Staff

Claire Barnes

Meal-Time Assistant

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Louise Mayor

Marketing Louise Mayor has over 25 years’ experience in advertising and marketing communications. Having completed her BA Hons degree in German Area Studies, she undertook a Diploma in Office Information Technology at City University. She then joined a small London agency as Account Executive, working her way through the ranks of different agencies until she became Deputy Managing Director of London Continue Reading

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Michelle Hiley

Percussion Teacher Michelle was brought up in the West Country and in 1987 attended the Royal College of Music in London to study Percussion. She has played with many professional orchestras including the Ten Tors Orchestra, Midlands Symphony Orchestra, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, producing 3 CDs. Michelle has performed at various venues across the Continue Reading

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Miss Autumn Sharp

PE and Games Teacher Autumn was educated at Richard Huish College and The University of Bolton, achieving a BSC Hons in Sports Rehabilitation, Followed by PGCE Secondary P.E at the University of Exeter.  Speciality sports in Gymnastics and Trampolining, competed to national level and is a qualified level 3 coach. She is currently coaching at Exeter trampoline academy.

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Miss Charlotte Woods

Matron  Charlotte Woods joined St John’s School in 1987 as a Catering Assistant. After completing a BTEC National Diploma In Social Care, Charlotte became a full time member of staff in the school, her roles have included; Teaching Assistant, Nursery Practitioner, Matron and Day Matron. At present Charlotte is our Day matron. Charlotte has recently gone back to studying and Continue Reading

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Miss Debbie Buchanan-Smith

Finance

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Miss Hattie Hook

Boarding Staff,  Drama Teacher Hattie graduated from the University of Chichester in 2015 with a 2:1 Degree in Theatre Studies and Performing Arts. I am passionate about theatre, television and film. I do a lot of writing – short stories, scripts, prose and poetry. I enjoy painting, photography and contemporary dance.

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Miss Jacey Lee

Head of PE and Games Jacey Lee joined the school September 2013 as a PE and Games teacher. Educated at Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth and the University of St. Mark and St. John, she achieved a BEd (Hons) degree in Secondary and Physical Education. Jacey has had a range of experiences throughout her training, from teaching in the Urswick Continue Reading

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Miss Kelsey Tinker

Nursery

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Miss Kim Harlond

Reception Class Teacher  Early Years Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood from Plymouth University. Kim joined the school in 2008 as a Nursery Practitioner and became Reception Class Teacher in September 2014. Kim was educated at the King’s School, Ottery St. Mary with A Levels in French, Philosophy and Law and then achieved an NVQ level 3 in Continue Reading

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Miss Luz E Vega Buttery

Nursery

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Mr Alan French

Maintenance

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Mr Andrew Davies

Years 3 & 4 Teacher, PYP Coordinator Andi is the Primary Years Curriculum Coordinator and teaches Years 3 and 4. Andi came to St John’s 2 years ago, after a 3 year stint working at an international school in Vietnam. Prior to this he completed a PGCE at Cambridge University and taught at a school there for 3 years. Andi Continue Reading

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Mr Charlie Horne

Maintenance

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Mr Chris Logan

Head of English Chris has been a teacher for longer than he can remember and until recently, entirely in the state section; first in a high achieving ex grammar school near Winchester, Hampshire and then at a genuine comprehensive school in Newton Abbot, Devon. He trained at St Luke’s in Exeter and previously went to the University of Sussex to Continue Reading

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Mr Clive Salmon

Year 4 teacher and Music Director  Clive Salmon was appointed to the role of Director of Music in April 2016 having cut his teeth in classrooms in London, with further posts in leadership roles in Deputy Headship and Headship, both for 10 years. He loves languages and graduated with a BA (Hons) in German, having studied modules in Economics, Russian Continue Reading

