Staff Profiles

Preparatory Management Team
 

 

Mr Jason Whiskerd, BA (Hons)
Headmaster

Mr Whiskerd was educated at Llandovery College and gained both his degree and teaching qualification through the University of Wales. He began his teaching career in 1992 at Parish Church Junior School before moving to his first Independent School post at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich. Mr Whiskerd then went on to spend six years at the King’s School Chester as Deputy Head before taking his first Headship at Aldenham School in Hertfordshire. He became Headmaster of Brentwood Preparatory School in 2011.

Mr Whiskerd is a reporting inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and sits on the Finance Committee for both the Independent Association of Prep Schools and the Independent Schools Council. He is married to Katherine and they have three children who all attend Brentwood School.

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Mrs Vanessa Audas, BEd
Head of Early Years & Key Stage 1
Designated Safeguarding Lead (EYFS)

Mrs Vanessa Audas is Head of Early Years and Key Stage One. She joined Brentwood School in 2013, having previously taught at Trinity Road Primary School  and Doddinghurst Infant School where she was the Deputy Head.

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Mrs Kerry Cooke, BEd (Hons), RSA Diploma SpLD, NPQH
Deputy Head (Academic)
Head of Drama

Mrs Kerry Cooke is one of the two Deputy Heads and is responsible for all aspects of teaching and learning in the school. She joined Brentwood School in 1997, having previously taught at Wykeham Junior School and St Anthony’s School, Hampstead. She has a BEd (Hons), Cambridge Diploma for teaching pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties, as well as a National Professional Qualification for Headship from the National Leadership. In addition to her teaching, she is the Head of Drama and an ISI inspector.

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Mr Josh Holtby, BA, MA
Deputy Head
Designated Safeguarding Lead (Preparatory School)
Head of PSEHCE


Mr Josh Holtby is one of the two Deputy Heads of the Prep School. He joined Brentwood School in 2014, having previously taught in Uruguay, the USA, Switzerland and Italy. He has a Politics degree from the University of Warwick and a Masters degree from the University of Keele. In addition to his teaching, he takes some of the photographs for Incipe and runs the PSHE programme in the school.

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Phase Leaders
 

 

Mrs Sarah Playfair-Moss, BEd
Early Years Phase Leader

Mrs Playfair-Moss is the Early Years Phase Leader and teaches one of the Reception classes. She joined Brentwood School in 1996 as a newly qualified teacher. She has a BEd in Art and English from Anglia Ruskin University.

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Mrs Kirstie Bleakley, BA
Key Stage 1 Phase Leader

Mrs Kirstie Bleakley is the Key Stage 1 Phase Leader as well as a Year 1 class teacher. She joined Brentwood School in 2004. Mrs Bleakley has a BA in Radio, Film & Television and Sport Science from Canterbury Christ Church University and a PGCE from the University of Bedfordshire. In addition to her teaching, Mrs Bleakley has interests in sports and ICT and co-ordinates both PE and Computing in KS1.

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Mrs Susannah Trowell, BSc
Key Stage 2 Phase Leader

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Key Stage 2
 

 

Mr Daryl Barber, GRSM, Dip RCM
Director of Music

Mr Daryl Barber is the Director of Music. He joined Brentwood School in 2011, having previously taught at schools in Thurrock.  He has a music degree from the Royal College of Music, London and gained Qualified Teacher Status at the University of Cumbria.  In addition to his teaching, he is a Bayman House tutor, is involved in training or organising the many musical ensembles at the Prep School and organises concerts throughout the school.

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Mrs Kirsten Blee, BA (Hons)
Head of Design Technology

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Mrs Louise Bullock
Teaching Assistant  

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Mrs Stephanie Crichton, BSc (Hons)
Teaching Assistant  

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Mrs Elizabeth Dedman, BA (Hons)
Teacher of Religious Education

Mrs Elizabeth Dedman teaches RE and some Learning Support lessons. She joined Brentwood School in 1992 after a career change from Marketing. She has a BA (Hons) in Classical Antiquities, qualifications in TEFL and Children’s counselling  and a PGCE and other postgraduate qualifications from the University of Cambridge.  In addition to her teaching, she has a long association with Heseltine House and has written many articles for national educational publications.

