St Hildas School

Staff and Governors List

I love my teachers because of their cheerful smiles and the fact that they always have an encouraging word for us, and are always happy to help.

Form 6 Pupil

Meet the team... 


Mr A Kaye, BSc (Hons) QTS:  Headmaster/DDSL/Maths Coordinator

Mrs M Gilbert, BA (Hons) PGCE: Deputy Head/DSL/Form 5 Teacher/Assessment Coordinator

Mrs S Bateman; BA (Hons) QTS: PE  and Games Teacher

Mrs L Beg, BSc (Hons) QTS: Science Coordinator

Mrs A Browne, BA (Hons) PGCE: MFL Coordinator

Mrs S Frecknall, BA (Hons) QTS: Music Coordinator

Miss S Gibson, BA (Hons) QTS: Form 2 Teacher/PHSE Coordinator

Mr S J Kang, BA (Hons) PGCE: Form 3 Teacher/ECA Coordinator

Mrs J Little, BA (Hons) QTS: Reception Teacher

Mrs K Peterman, BA (Hons) PGCE: Drama Coordintor/Humanities Coordinator

Miss H Porter, B.Ed (Hons) QTS: Form 6 Teacher/Computing Coordinator

Mrs C Rosenthal, B.Ed (Hons) Dip RSA: Form 1 Teacher/SENDCo/DDSL

Mrs J Rosewall, B.Ed Dip (Hons) Dip LIPS: Form 4 Teacher/English Coordinator/Art Coordinator

Mrs C Watson, Bsc (Hons) PGD: PE & Games Coordinator

Mrs C Godfrey, BA (Hons): Teaching Assistont

Mrs J Pesskin: Teaching Assistant

Mrs C Posnack, BA (Hons) : Teaching Assistant

Mrs L Rozelaar, Level 3: Teaching Assistant

Mrs C Sullivan, BA (Hons): Teaching Assistant


Mrs K Thomas, NNEB: Head of Nursery 

Miss M Fisher, Level 3: Nursery Practitioner

Miss A Le Bas, Level 3: Nursery Practitioner

Miss E Rattley, BA (Hons): Nursery Practitioner

Miss J Roberts, Level 3: Nursery Practitioner

Mrs H White, Level 3: Nursery Practitioner Team Leader


Mrs R Ahenkorah: School Cleaner

Ms A Boughen: School Administrator

Mr H Cox: School Cleaner

Mrs M Dwane: Housekeeper

Mr J Hind: School Cleaner

Mrs S Seal: Assistant Bursar

Mr D Shepherd: Estates Manager

Ms K Varnava: Admissions Coordinator

Miss G Ward: School Administrator with Head's PA Responsibilities 


Mrs Sarah Altman (Chair of Governors) is a former parent of Aldenham, who had both a son and a daughter at the School. She is a Chartered Accountant who has worked both within the charity sector and for many years as Director of a property company.

Richard Bryer is a Chartered Quantity Survey and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors

Mrs Cheryl Clifford is a former Aldenham parent and Chair of Aldenham School Parents Association 2016-2021. With a background in international retail franchising she currently works for Amazon U.K., leading the Professional Services team for Amazon Business.

Ms Fiona Cuttell is a former pupil of Aldenham. A Chartered Secretary, who currently works for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, (“IHG”), and is secretary to a number of IHG’s subsidiary companies.

Dr Jane Hawdon is a medical director and consultant neonatologist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and NICE guideline development groups, and of the board of trustees of the charities Bliss and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. She is a qualified coach and facilitator. Her 3 children were Aldenham pupils.

Mr A Hunter is an Old Aldenhamian. He attended the school from 1972-1977. As a schoolteacher, he worked at Worksop College, Notts and Bradfield College, Berks and he was the Headmaster of Merchiston International School, MIS, Shenzhen, China. He also helps Saxton Bampfylde, the Executive Search and Leadership Advisory Firm.

Mr James James-Crook is a former pupil of Aldenham and the son and brother of former OAs. He is currently President of the OA Society; former Editor OA Review; Past Chair of the Letchmore Trust and currently, Secretary. With over forty years’ experience in 20th C British and Irish Art, mostly as a Director with Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, he was also responsible for business development in Australia, Ireland and South Africa. He is now an independent Fine Art Consultant and Valuer. He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Fletchers’ Company.

