St Davids Prep, Kent, Sports, Netball

Meet the Prep team

Meet the Prep Team, the form teachers and subject specialists who provide such an inspiring and innovative learning experience for our older children.

Holly Bishop, Year 3 Teacher and English Co-ordinator

It was always been my ambition to become a teacher. After leaving school, I completed a Geography degree at the University of Southampton, followed by a PGCE at Goldsmith’s College, London. I started my teaching career in Bromley, then spent 13 years working in Dulwich, leading Year 3 and working in a variety of year groups.

On my first visit to St David’s, I was struck by the warmth and enthusiasm which radiates from both the staff and the pupils, and it really is a pleasure to work here. I started here as the Librarian, and while books and reading remain very dear to me, being in the classroom is my true passion. I have such wonderful memories of my own school days, and I hope that I can play a part in creating similar experiences for the children that I teach.

When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, curling up with a good book and getting out and about for walks in the countryside.

Bilaal Mogul, Year 3 Teacher

Nathalie Skelton, Year 4 Teacher, MFL and History Co-ordinator

Having gained a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University, Nathalie qualified as a solicitor and worked for several years in the City as a projects lawyer.  She took a career break to bring up her three children and over the years spent time helping in her children’s school. She soon realised that the education sector was where her heart was and re-qualified as a primary school teacher.  She is bi-lingual in French and has a passion for history.

Nathalie says, “St David’s is a warm, welcoming school with a distinct family ethos. Its academic strengths combined with its encouragement of extra-curricular activities ensures a truly well-rounded education.”

Tierney Gibb, Year 4 Co-Teacher and MFL Teacher

I first joined St David’s in September 2019 in a small role helping out at before school club. The St David’s team welcomed me with open arms and I soon took on more roles helping out with the early years children. Working in a school environment, I soon realised that this is a passion of mine and a career path I’d love to take. I am now learning to be a teacher through the Open University. I feel very privileged to be part of such a brilliant team and I look forward to gaining many more fantastic experiences at St David’s.

Abigail Thackray, Deputy Head (Academic) Year 4 Teacher and Maths Co-ordinator

I have been teaching for over ten years, which makes me older than I feel! I started in Early Years initially, then worked in Year 1 and Year 2 before moving up to Key Stage 2. I have then spent the most of my teaching years in Years 3-5 and I love working with this age group. 

I am particularly passionate about teaching Maths. Having found it challenging myself in school, I want every child to feel like a confident mathematician and enjoy maths as much as I do now. I am passionate about the mastery approach to maths and the way it has the potential to give every child a successful foundational understanding and I plan to champion this in my role as Maths Coordinator. I also love reading and strongly believe that for those pupils who don’t enjoy it yet, there is the perfect book out there somewhere! 

Abigail says, “I am so excited to join the team here at St David’s. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming; you can really feel the nurturing and positive ethos that is so important to me in a school. I’m thrilled to be joining the Senior Leadership Team and look forward to this exciting new challenge.” 

“In my spare time, I enjoy running, watching and featuring in theatre productions, cooking and eating delicious food, as well as being an avid bookworm!

Brooke O’Sullivan, Year 4 Co-Teacher and MFL Teacher

I joined the St David’s team in the Autumn Term 2016 initially helping out with school trips and Sunset Club. I started working here full time as a Teaching Assistant in the Spring Term of 2019. I have worked with so many amazing teachers and other members of staff since being here, and have learned so much from all of them. I love the ‘family feel’ that I get from the staff, children and parents of St David’s and I look forward to coming to work every day.

This year I am progressing further into my teaching career as I am part of a job-share as class teacher in Year 4, alongside studying remotely to complete my teacher training. I also enjoy being a part of the Sports Team at St David’s, something I absolutely love as it is such a thrill to see children reaching their full potential in the many different sports that we cover.  

Chris House, Year 5 Teacher

I have recently joined St David’s after 7 years teaching at another Bromley Primary School. I found my love of classroom teaching through peripatetic music teaching across the county of Berkshire which I really enjoyed. I studied percussion at University having developed a passion for this over many years and am part of the Salvation Army band, performing all over the world since I was 18 years old. I look forward to bringing this same passion to St David’s.

I am a lover of football and music and enjoy both of these things in my spare time.

