation and Change from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Over her teaching career, Mrs White has worked in both the state and private sector, teaching mostly in the upper school. Since joining Donhead School, she has worked within various areas of the school, in addition to her teaching workload – from interviewing and mentoring trainee teachers (through our partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham), mentoring newly qualified teachers, being the Head of Loyola house since 2010, to supporting staff and boys across sporting, musical, theatrical and school promotional events. She has been on the School’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) since 2010 and has recently assumed the position of Deputy Head of the school. Known as being fun but fair, Mrs White has been able to foster her passion for teaching, and enjoys the dynamic and varied challenges that being a teacher presents - helping her boys to be the best they can be, whether that’s through her day-to-day classes, or through fostering the various passions that they bring to the classroom. Outside of Donhead, Mrs White is also a keen netballer, a DIY enthusiast, and enjoys being outside and spending time with her family.

Amelia Murtagh

Mrs Amelia Murtagh

Bursar

Prior to coming to London, Amelia enjoyed 5 years of formative Jesuit education in Spain. She then completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance, Management & Statistics. For the last 3 years she has been furthering her professional Accountancy qualifications.

Amelia spent 10 years working internationally for leading investment banks and consultancy firms. After the birth of her 3rd son, high quality family time was important, and that combined with a passion for the education industry, made her join Donhead. Since 2010 Amelia has dedicated her self to the school, firstly as a T.A and lately in the Finance Office. She combines her high level expertise in Finance with her interest in the Education industry, and puts it all at the service of the wider community in a true Donhead way.

With her youngest son now in Elements and 21 Donhead parent years behind her, she can truly sing along to the verse 'Long live these Donhead days'.

In her spare time Amelia has a revived passion for the importance of being physically fit and can be seen running every morning alongside the deer in Richmond Park.

Becky Jackson

Miss Becky Jackson

Assistant Headteacher Pre-Prep, DDSL, PP2J Form Teacher

Having completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, Miss Jackson attended the University of Roehampton to complete a PGCE. She has been teaching locally for almost eighteen years and joined Donhead in 2007. Miss Jackson very much enjoys teaching and inspiring children through Art. She lives in Wimbledon and hobbies include swimming, painting and soap-making!

Katy Brady

Mrs Katy Brady

Assistant Headteacher Prep, DSL, LP1B Form Teacher

BA Hons in French and Theatre from Warwick University, STC Diploma in TV studio production, Hornsby Diploma in SPLD.

Mrs Brady came into teaching via a circuitous route that included teaching Phys. Ed. at the Anglo-American School in Moscow, working in the independent film sector, and restaurant management, before settling down to have her family, and finally landing on Donhead’s doorstep over twenty years ago.

She has run the Drama Club in Elements since its inception, and still gets a thrill from bringing scripts to life, and helping shy boys to develop into consummate performers on stage.

Mrs Brady is married, with a husband and three children who work in theatre, television, film and fashion - so there is never a dull moment in her household, but you may have to clamber over a mountain of props to get indoors.

Teaching Staff
Melisande Yavuz

Miss Melisande Yavuz

Violin peri

Oles Olok

Mr Oles Olok

Piano peri

Penny Smith

Miss Penny Smith

Piano peri

Chris Macleod

Miss Chris Macleod

Head of Art/DT

Philip Amos

Mr Philip Amos

Elements A Form Teacher & Assessment Co-ordinator

Mr Amos is now in his third year at Donhead following a career spanning over ten years in Primary Education. During this time, Mr Amos has worked extensively with Year 6 and has led IT, Science and English for different schools. He is relishing working with Year 6 at Donhead, as well as leading Science and coordinating Assessment across the school. He is married with two young children and enjoys Gardening, Film, Reading, Cooking…and being Dad!


Shaun Anglim

Mr Shaun Anglim

Head of Pre-Prep Games, PE & Games Teacher

Mr Anglim was born and raised in the heart of London, joining Donhead after working in secondary education at The London Oratory School for five years. Mr Anglim has a vast experience of rugby playing and coaching, having contributed in both capacities at County, Divisional and International level in the UK and abroad.

Mr Anglim holds a Bachelors of Science degree and more recently completed research in education and was awarded a Masters Degree in Education, Pedagogy of Education, Physical Education and Sport from St Mary's College, Twickenham. He is a member of the Chartered College of Teaching. Mr Anglim is Head of Pre Prep Physical Education and hopes that whilst these years are thoroughly enjoyable, they also nurture an enthusiasm, joy and love of all play, physical activity and sport.

