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Mr G Entwisle


BA (Hons) Loughborough

Giles Entwisle joined Durston House in September 2020. For the previous seven years Giles was Headmaster of Bede’s Preparatory School in Eastbourne, the prep school of Bede’s senior school. Before that he was Deputy Head at Highfield School in Liphook, Hampshire, and Housemaster at Holmewood House in Tunbridge Wells. In total he has taught at five different prep schools, all of them with strong reputations and high standards of teaching and pastoral care.

Giles began his career as a languages teacher, qualifying from Bristol University in 1992. He has an Honours degree in Modern European Studies from Loughborough University, and is married to Regina, a Spanish teacher. They have two children aged 21 and 16.

Mr W J Murphy

Deputy Head

BA (Auckland) DipTch

William Murphy joined Durston House, as Deputy Head in May 2000, having previously worked as an English teacher in other London prep schools. Born and educated in New Zealand, he lived and worked in Asia before coming to the UK. William has a love of all things Spanish, and spends as much time as possible there, brushing up on his communication skills, enjoying the sea air and sampling its culinary delights. He is a keen theatre-goer, lists A Confederacy of Dunces as his favourite book and, being a Kiwi, has rugby in his veins.

Mrs J Twyford


Jenny was recruited as Bursar at Durston House in January 2005, having previously been the Bursar at a Prep School and an Adult Education College. Born in South Africa but brought up and educated in Ealing, she has run her own business and worked as a Finance Executive in the industrial chemical manufacturing industry. Jenny has two children and five grandchildren; is a keen tennis player, having played competitively in the Middlesex League, and continues to play regularly.

Miss J Chisholm

Head of Studies Administration

BEd (Canada) QTS

Jennifer joined Durston House as Studies Manager in 2018. Born and raised in Canada, she has called London home since 2011. Jennifer has worked across a variety of school settings, most recently as a Year 3 and 4 Teacher and a member of the management team at a prep school in North London. She enjoys travelling extensively throughout Europe and is most at home in the mountains, having ski raced competitively as a child.

Ms D Finlayson

Acting Head of Pre-Prep

BSc (Hons) (Middx) PGCE

Dawn has worked at Durston House since 2010, where she spent 3 years teaching in Year 1 before taking over as Head of Reception. This is her 3rd spell as Acting Head of Pre-Prep at Durston! Before her move to London, Dawn worked with 5-12 year olds in schools across Scotland, including the Highlands and the Lothians.

Dawn enjoys music, both as a performer and in the audience, and regularly plays her flute with the Durston School Orchestra. In the school holidays she can usually be found in a theatre or arena somewhere in the UK, enjoying some Musical Theatre or a pop or rock concert (or several!)

Miss P Orr

Head of Junior School

BEd (Australian Catholic University)

Philippa Orr completed a Bachelor of Education in Australia and has worked in various educational settings from early childhood to special education. Eager to travel and experience new horizons, she moved to London in 2016 and joined Durston House in 2017 as a Year 4 Form Tutor and has held a variety of roles in Middle and Upper School.

Originally from Melbourne, Philippa can’t help but have a keen love of food and coffee, and enjoys exploring London’s Gastronomic scene. When not eating or cooking, Philippa spends her time in London’s parks and looks forward to yoga classes, theatre and travelling abroad.

Mr D Stock

Director of Studies

BSc (Hons) (St Mary’s) PGCE

Dominic grew up in leafy Kent. He moved to London for his degree in Physical and Sport Education, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Starting Durston in 2011, he has held positions in Junior School, Middle and Upper School, mixing class teaching, History and PE/Games, before joining the Senior Management Team, as Director of Studies, in September 2018. Always a keen sportsman, Dominic enjoys playing both codes of rugby, having represented Harlequins Rugby League and now playing on the wing for Twickenham Rugby Football Club.

Mrs C Green

Head of ComplementaryCurriculum

BA (St Mary’s) MA (OU) QTS

Ealing born and bred, Clare Green returned to her roots after boarding at Taunton School and studying to be a teacher at St Mary’s, Twickenham. She joined the staff of Durston in 1999, initially as a Year 3 class teacher. Her focus, now, is heading the History Department, as well as managing the co-curricular life of the school, as a member of the management team. Clare has combined all this with being a Durston mother. Family life is her joy. Travelling with her husband and children, both within the UK and abroad, keeps her holidays busy; she is proud to have visited all the National Parks in the British Isles. When not baking or doing the ‘karate run’, Clare likes to escape to the world of the theatre.

