Senior Management Team
Ms Suzy Ward
Deputy Head and Year 8 Form Tutor
LLB Law (Sheffield); PGCE (Manchester); PGDip. Child Psychology (The Open University)
Suzy has previously worked in a variety of other schools, teaching pupils from Year 1 through to Year 8, and working as a tutor at both open and closed prisons in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. She has held positions in Gifted and Talented, Inclusion, Boarding and as Head of Academics. As Deputy Head, she has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school and all pastoral matters. In addition, Suzy teaches Year 6 maths and English and RS to Year 8. Alongside her role at Terrington Hall, Suzy undertakes school inspections as a Compliance and Teaching Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children.
Mrs Helen Mulryne
Headmasterâ€™s Wife and Cover Teacher
Bed (Hons) Drama, Liverpool
Helenâ€™s teaching career has encompassed being nursery teacher, drama teacher and special educational needs teacher. An integral part of school life, Helenâ€™s role involves teaching all age groups and providing pastoral support to children and a link to parents and the wider Terrington Hall family. In addition to her front of house role at school events, Helen also runs the weekly Parent, Baby and Toddler Group. In her spare time, Helen enjoys long walks with her two rescue pups, spending time with family and friends and reading murder mystery and historical fiction books. She is also a lifelong fan of Wigan Warriors and loves everything to do with Christmas!
Mrs Rachel Wood
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 girlsâ€™ 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. Rachelâ€™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 â€“ although Rachelâ€™s free time is now mostly devoted to her beautiful daughter Daisy.
Mr Adrian Upton
Adrian joined Terrington Hall in 2011 having worked at St Peterâ€™s, Bootham, Abbotsholme and Ackworth Schools. Apart from keeping Terringtonâ€™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
Director of Studies and Year 7 Form Tutor
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
Head of Upper Prep, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Year 6 Form Tutor
BA (Hons) Spanish and French, Manchester Met; PGCE York St John
Claireâ€™s career spanned international banking, recruitment for a French company and jointly running a girlsâ€™ boarding house at St Peterâ€™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 Senior Mistress, Claire is responsible for organising the staff appraisal system, the co-ordination of peer observation and book scrutiny, and is involved in the recruitment of new staff. 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 3 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 partner Cai, especially in the Lake District.
Mrs Katie Bazire-Smith
Year 5 Class Teacher
BSc Psychology, The University of Sheffield; PGCE, The University of Portsmouth
Katieâ€™s husband Rob is in the Army, so she has experienced life in many parts of the UK as well as two years living in Germany. After settling in York in 2016, children William and Annabel started at Terrington Hall. Katie was delighted to join the team in 2017. With a talent for creative writing, Katie is passionate about developing the childrenâ€™s love of reading. Katie has written five childrenâ€™s books to date â€“ fingers crossed her ambition to become a published author will soon come to fruition. Katie also enjoys pilates and circuit training.
Mrs Rebecca Boote
Reception Class Teacher
BEd, Westminster College
Having started her teaching career in London working in both mainstream and Special Educational Needs settings, Rebecca went on to teach in International schools in both The Netherlands and Dubai. A career break saw her complete a Diploma in Food and Wine before going on to help establish a successful local business. Rebecca is delighted to join the team at Terrington Hall and is enjoying teaching the Reception class. Daughter Jessica is now in Year 1, having started at the school in Nursery. Together they enjoy long walks with their dog Jack.
Mr Alex Crockett
Head of Boys' Games
Alex came to Terrington with many yearsâ€™ 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 â€˜teaching sport in an independent schoolâ€™ course and qualified as a swimming teacher and lifeguard. An RFU Level 3 qualified coach, he coached at St Peterâ€™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
Year 4 Class 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 daughterâ€™s dramatic endeavours in local musicals, Mia is helping her oldest daughter with practical advice to become an Early Years teacher. She also enjoys travelling and going to the theatre.
