Staff - The Barfield Family (old Layout)

Staff - The Barfield Family (old Layout)

“We are thrilled with how much our son has developed over the term and how well the staff know the children.” Parent

Barfield School is very proud of the unique partnership that exists between staff, children and parents, and we consider ourselves to be fortunate in having dedicated, enthusiastic, loyal and well-qualified teachers in both the Lower and Upper Schools.

Mr Andrew Boyle is Headmaster of the school with Mrs Christina Tupper as Deputy Head. They work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the smooth and effective running of the school.

In the Lower School, class teachers are carefully chosen to provide academic, social and emotional support to the children. In the Upper School, form tutors and heads of year provide pastoral support and academic matters are monitored by the subject teachers and heads of department.

Senior Management Team

Headmaster - Mr Andrew Boyle

Qualification - BA (Hons) GTP

Andrew joined the Barfield family as Headmaster in 2019. In addition to his responsibilities as Headmaster, he can often be seen out of the Games pitches and thoroughly enjoys sharing his love for sport with the children. Prior to joining, he enjoyed 11 very happy years as Deputy Head at Chandlings School in Oxfordshire - which is also part of the Prep Schools Trust. Originally from Yorkshire, Andrew started his teaching journey in his home town of Harrogate and felt incredibly lucky to complete his first year of teaching back at the school that he attended as a boy. Away from school, he has recently become a new father and is making the most of every minute with his young family. In addition to playing a range of sports, Andrew can often be found in the local countryside walking his two working cocker spaniels. 

Deputy Head - Mrs Christina Tupper

Qualification - BA (Hons) PGCE

Christina joined the Barfield family in 2010.  During her time she has taught Science, Girls' Games, VR, ICT and Maths.  She has been a Form Tutor for a number of years, along with being Head of ICT and Science.  Christina was promoted to Director of Studies in 2017, and has retained the Head of Science alongside this position.  Before joining Barfield, Christina was a professional golfer playing on the European Ladies Tour.  She was the Manager at a prestigious Golf Club in the South East of England, which involved the day to day running of the business.  Along with working at Barfield, Christina occasionally works for the University of Chichester mentoring trainees in teaching Science in secondary schools, along with marking postgraduate scripts.  Outside of Barfield, Christina enjoys exercising and reading, and is hoping to restart golf again in the near future.

Head of Operations - Mrs Sarah Grantham

Qualification - BSc (Hons)

Sarah joined the Barfield family in 2013, as an HR & Administration Manager.  Her role has increased over the years, with the most recent addition being Head of Operations.  Before joining Barfield Sarah attended Kent University studying Business Computing, and now has over 16 years experience in HR.  Sarah worked at Sainsburys in the HR department, a Store Trainer and some time as a Store Manager.  Prior to this she spent eight years as a Store Manager at a large Golf Complex in Surrey.  Before these roles, Sarah worked as a Flight Dispatcher at Heathrow Airport which enabled her to travel the world, which she greatly enjoyed.  Outside of Barfield, Sarah enjoys spending time with her two children, playing tennis and golf if and when the opportunity arises.  She helps at her sons Cub Scouts and has an active part in her daughters' tennis club.

Head of Lower School - Mrs Helen Brown

Qualification - BA (Hons) Primary Ed

Helen joined the Barfield family in 2005 as a Teacher in the Prep School.  She was the Year 3 and 4 Form Tutor, along with teaching Science, RE, PSHE, Maths and Head of ICT.  Helen moved to the Pre-Prep in 2009, where she was Class Teacher in Year 1 and 2, before becoming Head of Pre-Prep in 2018.  Prior to joining Barfield, Helen taught in a Primary School as an Infant Teacher.  Outside of Barfield Helen enjoys reading, sewing and spending time with her family.  At weekends, she spends time watching her children play for their local Football, Rugby and Cricket Clubs.

Head of Upper School - Mr Jim Taylor

Qualification - BSc (Hons), QTS

Jim joined the Barfield family in 2022 as the Head of Upper School.  Prior to joining Barfield he was a PE teacher whilst gaining his teaching qualification.  His first job was as a Form Tutor in Year 3, whilst teaching English, Maths, Science and PE.  After two years he became Director of Sport, and then progressed to a Prep School near Epsom where he was Director of Sport and Head of PSHE.  Jim has been heavily involved in Pastoral Care and running the assembly structures and well-being programmes.  Outside of Barfield, Jim enjoys coaching Rugby for Harlequins development programme as well as coaching a senior mens rugby team near to his home.  Jim also enjoys going to the gym and exercising regularly.

Heads of Department

Head of Life Skills - Mrs Katie Birkbeck

Qualification - BA (Hons), PGCE

Katie joined the Barfield family in 2017, as a Prep Teacher.  Katie teaches Humanities and English in Years 3 - 5, along with managing the Year 5 English Speaking Board Examinations.  Prior to working at Barfield, Katie did a number of roles prior to completing her PGCE at Kingston University.  She then taught in a number of schools in Surrey, Wales and most recently in Brunei.  Outside of school, Katie loves spending time with her family and friends, walking the family dog and going on holiday.

