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Our Team

“We are fortunate to have a brilliant team of staff who are exemplary role models for the children.”

Hilary Wyatt | Headmistress

Senior Staff


Head
Hilary Wyatt NPQH, MA, PGCE


Deputy Head, DSL
Nicola Scott-Phillips BA Hons, MEd, CMgr MCMI


Head of Lower School
Owen Jones BA Hons, PGCE, QTS


Head of Upper School
Erik Edwards BA


Head of Nursery and EYFS
Hannah Slater


Head of Sanskrit
Warwick Jessup BA Oxon MA MPhil


Head of ICT, Maths and Academic Enrichment
Emma Foster LLb PGCE MA

Meet our Senior Staff

Erik Edwards

I have been teaching for 11 years, including the last 6 at St James. Having grown up in the area, I feel very lucky to be able to work within the community, especially as St James is such a community-minded school. I also feel lucky because the children here are wonderful and make every day interesting and rewarding!

Owen Jones

Apart from a two-year stint in Hong Kong, London has been the home of my adult and working life and I have been teaching for 15 years. As soon as I started at St James, I was struck by the strong sense of community, generosity of spirit and kindness that reverberates around our school.

As Head of Lower School and Senior Mental Health Lead, I work closely with teaching staff to ensure that the pupils are happy in themselves and thriving in everything they do, both inside and outside the classroom. I am thoroughly enjoying highlighting the benefits of our unique and special St James ethos.

Emma Foster

As the Head of Maths, ICT, and Academic Enrichment at St James, I am responsible for the academic excellence of all the pupils in our school. After completing a law degree in 2015, I discovered a deep passion for teaching, leading me to join the Teach First graduate scheme and receive my PGCE with an ‘outstanding’ grading. This experience, coupled with a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from UCL has paved the way for my career in academics and education. I have been Head of Maths across several schools within a central London trust. In 2020, I joined St James, where I am dedicated to generating a love of learning and helping students achieve their best. I am committed to ensuring that every pupil becomes a lifelong learner through promoting curiosity and a love of learning. I strongly believe that academic excellence does not come at the expense of a child’s happiness and wellbeing.

Warwick Jessup

I have taught at St James for almost 40 years now. It is the ethos of St James that inspires me. St James is based on the teaching that there is one Self, one consciousness which is the same in all. When this one Self or one consciousness in all is remembered, I have found that life is transformed and problems dissolve! My observation over the years is that with this teaching at its core, St James is a place where all can find great happiness and success.

Hannah Slater

I am from Sheffield and moved down to London 11 years ago. I have taught in several schools and nurseries both abroad and in England, but St James is definitely the one I have loved most. This is my 10th year at the school and it was the warm, friendly feeling you get as soon walk through the door, that sold it for me. Working in the Early Years, I get the pleasure to teach pupils the fundamentals that will set them up for the rest of their school life and to me, that is the most rewarding part.

SENDCo


Charlotte Llewellyn BA(Ed) QTS NASENCo PGCE SEN


 

Class Teachers


Hannah Slater BA (Hons) PGCE QTS– Head of Nursery, EYFS Lead, Designated Safeguarding Lead for Nursery


Abigail Chetwin PGCE foundation stage – Year 1


Kathryn Baillieux BA Hons, QTS – Reception


Bonnie Laird B.Ed. – Reception


Katherine Cselko BA Hons – Year 2


Owen Jones BA Hons, PGCE, QTS – Year 2 & Head of Lower School, DSL


Erik Edwards BA – Year 3 & Head of Upper School


Louise Inglott BA Hons QTS – Year 4


Rachael Simmons BA Hons PGCE QTS – Year 5


Sam Norris BA Hons PGCE MEd – Year 6


Mary-Ann Parker-Wood BA FA PGCE QTS– Year 6


Subject Teachers


Jessica Cook BMus – Drama/Dance


Katherine Cselko BA Hons – English


Jacqueline Fischel-Bock BFA BA MFA – Art


Emma Foster LLb PGCE MA – ICT/Maths


Elena Jessup BSc MA – Sanskrit


Warwick Jessup BA Oxon MA MPhil – Sanskrit


Sejal Gir – Sanskrit


Mrs Anita Kourtis BA Hons – Librarian


Romy Robertson BA Hons – Sport


Timothy Fairhead BA (Hons) MA PGCE – Director of Music


Suzie Brown BA – Cookery


Chef Allegra McEvedy MBE – Cookery

 

Assistant Teachers


Sophie Thompson


Carla Fortune TA Lvl 3


Celeste Bokkerink BA


Deborah-Jane Sinclair NVQ Level 2


Catherine Toole Montessori Dip


Support Staff

Sheena Clark – Executive Assistant to the Prep School Headmistress and Registrar


Patricia Hood – Receptionist


Colette Robertson – Receptionist


Kathy Main RGN – Matron


Karl Graham – Caretaker


Dusan Jokic – Senior Caretaker


Vuk Matovic – Senior Caretaker


Alexander Groves – Caretaker


Kairon Millington – Caretaker


Nadia Bonomo Assoc CIPD BA – HR Manager


Claire Bullen – Credit Controller & School Fees Administrator


Océane Danezan BA Hons – Marketing Executive


Freya Hunter BA Hons – Events Manager


Davina Maroothynaden – Bursar


Sabrina Moutarde – Head of Marketing


William Wyatt – Chief Operating Officer


Nevena Khediri – Head of ICT


Matthew Scott – Data and SAAS Manager


Ty Collins – IT Infrastructure Manager


Ellie Mello BA MA – Development Manager


Isabelle Cooper – Development Assistant

Where next?

The Pause

At St James, we feel it is important to introduce our pupils to stillness and allow them to discover how to be inwardly free and deeply at ease within themselves. A short period of 5-10 minutes at the beginning and middle of every day is allocated to quietude in which pupils may meditate, contemplate or simply be still – according to their own spiritual inclinations.

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