Staff - The Barfield Family

Staff - The Barfield Family

“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 Management 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 Headmaster responsibilities, he also enjoys getting outside to support the Games Staff and is teaching Science to Year 4 children.  Prior to joining, Andrew enjoyed 11 very happy years as Deputy Head at Chandlings School in Oxfordshire, which is also part of the Cothill Trust.  During his time at Chandlings, he specialised in teaching upper KS2 Maths and in more recent times ventured back into the form room as a Year 3 Form Tutor.  Before the move to Oxfordshire, Andrew began his teaching career in his home town of Harrogate, Yorkshire, and felt incredibly lucky to do his first year of teaching back at the school that he had attended as a young boy.  Outside of working hours, his main passion is exploring the local countryside with his wife and their adorable working cocker spaniel.  Andrew also enjoys any number of sports, including golf, cricket, skiing and rugby. 

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 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 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 PA to the Headmaster.  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.

Heads Of Department

Director of Sport - Mr Ray Taylor

Qualification - AIST

Ray joined the Barfield family in 1989, and although he is currently Head of Boys' Games, he has undertaken a number of other roles including 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.

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.

Head of Art - Mrs Ali Lester

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

Ali joined the Barfield family in 1993, and although she is currently Head of Art, she has undertaken a number of other roles including 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.

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, Humanites, 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 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.

Head of Humanities - Miss Elizabeth Trevett

Qualification - BSc (Hons), PGCE

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 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 is currently covering the teaching of 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 Learning Support - Dr Grace Elliott

Qualification - MA (SpLD)

Grace joined the Barfield family in 2018 as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), working with children from 2 to 13 years of age.  Prior to joining Barfield, Grace was the SENCO at Wellington College.  Outside of school, Grace has completed in several Ironman Triathlons as well as a solo swim across the English Channel.  

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 Music - Ms Melissa Lynch

Qualification - BA MusEd

Melissa joined the Barfield family in 2013 as the Director of Music.  Prior to joining Barfield, she had been teaching music for over 30 years.  Melissa teaches the violin and music classes at all levels from Nursery children to adults.  Outside of school, Melissa love of music continues as she plays and sings in two bands, who perform regularly.  She also enjoys spending time in her garden, participating in yoga classes and swimming regularly.  Her biggest passion is spending as much time as possible with her granddaughter.

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

Owls A Room Lead - 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.

Prep Teacher - Mrs Katie Birkbeck

Qualification - BA (Hons), PGCE

Katie joined the Barfield family in 2017, as a Prep Teacher.  Katie teaches Humanies 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.

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.  

Nursery Room Lead - Miss Sam Cox

Qualification - Level 4

Sam joined the Barfield family in 2019, as a Nursery Key Person in Owlets.  Prior to joining Barfield, Sam was a Nursery Room Leader and Third in Charge at a Day Nursery.  She has worked with a variety of age groups from 3 months to 4 years.  Outside Barfield Sam has recently gained her Foundation Degree in Early Years and Education, and she will be starting her BA (Hons) in September 2020.  She enjoys looking after her rabbit, and her new passion of photography, especially taking pictures of her family, friends, animals and nature.

Pre-Prep Teacher - Miss Zoe Davies

Qualification -

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 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 Shanon Dunn

Qualification - Level 2

Shanon joined the Barfield family in 2021, as a Nursery Key Person in Hatchlings.  Prior to joining Barfield, Shanon was a Nursery Assistant/Practitioner in another Nursery, and she has taught dance to children 3-7 years of age.  Outside of Barfield, Shanon enjoys socialising with her friends and dancing.


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.  She is currently pregnant and expecting her first child in September 2020.

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.

Pre-Prep Teacher - Mrs Emma Johnson

Qualification - BEd (Hons)

Emma originally joined Barfield in 2001 until 2004, and then returned in 2013.  Emma is currently a Year 1 Form 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.

Learning Support Teacher - Mrs Louise Johnston

Qualification - BSc (Hons), PGCE, PG Diploma (Dyslexia), MA (SpLD)

Louise joined the Barfield family in 2021, as a Learning Support Teacher.  Prior to joining Barfield, Louise worked as a Learning Support teacher in another school and prior to this role she was Head of Learning Support.  Outside of Barfield, Louise enjoys reading, jogging, going to the theatre, walking her dog and spending time with her three teenage boys.

Pre-Prep 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.  Prior to University she volunteered in a small school, working with all year groups whilst running the small village bakery at weekends.  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.

Pre-Prep 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.

Teaching Assistant - Miss Debra Knights

Qualification -

Debra joined the Barfield family in 2021 as a Teaching Assistnat 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.

Pre-Prep Teacher - Mrs Melanie Lewin

Qualification - BMus (Hons), PGCE

Mel joined the Barfield Family in 2002 and has enjoyed being a Form Teacher to our youngest children, most recently enjoying her time in Reception. She loves nothing more than combining her two main passions of teaching and music, previously having lived in New Zealand teaching Preschool music groups, in addition to being a qualified peripatetic woodwind teacher. It will come as no great surprise that, outside of school, Mel is a member of the Surrey Hills Chamber Choir and also enjoys playing the Oboe.

