Junior School Teaching Staff


Edmund Cavendish
Head of the Junior School
I have been Head of the Junior School since 2010 and before that, was Deputy Head of Eltham College Senior School, so I know the school right the way through. Other roles I have had include Head of History and Head of Sixth Form at Ipswich School, and History and Politics teacher at Merchiston Castle School.
I try to lead by example and care for staff and students alike; community is very important to me. I am committed to the philosophy of life-long learning; I’m an avid reader of all sorts of philosophy and am currently delving into the mysteries of quantum mechanics! I am Expert on 17th century British History, especially the Civil War, and I teach Oxbridge History to the Sixth Formers here at Eltham College. I have led or been on around 50 school trips, from those within the British Isles, to further-flung places such as China, Russia, Tunisia, France, Germany and Holland.
I have two dogs, Baxter and Campbell, whom I love walking with, particularly in the Lake District. My weekly parkrun keeps me fit, but I am a keen follower of sport too, particularly Leeds United, Wasps, Castleford Rugby League, and Yorkshire Cricket. I always enjoy the opportunity to coach sport in the Junior School and have been a Hockey coach for more than 30 years.

Vikki Meier
Deputy Head of the Junior School
I started working at Eltham College in 2016, after nine years at Chigwell School, where I sat on the Senior Leadership Team, developing Pastoral Care. I have also previously taught, and been a Head of, Science and ran a Sixth Form boarding house for several years.
My background means that I am passionate about the role of STEM education in schools and the critical importance of wellbeing, particularly with regard to respect towards others and embracing difference. I believe that a love of reading underpins everything in both education and life, and would like to see all children ‘living’ thousands of lives through books.
As a person, I would describe myself as approachable, methodical, calm and reflective, ever striving to become a better version of myself. My two greatest interests are travelling and reading, but I am also a keen amateur photographer, theatre-goer, hiker, swimmer and wildlife-watcher. I am also a ‘Tolkienite’, who has amassed close to 400 English language editions of his books, but do not despair, I never raise it in conversation. One thing I do like to raise, especially when reminding pupils how different things were in the past, is the only time I have ever won anything in a competition: an Atari Lynx, in 1992, via a ‘finish the sentence’ tie-breaker question on the back of a cereal box. I still have it today.

Nicki Devon
Director of Studies
Before coming to Eltham College Junior School I was Head of English at Blackheath Preparatory School, where I worked for 13 years. Teaching was a career change for me; I worked as a professional orchestral violinist in my twenties, touring with various orchestras and opera companies including the Halle, Carl Rosa Opera and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Though I still love playing the violin - I can regularly be seen playing in the band for the various musical productions at Eltham College - I decided the life of a touring musician wasn’t for me and that I would follow in the footsteps of both of my parents and my sister and become a teacher.
I believe that all our students have a right to access the very best that has been created both culturally and scientifically, as well as in thought and ideas. This philosophy underpins all work on curriculum design here at Eltham College Junior School, ensuring that the children are always challenged and enthused. Our students may still be very young, but I feel strongly that this should never diminish our expectations of what they might achieve here and now.
I’m dedicated and methodical in my role, and I get a real sense of enjoyment and pride from working with talented colleagues and fantastic students. I remain particularly passionate about English, and firmly believe that an enthusiasm for literature comes from great teachers reading great books with their students. I share a love of reading with many of my colleagues, and one of the highlights of my week is the Transition Book Club, which I run jointly with Senior School staff in the Mervyn Peake Library.
In my spare time, I like to combine my love of France and all things French with my passion for music by playing in a trio in a French wine bar! I counterbalance my French cheese-eating habits by going running regularly, and I am proud to have run the London Marathon in 2016. My greatest party-trick is counting up to 31 in binary on the fingers of one hand; I don’t seem to have been invited to many parties recently!

Mark O'Dwyer
Head of Co-curricular and Head of Games
I've worked at Eltham College since 1994. This has been my one and only job (excluding being the Head of a Language School during my University holidays.)
I am generally a patient person and I'm a good communicator. I approach most situations from a fun-loving point of view and try to make learning accessible and enjoyable. Games is my real passion, though, with Rugby being the sport I love most. I also really enjoy teaching Maths.
I am a keen scuba diver and have travelled to far-flung places to pursue my underwater adventures. I'm also a keen snowboarder and lead the Junior School Ski Trip. Music is somewhat of an obsession of mine and I am an avid record collector.

