I think that I might really enjoy that! I love all aspects of teaching young children. I enjoy listening to music and I love going to the theatre. The talent and confidence of some of our pupils was incredible. During her time there, she delivered training to staff and parents on all areas of teaching and learning English as well as training to staff from Nursery to Year 13 at international schools, on the implementation of a new curriculum as well as how to delivery outstanding lessons. I love the way they rise to the challenge– often leading me in direction! ): Arthur, Eirlys and Bertie. Equally, architecture interests me and designing my own dream home sounds enticing, so perhaps an Architect. One day I can be taking the U8 rugby team then the next firing the trebuchet which we built across the Nevill field. We love the outdoors, so we often go for long walks on the forest. If I weren’t a teacher, I would likely be a personal trainer or sports coach. I am a bee keeper and am constantly fascinated by these pollinating creatures and the importance of their role in the world. She has had a long and varied career in Education spending many years teaching in Crawley before moving to teach within the Independent Sector. She then returned to Manchester and completed an MFA in Creative Writing, which included writing a full length Young Adult fiction book. The children! 1,939 were here. The sheer variety of opportunity for students at Brambletye is breathtaking and it is great to be a part of this. She joined Brambletye with Will in September 2015 and is fully involved with school life as well as being responsible for the school’s marketing. Brambletye brings many memorable moments. I am definitely in the right job but if life had taken another direction than maybe something creative such as being a glass blower. I have had a fulfilling and rewarding career within Early Years for the past 24 years and I joined Brambletye as a Nursery Teaching Assistant in September 2020. I quickly discovered that it is a special place to work. It’s always such a lovely surprise to see how much the children have changed over the summer! Rob Mason has spent his career in the sports marketing business, recently founding the consultancy Inform Network following his time at IMG. Nick Perry is the Managing Partner of the London office of law firm Bird & Bird LLP. How to choose?! I love sport! Sarah joined Rugby School Thailand in September 2017 after five years as an ‘outstanding’ Assistant Head and Head of Pre-Prep at Feltonfleet Prep, a private school in southern England. I have to say though, I have always loved shoes and a Saturday job in a shoe shop would be rather fun. It is a privilege to work with children on a 1:1 or small group basis. The event ran perfectly with great races, school records and fun all-round. Head of History, Assistant Head (Academic). For me, teaching children is the most fulfilling profession anyway but  Brambletye’s busy life also brings so much variety to it. The children at Brambletye have a contagious enthusiasm for school life and it’s hard not to feel uplifted when listening to them recount the plethora of experiences they have in just one day! Passion/HobbiesChoral singing is my great passion. Sixteen lessons or parts of lessons were seen and 12 teachers were observed. I cook Japanese food and practice ikebana. Appointments are recommended by a Governor Nominations Sub-Committee and approved by the full Board. Designing and building my own house. Registration Number: 957506Registered charity number: 307003, I have been an Early Years Teaching Assistant for 8 years and absolutely feel like it’s what I am destined to do. The carols around the Christmas tree, the plays, the House Knockout,… They all make this school very special. While there are no current vacancies, you are welcome to contact the Chairman of Governors at the email address stated on the contact page if you feel you have the requisite skills and are interested in joining the Board in due course. Numerous parents remarked that it was “Back to the good old days” and I took this as a complement. I am passionate about making the subject ‘real’ and wherever possible linking it with other subjects across the curriculum as well as bringing it into context by referencing how it fits in with current affairs. In Canada, she taught French to classes of Canadian immigrants of  all ages, from 5 years old to adult. She trained as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teacher at McGill University in Montreal and moved to England in 2011. I enjoy seeing the children achieving things that they thought they couldn’t do. I like nothing more than seeing the happy faces of the children running out to the games fields on a sunny afternoon. Simon Leefe is a founding member of 24Haymarket, a group of angel investors backing early stage companies in the UK. I love to read and I am currently working on my second book. I love teaching in a creative and inspiring way and making learning fun and engaging for the children. The children’s natural enthusiasm is infectious and this makes the job so rewarding and enjoyable. Brambletye was built in 1896 by Donald Larnach, former Director of the Bank of New South Wales, as his country retreat. This is my ‘perfect’ job…but, being a rock journalist was high on the list for many years as was P.A. The school includes a Pre-preparatory department, which takes boys and girls aged 2.5-7 years. Year 2 Teaching Assistant and 'Stay & Play' Coordinator. I also love the family feel that Brambletye  has and seeing how well staff support each other and how approachable the Senior Management Team are. Sports day 2016 will live long in the memory. Spare time is taken up in the garden or walking the South Downs. I joined Brambletye in November 2007, after many years in IT and accounting. My children keep me busy enough! Dawn leads an outstanding team of Pre-Prep practitioners who work hard to inspire children with a passion for life and learning and the desire to be ‘their best selves’. Weekend activities including Art club every