School Stalwarts retire after 148 Years’ Service!

Eight of Brentwood School’s finest servants – seven teachers and one secretary - retired at the end of term having served the School for an accumulative 148 years!

Director of Co-curricular activities, Mr John Killilea, started at Brentwood School in 1986, and over the past 30 years he has positively influenced many students, past and present, either on the sports field or in the classroom. 

Initially appointed as a PE teacher, Mr Killilea proved particularly popular on the basketball court where his experiences as a former GB International led Brentwood to many forays on the National Schools’ Basketball Championship including an overall victory in the 1990s. 

When Mr Killilea was not teaching Mathematics, it was out on the athletics track and the sports field where his passion was clear for all to see.

Headmaster Ian Davies said: “His undoubted experience and enthusiasm has been a significant factor in sport at Brentwood School being represented on the national stage across a wide variety of activities and he will be sorely missed by the PE Department and his colleagues.”

Secretary, Mrs Pam Scott, started at the School in 1989 and has worked alongside three Headmasters, Mr John Evans (1981-1993), Mr John Kelsall (1993-2004) and Ian Davies.

Twenty-seven years ago the School was a very different place with fewer children and staff, no Huddleston, no Allison, no Hardy Amies Design Centre, no Sixth Form Centre and no award-winning Bean Academic Centre.

In front of colleagues and friends gathered to say goodbye to the retirees, Mr Davies summed up Mrs Scott’s contribution to School life. He said: “I can’t tell you how much I admire Pam – her work ethic, her good sense and judgement.”

Miss Chris Holding was appointed in 1990 as the first Head of Girls’ Games before being promoted to Deputy Head of the Girls’ School and more recently Head of Fourth and Fifth Year.

Alongside her enviable reputation as a superb pastoral leader, Miss Holding’s talents as an all-round sportswomen and teacher of PE, with particular skill in coaching hockey, ensured that she has positively influenced the outcomes of many past and present students. 

Amongst many achievements, Miss Holding introduced girls’ sport, played an integral role in the development of hockey and athletics and has seen it flourish to the growing national reputation it enjoys today. 

Mrs Sue Heyn joined Brentwood in 1994 and has led both the Learning Development and EAL Departments. Over the years she successfully, introduced the Boarding House ‘Chinese New Year’ dinner and an innovative Gap programme.

She also involved herself in the Co-curricular life of the School, leading trips to several art galleries and theatres and will now have the time to follow an Asian and decorative art course at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Mrs Sue Hawkings joined Brentwood in 2004 as a teacher of RE and knew the School well as both her children had attended before.

The School's ethics, excellent student behaviour, and academic challenges, all greatly benefitted her own children; and for the next 12 years, Mrs Hawkings has brought the very highest standards to her work in not only the RE Department, but also in the French and English Departments where her energy, industry and tireless concern for the education of students made her a pillar of professionalism.

For six years, Mrs Hawkings also directed the Life Skills programme and changed it into the leading and inspirational course it is today.

Also retiring from the Learning Development team was Mrs Sue Knowles who has been at Brentwood for the past 10 years. Mrs Knowles, who also taught in the English and PE Departments, has led netball trips to Barbados, helped the athletic and netball teams to either victory or a place in National Finals.

Mrs Liz Fisher left after seven years in the English as an Additional Language Department. Mrs Fisher joined Brentwood in November 2009 as Head of the EAL Department on a one-year maternity cover. She led the department full-time for two years and during her tenure prepared students from a variety of countries, including China, Russia, Ukraine and Germany, for various exams and for University entry.

Former Head of Art, Mrs Michelle Parsons, has left Brentwood after 14 years as a teacher and Head of Department. A painter and printmaker, Mrs Parsons will be sorely missed as a teacher of both Art and Photography.