Staff and Governors

Sarum Hall School recognises that the staff are our most important resource and are to be valued, supported and encouraged to develop personally and professionally within a learning and caring community. We are proud of our staff and the enthusiasm and dedication they bring to fostering a love for learning for our pupils.

Equally, we value our governors, whose strategic guidance play a crucial role in shaping the direction and success of our school, ensuring we provide the best possible education for our young learners.

Senior Leadership Team

Headmistress Miss Karen Coles, BEd (Hons), Exon
Deputy Head and Deputy DSL Miss B. Gayton, BEd (Hons)
Deputy Head (Academic and Innovation) Mr C. Lee, MEng (Hons), PGCE
Bursar and Clerk to the Governors Mrs A Reilly
Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs R Burrows

Senior Management Team

Head of Lower School Mrs J Martin, BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Upper School Ms S Johnstone, BA (Hons), MA

Form Teachers

Nursery Mrs Y Darjani, BEd
Mrs L Hooper, BEd
Reception Miss R Paul, BA (Hons), PGCE
Year 1 Mr J Hill, BA (Hons), PGCE (RWI Coordinator)
Year 2 Miss H Patel, BA (Hons) (Humanities Coordinator)
Year 3 Mr A Laws, BSc (Hons), PGCE (PSHE Coordinator)
Year 4 Mrs H Wilkinson, BA (Hons), PGCE (RE and EDI Coordinator)
Year 5 Ms S Johnstone, BA (Hons), MA (Head of Upper School, Head of Art & Design)
Year 6 Mrs J Martin, BA (Hons), PGCE (Head of Lower School and Head of English)  
Ms H Cawood, BA (Hons), MSc (Head of Maths) 

Subject Specialists

Head of Learning Support and Deputy DSL Ms D Blackburn, BEd, MA, Postgrad Dip
Science Miss K Phillips, BSc, MA
Head of Art and Design Ms S Johnstone, BA (Hons), MA
Head of e-Learning and Computing Mr Lee, MEng (Hons), PGCE
Head of Sport Miss V Vettese, BA (Hons)
Physical Education Mrs J Minter-Green, BSc (Hons)
Head of Music Mr J Richards, LTCL
MFL Coordinator Miss M Lavigne du Cadet

Teaching and Learning Assistants

HLTA & Sustainability Coordinator Miss C Burrows, HLTA
TLA Mrs C McGee, NVQ Childcare and Education
TLA Mrs Z Hira, NVQ Children’s Care, Learning & Development
TLA & Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs R Burrows, NVQ Complete Childcare
TLA Miss D Furlong, NVQ Childcare and Education
TLA & Wardrobe Coordinator Miss V Guilbot, NVQ Complete Childcare
TLA Mr S Hewins
TLA Miss G Mahmood, NVQ Children’s Care, Learning & Development, HLTA
TLA Miss I Mohammed
Learning Support Assistant Mrs F Sawtell, MA (Hons)
Learning Support Assistant Miss Gibbins
Teaching and Learning Support and Library Coordinator Mrs C Pritchard, BEd, Cert. OCR SpLD
Technician Ms J Barkhuizen

Visiting Staff

Little Musketeers Fencing Club Ms M Babooram
Speech and Language Therapist Ms T Smollan-Kaplan RCSLT, HCPC, ASLTIP
Jazz Addict Dance Club Ms A Currie and Miss A Knowles
Junior & Senior Football Club Mr D Hodes
Chess Club Mr K Delidimoudis
Performing Arts Miss Ughetta
Programmable Robotics Miss Corrieu
Singing Miss E Lambah, BMus, A Dip
Woodwind Miss S Porter-Thaw
Piano Mr R Myers, BMus (RCM)
Cello Ms E Mizerska, PGDip, MMus
LAMDA Ms A Finley
LAMDA Ms K Soulsby
Violin Miss J Warden, BA, LRAM

Support Staff

School Office, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator Ms E Neath
Head’s PA and Admissions Mrs O Longhurst
Health & Wellbeing Coordinator and Deputy DSL Miss C O’Connell
Facilities Manager Mr G Castang
Marketing & Administration Manager Ms H Gleeson, BA (Hons)

