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Terrington Hall Staff

Senior Management Team

Mr Simon Kibler


Miss Rachel l'Anson

Head of Pre-Prep and Year 2 Class Teacher
BA (Hons) Primary Education and English, York St John University

Rachel joined Terrington Hall in 2010 and spent a number of enjoyable years teaching Reception and coaching U9 girls’ games. Appointed Head of Pre-Prep and Year 2 class teacher in 2015, Rachel is passionate about delivering the very best start for every child and leads a dedicated team of Early Years professionals.

Rachel’s love of singing and the theatre come to life through her involvement in the wonderful Pre-Prep productions. Other interests include crafting and walks at the coast – although Rachel’s free time is now mostly devoted to her beautiful daughter Daisy.

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.

Mr Stuart Keens

Deputy Head Academic
BCertHE Computing, BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education, MA Ed, 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 Confucius International School, Qingdao, China. Previously he taught in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In addition to many years of leadership experience,

Stuart brings to the school significant data analysis experience. A keen distance runner, he coaches cross country, has initiated STEM and Microbit clubs, and has introduced the school to Mathletics and the World Education Games. Outside school, he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin children, tinkering on computers, camping and playing chess.

Mrs Claire Grant

Deputy Head Pastoral
BA (Hons) Spanish and French, Manchester Met; PGCE York St John

Claire’s career spanned international banking, recruitment for a French company and jointly running a girls’ boarding house at St Peter’s York before retraining and entering teaching. Having taught in a state primary in York, Claire joined Terrington Hall in 2005 as a French teacher and took the existing Spanish provision through to CE. In her role as Deputy Head Pastoral, Claire is responsible for organising the pupil pastoral care including discipline, staff appraisal system and staff rotas, the co-ordination of peer observation and book scrutiny, and is involved in the recruitment of new staff.

In conjunction with the Heads of Section, responsible for all matters of pupil behaviour including meeting with parents over behavioural issues.

Issuing and following up on any behavioural report cards that are deemed necessary.

Current ISI Boarding ISI Inspector. Responsible for policies relating to behaviour and conduct of staff and pupils, welfare of pupils including safeguarding and the staff handbook.

As Designated Safeguarding Lead, she updates all necessary policies and ensures that all staff are trained in child protection issues. In addition, she runs the tennis and swimming teams and mentors student teachers and NQTs. She is responsible for co-ordinating fundraising for the school charity and co-ordinates the post-CE programme for Year 8.

An inveterate traveller, Claire enjoys walking, entertaining, reading and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Miss Claire Knights

Head of Lower Prep, Year 4 Class Teacher
BA Primary Education (with QTS) Maths and Geography, Bangor University

Claire spent the first four years of her teaching career at Hazlegrove Preparatory School in Somerset. She joined the Terrington Hall family in 2015 as Year 3 class teacher, and coaches girls' games.

Claire became a teacher after spending time volunteering in South Africa and Uganda with charities which specialised in working in outreach centres for those living below the breadline and where they believe that education can change lives. Claire similarly hopes to inspire those in her care. In her spare time Claire enjoys cooking, crafting and going on walks with her husband Cai, especially in the Lake District.

Teaching Staff

Mr Alex Crockett

Head of Boys' Games

Alex came to Terrington with many years’ rugby and sports coaching experience. He signed his first professional Rugby contract aged 18 with Bath where he played for nine years. During this time he represented England U21s and England Saxons, was club captain for the 2008/2009 season and coached rugby at Millfield School. He has also played for Bristol, Worcester Warriors and Newcastle Falcons.

During his rugby playing days he completed a ‘teaching sport in an independent school’ course and qualified as a swimming teacher and lifeguard. An RFU Level 3 qualified coach, he coached at St Peter’s York, Pocklington and York University before joining Terrington Hall in January 2015. Married to Monique with two energetic sons, Digby and Basil, his spare time is taken up with family and anything to do with sport. In another life this included golf and fishing!

Mrs Mia Cross

Lower Prep Teacher
BA (Hons) English Literature and QTS, Leeds University

Mia started her career teaching in 1991 in a church school in Skipton. She has had teaching and management experience in Kuwait (at the school where she took her A Levels), Dubai and Qatar in large international schools and has also worked in UK Prep Schools in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Suffolk. Prior to joining Terrington Hall, Mia was Head of Pre-Prep and a KS1 teacher at Old Buckenham Hall School in Lavenham for six years.