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Mr David Geeves

Teacher of Science, ICT and Business Studies,  Year 10 Form Tutor David graduated in 1982 with an honours degree in Physics from Portsmouth University. He worked in the telecommunications industry for over twenty years before retraining as a Science Teacher in 2005. Since then he has worked in both state sector and independent schools. Since joining St Johns, he has Continue Reading

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Mr Eric Williams

Music

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Mr Giles Shaw

History Teacher Giles teaches History at Key Stage 3, IGCSE and A/AS Levels. He studied History and RS at Roll College and gained a BA. Postgraduate Diploma in Theology at Exeter University. He has a PGCE in Religious Education, History and Media Studies. He also completed Further Education Teacher’s Certificate at Exeter College and has a Diploma in TESOL. Giles Continue Reading

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Mr Hector Cuartero

MFL Teacher Hector grew up in Spain near the Pyrenees. He studied Economics and Business at University of Zaragoza and went into the business and financial industry. Later on Hector completed a PGCE and changed career into teaching. Languages are his passion and he keeps learning languages because it helps him to understand how to learn them and teach them Continue Reading

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Mr James Yeabsley

Year 5 Class Teacher, Sports James studied History at Nottingham Trent before joining Kings Hall School in Somerset as Assistant Housemaster. After 3 years he moved into the world of Sports Hospitality entertaining clients at Sporting events. Having had a brief stint out of teaching James re-joined the education system here at St John’s and is currently Year 5 Class Continue Reading

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Mr Malcolm Foster

Peripatetic violin and piano Teacher Malcolm was brought up and educated in Hastings, before attending Southlands College, then in Wimbledon. He achieved a distinction at Certificate in Education and honours in Bachelor of Education, both studying music main, organ and viola. Following five years teaching in Suffolk, Malcolm was appointed as Director of Music at St. John’s in 1983, a Continue Reading

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Mr Mike Burgess

Headmaster Mike Burgess was appointed as Head in 2015 but joined the school as Deputy Head in 2010 following a spell at Sidmouth College, where he was Director of Inclusion and  SENCO. Prior to that, Mike taught Mathematics, Business Studies and Humanities to A level in a number of schools. Educated at The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, he took Continue Reading

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Mr Peter Conium

Transport Peter Conium joined St. Johns as part-time Transport Manager in March 2013. He is a qualified CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) holder having spent 35 years in the transport industry. He enjoys walking and gardening and plays the guitar badly.

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Mr Ricardo Gil

Spanish Teacher Ricardo studied Spanish language and literature in Universitat de València and then started to work as a Spanish teacher. At the same time, Ricardo created his own living arts festival (theater, dance, etc) and studied a masters in Cultural Management. Ricardo has lived in different countries and his work has been always related to these areas.

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Mr Richard Allen

Housemaster Rich Allen is the Housemaster at St John’s, starting this post in August 2016. Prior to that, he spent seven years helping found and develop Makuhari International School in Japan which gave him the chance to not only gain experience of teaching Elementary school children but also learn how to build flat-pack furniture very well (which should help in Continue Reading

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Mr Rob Tasker

Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care Rob joined the school in September 2012. He was educated at Bristol Cathedral School and Marjon, Plymouth, BEd(Hons) Secondary Education and Physical Education with Geography. Rob has a wide experience of different educational settings. He joined SJS from The British School of Villarreal in Valencia, where he was Head of PE. He and his family spent four very enjoyable Continue Reading

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Mr Simon Stephen

EAL Teacher DipHE American Studies from the University of Reading, CertTESOL from Trinity College, London. After studying at the University of Reading and the University of Illinois, Simon spent a number of years working in the hospitality trade here in Sidmouth. He then decided to combine his passion for travel and the English language by becoming an EAL teacher. Simon Continue Reading

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Mrs Adele Searle

Head of Mathematics and Examinations Officer Adele Searle’s mathematical knowledge stems from studying the BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences programme with the Open University. She enjoys all aspects of mathematics, numerical computing and problem solving. Adele is a graduate examiner and finds that marking examination papers keeps her up to date with the latest techniques and educational developments. Adele is married and has Continue Reading

