The staff at St Christopher's are an eclectic mix who got to write their own profiles. We hope they give you a flavour of the diversity in age, gender and sense of humour of each of them.
Mr Simon Ball teaches English, PSHEE and games. His family has been involved in prep school education continuously since 1952 and Simon has taught in five schools, with roles including Head of English, Director of Sport, Director of Studies and Deputy Head Pastoral. He now works part-time and leads PSHEE.
Mr Max Barson joined St Christopher's in January 2016 and is the Head of PE. He has previously taught in London and also ran his own successful Health and Fitness business. He has also worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach to numerous professional and elite athletes in a range of sports.He spent a few years playing cricket in South Australia as well as touring Sri Lanka in 2004. He is passionate about most sports, especially Cricket and Rugby and is a full playing member of the MCC. He is also a keen golfer, photographer and primarily photographs nature and travels.
Ms Andrea Bentham joined St Christopher's in 2008, having previously taught in Germany. She studied History at Sheffield University and gained her PGCE from Leeds University. In her time at St Christopher's she has been a class teacher to Year 3 and 4, Head of ICT, Assistant Director of Studies and Housemistress of Anson. She has also undertaken the stage management and production of a number of school productions. Now the mother of two young girls she has developed a keen interest in the teaching of Early Years and has decided to undertake a new challenge through the teaching of Reception. Outside of school her interests include visiting the further flung parts of the globe, skiing, reading and spending time with her daughters.
Mrs Michelle Collins joined St. Christopher's in January 2016 as Latin teacher in the Upper School. She is a passionate linguist having spent 8 years as a child in France as well as having frequently visited family in Norway. After studying Latin, French and Spanish, she went on to study languages and law at Cambridge University. After graduating she served for 18 years in the Police, as a Uniform Inspector in the Metropolitan Police and a Detective Inspector in Sussex Police. Five years ago she swapped her warrant card for a classroom and retrained as a teacher to pursue her dream of teaching languages. She is especially thrilled to be teaching Latin at St. Christopher's, being a lifelong advocate of the study of Classics. She is keen on travelling, eating out with friends and keeping fit by running, dog walking and racing between her boys' sports fixtures and music events.
Mrs Victoria Ferruzzi joined St Christopher's in 2015 as a Year 6 Form Tutor and teaches a range of subjects across the Middle School. She read Music at Cambridge University, where she also gained her PGCE. After working for an orchestra, a university and in an editorial department at Penguin Books, she eventually decided that her heart lay in teaching, where it has remained ever since. She has taught at Ludgrove, Eaton House and Finton House in London and has now returned to her childhood home in Hove. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing various musical instruments, singing, reading and spending time with her family.
Mr Mark Flynn joined the school as an NQT in 2014, after having previously been a successful Publican in both Brighton and London for over 15 years. In 1998 he completed his degree in Mathematics (European), which included a year abroad, studying at the Universite de Paris VII. He is currently a Year 5 form tutor and Head of Mathematics and is a keen football, rugby and basketball player. He particularly enjoys going to away fixtures where he enjoys seeing his sports teams flourish and succeed on the pitch. He is also the proud father of two young girls with whom he enjoys spending quality times at the weekends.
Mrs Helen Gibson joined St Christopher's in 2015 as a year 1 Teaching Assistant. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse and has a NNEB Diploma in Childcare. Very much a family person from a traditional family background, she has a natural affinity with children which has driven her to forge a career in childcare. A wide variety of roles in the childcare sector has afforded her different challenges and opportunities during the course of her career but the overriding inspiration has been to support and develop the individual. Helen is very much a people person with a bubbly personality and sense of humour. Outside of school she enjoys sports especially running, cycling and swimming, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs Sarah Goodwin joined St. Christopher's in 2015, as a year 4 form tutor, having previously taught in schools across Crawley, where she taught Year 6 and co-ordinated Music. She graduated with a BA Hons degree in Social Science from Brighton University in 2009. The modules taken in Educational Psychology led her to completing a PGCE in Primary Education and finding roles in specialist education units attached to mainstream schools.
Mrs Jessica Griffiths is Head of Drama and Year 3 teacher. She joined St Christopher's in 2015 after moving from a large 4 form academy in North London where she taught Year 2 for two years. Before training to be a teacher, Jess worked as an actress; having studied Drama and Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham and subsequently going on to study at the London School of Musical Theatre. After treading the boards for three years, Jess decided that the life of 'luvvie' was no longer for her and decided to fulfil her passion of working with children, gaining a PGCE with QTS from Buckingham University.
Miss Lucy Hall joined St Christopher's in September 2003 as a Reception Teaching Assistant after studying a BA (HONS) in Early Childhood Studies at The University of Northampton. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse and has a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare. During 2012 she completed a course to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and now works in Year 1. She is also a fully qualified first aider. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Other interests include going to the theatre/cinema, shopping, skiing and keeping fit.