Sunday morning. From the everyday to the sublime, it’s extremely rewarding to help the children develop in so many different ways. Passion/HobbiesI love travelling with my family, playing tennis, taking in the countryside on a walk with Hercules the dog, eating a lot and getting lost in a fantastic book. Having lived in China and Japan I enjoy bringing different cultures to life. She joined Brambletye in 2008 as Head of Pre-Prep. I have played a lot of rugby but as I have got older and my family has grown, I have found that I have been consigned more and more to the role of spectator. Oh crikey….loads of things! One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is preparing the children for their transition into Year 3 and the exciting new opportunities of the Prep school. The competition even extends to the picnics and our parents certainly know how to throw a party! Our website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. Philip Lough was Headmaster of three prep schools – Windlesham House School in West Sussex, The Hall, Hampstead and subsequently Westminster Under School. Brambletye is a leading co-educational day and boarding prep school in West Sussex for pupils aged 2-13. Visit the Royal Pavilion, shop in the Lanes or eat out in some of Brighton's amazing restaurants. It was a joy to be a part of. He completed his PGCE at Buckingham University and his MBA at Keele University. If you weren’t a headmaster’s wife…This is my second career and I wouldn’t change it for anything! Upon realising teaching was the career for her, she completed a PGCE and taught in Devon before moving to Dubai, where she spent many happy years being both Head of Year and then Head of English at Repton, Dubai. If you weren’t a member of the Brambletye Common Room…. The children at Brambletye are so lucky to be surrounded by passionate teachers, immersing themselves in a vast amount of activities; it is clear that they are more confident and charismatic learners because of this. One day you can be visiting the pigs on the lower field, before taking children on the zip wire or doing an English lesson in the tree house. As a class teacher and form tutor I play a very active part in the department and you will often find me playing the piano for many of our plays and performances. I  worked as a teaching assistant in the Brambletye Nursery for 3 years. I could happily travel around the world, playing professional golf for huge sums of money. During the recent lockdown I rediscovered my love of running (I have previously completed a marathon and triathlon but that was many moons ago!) The best bit however is the great variety that comes with the life of a prep school teacher. I studied child development both at school and college and always knew I would work with young children. My role involves working with all the year groups. Doing a job that you know you were always destined to do is extremely rewarding and the children at Brambletye make the job great fun as they are so enthusiastic. I have had many precious moments at Brambletye but it is seeing the day-in day-out progress of children in my care that gives me the greatest satisfaction. Josh read English Literature and Spanish at the University of Exeter;  On graduating, he worked in Jersey in Offshore Finance for two years before qualifying as a teacher. No two days are the same and I never tire of the children’s enthusiasm for life and learning. Summer barbecues and dinner parties with friends are great fun as well as evenings in the pub! FAR too many to mention as music lends itself very nicely to enjoying many wonderful moments. I’d seek a job with the ECB of England Hockey to promote cricket or hockey, respectively. I am also a life-long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC and get to their matches whenever time (and funds!) Anything to do with renovating, buying or selling houses and I would be happy! It was a poignant reminder of the legacy of those who had come before us and the unifying ties there are in a School such as ours; bringing the past and present together in a very special way. I especially enjoy walking in the New Forest and in the Lake District. I also lived in southern Spain for eight years, working in an International School. The passion of the school from  everyone and the infectious enthusiasm from the pupils, along with their charming nature, has impressed me beyond expectation. A co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 2 – 13in the heart of the Sussex countryside. She joined Brambletye in September 1996. There are plenty of achievements to celebrate at Brambletye . Working in conservation, in some way, shape or form. Sport is a huge passion of mine, especially playing netball and anything to do with rugby. Spending time with the pupils and watching them thrive… that’s why I came into the profession in the first place! Naomie joined the French Department at Brambletye in September 2012. The sense of community spirit and genuine dedication and pride in everything that happens here is truly unique. Nick was appointed Brambletye’s Bursar in November 2014 and is responsible for all non-academic elements of the School. Sam studied to be a Sports teacher directly after sitting A levels and has always been a keen sportsman and coach. I am also a lifelong supporter of Scottish Rugby – sadly this only adds to the long list of frustrations! I can see myself running a small holding, growing my own produce, rearing my own livestock to cook with and sell at markets, maybe even opening up a pop up restaurant. Assistant Head (Pastoral), Head of English. If I weren’t a teacher I would happily work as a gardener; I’d ideally like to build my own multi-faceted outside space from which I could harvest produce to use in the kitchen. Brambletye teaches a broad curriculum leading ultimately to the Common Entrance or Academic Scholarship examinations at 13+. I particularly enjoy teaching Phonics, Mathematics and Art. Gary has held numerous positions: Inclusion Advisor, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. However