Nicki Chamberlain
Head of Years 3 and 4 and Head of Art
I have been working at Eltham College Junior School for 16 years; before this I worked at a primary school in Lewisham.
I know the school, the students and teachers really well. I feel honoured to be Head of Years 3 and 4 and am fiercely protective of the boys! I am well organised and I hope that this helps everyone in making their time run a little more smoothly in one way or another.
I am doing what I love the most - a pastoral role which really suits me, and I also get to indulge in Art, teaching techniques and discussing artists and their work. I love all kinds of Art and take any chance I can to visit exhibitions, which I then enjoy talking about with the students.
I have a cavalier King Charles Spaniel, whom I love to run or walk with. I am also a fan of any period dramas - films, books, plays - anything! I have a little garden, which I love to spend time in and I also enjoy skiing and spinning.

Iain Wearmouth
Head of Years 5 and 6
I have been at Eltham College since 2017 and love the challenge and variety that my role offers. As a Head of Year, I am really passionate about the pastoral side of the job – I believe that the social and emotional wellbeing of a student lies at the heart of what education is all about. As well as ensuring our students thrive academically, we want them to succeed as happy, confident and respectful people, ready to take on the challenges and opportunities the world provides. I believe in creating a culture in which mistakes are embraced and celebrated as a critical part of human development. This can only be achieved in a supportive and positive environment like the one at Eltham College Junior School, where having a sense of humour and positive attitude is key. It is important to me that children enjoy coming to school and lessons are fun and engaging. Having a good sense of humour is something that all children and teachers should embrace; it is key to taking on challenges, both inside and outside the classroom, with a positive mindset.
I have four daughters, who keep me on my toes and I love playing/watching sports like rugby, cricket, 5-a-side football and cycling. Other interests include cooking, photography, craft beer/coffee and going to the cinema. Aside from my children, my greatest achievement in life is running a sub 4 hour marathon and once being mistaken for Michael Cera.

Amanda Carey
Head of English
I have been teaching at Eltham College Junior School since 2014. I have had a diverse teaching experience, starting off as an English teacher in secondary schools. I taught GCSE and A levels at Ravens Wood and Blackheath High School before deciding to broaden my horizons firstly at Breaside Prep School then at Eltham College. My strongest attributes as a teacher are my compassion and my clear understanding that effective learning is not linear. I am keenly aware that each student learns in an individual way at an individual pace and as such I prepare and deliver bespoke lessons. I have an intrinsic passion for English and all things literary. Because of this, I have a very wide subject knowledge. I enjoy thinking of different ways to engage and inspire the children in my subject; English will never be dull for the students at Eltham College Junior School! I enjoy getting away from the city and will try and get to the beach as often as possible. Recently, I have been enjoying stand up paddle boarding. I also had my first surf lessons in Cornwall last year, though I need many more. I also love photography. When I was at school I ran for Kent and London South East in the 100m and 4th leg in the 100m relay. I also swam backstroke for London South East. I'm a very proud Old Elthamian and will always be a passionate member of Chalmers house.

Sam Oliver
Head of Maths
I have worked at Eltham College Junior School since 2016. Prior to joining the school I spent nine years at Balgowan Primary School in Beckenham, where I was the subject co-ordinator for Maths.
I am a passionate and committed teacher of primary Maths. I am determined to give children the grounding in conceptual understanding and mathematical communication alongside a pure, simple enjoyment of the subject which will hopefully lead to a desire to study it for a long time!
I have run tag rugby clubs and teams throughout my teaching career, and am a specialist in this form of the sport which is played in Year 3 at Eltham College Junior School. Since joining the school, I have also had my interest in chess rekindled as I attempt to avoid being beaten by a child during the weekly chess clubs I am involved in!
My current sporting activity of choice is running. Every weekend you'll more than likely see me taking part in one of the many local parkruns - sometimes 'buggy running' with my daughter Bethany accompanying me as an extra challenge!