Mr Chris Holt joined St Christopher's in 2001, thinking that he would be filling in for six weeks. Sixteen years later, he is Housemaster of Drake, Head of RS & Philosophy, the school's Director of Marketing, and is responsible for most of the photography on this website and elsewhere in school. He read English and Philosophy at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He has no intention of moving on quite yet, being firmly ensconced in a nice classroom facing the back playground, complete with Tiny, the resident baboon. Chris is unusual amongst the Staff for having been Housemaster of two different Houses, having switched allegiance from Nelson to Drake. Outside of school, he is a keen baker and an accomplished musician.
Miss Anna Huber joined St Christopher's in 2015 as Director of Music and a Year 5 Form Tutor. After studying violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and European Chamber Opera for several years before discovering a passion for teaching. She then taught the violin, piano and class music at Sarum Hall Preparatory in North London and for Brighton and Hove Music Service, visiting schools across the city, before becoming Head of Strings at Surbiton high School. She took the plunge and returned to studying last year, completing her PGCE in Secondary Music at Sussex University with a distinction. She will be continuing her MA studies next year alongside her teaching. In her free time her three young boys keep her busy, she plays in a string quartet and enjoys windsurfing and swimming.
Ms Bridget Laatz joined St Christopher’s in January 2011 as Head of Girls’ Games. She previously taught at the Old Vicarage School in Richmond-upon-Thames where she was Head of Humanities and coached girls’ games. Miss Laatz gained her B.Ed at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and before coming to the UK, she headed up the Girls’ Games Department at Rhenish Primary School. She is a sports enthusiast (with the Springboks listed as her favourite team) and seeks to instil and promote her love of sport in everyone she teaches!
Mlle Nathalie Landroit joined St Christopher’s as Head of Languages in September 2013 teaching French, Spanish and Latin. She grew up in France and studied at L’Université de Lyon. She moved to the UK many years ago and studied Linguistics at the University of Brighton which led to a PGCE in Modern Languages. Before joining St Christopher’s Mlle Landroit was Head of Modern Languages at another prep school in Sussex for four years. She enjoys travelling, reading, jogging and everything to do with languages.
Mr Dominic Lawson joined St Christopher's in Michaelmas 2008 and is the Director of Co-Curricular and Head of Humanities, History and Boys' Games. He is also Nelson Housemaster and 7L Form Tutor. Dominic is married and has a young daughter. He has previously run his own successful businesses and has also worked as a broker in the City. He is passionate about sports, especially football, cricket, golf and skiing, and runs the extremely popular school ski trip. He is a lifelong Liverpool FC fan.
Mrs Sarah Griffths joined St Christopher's in Summer 2016 as Year 1 Form Teacher and Head of Computing, having previously trained at The Institute of Education and taught in London. Sarah has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and specialised in neuroscience in her final year. Sarah comes from a large family, with lots of siblings and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her other interests include dance, drama and travel. She travelled extensively during her gap year in 2008 across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
Having spent a fulfilling career in education for over three decades, as teacher and governor, Mrs Rosamond Lomax thoroughly enjoys running the Art Department at St Christopher's which she has done since September 2005. Passionately committed to the role the visual arts play in schools, she plans a rich and varied programme of studies from Years 3 to 8, including Design Technology projects. Working on private commissions from portraits to logo designs from her studio at home, she also runs art classes for children and adults. A keen singer, she is a member of a small choir which regularly rehearses at her house, and performs an eclectic range of music, raising money for local charities.
Miss Hannah Lowe joins St Christopher’s this year as Senior Deputy Head and Head of Science. She is an ex Brighton College pupil with a strong family background in teaching. Having studied Geography at Nottingham University, after graduating, Hannah decided that her heart lay in the Sciences and undertook a Post Graduate Chemistry course at Sussex University. She went on to complete her PGCE at Sussex before taking up her first teaching post at Hurstpierpoint Prep School, teaching Science, Maths and Games under ex St Christopher’s Headmistress, Heather Beeby. In 2010 adventure called, and Hannah moved to Kenya to work at The Banda School, Nairobi. What was due to be a two year post gradually extended into six fabulous years. As the Academic Deputy Head, Hannah was in charge of teaching and learning and is extremely passionate about the teaching of Science to all ages and abilities. She is a keen and somewhat competitive sportswoman who loves nothing more than an afternoon on the hockey pitch.
Mr Nick Melton joined St. Christopher's School as Head of English in 2009 and was recently appointed as Deputy Head Academic. After gaining his PGCE at Lancaster University he took up a post teaching GCE English in a secondary school in Bristol, swiftly followed by a similar role as a VSO teacher in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. This turned out to be the first of a number of overseas positions he held. Nick has worked as an English teacher at The British Council School in Madrid, The British School in The Netherlands in The Hague, and most recently he worked for The British School in Kathmandu. Nick is married and has two children, is a member of the British Sub-Aqua Club, a keen book collector and enjoys walking, motorcycles, and current affairs.