Head of Learning Support  - Mrs Becky Butler

Qualification - BA (Hons), QTS

Becky joined the Barfield family in September 2022 as a Learning Support Teacher.  Becky became Head of Learning Support in 2023. Prior to joining Barfield, Becky was an English specialist who has taught in Surrey for the past 16 years across most year groups and has experience in teaching all subjects.  During her working career she has held a number of different positions including Deputy Head.  Becky has a wealth of experience working with children who have additional needs and a passion for ensuring that all children reach their full potential.  Outside of Barfield, Becky enjoys pilates, swimming, reading, spending time with her husband and two young children and going on holiday.

Director of Technology - Mr Steve Hollands

Qualification - BSc (Hons), DipDesInn, PGCE

Steve joined the Barfield family in 2004, as a Junior Master.  He became Head of Design and Technology in 2006, with Network Manager being added to his role in 2014.  Both roles were then merged together to create his current role as Director of Technology.  Steve has also taught ICT, Games and Science, and been a Form Tutor to a number of year groups.  Outside of Barfield, Steve is a keen sportsman, and he particularly likes playing golf.  He also enjoys following football, rugby and cricket.

Director of Performing Arts - Ms Helen Imison


Director of Sport - Mr Eddie Lydall

Qualification - BA (Hons) QTS

Eddie joined Barfield in the Summer Term of 2023. He has been very fortunate to hold the position of Director of Sport/Head of PE in a number of fantastic state and independent schools, both in the UK and overseas. Eddie is passionate about the significant impact that a positive experience of physical education can have in all young people's lives. Eddie is a  keen golfer and cyclist and loves to involve himself in these activities outside of school whenever he has the opportunity. 

Head of English - Mrs Lynn Pryce

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

Lynn joined the Barfield family in 1999, as maternity cover in the Prep School.  She then moved to teaching PE, Humanities, a Year 2 Teacher and Head of Pre-Prep, along with running the Nativity each year.  Lynn then moved back into the Prep School, teaching Years 3 and 4 English, before becoming Head of English.  Prior to joining Barfield Lynn taught locally for five years, and was one of the first people to get girls' playing Football in school.  She moved on from this role, and taught ESL for three years to children in a school in Hong Kong.  Outside of Barfield, Lynn enjoys reading, art, travel, music and going to the theatre and concerts.  Her main passion is spending time with her two children,

Head of Mathematics - Mr James Reid

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

James joined the Barfield family in 1994 as Director of Studies, and since then has also held the positions of Deputy Head, Acting Headmaster, Headmaster between 2014 and 2019 and Senior Master.  Throughout all of these job roles, James has always been Head of Mathematics, and has enjoyed spending some of his time as a Team Inspector for ISI, and being Chairman of the IAPS Finance Committee.  Before joining Barfield James attended Charterhouse School and Goldsmiths' College at the University of London before starting his teaching career at St. Andrew's School, Woking.  Outside of Barfield, James enjoys horseracing, where he is an annual member at five different venues, including being a Patron at Goodwood.  He also has a love of football, cricket and professional cycling, especially Le Tour De France.  James is a member of the Queen's English Society, and enjoys keeping up-to-date with current affairs, particularly the political landscape.

Head of Languages - Ms Sharon Taylor

Qualification - BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, MIL

Sharon re-joined the Barfield family in 2019, having previously taught here for 9 years.  She teaches French throughout the whole school.  Prior to joining, Sharon has taught French, English, Latin and Spanish, as well as being a Form Tutor to a variety of year groups.  She has been Head of Department at St. Swithun's in Winchester and in another busy secondary school.  Outside of Barfield, Sharon enjoys reading, crafting and travelling.

Head of Humanities & Outdoor Learning - Miss Elizabeth Trevett

Qualification - BSc (Hons), PGCE, PgDip

Liz joined the Barfield family in 2015 as Head of Humanities.  Prior to joining Barfield, Liz studied at the University of Wales, and spent a year teaching in Florida.   Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked for the Police, before teaching at Mill Chase School as Head of Geography for 12 years.  Liz is currently developing the Outdoor Learning Programme.  Outside of Barfield, Liz lives on a farm, and enjoys riding her horse, running and looking after her chickens and cats.

Head of Girls' Games - Ms Jenny Williams

Qualification - BA (Hons), iPGCE

Jenny joined the Barfield family in 2007, when her eldest son joined Owlets.  She started as an Instructor for Three Peaks, before assisting with Girls' Games and then in 2020 becoming Head of Girls' Games.  She has worked across all Year Groups in the School, and has assisted the Marketing Manager with social media and photography.    Prior to joining Barfield Jenny worked in Marketing.  Outside of Barfield she enjoys running, gymnastics, general fitness and her passion for photography.