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Miss Rachael Doran, BA
Teaching Assistant
 

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Mr Nick Edwards, BA
Head of Modern Foreign Languages

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Mrs Tanya Falco, BA (Hons)
Teacher of Art

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Miss Sisi Frank, BA
Head of English
Assistant Director of Teaching & Learning

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Mr Jonathan Garrett, BEd
Head of Art

Mr Jonathan Garratt is Head of Art at the Prep. He joined Brentwood School in 2006, having previously taught at local junior and senior schools and having tutored young actors at Leavensden Studios. He has a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Birmingham and is an Old Brentwood

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Miss Rebecca Gill, RGN
Matron

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Mr Charles Haskett, FCP, M Coll P, FCoT Cert Ed
Head of Latin

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Miss Alexandra Helsby, BSc (Hons)
Head of Girls' Games Prep

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Mrs Sarah Howard, BSc (Hons)
Teacher of Art

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Mrs Jacqueline Humphreys, BEd (Hons)
Head of Religious Education

Mrs Jackie Humphreys is Head of RE. She joined Brentwood School in 2002, having previously taught at Walthamstow School for Girls and Parkhill Junior School. She has a BEd from Cheltenham and Gloucester College.  

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Miss Holly Johnstone, BEd
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mrs Alison Jolley
Assistant Matron

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Mr Christian Kitley, BA (Hons)
Head of History
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze Leader

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Mrs Jane Long, BA (Hons)
Key Stage 2 Teacher

Mrs Jane Long joined Brentwood School in 2012 having previously taught at St Cedd’s School. She has a BA(Hons) in Psychology of Human Communication and French from De Montfort University and a PGCE from Leicester University.  In addition to her teaching, she is a House Tutor for Bayman House.  

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Mrs Sarah McConnaughie, BSc (Hons), MA, NASENCO
Head of Learning Support & SENDCO

Mrs Sarah McConnaughie is the Head of Learning Support & SENDCO.  She joined Brentwood School in 2017, having taught previously in senior and middle schools. She has an MA in Specific Learning Difficulties, has been a Specialist Assessor and holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.  

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Mrs Claire Miles, MA, BA
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mrs Sonia Milki
Teaching Assistant & Display Coordinator

Mrs Sonia Milki is the Y6 teaching assistant. She joined Brentwood School in 2015, having previously taught at Brentwood County High School. She is currently studying for a Maths degree with the Open University.   

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Miss Lucy Morgan, BA (Hons)
Key Stage 2 Teacher

Miss Morgan joined Brentwood School in 2018 having previously taught at Blackmore Primary School, Essex and St John’s Primary School, Bethnal Green. Before teaching, she worked in sports marketing and communications working with the Welsh national rugby team. She has a BA in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies from Cardiff University and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, London. Miss Morgan is an Old Brentwood and has a long association with the school.

 

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Mrs Katherine Ombok, BA (Hons)
Head of Mathematics

Mrs Katherine Ombok is Head of Mathematics. She joined Brentwood School in 2013, having previously taught at schools in East London. She has a BA (Hons) from The University of Sussex in European Studies and a PGCE from The University of East London. Prior to teaching, she worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In addition to her teaching, she is Quennell House Tutor and runs the Prep swim squad.   

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Mr Daren Partridge
Head of Science

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Mrs Kristy Peacock, BSc (Hons)
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kristy Peacock is a Teaching Asistant for Key Stage Two. She has a degree in Accounting from the University of Hull and a PGCE in Primary Education from Chester College. Prior to joining Brentwood School, she taught in schools in East London, and was Deputy Manager of St Laurence Preschool, Upminster. As well as her Teaching Assistant role, she also enjoys editing Incipe, our School magazine.

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Mrs Maria Pike
Librarian, Teaching Assistant and Newsletter Editor

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Mrs Nicola Roberts, BA (Hons)
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mrs Jing Rodgers, MSc
Head of Chinese

Mrs Rodgers is Head of Chinese. She joined Brentwood School in 2014, having previously worked at City of London School for Girls and St Edward’s School.  She has a Master degree in Science, Culture and Communication and dual bachelor degrees in Applied Languages as well as Business and Trade.  In addition to teaching in the Senior School, she also works in the Prep School.  She loves Chinese and English literature and films, hiking, cycling and cooking.

