Staff Profiles

Preparatory Management Team
 

 

Mr Jason Whiskerd, BA (Hons), PGCE
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

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
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, PGCE
Key Stage 1 Phase Leader

Mrs Kirstie Bleakley is the Key Stage 1 Phase Leader as well as a Year 2 class teacher. She joined Brentwood School in 2004. She 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, Kirstie coordinates both PE and Computing in KS1.

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Mrs Maggie Faiers, BEd
Key Stage 2 Phase Leader
Head of Science

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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
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mrs Katy Corp, BA (Hons)
Teacher of French


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Mrs Elizabeth Dedman, BA (Hons), PGCE
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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Miss Sisi Frank, BA
Key Stage 2 Teacher 


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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
Matron


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


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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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Mrs Alison Jolley
Assistant Matron

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Mr Christian Kitley, BA (Hons)
Year 3 Teacher


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Mrs Jane Long, BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of English

Mrs Jane Long is Head of English. She joined Brentwood School in 2012 having previously taught at St Cedd’s. 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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Mr Andrew Matthams, BEd (Hons)
Head of Able & Talented

Mr Andy Matthams teaches Y6 as well as being the Able and Talented coordinator and a Housemaster of Quennell House. He joined Brentwood School in 1993, having previously taught at Westlands County Primary, Runwell County Primary and St John’s in Billericay. He has a BA in Education from Essex Institute of Higher Education.  In addition to his teaching, he is very involved in coaching soccer and rugby within the school.

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Mrs Sarah McConnaughie, BSc (Hons), PGCE, 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 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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Mrs Katherine Ombok, BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of Mathematics

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Mrs Kristian Peacock
Teaching Assistant


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Mrs Maria Pike
Librarian, Teaching Assistant and Newsletter Editor


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Mr Andrew Prideaux, BA (Hons)
Head of Literacy Across the Curriculum


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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
Director of Sport and Co-Curricular Activities

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Miss Joanne Scotland, BSc (Hons)
Head of ICT

 

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Mr Anthony Sealey
Sports Assistant

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Mr Steve Turner, BEd
Key Stage 2 Teacher

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Mrs Dawn Vinall, BEd
Head of Geography

Mrs Dawn Vinall is Head of Geography and a Year 3 form tutor. She joined Brentwood School in 2003, having previously taught at Maldon Court Prep School and Croft House School in Shillingstone, Dorset. She has a BEd from Southampton University.

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Early Years & Key Stage 1
 

 

Mrs Hazel Bartlett, PGCE, GLCM
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
Year 2 Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Joan Bilboe, BA (Hons)
SENCO Coordinator & Reception Teacher

Mrs Joan Bilboe is the KS1 SENCo and 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
Reception Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Melanie Collett, BA
Reception Teacher of Religious Education

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Mrs Helen Elwood
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
Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Lindsay Lee
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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Mrs Sarah Marchington, BA, PGCE
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 Kate McLintock
Teaching Assistant

 

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Mrs Louise Rigden, BA (Hons), PGCE
Year 2 ICT 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. In addition to her teaching, she is the ICT coordinator.

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Mrs Jeanette Russell
Teaching Assistant

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Miss Emma Shewring
Teaching Assistant


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Mrs Carey Stephenson, BEd (Hons)
Year 1 Science Teacher

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Mrs Rosalie Townsend, BA
Year 1 Teacher

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Mrs Zoe Wilson
Teaching Assistant

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