Nursery Manager - Mrs Jo King

Qualification - NNEB

Jo joined the Barfield family in 2003, working as a Teaching Assistant in Reception and Year 1, before becoming an assistant in the Nursery in 2006.  Jo progressed to Deputy Nursery Manager before being promoted in 2018 to her current position as Nursery Manager.  Before joining Barfield, Jo worked as a Nanny.  Outside of Barfield Jo likes nothing more than being a football mum to her two boys, taking the family dog for walks, going on family bike rides and relaxing with painting by numbers or a good book.

Teaching Staff

Learning Support Teacher - Mrs Shirley Aldworth

Qualification - Level 5

Shirley joined the Barfield family in 2018, as the Room Leader in Owls A.  Prior to joining Barfield, Shirley was a Nanny, Montessori Teacher, Nursery Manager, Area Manager for a small group of Nursery Schools, prior to running her own Nursery.  Outside of Barfield, Shirley enjoys reading, walking, art, natural world, and most of all being by the sea at every available opportunity.

Wellbeing Teacher - Mrs Ati Balding

Qualification - Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Ati joined the Barfield family in September 2022 as a Wellbeing Teacher, offering a variety of practises including talking therapy, mindfulness and relaxation to young children, staff and parents.  Prior to joining Barfield she has offered integrative therapies to clients including one to ones and groups.  She has worked for several years with corporate clients and a number of schools.  As well as being a qualified counsellor, Ati is also a mindfulness coach and meditation teacher, Hypnotherapist and EFT (tapping) therapist, as well as being trained in Vietnamese facial reflexology and trained in EMDR and NLP practises, along with an echo therapist, and she enjoys working outside in nature.  Outside of Barfield, Ati does charitable work including running a monthly fundraising event to support the local community.  Her greatest inspiration is her mother who has instilled a love of food, and she will spend as much time as possible in the kitchen tinkering with new recipes.

Nursery Room Lead - Miss Ellie Bollons

Qualification - Level 3

Ellie joined the Barfield family in September 2022, as a Nursery Room Lead.  Prior to Barfield, she worked as an Early Years Teaching Assistant at a Nursery School, and also at a Girls' Independent School.  Outside of school, Ellie enjoys running and singing and performing with the Rock Choir.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to the theatre.

Nursery Room Lead - Miss Sadie Botting

Qualification - Level 3

Sadie joined the Barfield family in 2021, starting as a Room Lead, before becoming a Key Person in September.  Prior to working at Barfield, Sadie worked in another All Year Round Nursery for children aged between 3 months and 5 years.  She progressed to Room Lead in her last role.  Outside of school, Sadie loves animals, and has two dogs and two cats at home, along with being able to play the piano.  She enjoys going to the cinema and eating out.  Sadie spends time outside with her family enjoying walks, theme parks and any adventures. 

Gap Student - Mr Archie Clark

Archie joined the Barfield family in May  2023, as a Gap Year Student and will go onto study primary education at Brighton University. Prior to this Archie was a pupil at Barfield from Year 1 to Year 6 and remembers being taught by many of teachers still at Barfield.  Archie will be helping in lots of different lessons, but most commonly Maths with Year 5 and 6, and helping Mr J Taylor in 5JT form time. Archie will also be working with Three Peaks in the holidays. Outside of Barfield, Archie enjoys football, where he plays in an 8-a-side league every week, and music where he plays the piano and guitar and loves playing songs with other people. Archie also enjoys going to the gym.

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Harriet Childs

Qualification - Level 3

Harriet joined the Barfield family in 2021 as a Teaching Assistant, but has been a parent at the school since 2014.  Prior to joining Barfield, Harriet had a varied work life, including working in Arts Administration for the English National Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra.  She also spent 10 years working for a professional service firm in London, before setting up her own cake designing and decorating business which she ran for 8 years before completing her Teaching Assistant qualification.  Outside of Barfield, Harriet runs every day and is a keen triathlete and open water swimmer.  She also enjoys spending time with her family on wild camping and sailing adventures.

Lower School Teacher - Miss Zoe Davies

Qualification - BA (Hons) Primary Education QTS

Zoe joined the Barfield family in 2021, as a Year 1 Teacher.  Prior to joining Barfield, Zoe studied at the University of Roehampton.  She is also a qualified Girl Guide Leader and has worked for a children's club in the summer holidays.  Outside of Barfield, Zoe is passionate about exercise and nutrition.  She enjoys new challenges and in 2018 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and more recently she completed The National Three Peaks in 24 hours.  On weekends Zoe enjoys baking, spending time with family and friends and going on walks with her spaniel.

Nursery Key Person - Miss Sophie Day

Qualification - Level 3

Sophie joined the Barfield family in 2022 as a Nursery Key Person.  Prior to joining Barfield, Sophie has worked in two other nursery settings, starting as a student a working her way up to Room Leader whilst completing her Early Years Teacher Qualification.  Outside of Barfield, Sophie enjoys spending time with her young son and family, and on the weekends she especially enjoys trips down to the coast.