  • Governors


    Mr S A Armstrong
    Marketing & former Durston House parent

    Andy has an broad commercial background in Event Management, Charity, Entertainment, FMCG and B2B business sectors.  His last Executive role was as CEO of a leading RAF Charity responsible for staging the annual Royal International Air Tattoo.   Former Durston parent.

    Ms A Collier
    Solicitor, Business Consultant & former Durston House parent

    Ms Ann Collier (LLB Hons) originally qualified as a solicitor. She has also been a lecturer at the College of Law and more recently has been Head of Learning & Development in two large City law firms. She now works as an executive coach and business consultant. Former Durston parent with a son and a daughter.

    Mrs S Girn
    Solicitor & former Durston House parent

    Mrs Shally Girn is a solicitor practising employment law, in house, in a global law firm, advising on partner and employee issues and disputes in the UK and International offices. She is a former Durston parent of two boys.

    Dr T Girn
    Chartered Accountant & former Durston House parent

    Dr Tom Girn is a Chartered Accountant and director of AP Benson management consultants. He specialises in corporate turnaround and finance.

    Mr D G Henshall (Co-Chairman)
    Solicitor & former Durston House parent

    David Henshall qualified as a Solicitor and is currently specialising in cross-frontier commercial disputes. Former Durston Parent.

    Ms J Honigsberger
    Data Analytics Consultant (Retired) & former Durston House parent

    Ms Julia Honigsberger retired in 2020 following a career as consulting director at Thorogood Associates, a global data analytics firm with its headquarters in West London.  Former Durston Parent.

    Mr K Mahoney (Co-Chairman)
    Chartered Surveyor

    Kevin Mahoney is a retired Chartered Surveyor with 35 years’ experience in commercial property, specialising in shopping centre development and asset management across Europe.

    Sally-Anne Huang
    High Master of St Paul’s School

    Sally-Anne Huang was educated at Bolton School prior to reading Classics and English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.  She also has an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management and a Masters degree in Children’s Literature, which is a personal passion of hers. Sally-Anne is High Master of St Paul’s School and experienced in governance of both boarding and prep schools.

    Dr Richard Maloney
    Headmaster of Uppingham School

    Richard joined  Uppingham as Headmaster in September 2016 after seven years as Headmaster and CEO of the St Bede’s School Trust in East Sussex.

    Ben Purkiss
    Headmaster at Caterham Preparatory School

    Ben is a Surrey Prep School Head who, over the course of his career has worked in a variety of Prep and Secondary schools across Kent, Surrey and Sussex in pastoral and academic leadership.

  • Heads of Department

    Miss C Barnes BA (Hons) (London) MA (London) PGCE — Head of English

    Mr R Bester Higher HiDipED (Durban) — Head of Geography

    Mr M Datoo BSc (Hons) (Hertfordshire) MSc (Leicester) PGCE — Head of Science

    Mr S Glassington BSc (Hons) (Southampton) QTS — Head of PE / Games

    Mrs A Gorard BA (Liverpool) PCGE — Head of Learning Support / SENCO

    Mrs C Green BA (St Mary’s) MA (OU) QTS — Head of History

    Mrs A Hryschuk BEd (Canada) — Head of Art

    Mrs E Jones BSc (Hons) (Cardiff) PGCE — Head of French

    Mr P Nielsen BA (Hons) (Lyon) MA (Lyon) PGCE — Head of IT and Computer Science

    Mrs K Palamarchuk MA (Krakow) PGCE — Head of Music

    Mr D Rajah BA HDEd (Natal) QTS — Head of Mathematics

    Mrs C Saigau BA MA (Galati) MTeach (IOE London) QTS — Head of Latin

    Mrs A Stiglingh MA (Joint Hons) (Edinburgh) QTS — Acting Head of Reception

    Mrs E Williams PDT AdvCertEd (Cape Town) — Head of PSHME

    Mr L Williams BA (Rhodes) BA (Hons) (W. Cape) DipTch — Head of TPR

  • Teaching Staff

    Mrs D Adhami BEd (Hons) (West Midlands College) — Pre-Prep

    Mr E U Bassey BA (Hons) (Nsukka) MA (Lagos) DipMusEd — Music

    Miss C Barr BSc (Ireland) PGCE — Pre-Prep

    Miss J Beaumont BA (Otago) QTS — Pre-Prep (Reception)

    Mr A Bendas BA (Romania) QTS — PE / Games

    Miss R Buchanan BA (Double Major) (Auckland) GradDipEd — Pre-Prep (Reception)

