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Meet the team

Mr Simon Kibler

(BA Geography, University of Leicester)
Born and bred in South Devon, Simon moved along the coast to Sussex and attended a local Independent school, before reading Geography at Leicester University. Married to Kate, they have 4 children, two older boys and two younger girls who both attended Terrington Hall.
Simon’s first teaching post was in Sussex at Newlands Prep School, where he taught Geography and Sport. He then moved to Abbotsholme in Derbyshire, a through school from 3-18, where he became Director of Sport and taught Geography. Simon was then appointed as Housemaster of a senior boy’s house at Milton Abbey in Dorset, before being promoted to Assistant Head Pastoral, and in his last 3 years opened and ran the inaugural girls house, with Kate.
In 2015 Simon was appointed Senior Deputy Head at Dover College, a through school from 2-18, before being appointed to his dream role as Headmaster in glorious North Yorkshire, where he and his family are very settled. Simon is a very keen sportsman having played semi-professional football and cricket. In his spare time, he now enjoys road cycling, playing and coaching cricket and following Aston Villa FC.

Senior management team

Mme Claire Grant

Deputy Head Pastoral, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Teacher of Spanish
(BA Hons Spanish and French- Manchester Met and PGCE in Primary Education, York St John)
Claire joined Terrington Hall in 2005 as a French Teacher and introduced Spanish from Reception throughout the school. Spanish remains a popular choice for our pupils at GCSE at their Senior Schools. She is currently Deputy Head Pastoral, Designated Safeguarding Lead and teacher of Spanish from Year 4 – Year 8. The role of DHP encompasses many areas including a full overview of the pastoral system, supporting staff and children with their wellbeing and supporting the recruitment, induction and mentoring of new staff.
Claire took a degree in French and Spanish, spending a year in Seville and Bordeaux and then went into international banking using her languages. She retrained as a teacher in her late 30s having had a demanding career as a Manager for a French recruitment company in Bristol, and had three daughters whilst supporting her husband in the running of a girls’ boarding house in an Independent Secondary School in York.
In her free time, Claire is a member of a local book club, is a voracious reader and enjoys cycling having finally bought an electric bike. She enjoys travelling and visiting galleries, keeping up with her friends and entertaining when time allows. Her three daughters are now in London working, so that is a popular visiting spot these days.

Mr Stuart Keens

Deputy Head Academic, Teacher of Maths
(BCertHE Computing, BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education, MA (Education), PGCert (Leadership and Management) and FCIEA (Fellow, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, 2010))
Stuart joined Terrington Hall in January 2015, prior to which he was the Senior Deputy Headmaster at an international school in China. Over his 28 years teaching, he has held teaching and leadership positions in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China and Yorkshire. Stuart is also an ISI Inspector.
Stuart has a background in maths teaching, ICT and data analysis. Besides teaching, he spends much of his school day working on policies, arranging cover, liaising with senior schools, and writing school timetables. A keen distance runner, he takes the school cross country team. Outside school, he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin children, tinkering on computers, running, and assisting his wife with her dog home boarding business.

Miss Rachel I'Anson

Assistant Head, Pupil Wellbeing and Mental Health, Head of Pre-Prep, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
BA (Hons) Primary Education and English, York St John University
Rachel started her career in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and joined Terrington Hall in 2010. She soon led the Early Years team and later progressed into senior leadership as Head of Pre-Prep. She is also Assistant Head in school, with a focus on Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Rachel is passionate about forming solid relationships with her students and parents, to ensure that the best support and care can be given. She feels that a healthy mental wellbeing is what encompasses a whole rounded education.
Rachel also draws on her experience and expertise in leading teams, recognising that staff should be empowered to seek new initiatives to maintain super professional development but also to keep their learning environments vibrant, fresh and exciting. In her free time, Rachel enjoys walking, crafting and singing but most importantly spending precious time with her partner and their children.

Mrs Doobori Hazorika-Stéphany

Head of Lower Prep and Year 5 Teacher
Born and raised in the North East of England, Doobori was educated in an all-girls environment at Teesside High School. She went on to study Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and Durham University, before realising her true vocation was teaching.
Doobori started her teaching career in inner-city state primary schools teaching children aged 5 to 11. In addition to leading on French and Science, she held the position of Key Stage 2 manager.
Prior to joining Terrington Hall, Doobori was a Form Tutor and Resident Housemistress at St Martin’s Ampleforth for five years. Arriving at Terrington Hall in 2018, Doobori has loved teaching Year 5 and is now the Head of Lower Prep.
Doobori enjoys a wide range of outdoor pursuits including horse riding and mountain biking. Her greatest passion is skiing and she is a qualified instructor.
Additional interests include choral singing (she sang for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain) and Speech and Drama (Doobori has a diploma in performance). A dog lover, you will often find Doobori out walking with her black Lab called Fairfax with her little boy, Valentine.