Nursery Key Person - Mrs Ana Gibbons

Qualification - Level 3

Ana joined the Barfield family in 2018 as a Nursery Key Person in Owls.  Prior to joining Barfield, Ana has been working in childcare for almost 13 years.  She has worked in two other Nurseries, where she was a Room Leader and Third In Charge.  Outside of Barfield, Ana enjoys being outdoors whether that is a trip to the seaside, or a walk around the Surrey Hills with her dog.  Ana is originally from Portugal, and  has run a marathon and a half marathon, and completed a skydive.  


Teaching Assistant - Mrs Wendy Gibling

Qualification - Level 3

Wendy joined the Barfield family in 2003, initially supporting Mr Taylor with the teaching of Pre-Prep Sport and Girls Games. Throughout her time with us, Wendy has enjoyed working as a Teaching Assistant in a wide range of year groups from Owlets to Year 2 and has more recently found her home in Reception. Married to Mr Gibling, it will come as no surprise that she can often be found supporting the children on holiday camps, night camps and residential trips. Prior to working at Barfield, Wendy lived and worked in France for 4 years at an activity and ski resort. Outside of school life, she can often be seen running, biking or walking her dog in the surrounding areas as she loves to keep fit. Her biggest passion are obstacles races and muddy runs, qualifying 2 years in a row for the European Championships.


Learning Support Teacher - Mrs Verity Gilbey

Qualification - BA (Hons) PGCE

Verity joined the Barfield family in September 2023, working as a Learning  Support teacher across the school. Verity will also be teaching Life Skills and Humanities. Prior to working at Barfield Verity has worked in various schools - private, international (Hong Kong) and state (London and Farnham) mainly as a class teacher, most recently as a reception teacher at St Polycarps school. She has also been a Senco at a pre-prep school in London. Outside school when she is not ferrying her lovely children around the place, she enjoys walking, spending time on her allotment and escaping to the sea and in her dreams, reading!

Gap Year Student - Mr Raffi Gould

Raffi joined the Barfield family in September  2023, as a Gap Year Student helping out in a year 4 class and with sports activities. Raffi used to be a pupil at Barfield for 10 years up to Year 8, and some of the teachers who are still working here now used to teach him.  After his Gap Year at  Barfield, Raffi hopes to go on to outdoor activity coaching full time. Outside of Barfield, Raffi loves to play all sports. In the summer, he plays for a men's cricket team, and in the winter he goes and watches rugby games whenever possible. 

Teaching Assistant - Mr Harry Green

Qualification - Level 3

Harry joined the Barfield family in February 2022, working as a Teaching Assistant in Year 1.  Prior to joining Barfield Harry worked as a LSA in Reception, Year 2 and Year 4.  In his spare time Harry is a football coach for his local team, as well as playing himself.  He enjoys supporting Tottenham and spending time with his friends and trying new things.

Music Teacher - Mrs Emily Hinchliff

Qualification - Music Degree

Emily joined the Barfield family in September 2023. Emily will be teaching music throughout the school and will be working with the choir and orchestra. She will also be teaching violin lessons. Prior to joining Barfield Emily has taught in primary music for the past 8 years and prior to that taught secondary up to A level. Emily has worked in special needs schools, pupil referral units, and run 'Violins Together' at All Hallows. Before Emily went into teaching she worked full time as a professional violinist in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 6 years. Emily still enjoys playing in string quartets at weddings and working as a freelance musician. In her free time Emily enjoys working on her allotment, baking, and watching her 3 children play sports and music.

Lower School Teacher - Mrs Emma Johnson

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

Emma originally joined Barfield in 2001 until 2004, and then returned in 2013.  Emma is currently a Reception Teacher and a Learning Support Teacher, but she has also been a Year 2 Form Teacher.  Prior to joining, Emma taught in State Schools from 1991.  Outside Barfield, Emma enjoys reading, dog walking, baking and spending time with her family.

Lower School Teacher - Mrs Katie Jones

Qualification - BA (Ed)

Katie joined Barfield in September 2022 as a Year 1 teacher.  Prior to joining she spent eight years in a large state primary school where she taught Year 1 and Year 2.  She has held the position of Year 2 Leader.  During her time at University, Katie volunteered teaching English at a school in Thailand.  Katie loves working with young children and seeing them flourish both academically and socially.  Outside of Barfield, Katie enjoys reading, travelling, exploring new places with her husband, gointo the theatre and spending time with her family and friends.

