Meet our Class Teachers

 

Sarah Fleming: Reception Teacher

Over the course of her teaching career, Sarah has taught in a number of schools across Surrey and is most passionate about ensuring excellent Early Years provision. She believes that getting it right from the beginning of a child's education will provide them with the building blocks for success in later life. In her spare time she enjoys painting and playing the piano. 

"I am really looking forward to working alongside my new colleagues at Banstead Prep. The prospect of setting up a new school and bringing all the outstanding elements of its predecessor schools together is truly exciting and I can't wait to get started."

 

Eloise Bolger: Reception Teacher and EYFS Co-ordinator

Eloise is a teacher with a wealth of experience in Early Years. She successfully managed the implementation of the online learning journey ‘Tapestry’ at Priory and is currently undertaking a Masters at the University of Roehampton in Educational Leadership and Management. 

"I am really excited about working at Banstead Prep and look forward to using the fantastic facilities to support all pupils in Early Years to flourish and become well rounded, confident and happy individuals, creating the foundations for a lifelong love of learning."

 

Hollie Murphy: Year 1 Teacher

Hollie has 6 years’ experience teaching a range of ages from 4 to 18. She studied a first degree of Russian and German at the University of Exeter and has a passion for enthusing children in the speaking of Modern Foreign Languages. Hollie is really excited to use her experience and range of skills to teach Year 1 pupils and support with their wider learning.

"I am enthusiastic to welcome a class of boys and girls into an exciting new entity."

Laura Grace: Year 2 Teacher, Computing and IT

Laura is a successful class teacher who has experience teaching in both Key Stage 1 and 2. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Year 1 and is excited to continue in this year group next year, together with teaching computing in Key Stage 2. She is passionate about e-safety and using technology to enhance and empower learners in the digital age.

“I am really looking forward to developing an exciting and engaging Computer Science Curriculum for Banstead Prep School; alongside a vibrant and inspiring Year 1 class.”

Hannah Law: Year 2 Teacher

Hannah has worked in Year 2 for three years now and previous to this spent a year in Year 3. She enjoys the challenge and variety that Year 2 offers whilst assisting pupils to grow socially, emotionally and academically.  She believes strongly that school should be a happy time for children where they can flourish in a nurturing, supportive environment that strives to get the best out of each individual pupil in all aspects of life.  

"I am very pleased to be working as part of the Banstead Prep team where my beliefs are shared. I am excited about all the new adventures that the school will offer children."

Julie Windett: Year 3 Teacher and Assistant Head (Pastoral)

Julie is currently Head of the Junior Department and a Year 3 class teacher at Greenacre School, so she has significant experience in leadership and management in a prep setting. Julie supports with embedding the aims and ethos of the school and is passionate about ensuring the academic and pastoral needs of pupils are catered for. Julie has a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education and PE and a Diploma of Higher Education in Art. An ex-international sportswoman, Julie understands the importance of creating great teams.

“I am excited at the prospect of helping every child settle into their new school and being proud of all it stands for.”

Matt Ayling: Form Teacher and Specialist Leader - Art

Having completed his BA Hons in Fine Art, Matt Ayling designed the highly successful Art & Design curriculum for Priory and is now looking forward to taking this forward; adapting, enhancing, and making use of the great new space, facilities and resources available at Banstead Prep.

“I am excited to be a part of Banstead Prep School and look forward to delivering an exciting, experimental and inclusive Art & Design curriculum that inspires children, builds creative confidence and fosters a love of art."

Angela Dziedziela: Form Teacher and Specialist Leader - English and Drama / Curriculum

Since completing her MA in Theatre in Education in 2000, Angela has taught English and drama to pupils ranging from 7 to 18 and led productions for several events including the Shakespeare Schools Festival.  Angela has also helped enable pupils to achieve academic scholarships and gain schools of their first choice as part of the 11+ English preparation.

“Communication is a fundamental skill for all pupils.  I look forward to ensuring that all pupils reach exceptional standards in both writing and speaking and listening.”

