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Meet the teachers and staff who make our school such an amazing place.

Senior Leadership Team

Duncan Sinclair Principal of Somerhill, Headteacher Yardley Court
Helen Hoffmann Headteacher, Derwent Lodge
Amanda McKnight Headteacher, Somerhill Pre-Prep
Principal, Head of Yardley Court

Duncan Sinclair

Born in Zimbabwe, Duncan and his family moved to South Africa when he was 7. Educated at The Ridge Prep School and St Alban’s College, Pretoria, Duncan left school to enjoy a Gap Year at Port Regis in Dorset where he caught the teaching bug. Having read English at the University of Cape Town, he then gained his teaching qualification and joined the staff at the prestigious Diocesan College Prep in Cape Town; ‘Bishops’ for short. Not long afterwards, he was tempted to travel back to England again and joined the staff at St Michael’s, Otford in 2002 as a Year 4 class teacher, and the UK became home for good.

At St Michael’s, Duncan rose through the ranks to Head of Geography, Head of PSHE, Senior Master and finally Deputy Head. After 10 years, he sought Headship and was appointed Headmaster of Taunton Prep in Somerset in 2013. Following four successful years at the school, Duncan joined The Schools at Somerhill in 2017 and is the Principal of the Schools and Headmaster of Yardley Court.

With his wife, Georgie, and young boys Hamish, Callum and Fraser, Duncan can often be found scrambling about the garden playing diggers and tractors, or reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” endlessly! After an early career in semi-professional rugby in the Western Province, he now plays village cricket for Knockholt, is a goalkeeper for Sevenoaks Hockey Club and enjoys the odd round of golf. Given his mum was a music teacher, Duncan also enjoys singing and has played the clarinet, trombone and tuba in the past, resurrecting his tuba playing skills to join his pupils in the Somerhill orchestra!

Head of Derwent Lodge

Helen Hoffmann

Helen joined Somerhill in 2016 and holds a BA Hons, PGCE (Distinction) and an MA in Literature. In her career, Helen has held both academic and pastoral leadership roles in IAPS and HMC schools. Whilst Helen’s first love is the teaching of literacy, in her career she has taught eight different subjects, encompassing all year groups from Year 1 to 13! For Helen, the three Rs of education are risk, resilience and reflection.

Outside of teaching qualifications, Helen holds diplomas in upholstery and French, enjoys dancing (in any form), visiting art galleries and reading a hugely eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction. She enjoys walking with her trusty cockapoo companion, Lottie, as well as quality time spent gardening and exploring the great outdoors.

Head of Somerhill Pre-Prep

Amanda McKnight

Amanda McKnight completed her undergraduate degree at Glasgow University, after which she studied at Durham University gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has teaching experience in State and Independent sector in both the UK and USA. Passionate about developing a true sense of adventure, curiosity and confidence in each child, Amanda is driven by the need to do the best for all children and help them find their unique ‘gift’, develop a growth mindset and become resilient little learners. She is proud to be leading a team of enthusiastic, dedicated, and caring staff at Somerhill Pre-Prep.

Amanda and her husband David have three children; two daughters away at university and their son is at Cranbrook School. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Before Amanda’s teaching career, she worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

Business Manager

Clare Morey

Clare joined Somerhill in October 2019 having worked for over 14 years as a School Business Manager/Bursar in the state secondary schools. She is a qualified chartered accountant having trained with Price Waterhouse in the early 1990s and spent 13 years in the print industry before coming back to school!

In her spare time Clare enjoys walking, reading, craft activities and spending precious time with her family and friends.