Upper School Teacher - Miss Meredith Jordan

Qualification - BA (Ed), QTS

Meredith joined the Barfield family in 2020, as a Nursery Key Person, whilst also completing her NQT year, by visiting and teaching various year groups across the school.  Meredith graduated from Oxford Brookes University in the Summer of 2020 and subsequently became a Teacher in the Lower School. Meredith is now a Teacher in the Upper School and Form Tutor to Year 3.    Outside Barfield, Meredith enjoys watching and participating in a number of sports, especially football where she represented the women's first team at University, she played tennis at county level and enjoys skiing.  Away from her sports, Meredith enjoys socialising with family and friends, travelling, attending music events and cooking.

Nursery Key Person - Mrs Tracey Kenton

Qualification - BA Early Years Practice

Tracey joined the Barfield family in 2023. Tracey has worked in early years for 20 years now, going on to establish and grow 3 nurseries, one of which achieved Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating twice during her time as joint manager/owner. Tracey really enjoys watching the children grow and develop independence to be ready for the next stage of life and becoming good citizens. Tracey is a mum of 2 adult daughters, one of which also works at Barfileld and the other one is currently studying Microbiology at university. Outside of Barfield Tracey enjoys taking her 3 dogs on long walks and being outside. Spending time with my family and friends and watching my nieces and nephew grow. I also really enjoy going on theatre trips and live music. 

Nursery Key Person - Miss Charlie-Marie Kenton

Qualification - BA Early Childhood Education and Care.

Charlie joined in April 2022 as a Nursery Key Person.  Prior to joining Barfield, Charlie was a Room Lead and Key Person for four and a half years in another Nursery, whilst completing her BA in Early Years Education and Care.  Outside of Barfield, Charlie enjoys playing the piano and guitar and going on dog walks with her three dogs.

Lower School Teacher - Mrs Stephanie Knight

Qualification - BA (Ed), QTS

Stephanie joined the Barfield family in 2012, initially as a part time Year 1 Teacher and then subsequently full time as a Year 2 Teacher.  Prior to joining Barfield, Stephanie completed her teaching degree at King Alfred's College in Winchester, before teaching at St John's College, Southsea and Cranmore Prep School.  Outside of Barfield, Stephanie enjoys running, cycling, hiking, skiing and following her son's football team.  She is a keen traveller, with recent trips to the rainforests of Singapore and Malaysia.  Stephanie enjoys sharing her travel stories with the pupils in her class.

Lower School Teacher - Mrs Rebecca Kay

Qualification - BA (Hons), PGCE

Rebecca joined the Barfield family in September 2022 as a Lower School Teacher.  Prior to joining she worked in a couple of schools in both Reception and Year 1.  Rebecca loves working with young children.  Outside of Barfield Rebecca has two small children, and she loves spending all her time with them.  They regularly visit her fiancé who is a firefighter, as her children love exploring the fire engines.  She is an Aerobic Gymnastics Brevet Judge, and she volunteers throughout the year to attend competitions all over the country.

Teaching Assistant - Miss Debra Knights

Qualification - HLTA

Debra joined the Barfield family in 2021 as a Teaching Assistant in Reception.  Prior to joining Barfield Debra worked as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in a Primary School.  Debra is a qualified Dance Teacher, and ran her own dance school in Hertfordshire for 12 years and is now freelance in local dance schools.  Outside of Barfield Debra enjoys visiting the theatre, watching ice hockey, cooking, reading and spending time by the sea with her teenage daughters.

Art Teacher - Mrs Ali Lester

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

Ali joined the Barfield family in 1993, and she has undertaken a number of roles including Head of Art, Year 1 Teacher, Year 4 From Tutor, and she has taught Science, Humanities, English, Maths and DT.  Prior to joining Barfield, Ali worked as a Nanny in London and Bermunda, before completing her BEd (Hons).  Following her course, Ali worked as a Year 3 and 4 teacher in an inner city school in London.  Outside of Barfield, Ali loves gardening, walking, art, reading and training her Collie dogs.

Nursery Room Lead - Miss Sarah Marshall

Qualification - Level 3

Sarah joined the Barfield family in 2016 as Nursery Manager, before having a break to have her son.  She returned in 2019 as a Nursery Room Lead.  Although Sarah is contracted to Term Time, she does help cover in the holiday periods.  Before joining Barfield, Sarah worked in a variety of childcare roles since she qualified in 2003, including Private Nurseries and Thomas Cook in Turkey and Cyprus.  Outside of Barfield, Sarah recently started the Couch to 5K, so is enjoying running a few days a week.  She likes to sing, and has experience of performing on the stage.  Sarah spends her weekends with her son at Alice Holt or the beach.  She also enjoys curling up on the sofa with a good book.

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Sarah McGuinness

Qualification - Level 3

Sarah joined the Barfield family in 2020, as a Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and now Year 3. Prior to joining Barfield, Sarah worked as a Learning Support Assistant in another Independent School working with children aged between 2 and 8, as well as being a Teaching Assistant in Reception for 7 years.  Outside of Barfield, Sarah loves spending her free time cooking, baking, going to the gym, yoga and holidays in the sun with her family and friends.