Outside school, Mia enjoys watching her son run cross country and play for his Scarborough football club as well as in the U12s Yorkshire Hockey League. As well as supporting her youngest daughter’s dramatic endeavours in local musicals, Mia enjoys traveling and going to the theatre.

Mrs Doboori Hazorika-Stephany

Year 5 Class Teacher
BA (Hons) Primary Education with Science Specialism, St Martin’s College Ambleside

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 years. 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.

Doobori enjoys a 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.

Mr Paul Mulryne

Head of English, Year 7 Form Tutor, Safeguarding Deputy
BA (Hons) Leicester University, PGCE Hull University

Paul began his career as a secondary school teacher in York and Hull before joining Moorlands Preparatory School in Leeds where he was initially Head of English, before becoming Deputy Head. He joined Terrington in January 2015. He is U11 rugby coach and a Year 8 Form Tutor.

Paul has two children Connor and Katie and enjoys reading, cycling and writing his own stories and poems.

Mr Simon Pickering

Head of Science and Year 6 Form Tutor
BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Manchester; PGCE University of Leeds.

After leaving University, Simon worked as a Geochemist in the oil industry. In 1997, his first teaching post was as a Chemistry teacher in North Lincolnshire. Simon then became Head of Science at a Prep School in North Yorkshire where he was also Head of Geography and a Boarding Master. Before joining Terrington Hall School, Simon was Head of Science and Resident Boarding Tutor at a Prep School in Cheshire. He has now returned to his native Yorkshire.

Simon likes many sports including football, rugby, swimming and cricket. He is a long-standing supporter of Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos. In his spare time, Simon is an active participant with the scout movement and he enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities. During school holidays, he can often be found undertaking DIY projects at home. Simon is married with two sons, and he enjoys exploring new places with his family.

Mr Ryan O'Ehley

Director of Performing Arts and Year 5 Class Tutor
Three-year Acting and Musical Theatre Diploma, Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts; BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting, Oxford Brookes; ACCA

Ryan grew up in South Africa where he attended St John's College.  It was here that his love of choral singing, music and theatre began. His first professional engagement was in La Cage Aux Folles at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg which was followed by a national tour of The Doo-Wah Boys 2.

He moved to London to study at Mountview Theatre School. His UK professional theatre credits include Trial By Jury (Covent Garden Opera Festival); The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Die Fledermaus (Carl Rosa Opera Company); The Fantasticks (which he co-produced), Beauty and the Beast, Hollywood and Broadway (London Palladium) and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as a brother and the Pharaoh.

Ryan was the musical director of productions of Bugsy Malone, The Boyfriend, and Grease at Sylvia Young Theatre School and also Cinderella at RADA. He had his own singing studio in central London and worked as a vocal coach at The London Studio Centre and as a singing teacher and musical director at The Urdang Academy in Covent Garden.

Ryan retrained as an accountant but was lured back to music and drama when he relocated to Ryedale with his young family. He played the church organ at Welburn and was the conductor of Bulmer Choir before joining Terrington Hall as Director of Performing Arts. In his spare time Ryan enjoys swimming, reading French and playing the oboe

Miss Laura Ramli

Reception Class Teacher
BA Childhood and Youth Studies & Leisure Management, PGCE Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Professional Status – Manchester Metropolitan University; Forest School Leader Level 3

Laura arrived at Terrington Hall in September 2017 with four years' experience working in private day nurseries. Her training in Forest Education and experience working as a Forest School Leader has stimulated Laura’s interest in outdoor learning. She enjoys combining a varied programme of classroom activities with valuable nature-based learning for the benefit of the nursery children.

Laura enjoys playing hockey and coaches the youth section at City of York Hockey Club holiday camps.  She also supports the girls' games staff in school, coaching Years 5-8.  Outside of school, she likes camping, skiing and spending time with her partner, Luke, family and friends.

Mrs Kelly Roberts

Head of Girls’ Games, Humanities Teacher and Year 7 Form Tutor
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sports Science, University of Northumbria; PGCE Liverpool John Moores University

Kelly has ten years’ teaching experience at schools across Yorkshire. Prior to joining Terrington Hall, Kelly was Head of Hockey and led Pre-Prep PE at Wakefield Girls High School. She enjoys playing Hockey and Netball and has previously played at county and national level.