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Mr Timothy Sawyer, LLB (Hons)
Director of Sport and Co-Curricular Activities

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Mr Anthony Sealey
Sports Assistant

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Miss Fran Sheridan
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mr Arron Spall-Hancy, BA
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mrs Shae Woods, BA
Teaching Assistant

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Early Years & Key Stage 1
 

 

Mrs Dawn Bardwell, BA (Ed) Hons
Reception Teacher

Mrs Dawn Bardwell started teaching in 1997 at Doddinghurst Infants, followed by a move to Hutton All Saints School in 2011. She joined Brentwood Preparatory School in 2019, and is the coordinator of RE and PSHE in addition to teaching Reception.

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Mrs Hazel Bartlett, GLCM, ALCM
Teacher of Music

Mrs Hazel Bartlett is a class teacher and the Music teacher in KS1. She joined Brentwood School in 2007, having previously taught at Suttons Primary School in Hornchurch. She is an Associate and Graduate of the London College of Music and holds a PGCE from the University of East London.  In addition to her teaching, she runs various choirs in the school as well as the Chatterbox Challenge.

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Mrs Rachel Berry, NVQ3
Year 2 Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Joan Bilboe, BA (Hons)
Reception Teacher

Mrs Joan Bilboe is a Reception teacher. She joined Brentwood School in 2003, having previously taught in a range of state schools as well as in Australia. She has a BA in Education from Christchurch College Canterbury.

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Mrs Holly Challis, BA
Year 1 Teacher

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Mrs Zoe Clarke, BTEC 3
Reception Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Melanie Collett, BA
Reception Teacher of Religious Education

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Mrs Stephanie Crichton, BSc (Hons)
Teaching Assistant  

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Mrs Helen Elwood, CACHE 2
Teaching Assistant


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Mrs Tina Griffiths, ADCE4
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Tina Griffiths is currently a Teaching Assistant in a Reception Class.  She joined Brentwood School in 2016 initially to cover maternity leave having previously volunteered in the Nursery Class since 2013.  Prior to joining the school she worked in schools in Havering and as an Early Years development officer in Thurrock.

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Miss Eleanor Hart, BTEC 2
Teaching Assistant

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Ms Kirsty John-Blyth BEd (Hons)
Reception Mathematics Teacher

Ms Kirsty John-Blyth is a Reception class teacher as well as the Head of Maths for EYFS and KS1.  She joined Brentwood School in 2008, having previously taught at Westlands Community Primary in Chelmsford, Qatar International School and The British School of Washington.  She has a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education and PE from the University of Wales. 

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Ms Sharon Kennedy-Collins, BSc (Hons), NNEB
Teaching Assistant

Alongside Ms Sharon Kennedy-Collins teaching assistant role, she does various volunteer work for Self Management UK as a Tutor, which helps to support those with long term health conditions as well as volunteering as an Independent Person for Havering School Appeals Panel.

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Mrs Carlene Kent, STLS3
Teaching Assistant

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Miss Sarah Kimberley
Teaching Assistant

Miss Kimberley is a Teaching Assistant in one of the nursery classes.  She recently joined Brentwood having previously taught at Chigwell Pre-Prep for the past 6 years.  She has a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (City & Guilds).

She also has a child in our Senior School having gone through the Prep from Year 3. 

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Mrs Lindsay Lee, NNEB
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Lindsay Lee is currently a teaching assistant in Year 1. She joined Brentwood School in 2013 and started as assistant matron before moving into her present position.

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Miss Laura Mahoney
Nursery Teacher

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Mrs Sarah Marchington, BA
Year 2 Teacher of Literacy

Mrs Sarah Marchington is a Year 2 class teacher as well as the Head of English for EYFS and KS1. She joined Brentwood School in 2005 as a newly qualified teacher. She has a BA in Professional Broadcasting and a PGCE from the University of Bedford.  

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Mrs Louise Rigden, BA (Hons)
Year 2 History Coordinator

Mrs Louise Rigden is currently teaching Year 2. She joined Brentwood School in 2009, having previously taught at Kingswood Infant School, Basildon. She has a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from Lancaster University and a PGCE from the University of Bedfordshire.

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Miss Emma Shewring, CACHE 3
Teaching Assistant, Wraparound Supervisor


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Mrs Jane Tollisen
Year 1 Teacher

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Mrs Rosalie Townsend, BA
Reception Teacher

Mrs Rosalie Townsend qualified in 1989 with an honours degree in education and has taught all age groups from early years to Reception. She joined Brentwood School in 2016 having taught, most recently, at Writtle Infants School.

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Mrs Zoe Wilson, NVQ3, HLTA 4
Teaching Assistant

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