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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.

Miss L Vallely

Deputy Head

BEd (Hons) (University of Glasgow) QTS

Lauren was born and raised in Lanarkshire, which is a beautiful area of Scotland close to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Lomond. She studied Primary Education at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 2009. Lauren moved from Scotland to ‘The Big Smoke’ in 2010 and has worked at many leading independent prep schools. Most recently as Deputy Head Pastoral at Wetherby Kensington and Deputy Head at Parsons Green Prep. Lauren enjoys painting using oils and acrylics and loves visiting art galleries. During her spare time she volunteers in a range of projects within the Kensington & Chelsea district, sometimes with her cockapoo Larry who is a trained therapy dog.

Ms D Finlayson

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 and seven years as Head of Reception, before moving to Year 2 and becoming Head of Pre-Prep. 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 (not always in the UK!), enjoying some musical theatre or a pop or rock concert. Dawn has volunteered for many years with amateur dramatic groups, working backstage and front of house, and particularly enjoys preparing her pupils for performance opportunities throughout the year.

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 P Orr

Assistant Head, Pastoral

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

Assistant Head, Co-Curricular

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 Saigau

Assistant Head, Academic

BA (Romania) PGDip (Romania) MTeach (IoE London) QTS

Cristina was born and educated in Romania with a degree in Philology, and began her teaching career in England in 2000. Starting Durston in 2008 as a Year 1 teacher, in 2010 she joined the Junior School team as a Year 3 teacher, and in 2015 became Head of Latin. Outside of work Cristina enjoys city walks, travelling, and trips to the theatre.

Miss J Chisholm

Assistant Head, 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.

Mrs A Cannon

Head of EYFS (Pre-School) & DDSL

BA (Hons) (Leeds) PGCE QTS (Roehampton) 

Amy has worked in Primary Education for over 10 years. Amy is a specialist within the EYFS and has also spent many years in management as Head of Year 1 in one of London’s top state training schools, ECT lead and ECT mentor for Ealing Council, as well as teaching Reception, Year 2 and teaching in another Pre-School. Amy joined the Senior Management Team in 2022 to support the merge of our Early Years department and introduced a Pre-School to Durston House. Amy has also had the experience of running her own successful company for many years, where her passion for helping local families and children became a huge focus of her life. Amy is half Spanish and has two sons who she adores. Amy’s main hobby is dancing. She has performed at some of the most prestigious top London Theatres and she has spent much of her life competing Nationally. Amy still enjoys training in dance two evenings a week (when she isn’t too tired!).

Mrs A Stiglingh

Head of EYFS (Reception)

MA (Joint Hons) (Edinburgh) QTS

Alex graduated from Edinburgh University in 2006 with a MA in Modern European Languages. Before embarking on a career in teaching, Alex worked in investor relations and financial communications in London for several years. Since joining Durston, Alex has worked in both Year 1 and Reception. At the weekend Alex can usually be found on the side of a rugby or football field cheering on her two young children. She enjoys long walks as well as spending time with friends and family.

  • Governors

    Mr Philippe Carpentier
    Business Developer, Private Investor & former Durston House parent

    Philippe Carpentier has a broad commercial background in the energy industry, having worked in the industry as well as in consulting roles. He is currently acting as a business developer in an energy start-up and managing his personal investment portfolio.

    Ms Ann Collier (LLB Hons)
    Solicitor, Business Consultant & former Durston House parent

    Ms Ann Collier 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.

    Dr J Gill 
    Cardiology Registrar & former Durston House pupil 

    Mrs Shally 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 Tom 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.

    Ms Julia 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.

    Ms Sally-Anne Huang  
    High Master, 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.

    Mr William Key (ACA)
    Real Estate Associate, Chartered Accountant & former Durston House pupil 

    After graduating from the University of Oxford, Will joined KPMG’s financial services division where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2019. Following that, Will has worked for a number of real estate private equity funds across various sectors including healthcare, hospitality and education. In his spare time, Will enjoys cycle touring and windsurfing.

    Mrs Isabella Kurek Smith 
    Head of Data Partners, Baltic Exchange & former Durston House parent

    Isabella is a senior executive in the Commodities Derivatives industry. She has held management positions at Futures Exchanges in roles with a strong delivery and customer focus. These roles have included business development, compliance, sales and marketing, risk management as well as accountability for the business’s P+L. Isabella is a former Durston parent with a son and a daughter. She studied Accountancy at Exeter University.

    Mr Kevin Mahoney BSc MRICS (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.

    Mr Lester Mak 
    Strategy Consultant, Private Investor & former Durston House parent

    Lester is an independent strategy consultant, working in a range of industries, including education and healthcare for both private sector and public sector clients. His work extends across  a wide range of strategy, transformation and M&A projects. Lester is a former Durston parent.

    Mr 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.

    Mr F Sayood

    Mr Andrzej Sokolowski 
    Private Equity Investor & former Durston House pupil

    Andrzej has long-standing experience in the financial services industry, having started his career as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank, before transitioning to private equity investing at a large European and North American focused buy-out fund, where he was a Partner until 2023. He subsequently joined a Swiss asset manager where he is Head of the U.K. in a new direct private equity strategy. Andrzej is a former Durston pupil.

