about us

Stephen Mulryne

Mr Stephen Mulryne

BEd (Hons) English Literature, Liverpool


Stephen was educated at St Olave’s and St Peter’s York. His first teaching post was at Catterall Hall, then the Prep School to Giggleswick. In 2004 he moved to Terra Nova Preparatory School in Cheshire where, over the course of seven years, he held the titles of Middle School Coordinator, Head of History and Head of Boarding. Stephen was appointed Deputy Headmaster of Terrington Hall in September 2011 and succeeded Jon Glen as Headmaster in January 2015. He is joined by his wife Helen and their two children. A keen sportsman, Stephen plays cricket in a local evening league and follows cricket, rugby league and union and football. He also enjoys hill walking and camping trips away with his family.

Helen Mulryne

Mrs Helen Mulryne

Headmaster's wife and Study Support
BEd (Hons) Drama, Liverpool


Helen’s teaching career has encompassed being nursery teacher, drama teacher and special educational needs teacher. Arriving at Terrington in 2011 with Stephen, then Deputy Head, she took on the role of Playgroup Leader at Terrington Playgroup. On Stephen’s appointment to the Headship, Helen joined him at Terrington Hall where she is an integral part of school life offering one-to-one support to pupils, hosting events and providing an open and understanding ear to all the children in the school.

Stuart Keens

Mr Stuart Keens

Director of Studies, Head of Mathematics and ICT
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 a 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.

Suzy Ward

Ms Suzy Ward

Deputy Head
LLB Law (Sheffield); PGCE (Manchester); PGDip. Child Psychology (The Open University)


Suzy recently moved to Terrington Hall after falling in love with the school (and Yorkshire) during a summer visit to Terrington. Having previously worked in a variety of other schools, teaching pupils from Year One through to Year Eight, she has held positions in Gifted and Talented, Inclusion, Boarding and, most recently, as Head of Academics at Terra Nova School. 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. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, sewing and taking long walks near the sea.

Claire Grant

Mrs Claire Grant

Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Senior Mistress
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 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.

Nick Witteveen

Mr Nick Witteveen

Head of Upper Prep
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. He is Head of the Upper Prep (Years 6, 7 and 8) and coaches the Under 11 Rugby and senior boys Football and Cricket, as well as running the school’s Gifted and Talented provision. 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).

Jess Shelley

Miss Jess Shelley

Head of Lower Prep, Girls' Games, Geography, Year 5 Class Teacher
BSc (Hons) Social Science, Bath; QTS University of Sunderland


Jess has had a long association with the school. An Old Terringtonian who left for Sedbergh in 2001, she returned as a Gap Graduate and qualified as a teacher in 2011. Beginning as a Year 4 class teacher, she now combines this with being Head of Lower Prep (Years 3, 4 and 5), Girls’ Games and Geography. Jess is fully involved in all aspects of school life, lives on site with her dog Sapphie and in her spare time can be seen romping over the Howardian Hills. Her main hobbies are snowboarding and netball which she plays weekly for her local club in York.

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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 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.

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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, 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 in November 2016 to cover Mrs Wood’s maternity leave, Mia was Head of Pre-Prep and a KS1 teacher at Old Buckenham Hall School in Lavenham for six years. Outside school, she enjoys travelling, going to the theatre, reading and spending time with her three lovely children and miniature Yorkshire terrier, Pudding.

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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 Olave’s and St Peter’s 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 summer 2017 leading a teen leadership programme that worked with the Sioux YMCA on the Cheyenne River Reservation. She felt thoroughly at home on her teaching placement at Terrington Hall in 2016, so is absolutely delighted to return to the school as Year 4 Class Teacher. Olivia enjoys teaching because it is “fun, creative and meaningful”. With a love of the outdoors and hobbies such as camping and snowboarding, Olivia’s spare time sounds every bit as exciting and action-packed as her teaching.

Mr Paul Mulryne

Mr Paul Mulryne

Head of English , 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 Hall in January 2015. Paul lives in York with his wife, Tracey, and their two children Connor and Katie. His house resembles a petting zoo comprising: three dogs, two cats, a budgie, several hamsters and chickens. Paul enjoys reading, cycling and writing his own stories and poems.

Philip Magson

Mr Philip Magson

Head of Art
BA (Hons) 3d Design (Ceramics), Loughborough College of Art & Design; PGCE Primary, 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, he owns and bakes at Leaf and Loaf cafĂ© 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 Peter Woolley

Mr Peter Woolley

Head of Science and Assistant Housemaster
BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, Liverpool JM University; European Diploma in Sports Management and Coaching, Yorkshire Coast College; QTS, Bradford College; Certificate of Professional Practice in Boarding Education, University of Surrey


Pete joined Terrington Hall in September 2015 as an enthusiastic Head of Science and Assistant Boarding Housemaster. Arriving with a wealth of experience in teaching and in sports coaching he soon made his mark coaching the U9 rugby team and setting up Terrington’s Productive Garden project. Pete’s teaching career began in 1995 as a resident master at Fyling Hall School followed by five years as head of boys’ games at Woodleigh. Since then he has taught Geography, Science and PE across the age ranges KS1 to KS5. For 10 years he was a retained fire-fighter. Recently, he has worked as a Sports Coordinator in Whitby, as the school farm manager at Norton College and teacher of science at Graham School, Scarborough. He played rugby for England U16 Presidents XV, Midlands U18, Yorkshire U21 and Harrogate RUFC from 1990–1996.

