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

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.


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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