Kitchen Staff

Head Chef Mr S Naidu
Assistant Cook Ms A Concalves
Kitchen Assistant Ms F Houiek
Kitchen Assistant Mr R Curtis
Dining Room Assistant Mrs T Davis


The School is constituted as an educational charity and governed by a Board of Governors. There is a regular progression of membership to the Board, which represents a breadth of knowledge and experience to advance the School. If you are interested in becoming a governor for the school, please contact our bursar –


Caroline Sayer MA Oxon, MBBS, DCH, DRCOG (Chair) Studied medicine at Somerville College Oxford and The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. She was a GP partner in a local Camden practice for 25 years and more recently chaired the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group. Her daughter attended Sarum Hall. The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Bursar who is also Clerk to the Governors.
Phillip Ashton BSc (Hons), ACA (Finance & Estates Committee) Graduated from the University of Warwick in 1981 and then trained and qualified as a chartered accountant at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He has spent 25 years working in banking and/or finance roles.
Alison Edelshain MBA, BA, MCIPD (Governance and Nominations Committee) Human Resources professional with over 35 years’ experience. History degree from UCL and MBA from London Business School. Magistrate in adult and youth courts. Previously on governing body of two girls’ senior schools. Her two daughters, mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law attended Sarum Hall.
Stuart Davies BA (Hons), FCA (Finance & Estates Committee) Stuart graduated from King’s College University and then qualified as a chartered accountant at Ernst and Young. He has spent 30 years working in insurance, private equity and other finance roles.
David Day BA (Hons), (Governance and Nominations Committee) David graduated in 1985 from the University of Bristol with a history degree and then retrained as a lawyer. He spent his whole career as a corporate lawyer at the international law firm, CMS, becoming a partner in 1997 and retiring October 2022.
Sarah Hack BA (Hons), FRGS (Finance & Estates Committee) Graduated from Portsmouth University with a degree in Geography and Economics and then a PGCE in Geography and Games from Southampton University. She has spent over 20 years teaching in both state and independent secondary schools. Currently Assistant Head (Operations) at Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Ian Lazarus MBA, BA (Governance and Nominations Committee) Ian has more than 35 years’ experience in the City of London, working as a Board and “C-suite” adviser and search consultant. He holds an Economics and Politics degree from The University of York and an MBA from INSEAD. He is on the board of the Whitley Fund for Nature and previously on the board of The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey. His daughter attended Sarum Hall School.
Emma McKendrick (Education Committee) Emma is a linguist who was educated at the Universities of Liverpool and Birmingham. She was Headmistress of the Royal School Bath from 1994-97 and took up her appointment as Headmistress of Downe House in 1997. She has a great deal of experience as a Governor of a variety of independent Senior and Prep Schools and was a member of the Independent Schools’ Examination Board. She is a Trustee of the Prep School Baccalaureate, a Member of GSA, HMC and BSA and a Fellow of the RSA. She is married and has two sons. When time allows, she enjoys travel, the theatre and cinema, and spending time with her family.
Gordon Rustin MBBS, BSc, MD, FRCP, (Health & Safety Governor) Consultant Medical Oncologist at Mount Vernon Cancer centre since 1984 and Honorary Professor at ICR and UCL. His wife and daughter attended Sarum Hall.
Kate Simon BA (Hons), PGCE (Safeguarding and Education Committee) Current Headmistress of Grimsdell, an Independent Pre-Preparatory School, part of the Mill Hill Foundation.
Jonathan Smith (Finance & Estates Committee) Chartered surveyor experienced in property development, investment and trading. He has been in partnership at Universal Consolidated Group Ltd since 2002. His early career was spent at Aviva Fund Managers, Singer & Friedlander and Close Brothers.
Vivian Thomas BEd, MA (Education Committee) Entered the teaching profession having graduated from St. Luke’s College, Exeter University. Formerly a prep school Headmaster of 20 years’ standing most recently at Arnold House School, St. John’s Wood. Now providing support and advice to school leaders, parents and teachers as an Education Consultant.

“Why did we choose Sarum Hall? Its reputation and our observations on the school’s value system and pastoral care, and how they raise the girls in addition to educating them. Also their commitment to music, the arts and extra-curricular activities.”

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“I think she is being extremely well taught in a very nurturing environment.”


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“My daughter is happy and enjoys her school experience immensely. She often surprises us with the breadth of her knowledge.”

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