Miss Olivia Diggory
Year 4 Class Teacher
BA Primary Education (with QTS), York St John University; Certificate of Higher Education in Arabic and Spanish, University of Edinburgh
Olivia was educated at St Olaveâ€™s and St Peterâ€™s School in York. A keen traveller with a passion for learning about cultures and languages, she relished the opportunity to study in Salzburg, which included a teaching placement in an international class. In addition to working five summers in the United States, Olivia spent a summer leading a teen leadership programme that worked with the Sioux YMCA on the Cheyenne River Reservation before joining Terrington Hall as Year 4 Class Teacher. She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hobbies such as camping and snowboarding.
Mrs Doboori Hazorika-Stephany
Year 5 Class Teacher
BA (Hons) Primary Education with Science Specialism, St Martinâ€™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 Georgeâ€™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 manger. Prior to joining Terrington Hall, Doobori was a Form Tutor and Resident Housemistress at St Martinâ€™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 Nick Witteveen
Head of Classics
BA (Hons) Classics and Philosophy, Newcastle University
Nick is a proud Dutch Lancastrian (hence the ridiculous surname) who started teaching down south in 1995 after graduating in Classics and Philosophy. He returned north in 2000 to join Terrington as Head of Classics and has since taught Latin, Greek, French, English, History and Mathematics as well as coaching a variety of sports. Outside the classroom, he enjoys Burnley FC, Lancashire and Whitwell cricket clubs and Malton and Norton Rugby. Other interests include cryptic crosswords, Sudoku, ornithology, alternative music, politics, reading, curries and real ales (in moderation).
Mr Philip Magson
Head of Art
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 â€˜have a goâ€™. 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, he owns and bakes at Leaf and Loaf cafÃ© in Welburn where he also makes and sells pottery. He is a lifelong Leeds United supporter, horse racing enthusiast, geography geek and travel and art lover.
Mr Paul Mulryne
Head of English, Year 8 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
Three-year Acting and Musical Theatre Diploma, Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts; BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting, Oxford Brookes; ACCA
Ryanâ€™s role at Terrington includes teaching music and drama from Nursery to Year 8, directing the schoolâ€™s plays and musical productions, leading the Senior Choir and Band and taking individual singing and piano lessons. Before joining Terrington in 2015, Ryan was a professional singer and actor and also taught at Performing Arts Academies in London, including The Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre and Sylvia Youngâ€™s Theatre School. He is also a qualified accountant! In his spare time Ryan is the Musical Director of Bulmer Choir and plays the church organ in Welburn. He enjoys exploring the Howardian Hills with his young family.
Miss Laura Ramli
Nursery Class Teacher
BA (Joint Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies and Leisure Management; Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies; Early Years Professional Status, Manchester Metropolitan University; Level 3 Forest School Leader
Laura has worked in private day nurseries for the past four years. Her training in Forest Education and experience working as a Forest School Leader has stimulated Lauraâ€™s interest in outdoor learning. She is looking forward to combining a varied programme of classroom activities with valuable nature-based learning for the benefit of the nursery children. Laura plays hockey for City of York Ladies 4th team and is excited to coach U9 hockey at Terrington Hall. She also enjoys camping, skiing and spending time with her partner, Luke, family and friends.
Mrs Kelly Roberts
Head of Girlsâ€™ 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 yearsâ€™ 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 â€“ 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 Oliver Sigsworth
Year 3 Class Teacher
BA (Hons) English Literature, York St John University; PGCE York St John University
Oliver grew up in the Ryedale area and is a proud Yorkshireman. Following his education at Lady Lumleyâ€™s in Pickering, he gained a degree in English Literature from York St. John University. Oliver is passionate about reading and passing this enjoyment onto the children he teaches. More recently, he returned to York St. John to complete his PGCE. Aside from reading, Oliverâ€™s biggest passion is sport and he is looking forward to coaching the students at Terrington. At the weekend, Oliver plays for Thornton le Dale Cricket Club. When cricket season comes to a close you will either find him on the football field, running or cycling. He also spends time walking in the countryside with his partner Tori. During the school holidays, Oliver enjoys traveling the world. He has even spent a year living and working in Australia. He is looking forward to completing his first year of teaching at Terrington.