A former North of England vaulting champion, Kelly leads a Parkour enrichment activity for Year 6 and Year 7 boys, a gymnastic club for Year 3, 4 and 5 boys and girls, and an evening gymnastic activity. Outside of school, Kelly enjoys family time with her husband, new baby son and two stepchildren – as well as walking in the countryside with her Bulldog Dexter. Kelly loves playing and watching sport and one day would love to attend an event at the Olympics.

Mr Philip Magson

Head of Art & 3D Design
BA Hons 3d Design (Ceramics) Loughborough College of Art at Loughborough University; PGCE York St John

Phil ran a small pottery business in York before taking up teaching and joining Terrington Hall as a Year 4 class teacher, followed by a spell as Head of Maths. As Head of Art Phil has found his niche inspiring pupils from Year 1 to Year 8 to trust their imaginations and ‘have a go’. As well as being responsible for the set designs for the termly stage productions and organising the Summer Art Exhibition, Phil coaches football and cricket.

Married to Anna-Marie with a son and a daughter, Phil is a lifelong Leeds United supporter, horse racing enthusiast, geography geek and travel and art lover.

Mrs Claire Stubbs

Head of Religious Studies (TPR)
Certificate in Music Education, Trinity College London
BA (Hons) QTS Primary Education and Music, Bishop Grosseteste College Lincoln, Hull University;

Claire was born in Sheffield where she returned to start her teaching career in a small CE Primary school before working at Westbourne Prep School as Head of Music for four years. Claire has been at Terrington Hall since 2005 and has worked throughout the school both as a subject teacher and as a form teacher in Years 6, 5, 3 and 1.

She leads the Junior Choir and is accompanist for the Senior Choir. Out of school, Claire is a Church Organist and a Recognised Parish Assistant, worship leader.

Claire is excited to be studying and exploring her vocation with the Diocese of York. She enjoys baking, going glamping and visiting places of interest with her husband Colin

Mr David Wright

Head of Learning Support and Year 6 Form Tutor
Ba (Hons) Psychology and Sociology Napier University, IPGCE psychology - Buckingham University, Approved teacher status for the teaching of dyslexia – Bath Spa university

David’s career in education has spanned a variety of schools and settings. He has worked as a Learning Support Teacher at Sedbergh School, held the position of Head of Lower School SEN at Millfield School and most recently was Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at Princess Helena’s College in Hertfordshire.

His initial training was as an Early Years’ teacher and is experienced at working with children of all ages. In addition to his classroom work, he is a keen sportsman and an outdoor enthusiast.

Mrs Nikki Taylor

Year 1 Teacher
BSc Sports Science, Teesside University; PGCE York St John

Nikki joined Terrington Hall in January 2015 as Reception Class Teacher. She arrived at Terrington with a wealth of experience having previously worked with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children at local primary schools.

Prior to her PGCE, she had also worked in a youth hostel for the homeless as activities co-ordinator, and in summer camps for underprivileged children in America where she taught sports and swimming. Nikki enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her two young boys Stanley and Sidney and husband Charlie, and watching football and horse racing.

Mrs Katie Cole

Head of Classics
BA (Hons) Combined Arts – Classics, French and Italian, Durham; PGCE Reading; ATCL piano

Katie is delighted to return to her native county of Yorkshire and to join the Terrington family, teaching Latin to all Upper Prep students and Greek to Year 8. She taught most recently at the highly regarded Epsom College, where she was appointed as Head of Classics. Prior to Terrington she has always worked in secondary schools teaching Classical subjects up to A Level. She is excited to now share her knowledge and expertise with younger students. Katie has worked part-time in recent years in order to care for her two young daughters. Her interests include music, theatre, cooking and travel.

Eden Cross

Nursery Class Teacher

Having spent 18 months on a work placement whilst studying and being the school’s gap student, Eden now takes up her first post at TH as a qualified EYFS practitioner and residential Deputy Head of Boarding.

Eden enjoys hockey, netball, swimming and fashion. She has qualifications in Beauty Therapy and photographic make up from the University of Tajmeel and the Norwich School of Beauty.

Eden is also a qualified STA swimming teacher for newborn babies all the way to competition level, RLSS lifeguard and RLSS lifeguard trainer/assessor

She is really looking forward to starting her teaching career at TH.

