Staff and Governors

Our Board of Governors bring a huge wealth of energy, creativity, experience and expertise to the school. Every member of the Board has a specific and active role in serving the school and delivering our mission.

Board of Governors

Rachel Powell – Chair of Governors

Bob Bigley

Claire Burrows

Felicity Cunliffe-Lister

Simon Kayll

Martin Hunt

Andrew Mindenhall

Sarah Sadler

Jonathan Turner

David Willis

Ann Wheatcroft


Parents and carers can contact the Chair of Governors if required by writing to the School Office:

Mrs Rachel Powell, C/O Cundall Manor School,

Cundall Manor School, Cundall, York. YO61 2RW.

Alternatively, parents and carers can contact the Chair of Governors if required by email and marking the email FAO Chair of Governors.


Teaching Staff 

Mrs Amanda Kirby BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH – Headmistress / Designated Safeguarding Lead


Miss Clare Stovin BSc (Hons) PGCE – Acting Deputy Head (Pastoral) / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Dawn Thyne BSc (Hons) PGCE – Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning) / Science

Miss Jayne Stroud BSc (Hons) PGCE NPQH – Director of Studies / Exams


Mrs Louise Bessey BA (Hons) PGCE – Assistant Head (Aram & Swale) / Head of Girls’ Games

Mrs Anne Verity BEd (Hons) – Assistant Head (Forms 3 – 6) / Form 6

Mrs Melissa Raubitschek BSc (Hons) PGCE – Science / Senior Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Miss Sarah Braithwaite BA (Hons) PGCE – Acting Head of English

Miss Emma Castle-Smith BA (Hons) PGCE – French/Spanish

Mrs Julie Christy BEd (Hons) PGC (SpLD) – Learning Support

Mr Robert Clay BA (Hons) PGCE QTS – Form 5

Mr Robert Clements BA (Hons) PGCE – Acting Head of Humanities

Mrs Julie Coates BA (Hons) QTS MSc MA – English/IT

Mr Vincent Conyngham BA BMus MA, FTCL, ALCM, DipEd – Head of RS/Music

Mr David Cook BSc (Hons) PGCE – Head of Maths

Mrs Sandrine Cooke BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Modern Foreign Languages / PSHEE Coordinator

Mr Oliver Couttie BA (Hons) QTS – PE/Games

Mr James Denmark BA (Hons) PGCE – Form 4 / Games

Mr Simon Driver BSc (Hons) PGCE – Maths/Games

Miss Eleanor Eckart BSc (Hons) PGCE QTS – Form 5

Mrs Elizabeth Graham BEd (Hons) PGCE (SpLD) – Head of Learning Support

Mr Nicolas Hanysz BSc (Hons) PGCE QTS – Science

Mrs Katy Hunzinger PGDip PGCE – French/Spanish

Mrs Rebecca Jackson BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of English (M/L)

Mr Nick James BA (Hons) PGCE – PE / Games

Mrs Claire Keens BEd (Hons) PGDipEd – Form 4

Mrs Emma Lawn BA (Hons) PGCE – DT

Mr John Liley BSc (Hons) QTS (PE) – Director of Sport/PE

Miss Sally Norville BSc (Hons), PGCE, QTS, QTLS, MA – Head of Science / Gifted & Talented Coordinator

Mrs Debbie Partington BA (Hons) QTS – Business Studies/IT

Mrs Sarah Pearson BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Art & Textiles

Miss Saskia Proffitt BA (Hons) MSc PGCE – Latin

Mrs Helen Quarmby BA (Hons) MA PGCE – French/Spanish / Enrichment Coordinator

Mrs Aimée Rea BSc PGCE – Form 6 / Games

Miss Isabelle Reah BSc (Hons) PGCE – Form 3 / Games

Mrs Sarah Reece BA (Hons) BSc, PGDipEd, NPQSL, LRSM – Director of Music / Head of Boarding

Mrs Diane Riddell BA (Hons) – English/Counsellor

Mrs Jenny Roberts BA (Hons) PGCE – Science

Miss Sally Sanderson BA (Hons) QTS, MEd – Maths

Mrs Elaine Strong BSc (Hons) QTS – Learning Support

Mr Ian Swannell BA (Hons) PGCE – Geography

Mr Simon Vale BA (Hons) PGCE – Art/Drama

Miss Elizabeth Vile BA (Hons) MA, PGCE – Head of Drama/English


Pre-Prep Department

Mrs Jenni Cizek BA(Hons), PGCE – Reception

Miss Elizabeth Clark BA (Hons) PGCE QTS – Form 2

Mrs Amy Glover BSc (Hons) Norland Diploma – Nursery

Miss Ellie Laird SCQF Level 7, SVQ 3 (Social Services, Children & Young People.) – Nursery

Mrs Kylie Potter BA (Hons) QTS – Form 1

Mrs Adelle Rogerson BSc (Hons), PGCE – KS1 Lead / Form 2 / Games

Ms Fleur Thompson BEd (Hons) – Nursery

Mrs Nicola Sample BA (Hons) QTS – EYFS Lead / Reception

Mrs Heather Woods BSc (Hons) QTS – Form 1

Mrs Rachel Whatley BSc (Hons) EYPS – Nursery


Teaching Support Staff

Mr Matthew Bessey BEd (Hons) – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Joanne Feeley BTEC – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Shona Fletcher BMedSc QTS – Teaching Assistant

Mr Stuart Jackson – Director of Outdoor Activities

Miss Anna Poulton BA (Hons) – Art Assistant/Librarian

Miss Lesley Ratcliffe NNEB, Hornsby Diploma, HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Miss Freya Rendall – Nursery Assistant Apprentice

Mr Pete Sigsworth BSc (Hons) Cert Ed – Lab Technician

Mrs Victoria Wick – Learning Support Assistant


Administrative Staff

Mrs Laura Taylor LLB (Hons) PDipLaw  – Business Manager


Mrs Philippa Abrahams BMus (Hons) – Bursar’s Assistant

Mrs Judith Jay BA (Hons) – PA to the Headmistress

Mrs Sally Kayll – Head of Admissions

Mrs Victoria Lee BHSc (Hons) DipHE Children’s Nursing – School Nurse

Mr Fraser McPhearson – Business Support Officer

Mrs Kathryn Pittaway BA (Hons) LLB – Business Support, Administration and Events Officer

Mr Tony Reece – Housemaster and Estates Manager

Mrs Sarah Slater BA (Hons) MCIPD – School Secretary

Mrs Rose Sowerby – Admin Coordinator

Mr David Todd BSc (Hons) QTS – IT Manager

Mr Ashley Wiggan – Assistant Accountant