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Mrs Akemi Anjo

Finance Assistant Akemi Anjo joined the school as Part-Time Finance & Administration Assistant in June 2010. She studied accounting in Japanese and English in Tokyo, Japan and started working for a Japanese bank before being employed by the British merchant bank Morgan Grenfell, Tokyo (now Deutsche Bank) as an accountant for five years. After moving to the UK she was Continue Reading

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Mrs Alison Bold

Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Annabel Goody

Nursery

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Mrs Antoinette Beament

Art and DT Teacher Years 3-13 An Art Scholar from Allhallows School, Dorset, BA (Hons) Visual Art with English from Plymouth University and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Exeter (St. Lukes). Antoinette joined the school in 2013 after working as a family learning tutor and Adult Education Art tutor for Devon County Council. Outside of Continue Reading

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Mrs Antonia Cheeseman

Assistant SENCo,  Year 3 / 4 Teacher,  Learning Support Teacher KS1 – 4 Antonia was educated at Shaftesbury High School for Girls and Beaminster Comprehensive, Dorset. She worked in London as a Sales Order Clerk for a prestigious wallpaper company. After moving to the USA she worked as a Nanny, managed a professional commercial cleaning company for a year and Continue Reading

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Mrs Caroline Ward

Deputy Head (Academic)   Caroline Ward – BSc (Hons) Life Sciences – Leicester University, PGCE (Science with A level Biology) – Kingston University. After leaving school she completed a two-year Management-Trainee scheme with the John Lewis Partnership before starting university. Her first teaching post was as an A-level Biology tutor and House Mistress for an International College in Quebec, Canada, where Continue Reading

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Mrs Carrie Vyse

Nursery Carrie has worked in different roles within early years education for over 16 years. Carrie has a an NVQ 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development and a foundation degree in teaching and learning. She started at St. John’s in September 2015 as a Nursery practitioner, having previously managed a local preschool, taking a step down to concentrate on her Continue Reading

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Mrs Catherine Drew

Music

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Mrs Dawn Pike

Finance Officer Dawn Pike BSc (Hons) ACA.  Dawn joined the school in June 2015.  She was educated at Colyton Grammmar School and University of Wales, Cardiff, where she gained a degree in Business Administration. On graduating, she joined Francis Clark and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006.  Since leaving Francis Clark in 2009, Dawn has worked for the family Continue Reading

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Mrs Emma Wrigley

Head of Art & Design Technology Emma Wrigley joined St John’s School in February 2009. She has a BTEC Foundation in Art and Design  from Shelley Park College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, a BA (Hons) Ceramic Design from Central St. Martins in London and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Art and Design from Reading University. Emma has Continue Reading

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Mrs Hannah Rice

French Teacher Hannah grew up and went to school in Devon, studied French and Business at Swansea University, took a TEFL certificate and taught English in Japan before returning to Exeter to complete a PGCE in MFL.  Over the past 15 years Hannah has mainly taught French and EAL in a range of schools, both state and independent, including working Continue Reading

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Mrs Jo Mason

Admissions and Services Officer Joanna Mason joined the school as Director of Admissions & Services in March 2008. Educated at the school when it was the Convent of the Assumption and The School of St Clare in Penzance. Joined Habitat Designs Ltd in 1984 and spend 20 years working in retail in various roles culminating as Regional Operations Manager. Jo Continue Reading

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Mrs Louise Nicholls

Meal-Time Assistant

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Mrs Lynn Goodwin

Human Resources Officer Lynn has worked in HR for the past 20 years, the last 12 years being in senior management roles mainly in the construction industry. Lynn has lived in Sidmouth for the past 35 years and is married with two grown up girls and 4 grandchildren, who she feels lucky enough to see every day. Lynn loves travelling, Continue Reading