  • Heads of Department

    Mr R Bhalsod BA (Hons) (Westminster) — Head of IT, Computer Science and Digital Transformation

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

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

    Ms C J Eng BSc (Hons) (UCL) PGCE (University of Cambridge) — Head of Art (Maternity Cover)

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

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

    Mrs A Hryschuk BEd (Canada) — Head of Art

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

    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

    Mr D Stock BSc (Hons) (St Mary’s) PGCE — Head of History

    Mrs M Verma BA MA (Gelati) MTeach (IOE London) QTS — Head of Science

    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 QTS — Junior

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

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

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

    Miss A Derliunaite BA (Hons) (St Mary’s) FDA Early Years’ — Pre School

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

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

    Miss N Emmanuel — BA (Hons) (Reading) — Pre-Prep (Reception)

    Mrs K Figura BA (Hons) (Poland) MA PGDip QTS — Pre School

    Miss K Findlay BA (Hons) (University of Wellington) MA (Hons) Teaching and Learning (Christchurch) — English and Mat Cover Teacher

    Mrs C Fletcher BEd (University of Johannesburg) — Junior School

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

    Miss J Gahir BSc (Hons) (St Mary’s) PGCE — Maths

    Mr K Gallick BSc (Hons) (University of Bedfordshire) PGCE — Maths & Games

    Mrs A Harridge BA (Hons) (USA) QTS MA (USA) — English

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

    Mrs K Katradis BA (Hons) PGCE (Southbank) QTS — Pre-Prep

    Miss K Maloney BEd (Canada) — SEN Teacher

    Mr D Matsuszaka BSc (Hons) (Open University) QTS — PE / Games

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

    Ms P Sandhu LLB (Hons) (St Mary’s) QTS — Pre-Prep

    Mrs H Sharp BA (Hons) (Oxford Brookes University) PGCE — Pre-Prep

    Mrs N Sharma BA (Hons) (London) PGCE — Maths and History

    Miss S Smith – PE / Games — Teacher Training

    Miss H Sweeney BA (Griffith) GradDipEd — Junior School

    Mr K Trott BA (London) — Pre-Prep

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

  • Administration Staff

    Miss G Budasz — School Secretary

    Mrs A Burrell — Main School Secretary

    Mrs E Elmer — Bursar’s Assistant – Finance

    Mrs C Ferns — Headmaster’s Secretary / Registrar

    Miss H Hammami — School Assistant (Main School)

    Mr P Khaunekar — IT Technician

    Ms S Laslett – Finance Assistant

    Mrs A Priya B Tech (Electrical), Associate CIPD — HR Manager

    Mr H Ross MEng CEng MIET — Head of Communications

    Mrs L Swaby — Pre-Prep Secretary

    Miss K Swanson — Senior School Assistant (Junior School)

    Miss R Togher BA (Hons) (Southampton) — Marketing Manager

    Mr A White BA (Hons) MA PGCE (Reading) — Librarian

  • Assistants

    Mr A Asgari — Sports Assistant

    Ms K Augustine — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Ms F Bezdany — Pre-School Teaching Assistant

    Miss C Dawson — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Mrs N De Jong — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Ms A Garvey — Learning Support Assistant

    Mrs A Latawiec — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Mrs R Namakerdi — Pre-School Teaching Assistant

    Miss M Reid — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

    Mr K Sedov — Gap Student

    Mrs A Singh BA (Hons) (Surrey) PGCE QTS — Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

  • Support Staff

    Mr D Butler IOSH — Facilities & Premises Manager

    Mr M Liciu — Facilities Supervisor

    Mr J O’Brien MTC – Maintenance Assistant

    Mr B Sula — Facilities Assistant

    Mrs B Sandhu — Events Manager

  • After School Care

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

    Mrs K Pomeroy — After-School Care Supervisor (Main School)

    Ms N DeJong — After-School Care Assistant (Pre-Prep/Pre-School)

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

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

    Mrs R Namakerdi — After-School Care Assistant (Pre-Prep/Pre-School)

  • Dining Room and Playground Assistants

    Mrs N Brusnahan

    Mrs M Lloyd

    Mrs K Pomeroy

    Mrs A Sarnecka

    Mrs A Swiekatowska

    Ms K Wojton

  • Visiting Music Teachers

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

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

    Mr F Brikcius MgA (JAMU) – Cello

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

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

    Mr M Hickman BMus (Hons) — Piano

    Miss M Ireland BMus (Hons) — Oboe

    Mrs A Pratley BMus (Hons) — Violin

    Mr K Proudlove Dip Higher Ed Music — Guitar/Piano

    Mrs Y Shon MMus BMus (Seoul) — Piano

    Mr G Ubeda Perf Dip (TCL) — Guitar

    Mr S Zakarian BMus MMus (RAM) LRAM —Piano

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