Learning Support and Teaching Assistants

Mrs Louise Langley

Nursery and Reception Teaching Assistant
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, East Yorkshire College

Louise worked as an Accounts Clerk for 18 years before moving to Australia for a year with her husband Mark, who was on a Teacher Exchange Programme. Terrington Hall has played a big part in Louise’s family life for many years. Daughters Emily and Hattie attend the school,

After returning to the UK from Australia, Louise trained as a Teaching Assistant and worked at Terrington Hall for two years before becoming an EYFS Teaching Assistant at Moorlands School in Leeds. She was delighted to return to Terrington in 2017 as Teaching Assistant in Nursery and Reception. Outside school, Louise enjoys travelling, reading, walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs Alison Salisbury

Years 1 and 2 Teaching Assistant
CACHE Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning, York College

Alison was born in Sheffield, but has spent most of her life in North Yorkshire. Before coming to Terrington she spent many years working in specialist food retailing and delicatessens, as well as being a director of a bespoke kitchen manufacturing company. She has three sons, Isaac, Oscar and Felix and is married to Nick.

She is a devoted rugby supporter and spends each Saturday of Rugby season watching her husband play for Malton and Norton 1st XV. She is a keen cook and spends much of her free time in the kitchen, trying out new recipes and baking. She loves entertaining, spending time in the fresh air with her family, walking and reading.

Mrs Elaine Watt

Learning Support Teaching Assistant

Elaine has been a Teaching Assistant since 2002 – initially at Husthwaithe C of E Primary School before joining Terrington Hall in 2015. During this time she has focused on learning support, and has attended several courses on supporting lthe development of numeracy and literacy skills in children. Elaine also enjoys helping with the make-up for the School’s productions.

Previously, Elaine worked as a qualified nurse and midwife. She has lived in London, Lancashire and Cheshire, as well as overseas in the Netherlands and Singapore. Elaine lives in Husthwaite with her husband Brian. They have four sons – three grown up and one a former Terrington pupil now studying at St Peter’s School – and one grandson who lives in Guernsey. Away from work, Elaine enjoys socialising, cooking, travelling, reading and skiing.

Non-Teaching Staff

Mrs Jenny Christian

Finance Officer

Jenny has worked at Terrington Hall since November 2013, previously working as an assistant accountant in the Driffield area.

She lives with her husband James and son Freddie along with numerous pets. Her interests include art, cookery and reading. She also enjoys walking and gardening.

Miss Claire Wainwright

Head of Boarding

Having been at the hub of Terrington Hall life as Headmaster’s PA for 10 years, Claire was appointed Head of Boarding in January 2015 and has excelled in creating a warm, family-style boarding environment and ensuring that the House feels a ‘home away from home’. Living in the Boarding House with her two sons Max and Zak, who both started at Terrington Hall at the age of 3, Claire is fully involved in all aspects of boarding life, from ensuring the full care of all boarders to overseeing an exciting programme of boarders’ special events and activities. Claire also runs the uniform shop and is the first port of call for pupils who fall sick at school.

Ms Harriet Diggory

Headmaster's Secretary
Masters in Acting, East 15 Drama School, London; BA (Hons) Drama, De Montfort University

Harriet was educated at St Peter’s School in York. She later studied at De Montfort University in Leicester where she achieved a First Class (Hons) in Drama Studies. After her BA Harriet went on to train in Acting at East 15 Drama School in London, where she was awarded a Masters with Distinction. Harriet plays hockey and whilst at university she competed as the Women’s First Team and mixed-team goalkeeper. She has worked at Camp Chimney Corners in Massachusetts and in the administration department of the ChickenShed Theatre Company charity in London, which works with disabled children. She would like to learn sign language as her next challenge.

Gap Year Students

Elle Heathcote

Gap Student

Elle has joined the Terrington Hall team after leaving Sedbergh as a full-time boarder for 9 years.

She left Sedbergh after achieving her national Sport BTEC Diploma. She is a keen netball player, athlete and all-round sports woman and is thrilled to be helping our sports department.

Elle is always ready to take on anything that is thrown at her.

Ben Burridge

Gap Student

Ben has come straight from school, after finishing his A-Levels at Sedbergh.

Ben is a keen sportsman and is well equipped for boarding, so he is excited to help around the boarding house and on the sports fields.

Ben is an aspiring rugby player, having spent his colt years playing for the Newcastle Falcons Academy, as well as Sedbergh School’s SSFC.

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