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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...)

  • Nicholas Compton-Burnett

    Director of Studies

    Nicholas Compton-Burnett

    Director of Studies

    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

    DSL, Pastoral

    Richard Sutton

    DSL, Pastoral

    I am the school's 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.

  • Rory Griffiths

    Director of Sport

    Rory Griffiths

    Director of Sport

    I landed at Cothill House seven years ago straight out of Cambridge University, where I studied Modern Languages, and I instantly fell in love with the place and the incredibly rich and varied education we offer here. I did escape for one year of work and travel to South America but I could not resist coming back.


    Having taught Maths and French before finally settling on English, last year taking on the role of Head of Junior English, it is a great honour to now be leading the Sports Department as Director of Sport. Sport is my deepest-running passion, particularly football, cricket and Eton Fives; I love the buzz when our sensational grounds come alive as boys head out to train and compete. My goal is to make sure that every boy who comes to Cothill finds enjoyment through physical activity, learns lots about themselves and their friends, and develops their talent and passion for sport.


    If I'm not on the playing fields, I'll be enjoying time travelling with my fiancée, strumming terribly on the guitar or watching Aston Villa on the TV.

Teaching Staff

  • Alix Anson - Head of Learning Support

  • Tim Archard - Houseparent Year 5, Climbing instructor

  • Ralf Arneil - Head of Latin, Form Tutor 6A

  • Maria Bailey - Head of Boarding, EAL

  • Ed Benbow - Deputy Headmaster, Maths, Form Tutor RB

  • Louise Clark - Pottery

  • Nick Compton-Burnett - Director of Studies, Librarian & English

  • Hattie Crump - Head of English, Form Tutor 4C

  • Karen Dalton - Learning Support

  • Chala Dodds - Head of Art, English, Form Tutor MD

  • Adam Ferry - Maths, Form Tutor 5F

  • Bob Gooch - DT 

  • Rory Griffiths - Director of Sport, Head of Junior English

  • Ed Harrington - Head of General Studies, History, Form Tutor MH

  • Amelia Hepburn - Latin, Science, Form Tutor 6H

  • Peter Hill - Head of Maths, Form Tutor RH

  • Graham Howell - Music & Latin

  • Ruth Humphreys - Science

  • Sarah Hutchison - Learning Support

  • James Jacob - History, Form Tutor MJ

  • Scott James - I.C.T.

  • Stephen Johnson - Head of Science, Form Tutor RJ

  • Alex Kidd - Houseparent Year 4 & P.E.

  • Kyle Langman - Houseparent Years 6 & 7, Head of Geography

  • Rev Phil Parker - School Chaplain & Head of Religious Studies

  • Tony Plowman ('PC') - Woodwork

  • Elizabeth Sutton - Head of French, Form Tutor 5S

  • Richard Sutton - Head of History, DSL, Form Tutor 6S

  • Stephen Taylor - Music

  • Sam Whitehead - Director of Sports Development, Maths & PE

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
    • Julia Newton - Headmaster's PA

    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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