it is the little one-off day-to-day moments I love the most. If you weren’t a teacher/bursar/HM wife what would you be? Before joining Brambletye in 2014 Sam was the Deputy Headmaster at St Aubyns school in Brighton. I enjoy working with a talented and committed team in a busy, happy, and inspiring learning environment. Witnessing the 187 Art scholars receive their good news. Wightman, M.F.A., B.A., P.G.C.E. I’d be a camera operator in the film industry! I joined Brambletye in the summer of 1992. Over the years I have travelled widely around Europe but my favourite place to visit is Italy – especially to sample the food and wine! She started teaching in London in 1988 and was Headmistress of Eaton House ,Belgravia for 17 years.She is now an Educational Consultant.Lucy lives in London with her husband,Damian. I really enjoy being able to help students realise their potential and encourage them to always give things a go. I would probably like to be a theatre producer or director or go into the world of Marketing. She joined Brambletye in September 2017. Will went to Glenalmond College, in Perthshire before going on to read English, Sociology and Ancient History at Durham University. I believe passionately that young children can achieve their best when happy, secure, and stimulated through exciting ways of learning. David read Medical Imaging at Liverpool University before completing a PGCE at Edge Hill University. Meet the staff who inspire, teach and support your children. The school includes a Pre-preparatory department, which takes boys and girls aged 2.5-7 years. Spending quality time with my family, exploring our village and local surrounding areas, going on picnics, and spending days out together at farms, theme parks etc. If you weren’t the Director of Music…..what would you be? He is married to Amber and they have three young daughters. It was an important reminder of what it means to belong to a School such as this. I also love the theatre and annually visit the West End with my daughter to watch the musicals. He holds an MA in Educational Management and a Doctorate in Education, specialising in School Leadership.Alex’s first teaching post was at Charterhouse where he spent 11 successful years in various posts including Head of Theology, Head of Higher Education and Careers and Housemaster. I love practical science and enthusing children in this area should be reward enough. I love spending time with my family and Hector our cocker spaniel. One of the real joys of teaching is opening pupils’ minds to new experiences so I’m sure I would enjoy planning and leading expeditions to far flung corners of the world. Apart from assisting overseas pupils with their studies, she has produced numerous costumes for Brambletye’s dramatic productions. I love to be outside in the countryside or by the beach. I also go outdoors as much as possible, and this normally involves my two main loves of walking and picnics. A typical day  involves teaching Art &  DT, then down to the sports field for games, back to the art room and then upstairs to supervise boarding. Helping the children begin their educational journey and seeing them develop in confidence, knowledge and skills, ready to embrace life in the Prep school is the most rewarding aspect of my role. I feel that I am more fortunate than most. He met his wife Molly, in Houston, Texas and they were married in the Brambletye chapel in 2010. It moved to its present location in the Sussex countryside on the southern outskirts of East Grinstead in 1933. Spending time with my children exploring somewhere or something new; hiking, snowboarding and scuba diving; good food and cooking – though it is always a treat to be cooked for! Having worked primarily in secondary schools, I find the enthusiasm and the joy of learning demonstrated by the pupils at Brambletye to be a breath of fresh air. He is a qualified accountant and worked for a large accountancy practice before embarking in a career in schools in 2009. The simple things in life make me very happy. One minute I can be in my classroom giving a lesson on the Perfect Tense, and the next I can be on a netball court umpiring a match or in the theatre directing a play rehearsal. Would definitely I love architecture and interior design, so anything involving designing and creating would make me happy. I’d waitress at a beach bar in Barbados or a surf beach in North Cornwall! That wasn’t in the Job Description I was given! I read English and trained to be a teacher at the University of Chichester. Miles’s specialist area is providing investment advice to a range of UK institutions. I think my Best Brambletye Moment has to be during my first winter when I was in Nursery. I haven’t been at Brambletye long but I really enjoyed my first experience of boarding on the Sunday before school started. I would definitely choose a job that involved close contact with people. ), surfing in Cornwall (my second home) or just enjoying a picnic by the sea. The sense of community spirit and genuine dedication and pride in everything that happens here is truly unique. Definitely my first Christmas carol service at St Swithans. The Brambletye team spirit. Having worked for 2 years in the Swiss Alps I have a passion for the outdoors and skiing in particular. Although I am busy raising a young family I still love the thrill of competition. Playing football for the first time in my life as part of the Years 5 and 6 Girls’ Football Tournament. Sue read Biology and Psychology with a PGCE at the University of Keele. The humour, enjoyment and talent on display was entertaining and lovely to see. When Michelle’s children started school, she began working  as a support worker with Young Epilepsy before completing a PGCE. I am a keen skier and enjoy photography and golf. I’d either like to perform in a music band (but low key!) A year later he qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Our website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. She joined Brambletye in 2011 as Head’s PA and subsequently took on the Registrar role in 2012. The