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Cothill House

Cothill House

Meet the Staff



  • Duncan Bailey


    Duncan Bailey


    I am extremely proud to be Headmaster at Cothill House, where I had such fun as a boy. After Cothill, I went on to Eton before studying French at Manchester University and German at the University of Vienna. As well as being a keen linguist, I love all sports, particularly playing tennis, and spending time with my family.

    My favourite Cothill event: Our Rock Festival, Rockhill, is a firm favourite but seeing the boys’ faces when we announce their Common Entrance success is unbeatable.

  • Maria Bailey

    Head of Boarding

    Maria Bailey

    Head of Boarding

    Having taken an MA degree in education at the University of Vienna, I am an English, French and German teacher. Professionally I have taught in Austria, France and England - and then threw myself into the boarding world at Eton when Duncan taught there. We then spent eight years running Sauveterre before coming back to Cothill. I am immersed in all areas of Cothill life, and, as Head of Boarding, every day I am busy putting the boys to bed, giving them German lessons, supporting the teams on the games fields, painting the stage sets and hiding behind the school camera!

  • Ed Benbow

    Deputy Headmaster

    Ed Benbow

    Deputy Headmaster

    Having worked for eleven years in equity sales I finally saw the light and entered the mad world of teaching. After six wonderful years running the boarding at Pinewood I am very honoured to be deputy head here at Cothill. Whilst my teaching centres on maths, I am also a keen sportsman and musician, so it looks like I will be kept very busy. Away from school I love spending time with my wife, children and two crazy cocker spaniels, enjoying the great outdoors of the Oxfordshire countryside.

    Favourite film: Spy Game (Robert Redford & Brad Pitt rock in this 2001 thriller)

    Favourite book: Born to Run (Christopher McDougall will make you want to run and run and run...)

  • Kelly Andrews

    Director of Music

    Kelly Andrews

    Director of Music

    Music and Drama are my passion and I feel extremely privileged to be working at Cothill, it’s a truly special place. Directing school plays, organising Rockhill and all our other musical events is a real pleasure.  I delight in seeing the boys up on stage and hope to continue giving them a safe and secure platform to do this.  Being creative is what I’m best at, but I secretly love the organisational aspects of my job – the music timetables are a mammoth yet superbly satisfying task.

    Likes:  Rock music, Microsoft Excel, building stage sets and my pets – Colin the pig and Basil the dog.

    Dislikes:  Bad table manners and losing my glasses.

  • James Foster

    Director of Sport

    James Foster

    Director of Sport

    I arrived at Cothill with splashes of grey in my beard after 9 years working as an assistant cameraman in the Great British Film Industry. Creative opportunities at Cothill continued in the History department, as Head of General Studies, director of various school plays, and most recently taking on the evolution of the sports department. As promotion and responsibility has been embraced, so has baldness. Will either continue?

    Best school event: The Feast, our exceptional Christmas meal.

  • Nicholas Compton-Burnett

    Deputy Head, Academic

    Nicholas Compton-Burnett

    Deputy Head, Academic

    After a number of years in the City followed by adventures with a computer start-up business, I landed back on terra firma in my early thirties at Cothill. Since then, I have taught French, General Studies, Latin and English to scholarship level. Whilst no thesp, I love the fact that every lesson is a small performance of some kind. Under my leadership of Cothill's Academic approach have come General Studies, Theme Weeks (a school institution) and the now very much embedded Accelerated Reader programme. I play the drums (rather badly) but love participating in the staff band. When I am not on site, I can be found bouncing on sofas at home or flying kites with my two pocket jokers, aged 5 and 6.

    Favourite things about Cothill? The boys’ sense of humour and yard cricket (but my own innings seem to be getting shorter for some reason).

  • Richard Sutton

    Deputy Head, Pastoral

    Richard Sutton

    Deputy Head, Pastoral

    As well as being Deputy Head, Pastoral, I am the school's the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), responsible for the wellbeing of all the boys. Alongside my DSL commitments, I can be seen leading boys on trips to the Somme Battlefield or giving the school 1st XI batsmen the benefit of the doubt as an umpire. I have been at Cothill for 16 years in various guises: Director of Sport, Head of various Academic departments and hamming it up in numerous cameo roles in the school plays.

    Advice to a newcomer: 1. It is a brilliant school, get involved in everything and make the most of all the opportunities. 2. Have lots of fun, you will never get a better chance!

  • Alix Anson

    Head of Learning Support

    Alix Anson

    Head of Learning Support

    I love nothing more than the challenge of restoring a boy's confidence by teaching him how to make learning as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Along with two members of my team, I am the co-author of WordBlaze - a multisensory phonic scheme which brings reading and spelling alive with colourful stories and pictures: once you have drawn a "Thief in Briefs," the 'ie' rule tends to stick for good! As Cothill's literacy and numeracy assessment lead, I meet potential new boys during their assessments and offer insight and guidance prior to their arrival.

