Cobham Hall is supported by an experienced and dedicated Senior Leadership Team and faculty members.

Headmistress: Mrs Wendy Barrett

Mrs Barrett joined Cobham Hall in September 1993. She has a BSc (Hons) degree from Royal Holloway College, London, in Mathematics and Physics and a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics Education from Canterbury Christchurch. She initially trained as an Engineer and worked for Thorn EMI Instruments in Dover, Kent, eventually specialising in sales and marketing.

Following this, she worked for the Department of Trade and Industry in London before taking up employment with the Royal Fellowship of Engineering as a Manufacturing Engineer.

After a career break, Mrs Barrett retrained as a teacher and has taught both Mathematics and Physics to students across all year groups. She has held various academic and pastoral roles at Cobham including that of Round Square Representative, which involved taking girls on Round Square trips to South Africa, Botswana, Australia, Europe and the USA amongst other duties.

Mrs Barrett enjoys teaching as it is always a challenge to make Mathematics engaging and to help students gain an understanding of just how often Mathematics is used in the world beyond school.

While she occasionally dreams of being able to tell people she walks the tightrope in her spare time, in reality Mrs Barrett enjoys the simpler pleasures in life, such as getting together with friends, going out for meals and to the cinema. She likes reading and watching both political and crime dramas and has watched ‘The West Wing’ box set several times. The excessive consumption of the West Wing has not yet mutated into dreams of political greatness, although she may have come across a few aspiring politicians in her classroom!



Deputy Headmistress: Mrs Suzanne Carney

Mrs Carney joined Cobham Hall in 2008. She has a degree in Physical Education and Geography from Exeter University, a course that allowed her to combine her love of sport with a preference for the outdoors, and a desire to work with children.

Originally joining Cobham Hall as a PE teacher, Mrs Carney now teaches Geography, as well as being Deputy Headmistress. She enjoys the work ethic of girls at Cobham Hall, who put their heart and soul into their sport and work hard to go above and beyond. She admires their collective determination not to let their peers down – an essential part of successful (and enjoyable) team sports.

Mrs Carney likes travelling and has Interrailed around Europe, as well as travelling around America after coaching tennis at summer camps. She considers herself very fortunate that during her time at Cobham Hall, she’s had the opportunity to accompany school trips, including a Netball Tour to Barbados, a joint Science/Geography trip to Iceland and Skiing in Italy – albeit as the nurse on that occasion!

Married with three incredibly sporty children, Mrs Carney says she still enjoys mountain biking when the knees allow! Her daughter is a Cobham Hall Elder.

The Senior Leadership Team also includes:

Director of Studies: Dr P Drumm BMus, MA, DPhil
Director of Boarding and Pastoral: Mrs Anna Lenton FCCT, MBA, BA (Hons)
Head of Upper School: Mrs M Thompson BSc, PGCE
Head of Lower School: Mrs E Wilkinson BA
Head of Admissions and Marketing: Mrs Caroline Ward Vine BA (Hons),MA

Meet Our Staff

Heads of Faculty

Head of Arts Faculty: Mrs C Pepper BA
Head of English and Languages Faculty: Mrs V Kipling BSc and Ms K Bonner BA, MA
Head of Humanities Faculty: Miss A Williams BA
Head of Science and Mathematics Faculty: Ms S Ryder BSc
Head of Student Support Faculty: Mrs K Topps

Teaching Staff

Mrs K Bonner – English Teacher BA MA
Miss Erin Cameron-Potter – Teacher of Mathematics and Numeracy Lead BSc, PGCE
Mrs A Chinn – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Service Manager
Miss D Fautley – PE Teacher BSc PGCE
Miss M Frost – Teaching Assistant BA
Mrs J Gavin – History and Politics Teacher BA
Ms C Gorman – Head of Drama Department MA
Mrs M Gutierrez – Languages Teacher Licenciado En Lenguas Extranjeras, GTP
Ms K Hickmott – Psychology Teacher and Extended Project Qualification Co-Ordinator BSc
Mr P Hosford – Physics Teacher BSc
Mr M Janowicz – Teacher of English as a Foreign Language BA, PGCE , Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL
Mrs R Keys – Joint Teacher in Charge of Geography BA
Mr R Kipling – Teacher of Computer Science
Mrs V Kipling – Joint Teacher in Charge of Geography and Round Square Representative BSc
Mr A Kirkaldy – Teacher of Chemistry BSc
Mr J Malcomson – Teacher of English and Film
Mr A Mangan – Teacher of English, LAMDA Tutor and Drama Support BA
Dr P Marin – Teacher in Charge of Latin BA, MA, M.Phil., PhD
Miss L Mayell – Teacher of Photography BA, PGCE, MA
Mrs C Pepper – Head of Physical Education BSc, PGCE
Mrs R Puri – Economics Teacher MBA
Ms C Russo Tomassi – Wellbeing Teacher
Mrs C Sheehan – Mathematics Teacher BA
Mrs K Topps – Teaching Assistant
Mr M Turner – Head of Art
Miss J West – Teacher of English BA MA
Mr J Williams – Head of Music

Non-Teaching Staff

Administration and Support

Office Manager Nicole Shipton, BA
School Administrator Surj Sandhu
School Administrator Christine Cracklen, Bsc
School Receptionist  Stella Savage
Commercial Manager Louis Glynn-Williams
Database Administrator Kaye Baker
Finance Manager Kay Pinder FMAAT
Finance Assistant Alison Stiling
PA to Headmistress Linda Odendaal BSc

Admissions and Marketing

Head of Admissions and Marketing Caroline Ward Vine BA (Hons), MA
Admissions Assistant Nicky Bourgerie
Marketing Assistant Jayda Bilal BA (Hons)

Boarding Staff

Nurse Angela Wood
Housemistress (Brooke House) Katherine Lucas Hon Dip
Housemistress (Bligh House) Samantha Shipton BA

Catering and Housekeeping

Head Chef Kevin Kearney
Catering and Domestic Support Services Manager Samantha Flynn
Chef Jacob Sarsam
Catering Supervisor Georgina Broad

Catering Team
Julie Caveney
Kuldip Kandola
Denise Wilkinson

Domestics and Laundry Team
Jo Butler
Karen Hearn
Marilyn McEvoy
Bernadette Morrison
Karen Shaw
Norma Styles
Tracey Wilkinson
Maddie Woodberry

Estate Management and Driving

Estates Manager Jeroen Allen
Maintenance Foreman John Best
Assistant Foreman Peter Hearn (Electrical)

Scott Hearn
Richard Holdoway (Carpentry)
Christopher Langwith
Ian Potter

Head Gardener Tony Gilbert

Keith Waters
Lucy Adams

Night Caretakers
Paul Jones
David Hunt
James Killaly

Paul Barnes
Sacha Briselli
Mark Caller
Ian Fletcher
Andrew Hofford
David Hunt
Len Reynolds

Teaching Support

Laboratory Technician Erika Howard
Librarian Polly Geater