Mrs Katie Cole

Assistant Head Co-Curricular, Teacher of Classics, French and History
BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Arts, Durham University, PGCE in Secondary Education MFL, University of Reading, ATCL (piano performance)
Katie grew up in West Yorkshire and was educated at Leeds Girls’ High School (now GSAL). She went on to study a range of her favourite subjects (Classics, French and Italian) at Durham University, where she attended the College of St. Hild and St. Bede. Prior to joining Terrington in 2019 as teacher of Latin, Katie worked as Head of Classics at Epsom College and as Teacher of Latin and French at Woldingham School, both highly successful independent schools in Surrey.
Katie currently teaches Latin, Greek, French and History to pupils in Upper Prep, but also enjoys getting involved with all aspects of Performing Arts within school, be it assisting with productions or providing piano accompaniment for our school choirs, church services and individual pupil performances in exams, recitals and concerts. Katie is passionate about providing a breadth of opportunities for the pupils at Terrington Hall and is instrumental in driving forward our co-curricular programme and introducing new whole school initiatives, such as the new House system and the ‘ad astra’ programme.
Katie’s two daughters are pupils at Terrington and her hobbies include classical singing, cooking, hiking and attending spinning and fitness classes.

Mr Adrian Upton

MBA, Lincoln
Adrian joined Terrington Hall in 2011 having worked at St Peter’s, Bootham, Abbotsholme and Ackworth Schools.
Apart from keeping Terrington’s finances in order, he is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, catering and cleaning of the school and for all health and safety issues.
He plays cricket locally, is involved with York Round Table and enjoys walking and cycling.


Ms Claire White

Head of Marketing and Admissions
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Leeds University; PGDip Journalism, Cardiff University
After a career as a regional and national news and features journalist, Claire became a freelance communications consultant, working primarily with local businesses to grow their profile.
She joined Terrington Hall in 2021 and oversees the admissions process, from the first enquiry to welcoming children and their families to our community. Claire also oversees our marketing strategy and growing social media presence.
In her free time, Claire enjoys catching up with friends, watching live music, trying to keep on top of the garden, walking in the gorgeous local countryside, and reading.


Teaching staff

Miss E A Atkin Year 1 teacher
Mrs A A Cooper Nursery teacher
Mrs N M DanceDirector of Performing Arts, Year 7 form teacher
Mrs D Hazorika-StephanyHead of Lower Prep, Year 5 form teacher
Mr N J K HydeHead of Boys’ Sport, Humanities, Year 7 form teacher
Miss R A I’AnsonAssistant Head, Pupil Wellbeing
Mrs L H Langley Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant
Mr P D MagsonTeacher of Art
Mrs A Martinez-ArmitageTeacher of Spanish
Mrs N A MorrellYear 3 teacher
Mr P G MulryneTeacher of English
Mr S PickeringTeacher of Science
Miss L A RamliYear 4 teacher and Girls’ Games
Mrs C T RiederHead of Girls’ Sport and teacher of Geography
Mrs A C Salisbury
Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant
Mr O J Sigsworth
Teacher of Y4 and Houseparent
Mr G M SimpsonY6 form teacher and teacher of Geography, ICT and Maths
Mrs C E StubbsTeacher of TPR
Mrs N G TaylorReception teacher
Mrs E Watt
Learning Support
Mrs V J WhittlePre-Prep Teaching Assistant
Miss S C A WilsonLower Prep Teaching Assistant
Mr N J WitteveenTeacher of English and Classics


Safeguarding staff team

Mrs C L GrantDesignated Safeguarding Lead
Miss R A I’AnsonDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr P G MulryneDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A C SalisburyDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Pre-Prep)
Mrs K Willink Independent Listener


Peripatetic Performing Arts staff

Mrs J HaleyStrings
Mr O Houlston
Mr T JohnsonDrums
Ms R LloydDrama
Mr C McLeanBrass
Mr C O’GormanSinging
Mrs J Purcell
Mrs L Simaku
Mrs R SwordFlute


Peripatetic Sports staff

Mr H Jackson
Mr B OrtonTennis

In one pupil’s words, ‘It’s perfect.’

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