    Mr W Coetzer BA (Hons) (Johannesburg) PGCE — Junior School

    Mr M Datoo BSc (Hons) (Hertfordshire) MSc (Leicester) PGCE — Science

    Miss M Dhir BA (Hons) (West of England) MA (Lancaster) PGCE — Pre-Prep

    Miss S Easton BA (Hons) (London) — Junior School

    Mr H Eghvay BSc (Hons) (Westminster) PGCE — Science

    Mr J Foxall BA (Hons) (Cardiff) MA (London) PGCE — French

    Miss A Ingram BA (Otago) GradDipEd — Pre-Prep

    Mr P Kanvar BA (Hons) (London) PGCE — Mathematics

    Mr R Koya BSc (Bath) PGCE — PE / Games

    Mrs J Lin BA (Hons) (Michigan) MEd (Phoenix) PgD (OU) QTS — English

    Mr C Mulhall BA (York) PGCE — Junior School

    Mrs T Outten LLB (Hons) (Reading) PGCE — Junior School

    Mrs E Smith BA MontDip (Toronto) DipRSA (SpLD) AMBDA — Learning Support

    Mr C Strinati BSC (Hons) (London) PGCE — Junior School

    Miss H Sweeney BA (Griffith) GradDipEd — Pre-Prep

    Mr K Trott BA (London) — Pre-Prep / Junior School (Teacher Training)

    Mrs J Woolley BA (Hons) (Oxon) — Junior School

  • Administration Staff

    Miss G Budasz — School Secretary

    Mrs A Burrell — Junior School Secretary

    Mrs E Elmer — Bursar’s Assistant – Finance

    Mrs C Ferns — Headmaster’s Secretary / Registrar

    Mr P Khaunekar — IT Technician

    Mrs P McLelland — Administrative Assistant

    Mr H Ross MEng CEng MIET — Head of Communications

    Mrs L Swaby — Pre-Prep Secretary

    Miss R Togher BA (Hons) — Marketing Officer

  • Assistants

    Ms K Augustine — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Miss C Dawson — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Ms A De Jong — School Assistant (Main School)

    Ms J Ellis — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Ms A Garvey — Learning Support Assistant

    Mr A Griffiths — Gap Student

    Mrs A Latawiec — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Mr W Murray — School Assistant (Sport)

    Mrs L McElroy — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Mrs A Rickwood — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Ms S Smith — School Assistant (Sport)

    Miss K Swanson — School Assistant (Junior)

  • Support Staff

    Mr D Butler IOSH — Facilities & Premises Manager

    Mr M Liciu — Facilities Supervisor

    Mr B Sula — Facilities Assistant

    Mrs B Sandhu — Hospitality Officer

    Mr J Green BA (Hons) (Warwick) — Librarian

  • After School Care

    Mrs N Brusnahan — After-School Care Supervisor (Pre-Prep)

    Mrs N El-Defrawy — After-School Care Supervisor (Main School)

    Ms A Grimshaw — After-School Care Assistant (Pre-Prep)

    Mrs A Latawiec — After-School Care Supervisor (Junior School)

    Mrs M Lloyd — After-School Care Assistant (Pre-Prep)

  • Lunchtime Supervisors

    Mrs M Aherne — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs M Bellamy — Lunchtime Supervisor / Domestic Assistant

    Mrs N Brusnahan — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs J Dowling — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs N El-Defrawy — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs M Lloyd — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs K Pomeroy — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs A Rohan — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs A Sarnecka — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs A Swiekatowska — Lunchtime Supervisor / Domestic Assistant

    Mrs A Walerys — Lunchtime Supervisor

    Ms K Wojton — Lunchtime Supervisor

  • Visiting Music Teachers

    Mr M Allen BMus (Hons) MMus (LCM) — Drums

    Mr M Blake CertEd (CNAA) LRAM — Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn,Tuba

    Mr T Crehan MMus (Perf) BMus (Hons) (RNCM) — Violin

    Mr C Goodman BMus (Hons) (RCM) — Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

    Miss M Ireland BMus (Hons) — Oboe

    Mrs Y Shon MMus BMus (Seoul) — Piano

    Mr F Spence BMus (Hons) (RCM) —Cello

    Mr G Ubeda Perf Dip (TCL) — Guitar

    Mr S Zakarian BMus MMus (RAM) LRAM —Piano

  • Cleaners

    Ms H Alexis — Pre-Prep

    Mrs J Jurczak — Main School

    Mrs A Laskowska — Main School

    Mrs M Sharp — Pre-Prep

    Mrs A Swiekatowska — Main School

    Mrs A Walerys — Junior School/Swyncombe & Castlebar Pavilions

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