Hatchlings 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.  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.

Pre-Prep 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 a 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 caravaning holidays.

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Dianne Redbond

Qualification -

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.

Owls Room Lead - Mrs Natalie Ryland

Qualification - Level 3

Natalie joined the Barfield family in 2019 as a Key Person in Owlets.  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.  

Artist in Residence - Mr Philip Ryland

Qualification -

Philip joined the Barfield family in 2021, covering the Art Department, teaching all year groups from Reception to Year 8.  Alongside working at Barfield, Philip is a professional artist and commissions and sells his art both privately and to corporate collections around the world.  Prior to Barfield, Philip has been involved in a number of school workshops, including one at Barfield in 2020 for Arts Week.  Outside of Barfield, Philip enjoys his painting and drawing and always has his sketch pad with him.  He also enjoys walking and camping in the local area as well as Wales, and if he has any spare time he enjoys reading.

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.

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.

Prep Teacher - Pat Whittle

Qualification - BA (Hons), PGCE

Pat joined Barfield 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.

Pre-Prep 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 2 years, she has been inspiring our children in 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 went on Maternity Leave in February and was soon joined by her baby boy, Louis. She cannot wait to introduce him to the Barfield Family and we cannot wait to give him a proper welcome too. 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. We thoroughly look forward to welcoming Sophie back in February 2021.

Administrative Staff

Receptionist/Office Admin. - Mrs Joanne Spooner

Jo joined the Barfield family in 2019, as the Office Administrator and Receptionist.  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 Jessica Dawson

Qualification - BA (Hons)

Jessica joined the Barfield family in 2021, as Marketing Manager.  Jessica has previously worked in the education sector helping consumer brands connect with families and young people and has worked with brands including innocent,  L'Oreal and Twentieth Century Fox. More recently she has managed her own marketing consultancy providing strategic guidance to help small and medium-sized businesses benefit from more effective marketing. Jess has three children and spends much of her free time with them outdoors, exploring the South Downs and taking them to various sports matches. She enjoys tennis and fits in mountain biking whenever she has a spare moment. Jess loves to travel with her most adventurous recent trip being to California taking her girls down the Great Ocean road. 


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.

Kitchen Manager - Mrs Charlotte Large

Charlotte joined the Barfield family in 2018 as Kitchen Assistant, and then moved to Kitchen Manager in 2019.  Prior to joining Barfield, Charlotte worked in a number of Public Houses and Members Clubs undertaking a variety of roles.  Outside of Barfield, Charlotte loves spending time with her family and her three children, walking their dog, reading, going to the beach, and spending lots of time in their caravan.


Chef - Mrs Alison Ashton

Alison joined the Barfield family in 2000, as Kitchen Assistant.  Alison has worked her way up to Head Chef, gaining her NVQ Level 2 in Food and Hygiene on the way.  Alongside working at Barfield, Alison also help at her local Public House.  Outside of Barfield, Alison enjoys socialising with friends, spending time with the family and her Grandchildren, going on holiday, walking, listening to music, baking and cooking.


Catering Assistant - Mrs Corinne Nevitt

Corinne joined the Barfield family in 2018 as a Catering Assistant.  Prior to joining Barfield, Corinne was a Mental Health Nurse, Payroll Administrator and a Benefits Advisor for the Local County Council before becoming a housewife.  Outside of Barfield Corinne has been a School Governor since 2013.  She enjoys gardening, boating, camping and spending time with her family.  Having a French mother has instilled a passion for enjoying good food.


Catering Assistant - Miss Krystal Large

Krystal joined the Barfield family in 2019 as a Kitchen Assistant and Cleaner.  Prior to joining Krystal was a cleaner for the Forestry Commission.  Outside of Barfield, Krystal enjoys spending time with her family, fishing and going for long walks with her two dogs.


Evening Cleaner Supervisor - Mr Dominik Dwojacki

Dominik joined the Barfield family in 2006 as the Evening Cleaner Supervisor.  Alongside working at Barfield, Dominik is a Postman during the day.  Outside of Barfield, Dominik enjoys listening to Ebooks about religion, philosophy and history.

Evening Cleaner - Mr James Cook

James joined Barfield in 2021 as an Evening Cleaner.  Alongside working at Barfield, James has a full time job leading a team working in scientific services in laboratories.  Outside of Barfield, James is passionate about music and plays the guitar in a band and has played at a number of festivals and has toured Europe on a number of occasions.  When his one year old daughter allows him time, he enjoys writing music, illustrating and learning about dinosaurs and all things palaeontology.

Evening Cleaner - Mrs Jolanta Dwojacka

Jolanta joined the Barfield family in 2006 as an Evening Cleaner.  Outside of Barfield, Jolanta enjoys swimming, watching  movies, cooking and reading books about history.

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.

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 paddle boarding, which he is very much enjoying.

Gardener - Mr Roy Tinsey

Roy joined the Barfield family in 1977, as a Gardener.  Prior to joning Barfield, Roy was a farmer.  Outside of Barfield Roy enjoys gardening, watching sport and taking his dog on long walks.


Three-Peaks Outdoor Pursuits 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.