Teaching Staff

  • Director of Music
  • Alix Anson - Head of Learning Support
  • Ralf Arneil - Head of Latin, Form Tutor 6A
  • Victoria Bass - Head of Literacy
  • Ed Benbow - Deputy Headmaster, Maths , Form Tutor RB
  • John Carver - Head of I.C.T.
  • Louise Clark - Pottery
  • Nick Compton-Burnett - Deputy Head (Academic) & English
  • Hattie Crump - Head of English, Form Tutor 4C
  • Karen Dalton - Learning Support
  • Chala Dodds - English Teacher & Head of Art Form Tutor 6D
  • James Foster - Head of Sport
  • Bob Gooch - DT 
  • Rory Griffiths - Head of Junior English, Form Tutor 5G
  • Ed Harrington - History & General Studies, Form Tutor MH
  • Ed Hawkins - Director of Sports Development,  Head of General Studies
  • Peter Hill - Head of Maths, Form Tutor 1S
  • Tim Hodgetts - Librarian & English
  • Robin Howard - Learning Support, EfL / EaL
  • Graham Howell - Music & Latin
  • Ruth Humphreys - Science, Form Tutor 6H
  • Sarah Hutchison - Learning Support
  • James Jacob - History, Form Tutor MJ
  • Scott James - I.C.T.
  • Stephen Johnson - Head of Science, Form Tutor RJ
  • Denholm Johnston - Outdoor Learning
  • Bella Jones - Latin & French
  • Alex Kidd - Houseparent Year 4 & P.E.
  • Liscia Lacarain - French Language Assistant
  • Kyle Langman - Houseparent Years 6 & 7, Head of Geography
  • Rev Phil Parker  - School Chaplain & Head of Religious Studies
  • Tony Plowman ('PC') - Woodwork
  • Mark Rusby - Maths
  • Elizabeth Sutton - Head of French, Form Tutor 5S
  • Richard Sutton - Deputy Head (Pastoral), Head of History, Form Tutor RS
  • Stephen Taylor - Music
  • Angus Usher - Houseparent Year 5 & Geography
  • Sam Whitehead - Maths
  • Alice Williams - Houseparent Year 8 (Bowlers) & History
  • Robbie Williams - Houseparent Year 8 (Bowlers) & Head of Junior Maths


  • Hannah Bloch & Anthony Edwards - visiting LAMDA teachers
  • Simon Murdoch - Golf Professional
  • Olly Carr - Head Tennis Coach
  • Tim Archard - Climbing Instructor
  • Betsy Wu - Mandarin Teacher

Pastoral Staff

  • Jacqui Pridmore - Head Matron
  • Elaine Harris - Senior Matron
  • Ruth Hogg - Senior Matron & French 
  • Charelle Nairne - Senior Matron
  • Sergio Perello - Boarding Assistant
  • Jenny Barrett - Boarding Assistant
  • Sue Allen - School Nurse
  • Rosi Sutton - School Nurse
  • Samantha Wing - School Nurse
  • Visiting GPs Dr Aintzane Ballestero & Dr Diana McEwen



    School Office Staff

    • Jane Woodcock  - School Secretary & Registrar
    • Karen Sutton  - Domestic Bursar
    • Rachel Nickerson - Development and Alumni Relations
    • Jo Busson - Assistant Domestic Bursar

    Support Teams

    Catering Staff

    • Ricardo Grech - Catering Manager
    • Jason Bufton - Duty Chef 
    • Alberto Escobar - Catering Assistant
    • Agata Kosolapovaite - Catering Assistant
    • Anne Nicholls - Catering Assistant
    • Rachel Salisbury - Catering Assistant
    • Jana Sucha - Catering Assistant
    • Denise Wiseman - Catering Assistant
    • Brenda Stimpson - Match Teas

    Grounds Staff

    • Rob Maskrey - Head Groundsman
    • Joseph Green - Lead Groundsman
    • Pete England - Assistant Groundsman
    • Linda Butler - Gardener
    • Jack Smith - Maintenance Manager
    • Shaun Bayliss - Maintenance
    • Aidan Quick - Maintenance

    Domestic Staff

    • Joanne Haynes - Supervisor
    • Cora Benterman 
    • Karen Capon
    • Alejandro Chano Chimbo
    • Helen Empson
    • Cat Haines
    • Maria Kimbrey
    • Teresa Parker
    • Ariclea Tervel Sales Zuliani
    • Heraldo Zuliani

    Laundry Staff

    • Janet Antcliffe
    • Kendra Bell
    • Julie Walker

    Evening & Weekend Team

    • Marina Wasilewski
    • Stacey Haynes
    • Marcos Stollmeier
    • Vilmar Bitzer
    • Anne McGrath
    • Iwona Solecka
    • Millie Hayes
    • Elen Newton


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