Terrington Hall Staff
Senior Management Team
Stephen was educated at St Olaveâ€™s and St Peterâ€™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.
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 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!
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 English to Year 6, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. Mia enjoys travelling and going to the theatre.
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.
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 manager. 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.
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.
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.
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 plays the church organ in Welburn. He enjoys exploring the Howardian Hills with his young family.
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 Lauraâ€™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.Â She also supports the girls' games staff in school, coaching Years 5-8.Â Outside of school, she likes camping, skiing and spending time with her partner, Luke, family and friends.
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.
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, Phil is a lifelong Leeds United supporter, horse racing enthusiast, geography geek and travel and art lover.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning Support and Teaching Assistants
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,
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.
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.
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.
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 several courses on supporting lthe development of numeracy and literacy skills in children. Elaine also enjoys helping with the make-up for the Schoolâ€™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.Â 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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen joined Terrington Hall School in September 2019. Originally from Wrelton, near Pickering, Karen lives in Brawby with her husband Glenn, daughter Zoe and a variety of dogs, cats and ponies. Karen has had a varied career including working in recruitment, IT and the tourism industry. Karen has had horses all her life and loves to compete at horse shows over the summer months. In addition she has a love of music and for many years was a semi-professional singer and bass player in a band. Her daughter, Zoe, spent three happy years at Terrington Hall School.
Esther joins us from a journalism background, having spent 15 years reading and reporting news for radio and TV stations around the country. She is responsible for the marketing strategy of the school and oversees the admissions process. Esther is passionate about communications and press freedom, and works for a charity which helps citizens living under authoritarian regimesÂ get their stories heard.Â She also co-hosts a lively radio phone-in show every week. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys dinosaur-themed days out with her family.
Gap Year Students
Having spent six months at Terrington as a gap student, Eden returns to work in the Boarding House, Pre-prep and Lower Prep whilst studying to be an EYFS Teacher. This is a career change for the graduate in Beauty Therapy and Fashion and Photographic makeup from the University of Tajmeel and The Norwich School of Beauty. Eden is a keen sports person who enjoys swimming, lifeguarding, hockey, netball and the dramatic arts. She is also a highly-qualified swimming instructor, aquatic baby and preschool tutor and Rookie Lifeguard Instructor and is enjoying teaching swimming throughout the school.
Sam joins Terrington Hall having a completed a BSc degree in Sports Coaching and Development at Bishop Burton College. Currently assisting in the Boarding House and with all aspects of boys' games, Sam is studying for his IGPCE qualification from Buckingham University. A keen rugby player who plays for Hull Ionians RUFC, Samâ€™s experience, knowledge and enthusiasm is welcomed by Terringtonâ€™s games staff, as is his smiling approachable face around school.