Alex Crockett

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!

Ryan O'Ehley

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


Ryan’s role at Terrington includes teaching music and drama from Nursery to Year 8, directing the school’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 Young’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.

Mary-Ann Pilmore

Mrs Mary-Ann Pilmore

Head of Religious Studies and Year 5 Class Teacher
BA (Hons) History and Literature, Lincolnshire & Humberside; PGCE Leeds University


Mary-Ann joined the Terrington Hall family in 1999 and has enjoyed being both a class and subject teacher, teaching the core subjects to Years 3-5 and the humanity subjects to Common Entrance. Her current role is as Head of Religious studies, Year 5 class teacher and U13 hockey coach. Her personal highlights are the CE results she has seen her pupils achieve and coaching the U11 hockey team to the Northern Finals in 2013. Mary-Ann spends her free time with her husband Andrew, two children Laura and Lucas and their Springer Spaniels Bill and Ben. When time allows, Mary-Ann enjoys reading fiction and watching Scandi noir dramas as well as a good comedy.

Claire Knights

Miss Claire Knights

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.

Claire Stubbs

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 enjoys being Church Organist, is a worship leader and also helps with Messy Church. In her spare time Claire enjoys baking and going glamping and visiting places of interest with her partner Colin.

Nikki Taylor

Mrs Nikki Taylor

Reception Class Teacher
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Coaching Science, Teesside University; Primary PGCE, York St John


Nikki joined Terrington Hall in January 2015.  She trained at Terrington Hall during her PGCE at York St John University and completed her NQT at Slingsby Primary School where she was class teacher for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 before joining Terrington Hall. Growing up in Ryedale, Nikki gained a first class honours degree in Sports Science from Teesside University and spent many summers working in America with children aged up to 16 at summer camps. She combines her role as Reception teacher at Terrington with coaching U9 hockey and rounders. Nikki loves to spend time with her family. She and her husband Charles spend much of their time walking Bramble, their young black Labrador. In addition, Nikki enjoys cooking, travelling and all things arty.

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Mrs Katie Bazire-Smith

Year 2 Class Teacher
BSc Psychology, The University of Sheffield; PGCE, The University of Portsmouth


Katie’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 August 2016, children William and Annabel started at Terrington Hall School. Katie was delighted to join the team in 2017, initially working with Year 4. Her current role is teaching Year 2 along with Mrs Wood. With a talent for creative writing, Katie enjoys teaching the Read Write Inc. literacy scheme and is passionate about developing the children’s love of reading. Katie has written five children’s books to date – fingers crossed her ambition to become a published author will soon come to fruition. Katie also enjoys Pilates and Circuit Training.


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 Laura’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.

Alison Salisbury

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.

Louise Langley

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, 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 is delighted to return to Terrington Hall as teaching assistant in Nursery and Reception. Outside school Louise enjoys travelling, reading, walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Adrian Upton

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.

Paula Edgar

Ms Paula Edgar

Headmaster’s Secretary


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 school’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 ‘family’ 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.

Claire Wainwright

Ms 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.

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Mrs Helen Render

Marketing and Admissions Manager
BA (Hons) Public Relations, University of Central Lancashire


Helen joined Terrington Hall School in August 2017 and is the first point of contact for matters relating to student admissions and marketing. She is thoroughly enjoying experiencing, capturing and sharing all that Terrington Hall School has to offer. Helen started her career in London working in Financial PR. Gradually working her way back up North, she has held Marketing and Communications Manager roles in a range of organisations including NSPCC and Barnsley College. Delighted to have come home to bring up her two children in such a beautiful part of the country, Helen enjoys regular walks on the beach and the occasional Park Run in Dalby Forest.

Jenny Christian

Mrs Jenny Christian

Finance Officer
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.

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Mrs Camilla Jowett

PGCE Primary Education, Roehampton.
BA Joint Hons Archaeology and Ancient History, Nottingham University.


Camilla grew up in North Yorkshire and was educated at Queen Mary’s School, and then Uppingham School for the Sixth Form. Following a gap year when she taught in a Kenyan school, she studied Archaeology and Ancient History at Nottingham University, then a PGCE in Primary Education at Roehampton. Camilla has taught children across all primary school ages, both in state and private settings, as well as working as a Curriculum Consultant for the London Grid for Learning. Her most recent post prior to joining Terrington Hall was at Devonshire House Preparatory School, (Hampstead, London). Here, Camilla was an Assistant Deputy Head and a Year Two Class Teacher. Camilla is delighted to have returned to settle in Yorkshire. She first came across Terrington Hall when she brought her children to the Monday Playgroup and was inspired to apply for a teaching position. Camilla loves running, walking in the countryside, reading and spending time with her friends and family.


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