The Common Room
Talent attracts talent: well-qualified, enthusiastic and interesting teachers provide role models for Amesburians to become enthusiastic learners.
Mr Nigel Taylor (Headmaster) gained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Sports Science and Geography (1978), P.G.C.E. (1979) and Masters (1994) at Loughborough University. He taught at Stowe, Cheltenham College, St. Andrew's Scots School Argentina, was Deputy Head at St. Paul's Sao Paulo, Brazil and Headmaster of Pierrepont. He was appointed as the ninth Headmaster of Amesbury in September 1994.
Mr Peter Donaldson (Deputy Headmaster) gained a B.Sc (Joint Hons) Degree in Geography and Physical Education from St Andrew's University and a PGCE from Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He has spent his entire teaching career in the preparatory sector and joined us from a local preparatory school where he had been Deputy Head for five years. He was appointed in September 2006.
Mrs Pippa Probert was appointed Head of English at Amesbury in September 2004 and promoted to her current position in 2006. She completed her B.A. (Hons) in Media Arts at the University of Plymouth, PGCE at Southampton University, and Masters Degree in Modern English Literature at University of London (Birkbeck College). She was formerly Head of English at Putney Park School. She was appointed in September 2004.
Mr Martin Gibb (Deputy Head - Curriculum) gained a B.Ed (Hons) in Education & Geography from Westminster College, Oxford University. Prior to joining Amesbury in 2002 he taught for three years at Wimbledon Chase Primary School as Head of Games. He is in his second year of study for an MSc in eLearning from Edinburgh University.
Mrs Diana Anscombe (Year 2 Form Teacher) joined Amesbury in September 1997, prior to which she had taught at various schools in the state sector, most recently at Camelsdale School. She gained her Certificate of Education from Froebel College in 1978.
Mr Thom Ashworth (Performing Arts) was awarded a Higher National Diploma in Contemporary Music by Middlesex University and Gold Medals in Acting, Speech and Mime by London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Before joining Amesbury, he worked in theatre as a designer and technician; working for Opera North, Gravity&Levity and English National Opera. He is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Art and Philosophy with the Open University. He was appointed in September 2008.
Mrs Alison Bates (Head of Learning Support) has an MA in Special Need/Inclusive Provision from the Open University and B.Ed from Southampton University (with a specialism in English) and is currently part-time SENCO at Broadwater Manor School, Worthing.
Mrs Jackie Bowers (Head of Mathematics, Year 5 Tutor) was awarded a B.A. (Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status in Maths and History from Warwick University. Prior to joining Amesbury she taught at Haslemere Heights and Mayfield School. She was appointed in September 1999.
Mrs Liz Brown (Reception Form Tutor) was awarded a PGCE from Roehampton University in Primary Education.Sheobtained Masters (MA) in Education and Early Childhood Studies (Roehampton University).Prior to joining Amesbury she worked as a Year 1 class teacher in Farnham.
Miss Susannah Colborn (Head of Art, Upper School Tutor) completed her Masters in Visual Art at Camberwell College for the Arts, her degree in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked as an Art teacher and department leader in schools, galleries and summer camps. She joined Amesbury in September 2011.
Miss Alice Cowan (Year 1 Form Teacher) was awarded a B.A. (Hons, 2:1) in English & Drama with Qualified Teaching Status from Kingston University. Prior to joining Amesbury she taught at The Hall, Wimbledon, Rokeby and Warwick Prep Schools. She was appointed in September 2008.
Mr Mike Dullforce (Head of ICT Services) joined Amesbury in September 2001 from industry, having previously worked at Charterhouse for five years as an Information Technology Technician/Teacher. He has an HNC (Hons) in Computer Automation and Networking, a BTEC National Diploma in Computer and Electronic Engineering and is MSCE qualified.
Mrs Lauren Dover (Head of Physical Education & Games) completed her B.A. (Hons) Degree in Physical Education and Mathematics with qualified teacher status from University of Brighton (Chelsea School of Physical Education) in 1998 and was appointed in September 2005 having previously taught at Hove Park School and Sir Frederic Osborn School.
Mrs Kirsty Evans (Physical Education & Games, Year 3 Form Tutor) completed her B.A. (Hons) Degree in Physical Education with qualified teacher status from University of Brighton in 2002. Before joining Amesbury she taught at Ipswich High School for Girls and Goffs School.
Miss Nathalie el Raini (Spanish, French) was awarded her first degree from the Universite Paris X, Nanterre in the History of Art and Archaeology. She has taught French with La Jolie Ronde Organisation for the past six years and is an experienced Spanish teacher. She has previous teaching experience at Shottermill Infant School.
Mrs Jane Garfield (Head of Foreign Languages) has a Joint Honours Degree (2:1) in French and German from Exeter University and a P.G.C.E. from Canterbury Christ Church College. On graduation she taught in Japan and France, joining Amesbury from King Alfred's Community College (11-18) Wantage where she taught French for five years and had a specific responsibility for the school's Gifted and Talented programme. She was appointed in September 2006.