Nursery Key Person - Mrs Adriana Morgan

Qualification - Level 4

Adriana joined the Barfield family in 2016 as a Nursery Key Person in Owls.  Before joining Barfield Adriana studied Textile Design in Colombia.  She held Workshops in Researching and Delivering Regional Crafts, before moving to the UK.  Adriana started working with children in 2003, and enjoyed it so much she completed her Early Childhood Montessori qualification.  Outside of Barfield, Adriana enjoys cycling, walking, making jewellery, cooking, travelling and she is learning dinghy sailing.

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs Julia Mylechraine

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

Julia joined the Barfield family in September 2023 as a Learning Support Teacher for the Upper School. Prior to joining Barfield, Julia was class teacher for Nursery to Year 6, a boarding tutor and a specialist Dyslexia teacher having gained her Level 5 Diploma in Dyslexia and other SpLD's.    Outside of Barfield, Julia enjoys spending time with family, dog walking, horticulture and embroidery.

Nursery Key Person - Miss Inis Morris

Qualification - NNEB

Inis joined the Barfield family in November 2022 as a Nursery Assistant.  Prior to joining Barfield she worked as a Nanny in America and then went on to work in Nurseries and Playgroups, before working with SEN children within schools.  Outside of Barfield, Inis enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the cinema, having days out or catching up. Inis also spends her spare time sewing, painting and Arts and Crafts.

Nursery Room Lead - Miss Kassie Morris

Qualification - Level 3

Kassie joined the Barfield family in July 2022 as a Nursery Key Person.  She became a Room Lead in 2023. Prior to joining Barfield she worked as an Early Years Assistant in an Infant School for seven years, and completed her ELSA training at the same time.  Kassie works as a nanny after school whilst working towards her degree in Education Studies.  Outside of Barfield, Kassie enjoys listening to music, dancing, cooking and spending time with her friends.

Lower School Teacher - Miss Sophie Murray

Qualification - BA (Hons), QTS

Sophie joined the Barfield family in 2018, working as a part time Form Teacher in Year 1 and Year 2.  Sophie assists in the Nursery during the holidays, as has taught French in the Pre-Prep.  Prior to joining Barfield she worked as a Nanny and held various roles in Nursery and EYFS settings.  She has taught in Years 3 and 5, along with working in an International School whilst she completed her degree.  Outside of Barfield, Sophie enjoys socialising, travelling, exploring new places and visiting her father in New York.  She recently became an Aunty

Nursery Assistant - Ms Sandra Pharo

Qualification - Level 3

Sandra joined the Barfield family in 1992 as a Lunchtime Assistant in the kitchen.  She worked in that department for 25 years, gaining a Level 3 Kitchen Supervisor qualification along the way.  Three years ago Sandra changed her career direction and moved over to the Nursery.  In 2019 she achieved her NVQ Level 3 qualification.  Outside of Barfield Sandra enjoys cooking, spending time with her family at the seaside and caravanning holidays.

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Dianne Redbond

Qualification - Level 3

Dianne joined the Barfield family in 2021 as a Teaching Assistant in Year 2.  Prior to Barfield, Dianne worked as a Teaching Assistant in a small Independent School in London, working with Reception through to Year 2.  This role included supporting and working with SEN children.  Outside of Barfield, Dianne enjoys yoga, walking, swimming and skiing.  She also enjoys cooking and exploring new places both at home and abroad, and spending time with her family.  Whenever possible, Dianne supports a charity that offers friendship and support ot the elderly, with the particular aim of combating loneliness in old age.

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Natalie Ryland

Qualification - Level 3

Natalie joined the Barfield family in 2019 as a Key Person in Owlets and has since progressed to a Teaching Assistant in Year 1.  Prior to Barfield, Natalie worked as a Classroom Assistant from 2007, whilst training as a HLTA to enable her to teach classes from Nursery to Year 6.  Outside of Barfield, Natalie enjoys cycling, and is regularly seen cycling to and from work.  Natalie also enjoys camping with the family, making things, knitting, going for long walks or relaxing with a good book.  

Upper School Teacher - Mr Kevin Scowcroft

Qualification - Bsc (Hons)

Kevin joined the Barfield family in September 2023, working as a Teacher in the Upper School and Form Tutor to Year 4. Prior to joining Barfield Kevin worked at Alton School as a Class teacher for Years 2&3, Pastoral Lead, DSL and Director of Hockey. Before teaching Kevin ran his own Direct Sales Business; having returned from living/working in Japan for 2 years working for Monbusho. Outside of Barfield Kevin loves playing and watching sports... following Manchester United, playing basketball for Alton Storm, hockey for Alton Hockey Club 3s and current Hampshire Hockey u13s Girls' Assistant Coach. Kevin also enjoys taking his two young children out on their bikes or to the park and socialising with friends and family.

