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Mrs Gemma Bukowska is an Old Cranleighan who studied Microbiology & Virology at the University of Leeds, and following her undergraduate course, went on to complete an MSc in Human Disease, also at Leeds. She took up her first teaching post at Cranleigh and began teaching Biology in September 2012.

Dr Sue Kemp studied for both her BSc and PhD at the University of London. After graduating, she spent 20 years in industry as a Technical Services Manager and Quality Manager. In 2006 she undertook a PGCE course and retrained to teach secondary science. On gaining QTS she started teaching Chemistry at Cranleigh and has been Head of Chemistry since September 2012.

Miss Rachel Nicholson studied for her MA in Modern Languages at Oriel College, Oxford. She then worked in business in Paris for nine years before returning to the UK to do a PGCE at Trinity College, Oxford. She took up her first teaching post at Cranleigh in 2007 and has remained here ever since! She is Head of French & Italian and also teaches German and assists in the Careers department. She coaches hockey and rounders.

Mrs Uta Yardley studied at the University of Mainz in Germany. She has worked at Cranleigh for 11 years and has previously worked at Sir William Perkins’ School Chertsey, St. George’s College Weybridge and Leighton Park School Reading (where she was Head of Modern Languages). She is Head of German and runs Badminton and also teaches French.

Dr Simon Young has been married to Andrea for 23 years, and has 4 children. He completed his BSc in Geology at Sheffield University, his MSc in Marine Biology at Bangor University and his PhD in Palaeontology at Birmingham University & the Natural History Museum. He holds a Royal Society Fellowship at the Muse de Histoire Naturelle, Bruxelles. He completed his PGCE at Warwick University and has taught Biology and Geology at Cranleigh since 1993. He is heavily involved in Outdoor Education and he is OC CCF and Head of Outdoor Education.

Mrs Nikki Plowman studied for a BA (Hons) in Drama at Exeter University, and following a short stint in professional theatre programming, trained as a teacher with the London Arts Consortium. Following her training she worked at Surbiton High School for girls and joined Cranleigh as a Drama teacher in January 2011. As from September 2012 she will be in post as Director of Drama.

Mr Richard Saxel is a concert pianist who has taught at Cranleigh since 2001. He read a music degree at the University of York, and Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music as a postgraduate, and continues to perform and broadcast all over the world. He has released several CDs with a wide variety of musicians. Richard’s other interests include cricket and golf. He has two daughters, two female Labradors, and is married to the Housemistress of West. Male company is something that he appreciates.

Miss Sarah Greenwood has been at Cranleigh for 16 years, having previously taught at Taunton School, Somerset. She was Deputy Housemistress in South House for 14 years before her move in 2014 to West. she teaches Maths, is Head of Academic PE, and is involved in a good deal of sports coaching for the girls. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf.

Miss Jenna Wiles studied Mathematics with Management at the University of Exeter and then went on to do a PGCE in Mathematics. She took up her first teaching post at Cranleigh and has been teaching Mathematics since September 2013. She is a keen sportswoman, with a particular interest in hockey. She currently coaches hockey to the girls.

Mélina Baffou studied English at the Université de Lorient in France and followed this up with a degree in administration.  She has been the French language assistant at Cranleigh since 2010 and also works in the Reception office on Saturdays.

Mr Chris Stearn is the Head of Geography, having previously taught at Bedford School and King Edwards School, Birmingham. After a gap year, playing cricket in Queensland Australia, he completed a Geography degree at Oxford University followed by a masters in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge. He then returned to Oxford for 3 years studying for a DPhil in Geomorphology, including fieldwork in the Namib Desert and on the Antarctic Peninsula. Chris is a keen sportsman having achieved two cricket Blues at Oxford University, representing Bedfordshire and captaining a number of club sides. He was also a hockey goalkeeper for the Oxford University 2nd and 3rd XIs. CPGS is a tutor in the UVth and 6th Form.


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