Mrs Sandy Gibb (Head of English (Acting), Maths, Upper School Tutor) was awarded a B.Ed. (Hons, 2:1) in Education: Mathematics from Westminster College, Oxford University. Before joining Amesbury she was Head of Maths at St Ives. She was appointed in September 2008.
Mrs Nicky Gritten (Science, Maths, Year 5 Form Tutor) has an M.A. in Physics from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University and a P.G.C.E. from Chelsea College (the former teacher training college of University College London). Before joining Amesbury in September 2004 she taught extensively in the state sector.
Mr John Hamilton (Third Master, Head of History & Upper School Tutor) was awarded his Masters Degree in History from Edinburgh University. Prior to his appointment to Amesbury in September 1983, he taught at Mostyn House School.
Mrs Maggie Hamilton (English, Learning Support, Girls Pastoral Care, Year 5 Tutor) has a Montessori Diploma and earned her RSA Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties, with distinction, through the Helen Arkell Centre. She was appointed in September 1994.
Mrs Susie Hoffman (English) Was awarded a B.S (Elementary Education) from Kings College, Bristol, Tennessee. She later completed an M.A. in Christian Education from The Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. She joined Amesbury as a member of the English Department in November 2008.
Mrs Mary-Lou Knox (Year 4 Form Teacher) joined Amesbury in 1991, prior to which she taught extensively in the state primary sector. She was awarded a Certificate of Education from The Roehampton Institute in 1974.
Mr Jonathan Lawrence (Head of Science) was appointed head of department in January 2006. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from Southampton University, a P.G.C.E. from Bath Spa University, and an M.Sc. from University College London. He started his teaching career at Northwood Preparatory School where he taught for five years before moving to Colet Court, (St Paul's Preparatory School) where he taught for three years. He is currently studying for an MBA in Educational Leadership at Keele University
Mr Edward McGregor (Physical Education & Games) is a former pupil of Cranleigh School and was awarded a BA (Hons) 2:2 in Sports Studies from the University of Glamorgan and a PGCE in Physical Education (Primary School Specialism) from Exeter University. His major game is cricket and he had trials for Northamptonshire. He is also a keen rugby player. He joins us from The Elvian School, in Berkshire.
Mr Alex Alesbrook (Deputy Head of Physical Education & Games, Year 6 Tutor) was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Sport Science from the Univeristy of Surrey in JUly 2007 and a PGCE from St Mary's College Twickenham in 2008. He joins us from Upper Hut College, New Zealand, where he was teaching PE. Alex is a keen rugby player having played professionally for the Premiership and Heineken Cup.
Ms Sheila Munnings (Year 2 Form Teacher) was awarded a Certificate in Education from The University of Liverpool, a Postgraduate diploma in Education (Specific learning difficulties) from the University of Kingston and a Postgraduate diploma in Education (language difficulties) from the University of Kingston. Before joining Amesbury she taught at Pewley Down Infant School in Guildford. She joined Amesbury in January 2008.
Mrs Anya Phillips (Drama Teacher, Speech & Drama) trained at the Royal Ballet School and L.T.A prior to a career in theatre, television and film. She was awarded the ATCL (Dist) teaching Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London and taught at Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom before joining Amesbury in September 2006.
Mrs Petra Pool (Pre-Nursery) was awarded The Royal Ballet School Teachers Training Diploma, A.R.A.D and has NVQ level 3 through her work with children. She has since become an NVQ assessor in child care. Prior to being made Head of the Amesbury Pre-Nursery upon its opening in September 2006, Petra ran the Royal School Nursery and taught dance peripatetically for many schools in Surrey and Hampshire.
Mrs Tanya Rathmell(Science, Year 3 Form Tutor) was awarded a B.Ed (Hons) in 1996 at Queensland University of Technology. She first taught in the state sector in Brisbane before moving to Manchester in 1998 where she taught Year 3 at Bridgewater School in Worsley. She moved to Surrey and joined Amesbury in September 1999.
Mr Mark Reynolds (Head of Performing Arts) was appointed in September 2011.He joined the staff at Amesbury in 1997 and has worked as a music teacher throughout Sussex and Surrey.
Mrs. Susan Rowlett (Maths, Year 4 Tutor) was awarded a B.Sc. (Hons, 2:1) in Mathematics and Computer Science from Royal Holloway College, University of London and has Graduate Teacher Status. After a career in industry she taught at Holy Trinity School, Guildford and Barnsbury School, Woking. She was appointed in September 2008.
Mrs Elaine Starling (Nursery Teacher) joined Amesbury in 1998 having previously worked as an Early Years specialist for six years at Shottermill Infant School, Haslemere.
Mrs Annie Wallis (Head of KS1 & Year 1 Form Teacher) was appointed in January 2002. Prior to joining Amesbury she had taught at Pennthorpe Preparatory School, Churcher's College Junior School and most recently Longacre School, Guildford. She gained a B.Ed. (Hons) from The University of Exeter in 1980.