Ms Lisa Miles is a Teaching Assistant in Reception. She joined St Christopher's in January 2013 after working for nine years in an infant school. Ms Miles qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in 2009 and has a Diploma in Multi-Sensory Training for Specific Learning Difficulties. She also currently teaches Music to Reception classes. She has two teenage boys and, in her spare time, enjoys playing the piano, playing tennis for a local club, cycling and singing in a choir.
Mr Carl Pincott was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire the son of a miner and sheet metal worker. He graduated from the local comprehensive called Garibaldi (' red sky at night, Garibaldi's alight' being a popular saying - yes it was rough) in 1984 being one of only 2 people in his year to go on to university, studying Mathematics at Newcastle and in 1988 a PGCE at Nottingham. Since then he has spent 27 years teaching across the full age range up to 18, managed a 10 screen multiplex cinema for Warner Bros. in Basingstoke and been a policeman here in Sussex. He has spent the last 8 years here at St Christopher's where he was Head of Maths, Deputy Head(Academic) and Timetabler from 2008 to 2015 before semi-retiring into a new role as part time Academic Administrator. He is very passionate about sport and enjoys weights, spinning, running, tennis, swimming, and golf in particular and since making his career change last summer has now become a fully qualified Level 3 PT and Spin Instrcutor at David Lloyd Worthing. He also famously won 'Shark of the Year' award at one of his former schools. In July 2013 he took a small group of 6 children from year 6 and 7 to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to work with a charity called CRED on a project providing a summer school for deprived children of women on a project called W-A-R. They ran academic, sporting, dramatic and artistic activities during their 10 day trip.
Mrs Judith Richards decided, after a career in marketing, hospital business management, running her own interior design business and being an aerobics instructor, to take a PGCE at Warwick University. She worked in Bristol in inner city schools before teaching at Frenchay Primary School. Following her husband's job move initially to Wiltshire where she worked at a school on the army site at Larkhill in Salisbury and then to Hove where she followed her stepsons Charlie and Hugh to St. Christopher's, but fortunately for them after they had just left! As Head of the Pre-Prep and Year 2 teacher Judith has a particular passion for English, Art and Dance and she really enjoys coaching the children to fulfill their dramatic potential in the Year 2 play at the end of the Lent Term.
Miss Natalie Rogers joined St. Christopher's in the Michaelmas Term of 2015, having previously taught in London. She studied English Language and Linguistics at the University of Brighton where she also gained her PGCE and is currently completing her Masters in Education. She is a Year 1 Form Tutor and Computing Teacher to Years 4 and 5 as well as beginning a new role as a Pupil Mentor for Year 7 pupils. She has previously been Head of English, English Co-ordinator and Pupil Mentor in Haywards Heath, working with pupils with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and has a keen interest in behaviour. She is passionate about creative writing and enjoys reading poetry.
Mrs Debs Sarjent joined St Christopher's as a Year 2 class teacher in September 2016. She moved back to Hove from London where she taught at Highgate (Pre-Prep) for almost 10 years and before that taught extensively across many different schools (both state and independent) in London, Brighton and Sydney. Debs has taught children from Nursery through to Year 7 and is happiest in the Pre-Prep environment. Her interests in the classroom include the Arts, emotional intelligence and behaviour. Debs has 2 young children who are also at St Christopher's. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, travelling and being outdoors with her family.
Mr Laurence Stead has taught at St Christopher's since 2011. He is Head of Transition and Middle School (Years 3 to 6), a Year 3 Class Teacher, a Science Teacher in Years 5 and 6 and Housemaster of Howe. Previously Mr Stead taught in other schools in Brighton; he also taught the guitar, was a freelance graphic designer and Head of the Creative Department in a charity fundraising agency. The father of two teenage children, much of Mr Stead's spare time is spent with his family; in other moments, as well as being a keen artist, photographer, musician and writer, Mr Stead loves walking in the countryside, swimming, exercising at the gym, movies, science fiction, retro toys and history.
Mrs Rhona Sykens joined St Christopher’s in September 2013 as one of the Year 4 teachers. She previously worked at another prep school, for nine years, as the Year 3 Teacher and Head of Girls’ Games. She grew up in Edinburgh and after a gap year in America, she studied at Brighton University to gain her BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS. She has two young boys to keep her busy at home and she loves spending time with her family and friends.
Mr Robert Winton joined St Christopher’s in 2003 to teach French and geography and then became Head of Geography. He gained a B.A. (Hons.) at Brighton University and trained to teach at Sheffield University. He previously taught French and some German in comprehensive schools in East Sussex. Mr Winton is very keen on map-reading, planning journeys and exploring new places, which he tries to do as much as possible, both here and abroad. He has a daughter, two grandsons (one a pupil at St Christopher’s) and a granddaughter. He is also an active member of Hove Methodist Church.