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.
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.
Miss Zoe Griffiths studied her BA in Classics at Durham University. She teaches Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classical Civilisation here at Cranleigh. She is also a keen sportswoman, especially focused on Hockey, and will be coaching the girls.
Mrs Beth Lewis is married to Tim (who is the senior school chaplain) and has three daughters. She read Theology at Oxford University and then trained to teach in Bath where she was Head of Religious Studies and Sociology in a comprehensive school. She’s recently completed an MSc in Psychology and teaches EPQ and Religion and Philosophy at Cranleigh.
Miss Sophie Ashton studied for an MA (Hons) in Theology at the University of Edinburgh, having previously been at Benenden School. She will be the Chaplain’s assistant whilst also teaching some sports and Religious Studies.