PE Department


Mr Ian Wignall, BA
Director of Sport
Head of Fourth Year

Mr Wignall is passionate about sport and hopes to promote both participation and excellence. He previously played football for Southend United and Grays Athletic.  As a fitness enthusiast Mr Wignall hopes to inspire a future generation of young sportsmen and women to enjoy a lifelong commitment to sport. He sits on the School's Senior Leadership Team.


Miss Jenny Farrow, BSc
Head of Academic P.E
Co-ordinator of Co-Curricular Activities


Miss Farrow is an extremely dedicated teacher of Physical Education and teaches core, GCSE, IB and Advanced Level PE. Miss Farrow played National League hockey for Old Loughtonians Hockey Club for many years and completed her Sport and Exercise Sciences degree at the University of Birmingham. She is also a pilot officer in the RAF section of the school's CCF. She is a qualified pilot who loves to fly!


Mrs Jessica Lazenby, BSc
Acting Head of Girls' Games
Head of Hockey

Deputy Head of Third Year

After studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University, achieving a first class honours degree, Mrs Lazenby is excited about the opportunity to teach core, GCSE and Advanced Level PE at Brentwood School. Her passion lies within the study of Anatomy and Physiology and she is a keen sports woman playing Hockey for Old Loughtonians. Her aim is to inspire students, in the hope that they continue enjoying physical activity after leaving Brentwood School.

Mrs Sarah Knightbridge, BSc
Acting Head of Girls' Games
Teacher of P.E & Games & Psychology

Mrs Knightbridge has taught at Brentwood School since 2004, having arrived from working at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, where she was both a student and teacher.  She has a Sports Science degree from the University of Brighton and a PGCE in Physical Education from the University of Brunel. During her time at the School she taught A Level Psychology, A Level Physical Education, GCSE Physical Education and Creative and Critical Thinking. Her areas of interest are Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning. Outside of the classroom she is Head of Hockey and Head of GCSE Physical Education. Although she has retired from playing hockey, she was captain of both the Essex U21 squad and Old Loughtonians National League side. She is a competitive runner and regularly competes in 10K and 5K road races. She would like everyone to leave Brentwood School with a positive experience of PE and Sport and also a desire to stay active throughout life regardless of their ability.

Mr Matthew Miller, BSc
Head of Boys' Games
Head of Football

As an aspiring football player, Mr Miller spent time at AFC Bournemouth Centre of Excellence before moving on to play semi-professional football and captain Bournemouth University Football Club.  Having coached football from the age of 16, Mr Miller is a UEFA ‘B’ qualified coach who has coached in England and overseas.  He has worked at a number of football academies such as Yeovil Town FC, Southampton FC, Plymouth Argyle FC and AFC Bournemouth. He believes that pupils' enjoyment in life can be increased through regular involvement in physical activity and he aspires to provide opportunities for pupils of all abilities.

Mr Will Castleman
Master i/c Rugby
School Mashall

Mr Christiaan Gaalesloot, FIE
Master i/c Fencing

Miss Ellie Gibbons (OB), BSc
Head of Rounders
Postgraduate Academic Fellow

Miss Kimberley Herterich, ISTD
Head of Dance Academy

Miss Herterich continues to teach both extracurricular and curricular dance. After finishing her professional training as a dancer and teacher her ambition was to go on to inspire her love for dance and the theatre to students of all ages. Brentwood School has been the perfect environment to establish a dance academy, choreograph dance productions and educate young performers.

Mr Chris Long, BA
Head of Golf & Squash
Teacher of Geography

Mrs Nikki Watson, HND
Head of Swimming & Water Polo

Mr Stephen Salisbury, BA
Master i/c Cricket
Teacher of English
Deputy Head of Careers
North Housemaster

Mr Salisbury enjoys a wide variety of English literature and is passionate about teaching and sharing it. He particularly enjoys the work of Geoffrey Chaucer, especially The Canterbury Tales, for its dry humour and character depiction.
The Romantic movement, especially Wordsworth continue to inspire him. By a similar token the works of EM Forster are long time favourites and sparked a love for the way he explores and satirises the English abroad.  Graham Greene would rank as his favourite modern novelist. Unsurprisingly, he has a large library of cricket books enjoying the autobiographies of cricketers of The Golden Age.
“gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.”

Miss Annabel Simpson BSc (Hons) PGCE (OB)
Head of Tennis & Netball
Teacher of P.E & Games


Miss Simpson, an Old Brentwood, studied Sports and Exercise Science with Physical Education (BSc Hons) at the University of Brighton and completed her PGCE in Physical Education at the University of Buckingham/Brentwood School.

She is a dedicated teacher of PE and enjoys teaching core and GCSE PE. Miss Simpson is an extremely keen sportswoman and particularly enjoys hockey, tennis and netball. She currently represents Upminster ladies hockey 1st XI. Her other sporting achievements lie as a former county tennis player where she has won regional tennis titles across various counties and is a qualified tennis coach. 
Miss Simpson aims to motivate pupils to enjoy all forms of sport and inspire them to reach their full potential, giving all children the opportunity to enjoy sport as much as she does.

Mr Christopher Smith, BSc
Teacher of P.E

Mrs Wendy Juniper, BEd
Teacher of P.E & Games

Mrs Juniper has taught at Brentwood School for many years and during this time she has become an outstanding and dedicated Physical Education teacher. She is passionate about making a difference and enjoys all aspects of teaching core Physical Education, GCSE PE and Games. She is a committed, experienced and successful coach of netball and a great advocate of school trips.

Mr David Keszler, MA
Fencing Coach


Mr James Williams
Fencing Coach