Jason Ford: Form Teacher and Assistant Head (Academic)

Currently Director of Studies at Priory Preparatory School, Jason has experience in all areas of teaching and learning, both in academics and sport, with vast experience of teaching English for 11+ preparation. As a key member of the SLT, Jason has also taken responsibility in key areas such as Senior School transition, monitoring pupil progress and inspection preparation. He is currently completing a dissertation for his MA in Educational Leadership and Management and plays rugby and cricket for local clubs.

“The challenge of being involved in developing the school and shaping the direction of it in the future is one I look forward to.”

Dr Clare Baines: Form Teacher and Specialist Teacher - Maths

Clare has a Maths PhD and is passionate about primary maths education, where the love of all things ‘numberful’ begins. She has taught in mixed state primary schools for the past 14 years.

“I'm happy to be joining BPS at the start of its journey and look forward to working with a wonderful team. I'm already excitedly planning the Active Maths opportunities that the amazing site will offer!”

Sarah Holmes, Form Teacher

Sarah Holmes has taught for 9 years predominately as a Year 3 and 4 class teacher.  For the past year, she has co-ordinated and taught science across the KS2 range.

"I really enjoy making my lessons as creative as possible.  I like to engage the children by providing them with a purpose for learning. My aim is to provide every child with the opportunity to reach their full potential. The opportunity to work for Banstead Preparatory School with access to all of the amazing resources is incredibly exciting.”

Ian Tunnell: Form Teacher

Ian studied Music and Education studies at Homerton College, Cambridge and completed his teacher training at Hughes Hall, Cambridge and received his MA (Cantab) from Homerton College in 2010. He has taught across a variety of year groups at Greenacre and still loves teaching just as much as when he started!

“I am very much looking forward to starting my 10th year of my career teaching Year 3 at the new Banstead Prep School. Being part of a forward looking and dynamic team building new traditions and an exciting curriculum is an exciting prospect. Teaching in a co-educational setting will be great fun and I’m sure I will find some fabulous school trips to go on!”

Sarah Nunn, Reception Teacher and Head of Pre-Prep

Sarah is Head of Early Years and Head of Assessment and Data at Bramley School. She is keen to enrich learning and recently introduced highly successful ‘Welly Walks’ into the Early Years curriculum to enhance hands-on positive experiences within the wider community. Sarah has taught all age groups at primary level all and has specialised in maths; currently, she leads Gifted and Talented sessions for the most able mathematicians in Year 6. Sarah has led Early Years ISI Inspection preparation and helped secure an excellent inspection at Bramley in 2016. Sarah has also completed the London Marathon and the Prudential Ride 100.

“Fundamentally, my belief is that all children deserve the best opportunities we can give them to ignite their excitement to learn and support them as they start to develop their learning styles and preferences. Happy children learn best.”

Kirsty Denny: Form Teacher

After gaining a degree in Medical Biochemistry, Kirsty worked for 14 years as a Research Biochemist, speaking at international symposia and writing articles for scientific publications, before moving into teaching. Since then she has taught across all year groups from Early Years to Year 6, in both state and independent schools. Currently Year 6 Form Teacher and Head of Maths at Bramley, she has experience of teaching Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning for 11+ preparation and has helped students gain places and academic scholarships to a variety of senior schools.

“I am excited to be part of BPS at the beginning of its journey and am looking forward to helping pupils flourish into confident learners and achieve their full potential.”

Liz Nissan: Form Teacher and Specialist Leader - English / Reading, Language, Library and Cross Curriculum

Liz has taught across the primary age range, as well as at secondary and university levels.  She is excited by the prospect of fostering a love of reading and language throughout Banstead Prep in her new role as an English Subject Specialist. Her varied career before settling on teaching included working as a researcher, writer and editor.

“As well as developing a love of reading and language for its own sake, the development of a high level of skill in reading, writing and speaking is so important for children’s future success, whatever direction they choose to take – I’m very much looking forward to this important new role!”

Ed Jeens: Form Teacher and Specialist Leader - Mathematics

Ed is a successful teacher who is passionate about maths. His interest in target rifle shooting has seen him compete across much of the globe, representing Wales and Great Britain, most recently shooting for GB in the World Long Range Championships in the USA. 

“Banstead Prep School has the opportunity to be the most desirable and successful prep school in the county and I am looking forward to helping the school realise this potential."

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