Deputy Nursery Manager - Miss Olivia Shirley

Qualification - Level 3

Olivia joined the Barfield family in 2014 as a Nursery Key Person.  Although her journey originally started in 1999 until 2008 when she attended Barfield as a pupil.  Olivia progressed to Owlets Room Leader before being promoted to Deputy Nursery Manager.  Prior to joining Barfield, Olivia was a Nanny and Head Lifeguard at a local Swimming Pool.  Olivia supports the Three Peaks team as a Swimming Teacher.  Outside of Barfield, Olivia has just completed her foundation degree in Early Childhood, and will be starting her BA (Hons) degree in September 2020.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exercising.

Nursery Key Person - Mrs Tomoko Sucharov

Qualification - Level 3

Tomoko joined the Barfield family in 2013 as a Nursery Assistant, before progressing to a Nursery Key Person.  Prior to Barfield, Tomoko had a career in the Hotel Industry following her completion of a Post Graduate Degree in International Hospitality Management, both in Japan and the UK, before doing some private tutoring and childcare.  Outside of Barfield, Tomoko enjoys going for long walks and bike rides with her family, participating in Tai Chi or reading books with her cat on her lap.

Sports Teacher - Mr Ray Taylor

Qualification - AIST

Ray joined the Barfield family in 1989. He has undertaken a number of other roles including Director of Sport, Housemaster and Form Tutor to a number of year groups in the Prep School.  Ray was the founder of Barfield Three Peaks, where he still works helping at weekends and on holiday camps as a Senior Instructor.  Ray is a current member of the Barfield Friends committee and assists them with regular events.  Before joining Barfield, Ray served in the British Army for 11 years as a Radio and Data Telegraphist.  During this time he trained as a Physical Training Instructor and gained his Cross Swords.  Ray loves nothing more that seeing Barfield pupils grow in confidence and develop new skills, but when he is not at school, he enjoys walking his dog and spending time with the family.

Librarian - Mrs Annie Tarrant

Annie joined the Barfield family in 2019 as a lunchtime assistant, before becoming the School Librarian in 2021.  Prior to joining Barfield Annie held a number of Librarian roles including Library and Information Assistant at the National Maritime Museum, Resources Librarian at Farnborough College of Technology and Library Network Assistant at Farnham Library.  Outside of Barfield, Annie enjoys spending time with her three children, painting, visiting Art Galleries, swimming, reading and socialising with friends.

Nursery Key Person - Mrs Claire Vaughan

Qualification - Level 3

Claire joined the Barfield family in April 2022 as a Nursery Key Person.  Prior to joining Barfield Claire spent the last six years working as an LSA in Reception.  Before this role she worked as a Nursery Key Person for five years working with children aged between 2 and 4 years.  Outside of Barfield, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going on long walks with her dog.

Upper School Teacher - Mr Pat Whittle

Qualification - QTS

Pat joined the Barfield family in 2021, working as a Teacher in the Upper School and Form Tutor to Year 4.  Pat undertook his work placement at Barfield, which included supporting Key Worker children during Lockdown, and assisting a Year 4 group along with teaching core lessons.  Prior to joining Barfield Pat worked for 5 years as a Sport Coach in local schools delivering PE lessons and extracurricular activities as well as providing PE training to support schools to deliver an enhanced PE curriculum.  During this time he gained his Primary Education degree with Qualified Teacher Status.  Outside of Barfield, Pat enjoys playing sport in his spare time and still plays for his local football team every weekend.  He is a keen follower of a majority of sports but mostly Formula One.

Lower School Teacher - Mrs Sophie Wright

Qualification - BA (Hons), PGCE

Sophie joined the Barfield Family in 2017 and began her journey as a Reception Form Teacher. Over the past 6 years, she has been inspiring our children in Year R & Year 1 and absolutely loves supporting the academic and emotional needs of some of our smallest boys and girls. Before joining Barfield, Sophie worked in a local village school in Tilford, where she taught in Reception for 5 years. Sophie has two young children and has recently returned from Maternity Leave. If the chance arises, Sophie enjoys a game of tennis with her husband or a lovely long walk, never forgetting to stop for coffee and cake.

Job  - Mrs Joanne Spooner


Administrative Staff

Office Manager/Head's PA - Mrs Joanne Spooner

Jo joined the Barfield family in 2019, as the Office Administrator and Receptionist before becoming the Office Manager and Head's PA in November 2022.  Prior to Barfield she worked as an Office Manager at Amery Hill School and the Cauliflower Group Ltd.  Outside of Barfield, Jo enjoys walking, playing badminton, travelling and settling down with a good book.

Marketing Manager - Mrs Rochelle Jackson

Qualification - BComm Marketing Degree

Rochelle joined the Barfield family in September 2022, as Marketing Manager.  Prior to Barfield she worked in various administrative roles, commercial property marketing, and she is currently running a Direct selling business part-time.  Outside of Barfield, Rochelle enjoys a variety of music including singing in her local church band.  She also enjoys being outdoors with her three girls and their dog Bailey.  She is passionate about her Scentsy business, selling home fragrancing and offering a safer, flame-free alternative to candles.