Mrs Claire Stubbs
Year 1 Class Teacher
BA (Hons) QTS Primary Education and Music, Bishop Grosseteste College Lincoln, Hull University;
Certificate in Music Education, Trinity College London
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, currently, in Year 1. She leads the Junior Choir and is accompanist for the Senior Choir. Out of school, Claire is a Church Organist and a worship leader. She also enjoys baking and going glamping and visiting places of interest with her husband Colin.
Mr David Wright
Head of Learning Support
Ba (Hons) Psychology and Sociology Napier University, IPGCE psychology - Buckingham University, Approved teacher status for the teaching of dyslexia â€“ Bath Spa university
Davidâ€™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 Helenaâ€™s College in Hertfordshire. His initial training was as an Early Yearsâ€™ 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 (on maternity leave)
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 Louiseâ€™s family life for many years. Daughters Emily and Hattie attend the school, Mark taught here for eight years, and, after returning to the UK, Louise trained as a Teaching Assistant and worked at Terrington Hall for two years. She thoroughly enjoyed her previous role as EYFS Teaching Assistant at Moorlands School in Leeds, but 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.
Ms Helen Torlesse
Press Officer and Teaching Assistant
BSc (hons) Human Psychology, Loughborough University
Having joined the school as a parent in 2002, Helen has photographed and reported on the academic and wider life of Terrington Hall for more than a decade. In a previous life, she worked in publishing and on the Daily Telegraphâ€™s books pages. Seldom seen around school without her camera, she currently combines her role as the schoolâ€™s Press Officer with that of Teaching Assistant across Years 3-8. Outside of school, she sings in a local choir, loves her bookclub of 16 years, keeps tabs on her four children and reconnects with the important things in life whilst gardening and doing yoga.
Mrs Elaine Watt
Elaine has been a Teaching Assistant since 2002 â€“ 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 a wide range of courses looking at how best to support the development of numeracy and literacy skills in children. Elaine also enjoys helping with the make-up for all the Schoolâ€™s productions.
Prior to this, Elaine worked as a qualified nurse and midwife. She has lived in London, Lancashire and Cheshire, as well as overseas in The Neverlands and Singapore.
Elaine lives in Husthwaite with her husband Brian. They have four sons â€“ three grown up and one a former Terrington pupil now studying at St Peterâ€™s School â€“ and one grandson who lives in Guernsey.
Away from work, Elaine enjoys socialising, cooking, travelling, reading and skiing â€“ along with looking after the familyâ€™s two Westies, Molly and Lucy.
Mrs Jenny Christian
AAT level 3 Certificate in Accounting
Jenny has worked in school 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.
Ms Paula Edgar
Paula joined Terrington Hall from Canon Lee School, where she worked as a Senior Administrator for four years. Prior to this she worked for the City of York Council as an Office Manager. Paula is the friendly presence in the schoolâ€™s reception area and the first point of contact for people ringing or visiting the school. Her role is predominantly to support the Headmaster. As part of the Terrington â€˜familyâ€™ she is also on-hand to assist staff, parents and children wherever she can and to ensure the smooth running of the school. Paula has two children and enjoys spending time with them.
Mr Andrew Jones
Formerly Executive Head Chef of Ampleforth College and Head Chef at The Worsley Arms, Andrew joined Terrington Hall School in 2018. Using the finest fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers, Andrew and the Catering Team create a wide variety of exciting, nutritious and delicious meals for pupils and staff.
Andrew is a 2 AA rosette holder of 14 yearsâ€™ standing and the recipient of a number of industry awards. Married with four sons, the eldest a Chef with 3 Rosettes, he lives in Hovingham and enjoys walking, football and cricket.
Miss Claire Wainwright
Head of Boarding
Having been at the hub of Terrington Hall life as Headmasterâ€™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 â€˜home away from homeâ€™. 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 boardersâ€™ special events and activities. Claire also runs the uniform shop and is the first port of call for pupils who fall sick at school.