Gaynor Beecher

Mrs Gaynor Beecher

Elements B Form Teacher

Mrs Beecher has had 22 years experience in teaching across all years of the Primary Curriculum. She has worked within both the Catholic state system as well as the Independent sector at both teaching and management levels. She received her degree in Law and French, as well as her PGCE, from the University of Surrey, and a diploma in International Business from L’Academie de Commerce, Paris. Mrs Beecher lives with her husband; two children and a Cockapoo, Bailey! Her hobbies include Interior Design, all things tennis related and walking her pooch!

Jennifer Bendall

Mrs Jennifer Bendall

PP1B Form Teacher, Head of Pre-Prep Literacy

Mrs Bendall came late to teaching having previously worked for the academic publisher Routledge as an Editor. She lives locally and is married with a son and two daughters, one of whom has just started as a Year 1 teacher in a Wimbledon primary school! Mrs Bendall’s first love is reading and she always has a novel on the go. Her other interests include singing (badly!) in a local choir and walking her elderly spaniel on Wimbledon Common.

Jessica Clark

Mrs Jessica Clark

LP1C Form Teacher, Head of PSHEE,

Belinda Curtis

Mrs Belinda Curtis

Director of Music

Whilst an exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, Mrs Curtis gained a London University BMus degree, along with other teaching and performing qualifications. She undertook post-graduate studies in Germany, firstly Church Music in Berlin and subsequently Conducting and Organ Performing in Detmold. She completed her international studies under the eminent organist Marie-Claire Alain, in Paris.

Mrs Curtis has given concerts at home and abroad, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey and in Jerusalem.

Mrs Curtis came to Donhead as an experienced Educational Music Director and 2018 marks her fourteenth year as Donhead's Director of Music. She continues to instil her passion for music into boys of all abilities and disciplines.

She speaks fluent German and is a member of a recorder consort. Mrs Curtis enjoys cycling and is an enthusiastic swimmer and gardener.

Adelise Easter

Miss Adelise Easter

Head of English & History, Prep E Form Teacher

Miss Easter joined Donhead after completing her Primary PGCE at St Mary's University, Twickenham. She is passionate about literature and believes cultivating a love for reading opens doors to a world of opportunities. Miss Easter holds a BA in English Literature and is completing a writing course with the University of Cambridge. She hopes to complete a Master's in Children's Literature in the future. Miss Easter reviews educational book proposals, children's and Young Adult fiction for the Bloomsbury Publishing Group and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion. Miss Easter is a Befriending Volunteer with the Wimbledon Guild and is taking part in the British Red Cross's 'Miles for Refugees' campaign. She is currently training for the Wimbledon Half Marathon.

Mikaela Elbourne

Mrs Mikaela Elbourne

LP2E Form Teacher & Head of Geography

Sairose Fleming

Mrs Sairose Fleming

Reception F Form Teacher

Mrs Fleming came late into teaching having qualified as a pharmacist and working in that field for almost 15 years. She ended her career with Boots after the birth of her third child, who was in the very first Reception class at Donhead. Mrs Fleming then decided to pursue a different career path, which has seen her qualify as a fitness and yoga instructor! Mrs Fleming joined Donhead in 2008 and has loved working at the school, and especially in Reception. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit, travelling and shopping (when not providing a taxi service to her three children)!

Bethany Gray

Miss Bethany Gray

PP1G Form Teacher

Miss Gray began her teaching career on the Games field and after several years as a P.E. teacher in both the secondary and primary sector, she travelled the world. Upon her return, Miss Gray decided to swap grass and gym floors to carpet. She completed her PGCE in London and has spent the last ten years teaching in South West London schools. When not working, Miss Gray likes to spend time with her family and friends and play any type of sport.

Duncan Kester

Mr Duncan Kester

Head of PE & Games, PE & Games Teacher,

Nicola` Medawar

Mrs Nicola` Medawar

Reception M Form Teacher

After University where she studied Politics and Government,a career in retail banking and a three year period living in Brussels with her family, Mrs Medawar returned to England and trained as a teacher at the Roehampton Institute.

Having taught in various schools in Wimbledon, she joined the Donhead community in 2010. In her spare time she enjoys going to the theatre, singing in a choir and gardening at her allotment where she is still striving to grow the perfect carrot, without much success!