cheapest way to get from Brighton to Brambletye School costs only £5, and the quickest way takes just 33 mins. My other passion is spending time with my family and visiting National Trusts with them. In fact, he is a Brambletye pet, being part of a litter of puppies from one of our families here. I would be keen to run my own business in catering. or I’d quite like to run a B&B down in the West Country. Brambletye is situated between East Grinstead and Forest Row. Charis read Drama at the University of Manchester, before working as a legal secretary whilst contemplating a career in law and then moving to London to work in television production. He is an Old Brambletyean and has a son at the school. It is a proper old-fashioned evening that would be hard to replicate anywhere else. In my spare time I like going to the Cinema and reading books, I also have two dogs. Whether it’s enjoying long walks with my two Labradors (followed by a yummy pub lunch! History Brambletye was founded at Sidcup Place, Kent in 1919. I think it’s hard to find a more fulfilling career than teaching but working for an NGO would certainly appeal. Rome2rio is a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. A huge choice of gyms and healthy eating places and shops.1 The SquareTaffelsTablehurst Cafe. I currently teach Reception; the age group where my heart lies! with Merit, from the University of Sussex. Brambletye is one of the top feeder schools for the best public schools in the country. Naomie McKie studied in Quebec, Canada. If I weren’t a teacher I would like to be a famous author (mostly to get the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing. The belief that I can make a difference – no matter how small! She joined Brambletye in 2008 as a Year 4 teacher before being appointed Director of Music in 2009. They are encouraged to reach for the skies, challenge, develop key skills and ideas. I would love to run a book shop. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a variety of jobs so far but if I had to opportunity to choose a different career I would love to be a doctor or an Educational Psychologist. Every child in years 1 and 2 of Pre-Prep attends booster group courses with a maximum of three pupils, focusing on numeracy, literacy and handwriting. During the last year I embarked on a year off to travel the world; this was unfortunately cut short by Covid-19 but we still managed to visit France, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. allow. Before joining Brambletye inJanuary 2019 Nicky was an Assistant Head teacher, in charge of Inclusion, across two primaryschools. Before coming to Brambletye he has worked as a Gap Student, as a class teacher in the maintained sector as well as being a Head of History at his previous school. After having my two children, who are now both at secondary school, I feel very grateful to have joined Brambletye in September 2018. An old railway line stretching for 10 miles from East Grinstead to Groombridge. Genuine joy and happiness from us all! Upon his return he completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education before teaching in a UK school and then spent six very happy years teaching in Dubai, during which time he also completed an MA in Education. I am a teaching assistant in the Pre -Prep department. After studying engineering at Uni and working in aerospace I found my niche in teaching. This is the year when the magic happens and children begin to learn to read and write. After 3 more years at a primary school in Norfolk, Will made the move to Brambletye in September 2017. I studied child development both at school and college and always knew I would work with young children. Brambletye School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils between the ages of 2 and 13. She is married to Iori, an Army Chaplain, and they have a daughter and a son. Brambletye School Brambletye is an independent day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged 7-13.5 years, situated in beautiful grounds in rural Sussex. It really does feel like one very large family, with everyone able to enjoy each individual child’s success. Tom is married to Elisabeth and they have a son and a daughter. By continuing and using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device. I enjoy travel, sailing, pottering about in the garden and when I have the time pursuing my more adventurous hobbies like green laning in my 4×4 or kite buggying along a beach. All the children were dressed up in French outfits with little mustaches drawn on their faces. I love to spend as much time as I can with my 2 daughters. Miles Marten was educated at Ardingly College, before he went on to study at Southbank University London, graduating with a degree in Estate Management. Assistant Head (Academic), Head of History. But I have to agree with Amelia, Carols Round the Christmas Tree for all the boarders and the residential staff and families on the last night of the Autumn Term remains a very special Brambletye tradition. After teaching in London for a couple of years, he returned to Brighton where he taught and completed his Masters in Education. I have been very tempted in the past and once made an offer on a business in Yorkshire. I enjoy the challenge and the creative element of planning lessons; the fact that no one day is the same as the last; and sharing my passion for learning languages with the students. When we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears, made porridge, went for a walk only to return and find Goldilocks had eaten Flora’s porridge! I have been an Early Years Teaching Assistant for 8 years and absolutely feel like it’s what I am destined to do. I also can’t wait for all the performances this year and to witness some Brambletye magic on stage. I think that I especially like the freedom. Next she spent a term teaching at Pembroke,  a boarding school in Kenya where she taught Maths and History and was a Houseparent in the boys’ house, before joining Brambletye in January 2019. 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