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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
Kathy McLauchlan 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!

Vice Principal

Richard Raistrick

Richard read English and Linguistics at Cardiff University before completing his PGCE at Bristol. He began his teaching career in senior schools and made the transition to prep schools when he returned with his young family after spending twelve years as Head of English at the HMC school in Bermuda.

He began his prep school life as a Housemaster and Director of Studies in East Sussex before moving on to Deputy Headship in Devon. Since then he has been a Head, both of an IAPS boarding school and a GSA Junior school. He has served as an ISI inspector since 1998.

With two sporting sons, Richard and his wife spend much of their free time on the touchline or boundary and also enjoy being dragged out for long walks by their golden retriever. Richard is a fan of all sports but reserves a special place in his heart for his beloved Exeter Chiefs.

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

Kathy McLauchlan

Kathy graduated from the University of Surrey and Froebel College, University of Roehampton, specialising in Early Years Pedagogue as a nursery and primary school teacher. She spent 10 years working in east London and with the Inner London Education Authority, taking on senior management roles in early years, science and whole-school leadership from the earliest opportunity. While in London, Kathy designed and helped open two new schools before moving to the West Country where she opened the Wellington School Early Years Department. For 13 years Kathy was head of Taunton School Nursery and Pre-Prep.

Renowned as an early years specialist and leader, Kathy has represented the West of England Schools on IAPS, worked closely with local government and the Department for Education, representing the private, independent and state sectors in education. Kathy has also been an associate lecturer at Bath University, Exeter and Plymouth and is passionate about continued professional development, mentoring many trainee teachers and NQTs. She has also been an OFSTED and ISI registered inspector for early years.

Kathy joined Somerhill Pre-Prep as Head in September 2019 and is developing the woodland outdoor learning opportunities and the creative curriculum.

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
Michelle DewhurstDerwent Lodge
Sian LambertYardley Court
Carly FroggattSomerhill Pre-Prep
Curriculum Coordinators
Carly FroggattSomerhill Pre-Prep
Alex HolmesYardley Court
James ThainDerwent Lodge
Somerhill Prep Teaching staff
Nicola BarkerHead of Latin
Fiona Bates Teacher
Bianca BodenhamHead of English and Year 5&6 coordinator (DL)
Charlotte BowersTeacher
Andrew CaldwellTeacher
Marcia BrittainTeacher
Lesley CarleyTeacher
Emma CashmoreTeacher
Fionna CroftHead of History and PRE
Suzanne EvansHead of Girls' Games
Jane FindlayDirector of Music
Debbie GeareyTeacher
Hayley HartleyHead of Art
Hannah Hodson-WalkerJuniors Coordinator (DL)
Elisha HoggartTeacher
Emma Howard-WilliamsHead of Digital Literacy
Andrea JonesDrama Teacher
Deborah JonesHead of French (DL)
Laura Kerr-SheppardTeacher
Andrew LeachHead of Engineering
Guy MacdonaldHead of English (YC)
Clare MarplesSwimming Instructor
Johnny MatthewsHead of Geography and Year 5&6 coordinator (YC)
Alison McLarenTeacher
Marie MetcalfePre Prep French Teacher
Jonathan ShuteJuniors Coordinator (YC)
Gavin SmithTeacher
Grace SmithTeacher
Henry SmithTeacher
Sam SpenceHead of Maths
Aletta SpittalTeacher
Estelle Taylor-LangleyHead of French (YC)
Mitch WalkerGames Coach
Steve WestwellDirector of Sport
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
Carly FroggattTeacher
Lynn HardingTeacher
Sarah HutchingsTeacher
Matilda LoweTeacher
Isobel MacNabTeacher
Vanessa MarkhamTeacher
Jo McKenzieTeacher
Victoria NewinsTeacher
Susie PalmerTeacher
Georgie SinclairPE Teacher
Natalie Wilmowski-SymsTeacher
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
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
Marie MetcalfePrep School Art Technician
Beth MilesPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Samantha MoreyPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Jaqueline MundayPre Prep Teaching Assistant
Amber PasseyPre 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
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
Erin ConnellGap Student
Scott DouglasGroundsman
John FullerMinibus Driver
Ian FunnellGroundsman
Noleen HammondAccounts Assistant
David HaymanMinibus Driver
Tony JenningsGroundsman
Lucy LoganSchool Office Administrator
Vicky MarriottAccounts and Payroll Assistant
Jessica MayHuman Resources Administrator
Alan MilesMaintenance
Sally PalerRegistrar
Ian PearceMinibus Driver
Dale PerkinsIT Technician
Mark PluckPorter
Vincent RapleyDeputy Bursar
Jack ReynoldsIT Technician
Sam ReynoldsGroundsman
Clare SalterSchool Nurse
Susan SmithLibrarian
Laura SouthallChief Accountant
Ben ScealHead of Grounds
John ScealHead of Maintenance
Jessica StephensMarketing Coordinator
Simon StewardHead of Premises
Andy WhiteMinibus Driver