Receptionist/Office Administrator - Mrs Holly Wooldridge

Holly joined the Barfield Family in October 2022, as Office Administrator and Receptionist. Prior to Barfield she worked in HR at McLaren Automotive Ltd.  Outside of Barfield, Holly enjoys exploring the outdoors with her son, going to the gym and holidays with her family. 


Domestic Bursar - Mrs Jenny Hughes

Jenny joined the Barfield family in 2004 as Housekeeper, which involved managing the catering and cleaning of the School.  Since then her role has expanded, and she is also responsible for First Aid and Match Teas.  Jenny's daughter attended Barfield from Year 2 until she moved on to Churchers College.  Outside of Barfield, Jenny enjoys going to the Theatre and the Ballet.  She loves going on long country walks with her dogs, and spending time with her three children and three grandchildren.

Evening Cleaner - Mrs Sharon Stoner

Sharon joined the Barfield family in 2014 as an Evening Cleaner.  Prior to joining Barfield, Sharon was a School Lunchtime Supervisor.  Outside of Barfield, Sharon enjoys spending time with her family, and attending Yoga and Pilates classes.

Evening Cleaner - Ms Carol Thorne

Carol joined the Barfield family in 2014 as an Evening Cleaner.  Prior to joining Barfield Carol was a cleaner.  Outside of Barfield Carol enjoys going camping with her girls, going on long walks and listening to music.


Evening Cleaner - Mrs Dennise Weaver

Dennise joined the Barfield family in 2021 as an Evening Cleaner.  Prior to joining Barfield Dennise was a School Cleaner.  Outside of Barfield Dennise enjoys reading, walking her dog with her son and going to the beach.

Maintenance & Grounds

Maintenance Manager - Mr Cliff Dean

Cliff joined the Barfield family in 2009 as Maintenance Manager.  Prior to joining Barfield, Cliff was a general builder for 25 years.  Outside of Barfield, Cliff is a Dance Teacher and spends most weekends teaching adults a range of different dances.  Cliff has recently taken up paddleboarding, which he is very much enjoying.

Maintenance Assistant - Mr Andy Grant

Andy joined the Barfield family in 2022 as Maintenance Assistant.  Prior to joining Barfield, Andy worked as a Plumbing and Heating Engineer and a Bathroom and Kitchen Installer.  Outside of Barfield, Andy enjoys mountain biking, football, walking and snorkelling.

Minibus Driver

Minibus Driver - Mr Jef Powell

Jef joined the Barfield family in 2022, as our Minibus Driver.  Prior to joining Barfield, Jef drove a school minibus for Embley school and Stroud school based in Romsey. Since retiring and selling his entertainment business, and moving to Odiham, Jef  has become a trustee & presenter for Basingstoke Radio.  Jef also has two lovely rescue dogs, who seem to spend more time on the sofa than he does.

Three-Peaks Outdoor Pursuits and Grounds Team

Three Peaks Manager - Mr Karl Gibling

Karl joined the Barfield family in 2001, as Manager of Three Peaks.  Along with this role Karl is the schools Health and Safety advisor and assists with sports lessons.  The most recent addition to his role is Manager of the Grounds Team.  Prior to joining Barfield, Karl was in the Army as a Royal Engineer, before moving to Head of Climbing at an Adventure Company in the South of France, along with being a Ski Guide in the winter season.  Outside of School, Karl enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, skiing and outdoor adventure sports including OCR races.

Three Peaks Assistant Manager - Mr Mark Gore

Mark joined the Barfield family 16 years ago, as Deputy Manager for Three Peaks.  As part of his role he is involved with Outdoor Pursuits, Grounds Maintenance and Forest School.  Prior to Barfield, Mark worked at residential centres teaching Outdoor Pursuits in the South of France and the UK.  Outside of Barfield Mark enjoys running, cycling, golf and spending time with his family.

Three Peaks Leader - Mr Max FitzGerald

Max joined Barfield as a pupil in 2001 and left at the end of Year 8 in 2012, before he joined the Three Peaks team in 2018 alongside studying Sports Science and Outdoor Activities at Bangor University.  During his time at Barfield he has also helped in the Maintenance Team before taking up a full time role as Three Peaks Leader in April 2022.  Outside of Barfield, Max enjoys music, food, white water kayaking, mountaineering and climbing.  He enjoyed his recent trip to Argentina where he successfully climbed to the summit of Aconcagua.

Groundsman - Mr Glenn Murphy

Glenn joined the Barfield family in 2021 as Groundsman.  Prior to Barfield Glenn ran a Garden Maintenance Company in Surrey for nine years and then worked for a landscaping company for two years.  Outside of Barfield, Glenn enjoys gardening, cooking, listening to music, football and days out with his family