Keith Miskelly

Mr Keith Miskelly

Prep M Form Teacher, Head of Prep Literacy,

Mr Miskelly is a second career teacher. He initially qualified and practised as a solicitor in the City. Unfulfilled in the corporate world, Mr Miskelly set up a successful business teaching rugby to children in North London. During that time, he also held the position of Head of Rugby at a prep school in Hampstead for three years. He is Head of Literacy in the Prep school. Mr Miskelly is a keen sportsman and plays cricket for Old Wimbledonians. Mr Miskelly has a law degree (LLB (Hons)) (1999) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (2016).


Samantha Mellow

Ms Samantha Mellow

PP2M Form Teacher & Head of Pre-Prep Mathematics

Miss Monik joined Donhead in 2019 as the PP2M form teacher. She holds an Honours Degree in Inclusive Education from the University of South Africa and has gained 10 years teaching experience, primarily teaching ages 6 – 10 years.

Miss Monik strives to make learning meaningful to all children through practical and creative lessons. She is passionate about building teacher-learner relationships and making learning fun, ensuring that every child enjoys being at school. Her number one goal is to make all her learners believe in their abilities and feel confident with their own skill set.

Miss Monik lives locally and in her spare time she likes to go for runs in the park and spend time with her husband to be.

Olivia Nanasi

Ms Olivia Nanasi

Head of Prep Mathematics, LP2N Form Teacher

Jenny Nealon

Mrs Jenny Nealon

Subject Teacher

After graduating university and having worked years in business she found herself in multiple foreign countries, with children who needed help clarifying information from multiple curriculums. Mrs Nealon set up a Pre-school/Reception class at an existing primary school in South Africa which set her on the education path. She then gleaned information from OT's, psychomotor therapists, SEN teachers and professionals across several continents. Once in England, Mrs Nealon earned a degree in Specific Learning Difficulties and a then added a teaching degree. Having been a past Donhead parent, Mrs Nealon is passionate about helping boys love learning. From building confidence to igniting enthusiasm for stretching oneself, Mrs Nealon loves teaching her pupils and works tirelessly to help address each boys’ individual needs via their strengths. Mrs Nealon was a catechist for 11 years at Christ Prince of Peace and Sacred Heart Churches, taught Duke of Edinburgh cooking classes and is a qualified member of the British Psychological Society (Qualified Test User), PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties). When she is not traveling the world with her family, Mrs Nealon enjoys entertaining, quilting, painting and reading.

Maria Negkaki

Miss Maria Negkaki

Head of MFL and RE

Miss Negkaki joined Donhead in 2013, after having worked as a MFL teacher and Head of MFL in primary and secondary education in England, Wales and Greece. She has also taught at Aberystwyth University. She has a degree in French language and literature and is also fluent in Greek and Spanish. She also knows Ancient Greek, Latin and Mandarin. Apart from teaching she has worked as an interpreter in various sports and cultural events. Miss Negkaki is a member of the Independent Schools Modern Languages Association (ISMLA), The Chartered College of Teaching and The Association of Teachers of Catholic Religious Education (ACTRE)

She holds a Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies and has been a Certified Moderator for the DELF and DALF exams of the French Ministry of Education. When not learning something new, she likes to travel, enjoy family and friends and care for her adorable cat and dog.

Magdalena Plech-Blair

Miss Magdalena Plech-Blair

Head of SENDCo

Ms Plech-Blair joined Donhead in 2016. She comes from Poland where she gained her Bachelors Degree in English Philology and a teaching qualification. She has been teaching since 1996. After coming to England she worked at an independent nursery for three years. Since 2005 she has worked in two state secondary comprehensive schools in a variety of different roles, teaching and co-ordinating support for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN), and providing pastoral care. As working with students with SEN has always been of great interest to her, she also completed her Master of Education Special Educational Needs at the University of Birmingham in 2011, and gained the National Award for SEN Co-ordination at Institute of Education, University College London in 2014. She also holds the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing; The British Psychological Society Test User; RQTU Membership No: 407494.

Harry Tabb

Mr Harry Tabb

PE & Games Teacher

Having previously worked at Donhead as a Gap year student in 2011-12, Mr. Tabb has returned to the school to embark on his first teaching role after finishing his PGCE at Roehampton University in 2017. Previously, Mr. Tabb attended Wimbledon College, leaving in 2011, and then went on to the University of Leeds to study Sport & Exercise Science. Mr. Tabb is a keen sportsman, and is a strong believer in values it can install in our young boys.