Rebecca Sowter, Year 6 Teacher and Music Co-ordinator

Becky has 30 years experience as a teacher, with 23 years in Bromley secondary schools before coming to St David’s to teach in Year 6. Having gained a music degree at Goldsmiths’ College, London University, Becky went on to complete a PGCE. Although loving the challenge of leading a thriving creative arts department, Becky decided to switch to primary teaching 7 years ago, relishing the opportunity to teach a broader range of subjects, particularly Maths and the humanities subjects.

St David’s is a very special place to learn where all the children have the most amazing opportunities in a caring and stimulating environment. My aim is to use my experience to develop the full potential of all St David’s pupils in and out of the classroom‘.

When away from the classroom, Becky enjoys being outdoors and active – camping, kayaking, cycling, walking and most recently, is a regular at Park Run.

Felicity Campbell, Computing and Drama Teacher

After gaining her honours degree in Education from Exeter University, Felicity has taught in several prep schools around the South East, latterly in Central London where she was in charge of computing.

Amongst other things, she loves listening to classical music and playing board games with her family!

She says ‘I enjoy a challenge, fixing things, learning and trying out new technology. I soon realised here at St David’s and with the Wishford involvement, I have a fabulous team to work with and an opportunity to keep using technology to enhance school learning and make a positive difference! Must go, I’ve got a robot to work on….’

Clare Pollard, Music Teacher

I started at St David’s several years ago, just before Christmas – a musician’s favourite time of year – initially to support the department with the Carol Service. Since then, I now am fortunate to teach Music in all classes from Pre-Reception to Year 5. Being able to work across the year groups I get to see the children develop their love for various genres and instruments. The children enjoy coming over to a different space for their lessons and the Music Cabin, currently situated amongst the trees and green space on the site, allows us to be as noisy and musical as we like together! 

I love to spend time listening to and playing music, visiting the theatre and really enjoy spending time with my family playing board games or going for walks together.

Gemma Hughes, Head of Sport

I joined St David’s in September 2019, alongside my son and two daughters who all loved the experience! As a qualified swimming coach, I have previously coached many St David’s children to be successful swimmers. I have also coached gymnastics for over 20 years. I have recently completed my ‘higher level teaching assistant’ qualifications and am incredibly excited to work to be part of the sports team at St David’s.

Gemma says, “in the short time I’ve been at St David’s, I realise it is the dream job for me. The strong nurturing culture within the school means that every teacher is passionate about providing the highest teaching standards and care for each and every child”.

Helen Younger, Teaching Assistant Year 3

Helen gained her diploma in 1996 and having worked in several schools and pre-schools in the local area, she feels very privileged to now be working at St David’s.

Helen says: ‘Since joining the school in September 2017, I have been made to feel a very valued member of staff. St David’s is a very happy friendly school and I settled in very quickly.

The staff believe in working together to meet the aims of the school whilst working towards common goals. I believe in encouraging children to be able to live up to their potential whilst promoting their education and care. I look forward to seeing the children grow in confidence and knowledge throughout their time at St David’s.

St David’s is an incredibly sociable and welcoming school and I am delighted to be a part of the team here. The children are encouraged to have their own voice and the pastoral care for each and every child makes this school a very special place

In her spare time she enjoys eating out (by the way she says the school dinners are fantastic!), theatre trips and holidays abroad.

Dannielle Merritt, Teaching Assistant Year 5 and Art Co-ordinator

Dannielle joined us in October 2014 after completing her FHEQ level 4 in supporting teaching and learning in primary schools. She joined us as a lunchtime supervisor and part time teaching assistant. In September 2015 she became a teaching assistant with Year 5. She is now currently working alongside Mr House in Year 5 and runs our ever popular Art Clubs.

Dannielle says: ‘I feel privileged to work at this amazing and welcoming school. St David’s is very much a family orientated school and the care and support the teachers and pupils receive is wonderful to witness on a daily basis‘.

Nicola Tickle, Teaching Assistant Year 3

I am Mrs Tickle and I live in Beckenham. I joined St David’s in November 2022 as a TA in pre-reception. I am currently part of the Year 3 team. In my spare time I love to keep active, so I am often out running or walking my dog. I enjoy cake making and decorating. I also enjoy reading, when I have time.

St David’s is a really lovely place to work. There is always a friendly atmosphere. No two days are the same! I enjoy seeing the children thrive and grow in confidence.