Meet the Prep Team, the form teachers and subject specialists who provide such an inspiring and innovative learning experience for our older children.
Lynne Kinnes, Year 3 Form Tutor and Maths Co-ordinator
After a brief career in marketing, Lynne trained as a teacher in 2002. Since then she has combined bringing up two children with working at a variety of schools in the Bromley area, teaching all ages from Reception to Year 6. Outside of school life, Lynne enjoys sports, especially netball, tennis and badminton. Family life is very important and she enjoys spending weekends and holidays with her family and taking her dog for long walks!
She says: From my first visit to St David’s I knew this school was a special place! The staff manage to create a truly friendly atmosphere and a caring environment which ensures that every child has the opportunity to really shine.
Nathalie Skelton, Year 4 Form Tutor and Geography and History Co-ordinator
Having gained a degree in Modern Language’s 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. It’s academic strengths combined with its encouragement of extra-curricular activities ensures a truly well-rounded education”.
Ellie Bonner, Year 5 Form Tutor and English Co-ordinator
Having gained a degree in English and Media studies from Sussex University and knowing I wanted to teach, this was closely followed with a PGCE in Primary Education at Goldsmiths University of London.
I have a particular passion for teaching English and am delighted therefore to be leading this subject across the whole school. I aim to ensure the strong tradition of teaching English at St David’s continues as well as introducing some fresh ideas to develop the pupils’ love of the subject.
I also love teaching sport and am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity presented to me to teach games in the Prep school. I hope to develop sports at St David’s in a range of disciplines, whilst also ensuring that the children understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I believe that sports begun at primary age build the foundations for children to recognise their specific skills and prepare them for secondary school and beyond.
In my spare time, I enjoy running and playing netball, spending time with friends and family and visits to concerts and the theatre.
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.
Alison McHugh, Director of Studies, Year 6M Form Tutor and PHSEE Co-ordinator
I have always had a love of working with children and from an early age knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have taught for 20 years in primary schools in Croydon and Bromley. For many years I have worked as a SENCO and have a particular interest in working and supporting pupils with dyslexia.
St David’s is a very special place to learn and work, a ‘family’ community where everyone is valued and supported to achieve their very best. As Director of Studies I enjoy working with the amazing staff team to ensure that we provide the best opportunities for pupils both in and out of the classroom.
Outside of school I enjoy creative hobbies, gardening and camping with my family.
Becky Sowter, Year 6S Form Tutor and Music Co-ordinator
Becky had wanted to be a teacher, for as long as she can remember. With a love of music and inspired by her Music and Physics teachers, she went to Goldsmiths’ College, University of London to study, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music. Although the first half of her teaching career was in secondary schools, she is thoroughly enjoying her move to prep school.
She says: In my spare time I love to go walking and cycling with my family and friends and I also love camping. I run a thriving community choir called SOL Choir, now six and a half years old, for the people of Eden Park and the surrounding area. I also lead the musical worship at St John’s, Eden Park where my family regularly attend.
Holly Bishop, Teacher and Librarian
It was always 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. I am thrilled to have joined the team at St. David’s. On my first visit I was struck by the warmth and enthusiasm which radiates from both the staff and the pupils, and I am thoroughly looking forward to working with all the children both in the classroom and during their visits to the library. Reading has always been a great passion of mine, and I love nothing more than escaping the hectic pace of daily life with two small children to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. The value of reading for young children is undeniable, both to broaden their vocabulary, and develop their imaginations. I really look forward to helping your children enjoy their reading journey and sharing my love of reading with them.
Simon Hunter, Teaching Assistant Year 4, Head of Games and Boys’ Pastoral Care
Simon Hunter joined St David’s a year after leaving school in 2009. He joined us as a student and has progressed throughout his years here in a number of different roles. Mr Hunter is Head of Games and in charge of Boys’ Pastoral Care. He has enjoyed passing on his knowledge of sport to all the pupils from Reception to Year 6. He teaches Science to most year groups He is currently going through an Open University course to give him his degree in ‘Primary Education’.
He says: The family atmosphere and happy faces attracted me to the school. I have always enjoyed watching the children progress all the way through the school and I like to think I have helped in their progression. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a caring and happy school!
Felicity Campbell, Computing 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….’
Dannielle Merritt, Teaching Assistant
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 Mrs Sowter in Year 6.
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.
Helen Younger, Teaching Assistant
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 have settled in very quickly. She will be working with Mrs Kinnes in Year 3.
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.’
In her spare time she enjoys eating out (by the way she says the school dinners are fantastic!), theatre trips and holidays abroad.