Imogen Williams

Miss Imogen Williams

LP2W Form Teacher & Head of Science

Hayley Winship

Mrs Hayley Winship

EAL Teacher & SENDCo TA

Olivia Rodrigues

Mrs Olivia Rodrigues

Head of Computing, I/C Social Media & Website,

Mrs Rodrigues joined Donhead having previously worked at a range of day and boarding schools, both secondary and primary. Mrs Rodrigues is passionate about developing an innovative, creative and fun Computing curriculum. She holds The British Computer Society Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, is a Microsoft Certified Educator Expert, a Google Certified Educator and a member of both The British Computer Society and The Chartered College of Teaching. Mrs Rodrigues was appointed as a teacher ambassador for The iDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) Award by the Duke of York's office and Buckingham Palace, one of only ten people in the world.

Mrs Rodrigues is also a governor at a Catholic state primary school, and a catechist and a Eucharistic Minister in her parish.



Lead Teaching Assistants
Leanda Tunnicliffe

Miss Leanda Tunnicliffe

LTA

Rhian Martis-Jones

Mrs Rhian Martis-Jones

LTA

Coming from South Wales, Rhian is a native Welsh speaker. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse, having trained at Ammanford Technical College. She came to London over thirty years ago and has worked in many nursery and school settings in the local area.In her spare time, Rhian likes being part of a Book Club, enjoys walking and visiting family in Wales. Both her sons attended Donhead and Rhian feels part of the Donhead family.

Siobhan Finn

Mrs Siobhan Finn

LTA

I'm Siobhan Finn.I have been working as a Teaching Assistant at Donhead for eight years. I am currently in Year One but have been with Reception and Year Two in the past. I have one daughter as well as three sons, who all went to Donhead.

Alison Chamberlain

Mrs Alison Chamberlain

LTA

Mrs Chamberlain's career at Donhead has spanned 13 years, beginning in the first ever Reception class. She is a Lead TA in the Prep School and can also be found covering lessons throughout the school.

Having received her degree in Food Science and Chemistry from the University of Reading she spent 8 years developing new products in the food industry before being kept busy by three sporty boys, two of whom came to Donhead.

She loves putting her RHS Diploma in Horticulture into practice during the weekly Gardening Club sessions. Mrs C is passionate about the big outdoors and spends many hours growing fruit and veg on her allotment, walking, skiing and watching the odd game of rugby and cricket.

Most of all she loves sharing special time with family and friends.

Teaching Assistants
Alison Earle

Mrs Alison Earle

HLTA

Ciara Elks

Mrs Ciara Elks

TA

I was born and raised in Cork in Ireland. This is my second year as a TA in Donhead. I have been a parent in the school for seven years. I am married with two sons and I enjoy reading and socialising.

Tracey Epstein

Mrs Tracey Epstein

TA

Mrs Epstein joined Donhead 8 years ago, from a local school. She is a teaching assistant in Year 5. Mrs Epstein has completed her Level 3 Teaching Assistant course, supporting children with dyslexia / specific learning difficulties. She is married with 2 children and enjoys reading, cycling and spending time with her family.

Manisha Fernandes

Mrs Manisha Fernandes

TA

Manisha although originally from Mumbai, has had a very international career. She lived and worked in Singapore and Tokyo before finally settling in London in 2007.

Both Manisha's sons have attended Donhead and she has worked here since 2014. During her spare time, Manisha enjoys baking, walking and listening to music.

Jack Hicks-Flynn

Mr Jack Hicks-Flynn

TA

Jack is currently a trainee Sport Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is working his way towards his full accreditation. Jack holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Applied Sport Psychology from the St Mary's University, Twickenham. He will support LP2, Prep and the Games department throughout the year.

Sue Hunt

Mrs Sue Hunt

TA

Mrs Hunt joined Donhead in 2013 after working in a local primary school for 11 years. She has supported a range of children in all subjects from years 1-6. She enjoy travelling, yoga, walking and reading

Lisa Kellett

Mrs Lisa Kellett

TA

Mrs Kellett is an ex-City lawyer who requalified in 2016 as a Teaching Assistant. A mother of three children, Mrs Kellett is an ex-Chair of the Parents Association of a local girls Prep School. Her interests include reading, pilates, interior design and walking by the sea with her family.