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Mrs Mandy Pulling

Year 1 Teacher

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Mrs Marie-Christine Brazier

Year 2 Class Teacher, Junior Drama Marie has been teaching for 11 years, 8 of which have been at international schools in Bali, Bangkok and London. Marie has a BA(Ed) Hons from Exeter University in English, Drama and Education and is just completing my Masters in International Education at Bath University. Having been trained in the UK National Curriculum, she Continue Reading

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Mrs Marion van der Giezen

Head of Science, accredited Food & Nutrition Teacher Marion joined St. John’s International School in September 2012. She was educated in The Netherlands, with a BSc and MSc in Biology and Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Groningen, a global top-100 university. She was an active member of the student fraternity in Groningen and obtained an additional Continue Reading

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Mrs Patricia Bass

Woodwind and Piano Teacher Patricia trained as a music and English teacher at Rolle College, Exmouth. She has worked as a class teacher in secondary schools and as Head of Music at The Dolphin School in Exmouth, as well as teaching woodwind instruments and piano in various schools and at Home for many years. She plays and teaches piano, clarinet, Continue Reading

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Mrs Rebecca McDonald

Year 1 Teacher

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Mrs Sarah Dunster-Ashworth

Teacher of Physics and Mathematics, Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Examinations Officer MEng Mechanical Engineering – University of Exeter, PGCE Science with A-Level Physics – University of Leicester. After leaving university, Sarah spent 8 months working within a company designing street lighting before joining Airbus UK on their graduate scheme.  During this time she spent 2 years in different placements including Continue Reading

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Mrs Sharon Chamberlain-Keen

  Head of Humanities, Teacher of Geography, Year 11 Form Tutor BA (Hons) Geography – Durham University. PGCE (Secondary Education) – Cambridge University. Sharon intended to follow a career in banking and was working in a London branch when she realised that she felt passionately about the need to encourage young people to understand the world around them and, in Continue Reading

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Mrs Tracy Kensdale

Science Technician & Food & Nutrition Technician Tracy joined the school in September 2015 to work part-time, primarily within the Science department as a technician, but also assisting with Food & Nutrition. She was educated at the Kings School, Ottery St Mary and Exeter College. Tracy trained as an Inorganic Chemist at South West Water’s Laboratory in Exeter and progressed to Continue Reading

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Ms K Larby

EAL Co-ordinator, A Level Psychology   Kirstin Larby was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree. She attended Edinburgh University, during which time she studied at Leiden University (Netherlands) and, as part of her field work, lived in a small African village. After leaving Edinburgh with an MA in Social Anthropology she studied at Manchester University where she achieved Continue Reading

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Ms Lameze Stout

Assistant School Secretary Lameze was born in Cape Town, South Africa but now permanently lives here in Devon with her two children Kyra and Eli.  Lameze is currently studying with the Open university for an Open Degree which will focus primarily on two of her key interests, Mathematics and Music.  Lameze has “treaded the boards” in many Am-Dram Productions and Continue Reading

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Ms Sally King

School Secretary Sally joined St John’s in 2012. Brought up and educated mainly in the Middle and Far East, she moved to Germany to complete a secretarial and business course. She worked in Munich as PA to the Directors of a software development company for several years. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant, estate agent, translator and had her own antiques Continue Reading

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Ms Stephanie Hodgetts

EAL Teacher, RS KS3 Teacher, Year 9 Form Tutor BA (Hons) in History from The University of Leeds, DipTESOL and CertTESOL from Trinity College London. After graduating from Leeds, Stephanie went to live in Paris for two years where she spent the first year working as an English Language Assistant with The British Council and a mini tennis coach to Continue Reading

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Sarah Rowe

Senior Matron Sarah Rowe is a full time Boarding Matron. She joined the school in September 2012. Previous to working at St John’s, she lived in Spain for 4 years where she worked as a teaching assistant in a British International School. Sarah has two children, who have both attended St John’s International School. In her spare time she enjoys Continue Reading

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