Staff and Governors

We are proud to have highly talented, experienced and enthusiastic staff who help Berkhampstead children to achieve remarkable things. We have a good balance of male and female teachers - a real asset for both boys' and girls' education.

Our subject specialists draw on a strong knowledge base to teach creatively. Teaching assistants support and bring their diverse talents to make learning memorable and fun.

An excellent rapport between teachers and pupils.

— ISI Report

About Our Staff

Parents’ Comments

“The teachers are Berky’s greatest asset.”

“Berkhampstead and the incredibly supportive staff have changed the way my daughter views herself!”

“I am extremely pleased we chose Berky - the change in Jess has been nothing short of monumental.”

I am able to work in a caring and supportive environment where everyone enjoys coming to school every day. It is a job where you capture the ‘light bulb’ moments and encourage each child’s enthusiasm to continue.

— Year 2 teacher


Our Governing Body is active and engaged. With a wealth of experience in the fields of education, business, finance and child development, their input into strategic planning and their role as a positive steering force is invaluable.

More than this, they get involved, they know the staff and pupils well - attending events, singing in the choir, even dressing as aliens - they are a real part of the Berkhampstead community.

Excellent governance ensures that the aims of the school are fulfilled efficiently.

— ISI Report

Staff and Governors

Martin Kirby

I was educated at Evesham High School and was a member of their rowing crew. After leaving school I worked for the Inland Revenue (where I met my wife) before joining Lloyds Trust Dept. In 1986, David Scott and myself established our own accountancy business at 111 Promenade Cheltenham where it continued until my retirement in 2011. I have been involved with Berky since 1989 as a parent, chair of PTA, chair of Finance Committee (involving purchase of Andrews Centre and Day Nursery), and now Chair of Governors. I have also played an important part in the Christmas Fayre - but don’t tell the children! My son Alastair was a pupil here and then returned as a teacher. I am keen on all sports, more watching now than playing, and have been to three football World Cups. I support Leeds United, but do not find that relaxing at the moment!

Nick Southwell

Educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey, I studied Religious Studies at Newcastle University. I then studied for a post graduate diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford. I worked in Portsmouth for 5 years then moved, with my wife, to live in Cheltenham. I work at Willans Solicitors in the dispute resolution department.
I have two children, both in the Prep department at Berkhampstead. I live on Cleeve Hill and my interests include walking, cycling, golf, watching sport and spending quality time with friends and family.

Sue Williams

I have been working in Early Years Education for 25 years. I first gained a Nursery Nurse qualification and went on to pursue my interest in children with special educational needs, working at Battledown Children’s Centre for a period of 7 years, during which time I gained a BA Hons Early Years degree from the University of Worcester. The role then led me to employment with the Educational Psychology service, supporting very young children with complex needs in their homes. I now work for Gloucestershire County Council as an Early Years Adviser, supporting all childcare provisions in Cheltenham. I am a qualified Ofsted Inspector. I live in Prestbury with my husband, we have two grown up children and we are grandparents.

Gill Agg

I came late to the teaching profession, joining Berkhampstead as an NQT at the ripe old age of 39; 26 years later, I retired but became a Governor in order to support the school I love. Although my degree was in Music, I have wide interests including history, writing and reading, and have been devoted to encouraging the many pupils who have passed through my hands to feel equally interested. For many years, I was a Year 2 class teacher, becoming the Head of Pre-Prep and, later, Head of Pastoral Care and DSL. Latterly, I became Deputy Head; once in this role, I mainly taught Year 3 English. Throughout my time at Berky, I was fully involved with the PTA, starring at Christmas as Santa’s elf! Berkhampstead embodies the ethos in which I believe; it offers a holistic and creative approach to education. It values and includes all pupils and builds their confidence and self-esteem. It is a happy and friendly place to be. I have three grown up children, all of which benefitted from a Berkhampstead education, and four grandchildren.

James Walton

I was educated at Warwick School and studied Business at the University of Sheffield. After working at Heligan Gardens in Cornwall as Director of Education, a career in teaching beckoned. Having taught at Clifton High School, Cheltenham College and Elizabeth College, Guernsey, I was appointed to the role of Headmaster of Clifton College Preparatory School in 2018. I sit on the IAPS Education Committee and fulfil the role of Boarding Representative for the IAPS Area 4 group. My wife Melanie and I have 2 boys who attend Clifton College.

Cassie Martin

Cassie Martin is Head of English at the King’s School, Gloucester and has worked in a range of state and independent schools over the past 20 years. She is also currently studying for a Masters in Shakespeare and Education at the world-famous Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon. Cassie is a published author of Christian books for children and teenagers and is a committed member of her local church where her husband is lead minister. She has three teenage boys who all loved their time at Berky and have gone on to thrive at three very different schools.

Zoe Meredith-Smyth

I have been teaching for 14 years and am currently a Reception teacher and Early Years Lead at a local (state) primary school. Having taught both Key Stage One and Two, my passion truly lies with Early Years where no two days are the same, but magic happens every day. I have a First Class Hons Creative Arts degree, a PGCE and and a PG in Early Years too. I am proudly Gloucestershire born and bred and a King’s School old girl. I now live in Tewkesbury with my husband and our six year old daughter. I’m delighted to join the governing body at Berky and look forward to embracing school life and getting to know the staff and children.

David Freer

I was born in Leeds and my degree was in Urban Land Economics from Sheffield Hallam University. I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1987 and I have worked for a variety of different private sector development organisations. These have ranged in size, but usually in partnership with the public sector or charity sector partner. I founded a successful property development company in London, but I relinquished any equity involvement several years ago. My career had given me a wide range of business experience which I am looking to bring to the role as Governor. I have three boys who are presently at the school which gives me a useful insight into the workings of the school from the perspective of a parent.

Diane Cox

I was born in Cheltenham, attended Pate’s Grammar School and obtained a degree in Molecular Sciences from the University of Warwick. I joined Eagle Star as a Graduate Insurance Trainee whilst also studying for the Institute of Personnel exams. I then returned to Cheltenham to take up a post in Eagle Star HR department where I worked until I had my two children. A few years later, my husband and I set up our own Insurance Broking business which we ran successfully for over twenty years.

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