Nicki Mahoney

Mrs Nicki Mahoney

TA

Nicki Mahoney has been working as a Teaching Assistant for five years both at Donhead and Ursuline Prep. She has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in "Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools" and a degree in German and Business Studies. In her previous career, before having children, she worked in HR in the City of London and taught English whilst living with her family in Paris.

Nicki is married with two teenage Donhead boys who are at Wimbledon College. She enjoys walking her daughter's dog on Wimbledon Common and is a member of two book clubs and a movie club. Nicki loves eating out and trying out different foods so was very happy to be working at school on International Day!

Nathalie Maillard

Mrs Nathalie Maillard

PP2J Form Teacher (1-day week)

Nathalie is French. She was a form teacher in France for 12 years before her family relocated to London. Both her boys went to Donhead and greatly enjoyed it, the international atmosphere helped them to feel welcome. She has been a TA here for 4 years, mostly in Elements. At the same time, she does some French tutoring. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and doing long walks with friends and/or family, even hikes whenever possible!


Naveed Malik

Mrs Naveed Malik

TA

Mariza Menezes-Valler

Mrs Mariza Menezes-Valler

TA

Irina Mihailuka

Miss Irina Mihailuka

TA

Tamsin Peters

Mrs Tamsin Peters

TA

Makayla Rowan

Mrs Makayla Rowan

TA

Simon Tekle

Mr Simon Tekle

Emma Van Ristell

Mrs Emma Van Ristell

TA

Emma has been a teaching assistant at Donhead for 10 years, Emma is Spanish and can speak 3 languages. In her spare time she enjoys sport, dancing and travelling.

Amanda Vaughan-Barratt

Mrs Amanda Vaughan-Barratt

TA

I joined Donhead as a teaching assistant in the Prep school in 2013 after a career in the media. I have had an association with the school for nearly 20 years as my son is an old boy. During his time at Donhead I was Chair of the FOD and a parent-Governor. My interests include art appreciation and theatre. I enjoy family activities, attempting to keep fit and singing in a choir.


Support Staff
Elliott Hicks-Flynn

Mr Elliott Hicks-Flynn

GAP Assistant

Sophia Bailis

Miss Sophia Bailis

Kitchen Assistant

Padraig Finn

Mr Padraig Finn

GAP Assistant

E Milhomem

Mrs E Milhomem

Cleaner & Kitchen Assistant

Olivia Butler

Mrs Olivia Butler

Catering Manager

Jobeth Green

Mr Jobeth Green

Cleaner & Catering Assistant

EJ Kang

Mrs EJ Kang

Finance Assistant

Monika Konieczna

Ms Monika Konieczna

Catering Assistant

Martina Megarry

Mrs Martina Megarry

After-School Club Leader

Karolina Mielcarek

Miss Karolina Mielcarek

Catering Assistant

Eliza Milhomem

Mrs Eliza Milhomem

Cleaner

Eric Reid

Mr Eric Reid

Site Manager

Tracey Ruddock

Mrs Tracey Ruddock

After-School Club Assistant

Simon Savyell

Mr Simon Savyell

Network Manager

Marcia Straw

Mrs Marcia Straw

Cleaner

Fatima Tavares

Mrs Fatima Tavares

Senior Administrator

Miss Tavares joined the Donhead front desk in 2015, can speak three languages and is a paediatric and mental health first aider. In her spare time Miss Tavares enjoys baking, reading and spending time with her family.

Lorraine Thompson

Miss Lorraine Thompson

Receptionist, Admin Assistant,

Lorraine has been a teaching assistant at Donhead for seven years, Lorraine is married with two daughters and in her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her family.

Lay Chaplain
Angelica Carroll

Mrs Angelica Carroll

Lay Chaplain

Mrs Carroll began her professional career as a solicitor setting up charities and foreign oil companies in Mexico where she originates from. However, her faith and love for God and the desire to help others to understand the Christian faith lead her to a career change and to completing her Theology degree at St Mary’s Twickenham. She has 19 years of combined experience (abroad and here at home) in working with young people from primary to college age, both in a Church and school setting. She enjoys creating opportunities for children to learn about faith, prayer and growing closer to God. She has led many diocesan youth events and national and international retreats and pilgrimages. Mrs Carroll is passionate about Social Justice and evangelisation and anything to do with Catholic Social Teaching Mrs Carroll is married and has 2 little children. In her spare time, she loves socialising with her family and friends.