Councillor David Lambert is the Hertfordshire County Council representative on the governing body. His son was educated at Aldenham.

Mr Alan Phillips is a former pupil of Aldenham (1977-82). Alan is a Divisional Director of investment managers - Brewin Dolphin.

Mr Chris Rees is a former parent of Aldenham with over 25 years' experience within the International Service sector, most recently at Hogan Lovells as Director of Finance.

Ms Harriet Simmons is an Independent Food Safety/Food Law Consultant. She was formerly a General Manager at SAI Global Assurance Services and a Technical Director for Connaught Plc.

Mr Torquil Sligo-Young is Human and Information Resources Director of Young and Co Brewery. He is also a Board member of Ashcroft Academy and a Trustee of Prospect Educational Trust.

Prof Katherine Smart is the Global Technical Director and Chief Scientist at Diageo. An associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge she holds a BSC in Biological Sciences, a PhD in Brewing Yeast and Fermentation and a Doctorate of Science in Brewing and Distilling. She is the Upper Warden and will be the first Lady Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers in 2024.

Mrs H Thomas is a highly experienced employment and commercial lawyer with over 23 years' experience working in private practice as a partner which includes ten years working as a member of the Management Board with responsibility for marketing, business development and commercial management. Heather has supported the Foundation in a professional capacity when she was a partner at her previous law firm.

Mr David Tidmarsh (Vice Chair) was the Headmaster of St Martin’s Preparatory School in Northwood, and formerly Head of the prep section of Reigate Grammar School.

Commodore Nick Tindal RN Retd
Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Brewers’.
Having recently retired from the Royal Navy after a distinguished career, Cdre Tindal has been appointed as a Governor of the Aldenham Foundation. His interests include tennis, half marathons, Chelsea FC, walking, fishing, reading and an obsession with Irish rugby.

Mr Tom Wells was a Vice Chairman of Charles Wells Ltd and Chairman of Muntons plc. He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and served on the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

The Governing Body meets three times a year in the last week of each term. It is served by a number of committees which meet with the Head of Foundation and other senior staff on a termly basis. There are committees to consider the academic life of the School, the development of the School’s estate, the finance of the School, and St Hilda’s School. Matters of health and safety and public benefit, and safeguarding are considered by the Governing Body at each meeting with full reviews on an annual basis. Appointed members of the Governing Body take a specific interest in the development of the Prep School and St Hilda’s School.

Up to 8 members of the Governing Body are appointees of the Brewers’ Company which was the owner of the School’s land and buildings before gifting these to the Aldenham School Charity in 1995. Today the links between the School and the Brewers’ Company continue to celebrate the rich heritage that exists from the time of the foundation of the School with every pupil in Year 9 attending Brewers’ Hall to receive “beer money”, and two formal visits to the School by the court of the Brewers’ Company each year. Governors generally serve for a three year term with the possibility of being re-elected after that time.

The Governing Body are the trustees of the Aldenham Foundation and no member receives remuneration for their work with the School. They oversee the life and work of the School and plan for its future success, but the day-to-day running of the School is the responsibility of the Head of Foundation, Bursar and other senior staff. They receive a termly report from the Head of Foundation and aim to support a number of School events each term. The Governing Body are responsible for the appointment of the Head of Foundation and take an interest in other senior appointments at the School.

Mrs Vandana Shah is a solicitor and former Chair of the Aldenham School Parents Association (ASPA) during the time when her son was at the School. She is the appointed governor with responsibility for Public Benefit.

The Governing Body are the trustees of the Aldenham Foundation and no member receives remuneration for their work with the School.  They oversee the life and work of the School and plan for its future success, but the day-to-day running of the School is the responsibility of the Headmaster, Bursar and other senior staff.  They receive a termly report from the Headmaster and aim to support a number of School events each term.  The Governing Body are responsible for the appointment of the Headmaster and take an interest in other senior appointments at the School.


The teachers are kind and make me do the best I can.


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Aldenham Foundation