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Our Staff

Beechwood Park is a happy, thriving school, where our staff, a talented team of experienced and committed teachers and support colleagues, encourage, challenge and nurture the pupils in their care.   Beechwood teachers are diverse, some with years of experience under their belt, and some starting out in their careers, but each member of the team helps to create our inclusive, nurturing environment for our pupils where everyone is encouraged to discover, explore and develop.

The School is led by the Head and the Senior Leadership team, supported by the Governing Board.

If you need to get in touch with a member of staff, please contact the Front Desk via email or call 01582 840333.


Senior Leadership Team
Head: Edward Balfour - BA (Hons) Cardiff University, PGCE Homerton College, Cambridge
Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Head of Senior Department: Jaime Packer - L ès L DAESS Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Deputy Head (Academic) and Chaplain: Oliver Bullock - MA (Oxon), QTS Roehampton University
Deputy Head and Head of Junior Department and Early Years: Helen Dalkin - BA (Hons), PGCE Birmingham/Bristol Universities
Head of Middle Department: Nicola Greenwood - B Ed (Hons), Cantab
Director of Learning Development: Kerry Clarke - BA (Hons) English and RS, PGCE West London Institute of Higher Education
Director of Co-Curricular Studies: Ottilie Macpherson BA (Hons) Exeter University
Bursar: Anne-Marie Ridler - BSc (Hons), Durham University

Click here to see our Board of Governors

Teaching Staff

Mrs S Ali, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE with QTS – Brunel University

Mrs M L Anderson, BA (Hons), University of South Africa, Head of Classics

Mrs E Balfour, MA, BA (Hons), University of Cambridge, PGCE University of York, Head of Year 5

Miss V Barker, B Ed (Hons), University of Technology, Sydney, M Phil Homerton College, Cambridge

Mrs H Beavis , B Ed (Hons), Homerton College, Cambridge

Mrs J Begley, B Sc, Glasgow, PGCE University of Hertfordshire, Head of Science and Senior Girls’ Tutor

Mrs A Bliss, B Ed (Hons) College of St Matthias, Bristol, Head of Modern Languages

Mrs B Bissett, BA (Hons) QTS Anglia Ruskin University, Head of PSHEE

Mrs M Bloomfield, BA (Hons) LA Sainte Union, PGCE Southampton University, Head of Year 2

Mrs L Briscoe, Certificate of Higher Education, Nottingham Trent University

Mrs S Brown, MA University of Bedfordshire, B Ed (Hons) de Montfort University, Head of Learning Support

A Buddie, BSc (Hons) Abertay University, PGCE Dundee College of Education, Head of Digital Learning

Mrs C R Bullock, MA Oxon, PGCE Cambridge University

Miss C Burton, BA (Hons), Durham University, PGCE South East Wales Centre for Teachers

Mrs K Clarke, BA (Hons) English and RS, PGCE West London Institute of Higher Education, Director of Senior School Admissions

M Cook, MA (Hons) University of St Andrews, PGCE University of Oxford, Head of History

L Darcy BSc (Hons), Royal Veterinary College, PGCE University of Portsmouth

Mrs K Diamond, BSc (Hons), UCL, PGCE Homerton College Cambridge

A Dixon, BSc (Hons), PGCE with QTS, University of Buckingham

Mrs K Fairburn, BA (Hons), University of Durham

T Fox, BSc University of Westminster, Head of Design Technology 

I Griffiths, BA (Hons), Lancaster University, PGCSE Exeter University

Mrs C Groeneveld, BA (Hons) with QTS, University of Surrey

Miss A Hamilton, BSc (Hons), PGCE Brunel University, Acting Director of Sport

Mrs L Hegarty, BA (Hons), Laban Centre (London), PGCE University of Brighton, Head of Dance and Drama and Senior Girls’ Tutor

R Humphreys, BSc (Hons), Lancaster University, Housemaster and Head of Geography

L Ip, BSc, University of Southampton, Primary PGCE St Martin’s College, London

Mrs D Johnston, BSc (Hons) Derbyshire College, PGCE University of East London

Mrs A Kelway-Bamber, BA Oxford University, MA University of the Arts, London, PGCE Buckingham University, Head of Art

C Kneller, BA (Hons) QTS University of York, Head of Year 4

K Lambert, MSc, PGCE, University of Hertfordshire

Mrs A Lane, BA (Hons) QTS, University of Leeds

K-P Le Bas, B Ed Dip of Teaching, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Mrs R Le Bas, BA (Hons) QTS, Roehampton University

Ms L Mann, BA (Hons), PGCE, University of Hertfordshire

Mrs B Manton, BA University of Western Australia, GDE, Assistant Head of English

Miss O MacPherson, BA (Hons) Exeter University, PGCE with QTS Brunel University

Mrs U Oatham, BA (Hons) Brunel University, GTP University of Hertfordshire, Head of Year 3