Teaching Staff
Deputy Headteachers
Carly FroggattDeputy Head & Curriculum Coordinator, Pre-Prep
Alex HolmesDeputy Head, Academic, Prep
Sian LambertDeputy Head, Pastoral, Prep
James ThainAssistant Deputy Head, Academic, Prep
Somerhill Prep Teaching staff
Nicola BarkerHead of English and Latin
Fiona Bates Teacher
Bianca BodenhamTeacher and Year 5&6 coordinator (DL)
Charlotte BowersTeacher
Marcia BrittainTeacher
Andrew CaldwellTeacher
Lesley CarleyTeacher
Emma CashmoreTeacher
Fionna CroftHead of History and PRE
Louise DeanSwimming Teacher
Jane FindlayDirector of Music
Hayley HartleyHead of Art
Hannah Hodson-WalkerJuniors Coordinator (DL)
Elisha HoggartTeacher
Emma Howard-WilliamsHead of Digital Literacy
Andrea JonesDrama Teacher
Deborah JonesTeacher
Laura Kerr-SheppardTeacher
Andrew LeachHead of Engineering
Clare MarplesSwimming Instructor
Johnny MatthewsHead of Geography and Year 5&6 coordinator (YC)
Alison McLarenTeacher
Jonathan ShuteJuniors Coordinator (YC)
Gavin SmithTeacher
Henry SmithTeacher
Sam SpenceHead of Maths
Aletta SpittalTeacher
Estelle Taylor-LangleyHead of French
Mitch WalkerGames Coach
Gemma WhitlockSwimming Instructor
Andrew WoodGames Coach
Dale WoolmerYear 7&8 Coordinator (YC), Head of PSHE
Philippa WoolmerHead of Science
Somerhill Pre Prep Teachers
Rachel BondTeacher
Nicola DavisTeacher
Stephanie FerrabeeTeacher
Carly FroggattTeacher
Amber HallTeacher
Lynn HardingTeacher
Sarah HutchingsTeacher
Matilda LoweTeacher
Isobel MacNabTeacher
Rebecca McGrathTeacher
Vanessa MarkhamTeacher
Jo McKenzieTeacher
Susie PalmerTeacher
Georgie SinclairPE Teacher
Natalie Wilmowski-SymsTeacher
Katie WorrowTeacher
Somerhill Teaching Assistants and Technicians
Sarah BenhamPrep School Science Technician
Alison CowenTeaching Assistant Year 3
Anna CybulaPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Amanda DawesPre Prep Teaching Assistant and Early Years Key Person
Jane DoreyPre Prep Lead Teaching Assistant and ASC coordinator
Amber HallPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Kate HerbertPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Isabel HopkinsPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Sandra JeffreyPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Beth LeongPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Claire Martin-CowardPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Beth MilesPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Samantha MoreyPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Jaqueline MundayPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Amber PasseyPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Emma PeerlessPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Chloe PerkinsPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Lauren SmithPre Prep Teaching Assistant and Early Years Key Person
Julie TaylorPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Karen VousdenTeaching Assistant
Sarah WakefordPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Auxi WesthorpPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Leah WhitePre Prep Teaching Assistant
Harry CarleyGap Student
Henry CoughnaneGap Student
Katie MarnaneGap Student
Will TylerGap Student
Somerhill Learning Support
Janet ChickTeaching Assistant
Kate HelyarHead of Learning Support
Tineke JenningsLearning Support Teacher
Jo LeroniLearning Support Teacher
Andi PalmerPre Prep Learning Support
Elspeth SaxLearning Support Teacher
Louise VaughanLearning Support and Teaching Assistant
Somerhill Support Staff
Barry BaldockMaintenance
Vivien BayleyAccounts Assistant
Fitz BusherIT Manager
Celia BoxPA to the Principal and Office Manager
Jane BrownLead School Nurse
Scott DouglasGroundsman
John FullerMinibus Driver
Ian FunnellGroundsman
Kate GrantSchool Office Administrator
Noleen HammondAccounts Assistant
David HaymanMinibus Driver
Tony JenningsGroundsman
Lucy LoganSchool Office Administrator
Vicky MarriottAccounts and Payroll Assistant
Jessica MayHuman Resources Manager
Alan MilesMaintenance
Sally PalerRegistrar
Ian PearceMinibus Driver
Dale PerkinsIT Technician
Mark PluckPorter
Vincent RapleyDeputy Bursar
Jack ReynoldsIT Technician
Clare SalterSchool Nurse
Susan SmithLibrarian
Laura SouthallChief Accountant
Ben ScealHead of Grounds
John ScealHead of Maintenance
Jessica StephensMarketing Manager
Simon StewardHead of Premises
Andy WhiteMinibus Driver
Serena WoodcockSchool Office Administrator