P Reading, Certificate of Education, Leicester Polytechnic

Mrs W Roden, B Ed (Hons) University of Hertfordshire, Head of Year 1, Deputy Head of the Junior Department

Mrs P Roxan, B Ed (Hons) University of Hertfordshire, Head of Reception

Mrs P Savage, Foundation Degree, University of Hertfordshire, SPLD, Head of Learning Support

Mrs S Shillinglaw, BA (Hons) Liverpool University, PGCE Reading University

Miss H Summerfield, BSc (Hons), University of Exeter

Mrs C Wallis, BA (Hons), PGCE, University of Hertfordshire

Mrs C Wheeler, BA (Hons) University of Cardiff, PGCE Canterbury Christchurch University

Mrs G Wilkins, BA (Hons), University of Kent, PGCE, Head of English

J Wood, B Ed, Head of Theology, Philosophy and Religion

Mrs L Wright, LLB (Hons), University of Essex, QTS, The Shire Foundation, Luton

Mrs M Wright, B Eng (Hons), University of the West of Scotland, PGCE, Bedford, Head of Mathematics

Teaching Assistants

Miss L Bailey

Mrs E Brown

Mrs K Bunyan

L Cooper

Miss K Dallas

Miss C Dicastiglione

Mrs J Evers (EYFS)

Mrs S P Grant (EYFS)

M Hinton

Mrs M Jones

Mrs L Kington

Miss J Lloyd

Mrs N Lynch

Mrs T Murphy

Mrs Z Philips

Miss R Prestedge

Mrs G Proctor

Mrs R Storey

Miss E Stredwick

Mrs C Swain (EYFS)

Mrs V White

Woodlands Nursery Staff

Head of Woodlands Nursery:  Shirley-Anne Hayman, B.Ed (Hons) EYPS

Deputy Head:  Sarah Reed BA (Hons) EYS QTS

Natalie Kneller:  BA (Hons), PGCE

Sophie Swain:  NVQ3 Children and Young Peoples’ Workforce

Donna Comfort: NNEB

Catherine Brown: NVQ3 Children and Young Peoples’ Workforce

Sharon Brown: BSc (Hons) Psychology

Susan Richardson: NVQ3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Emma Matthews:  Nursery Teacher

Medical Staff

Mrs C Humphreys, BA (Hons) Lancaster University, School Matron (Residential) and House Parent

Mrs C Jacques, MSc Kings College, BSc Royal Marsden, Assistant Matron

Music Staff

Mrs J Lodge, B Mus (Hons) PGCE, Director of Music

Mrs A Jarvis, B Mus (Hons) PGCE University of London

Miss L Bailey,  B Mus, University of Sheffield

Mrs H Bennett, PG Dip, B Mus (Hons), LRAM – Brass

B Buckton, AGSM LGSM – Violin

Miss S Candlin, Dip RCM (Hons) Royal College of Music – Piano

Mrs E Childs. GRSM (Hons), LRAM – Flute and Piano

Mrs C Daggett, Singing

M Gambrell, BA (Hons) – Guitar

Mrs E Greenwood, GCLCM – Clarinet

F Harrington,  B Mus (Hons) Edinburgh Napier University, MMUS Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Keyboard

Mrs P Harrison, LRAM – Percussion

B Kerslake, SB Mus (Hons), M Mus, Griffith University – Singing

Mrs F Meakins, B Mus (Hons), Royal College of Music – Harp

Miss A McPhee, BA (Hons) Music, University of Nottingham, PG Dip RCSAB – Singing

Mrs F Robertson, G Mus (Hons), Royal Northern College of Music – Violin

Ms P Schofield, LRAM, Royal College of Music – Cello

Mrs S Whibley, B Mus (Hons), GRNCM, MA, LTCM (Music Education) – Bassoon and Piano

Ms S Wright, ALCM, Double Bass

Mrs L Peck, Music Department Administrator

Administrative Staff

Finance and HR

Mrs A-M Ridler, Bursar

Mrs A Barker, Assistant Bursar

Mrs D Barbour, HR and Payroll Manager

K Field, Billings Manager

Mrs G Gamble, Administrative Assistant / Lettings Co-ordinator

Mrs I Lazarescu, Purchase Ledger Administrator

Admissions and Marketing

Mrs E Graham, Registrar and Head’s Secretary

Mrs P Hopkins, Head of Marketing and Communications

Mrs L Page, Marketing and Communications Officer


D William, IT Manager

M Debenham, IT Apprentice

School Library

Ms F Messent, School Librarian

Mrs S Ford, Junior Department Librarian

Ms J Lott, Assistant Librarian

School Office

Miss L Allen, School Secretary / Receptionist

Miss S Jones, School Secretary / Receptionist

Mrs L Lynes, Junior Department Secretary

The open and trusting relationship that staff and pupils enjoy... leads directly to some excellent pupil choices
ISI 2019
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"Staff ... across the board seem to ooze passion for their subject"
Good Schools Guide
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