Neil Dale
Head of History
This is my fourth year at Eltham College Junior School, prior to joining I worked for six years at a Junior School in Biggin Hill. Following that, I was at Red Hill Primary School for over 14 years. I started my working life as a field archaeologist, having graduated with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology.
One of my biggest strengths is my enthusiasm for the subjects I teach. I always feel that if I can demonstrate my interest in a subject it draws the children in and brings them along on the learning journey. My experience and the wide subject knowledge I have gathered mean that I can deliver all aspects of the curriculum to children, taking into account different ways of learning.
Unsurprisingly, History is the subject I am most passionate about, with Games a not-too-distant second. However, I enjoy teaching a whole range of subjects.
I enjoy being active and play both five-a-side football and rugby on a regular basis. The first time I won 2nd Team player of the year at my rugby club was a proud moment - having never really won any sporting honours before.
I love to travel and visit new places and spend much of my time on walking holidays. I have a strong interest in history and always enjoy visiting places of historic interest. Being at Waterloo for the 200th anniversary of the battle was pretty special. I combine the love of travel with the history when I take part in historical re-enactments in different countries. Other than that, my acting credits include one episode of Time Team and a number of Bombardier Beer adverts!
Last, but no means least, I love getting lost in a book.

Nicola Tutchings
SENDCo and Head of Wellbeing and PSHE and the Library
I have worked at Eltham College since 2013, having previously worked at St Peter Chanel Primary School, a co-educational school in Sidcup.
I am committed to my role as Head of Learning Support; I studied at UCL University in London and am delighted to have completed the NASENCO course there. I’m also extremely proud of my contribution to the development of the library, having been involved in its complete refurbishment during my time here.
I have an interest in swimming, reading and, in particular, travelling. Recently, I have enjoyed exploring places such as Costa Rica, Australia and Bali. I have really enjoyed participating in the exciting sports these countries have to offer, such as white-water rafting, canyoneering and zip-lining. I have also loved learning about the local culture and the wildlife during my travels.

Kate Newham
SEND Tutor
I have worked at Eltham College Junior School for nine years. Before coming to Eltham, I worked in both state and independent schools, both all-boys and co-ed. These have included: Colfes School during its transition to co-education, Thomas's School, Clapham during its year of foundation, and Greenacres School (a local primary school).
I initially trained at Durham University for a BEd and have 10 years experience working as a form teacher in a variety of schools. During this time, I also decided to take a working gap year and travelled extensively round the world where I qualified to become a scuba diver! I then moved on to study for a diploma at the Hornsby Institute to teach students with specific learning difficulties and have worked in this role at Eltham College for nine years, after raising a family.
I am friendly and approachable, have a good rapport with the students and have many years of experience of providing individualised, flexible lessons according to assessed needs. I am particularly interested in dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD and helping students achieve their full potential.
I enjoy tennis, swimming, rambling, visiting art galleries, going to the theatre and cultural travel.

Mark Alexander
Head of Music
I have worked at Eltham College for five years. Before that, I was Director of Music at Hallfield School, Birmingham (Co-educational) and Selly Park Technology College for Girls. Outside of work, I sing Bass 2 in The Fourth Choir. It’s great to perform new music including music commissioned for us and to promote contemporary music alongside well-known repertoire.
One of my biggest strengths is my understanding of how confidence in performance is built up. Students need to have opportunities on a small stage before being thrust in front of a huge audience if setbacks are to be avoided. I want students to experience the excitement of performing despite their nerves, leaving them wanting to get back out on stage rather than feeling crippling performance anxiety. For me, this is absolutely crucial; monitoring students' stress levels and mental health, and not putting them under undue pressure is one of the most important things that as adults we can do for children.
Spotting a student’s potential and drawing something out of them that they didn't realise was there is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job, along with a joy and satisfaction of a concert that has taken months to prepare coming together smoothly and seamlessly and being thoroughly appreciated by those on and off the stage.
Alongside Music, I have a passion for languages. Music itself is a language which transcends national borders and is able to unite us all. It evokes memories of people and places, makes us happy, makes us cry; we remember the lyrics to that 80s song but can't remember the name of the person that we were just introduced to! Languages, too, have a musicality to them and there is a plethora of repertoire in foreign languages which opens up a huge range of opportunities from opera to choral music. A language reveals something of a nation - its history and outlook on life. Speaking foreign languages also gives us access to literature and connected opportunities and experiences. This allows us to share our lives and to realise how much we have in common with one another, rather than focusing on our differences.
Sarah Mann
Drama Teacher
I joined Eltham College Junior School from Blackheath Prep School, where I was a Drama and Dance Teacher. I have also been the Lamda teacher for Newton Prep, Alleyns, and Broomwood Hall, and was the Director of Education for Playbox Theatre. Before working in education, I was a professional actress, having trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
I believe Drama should be a fundamental part of every child's education. I pride myself in making all my students feel safe, included and individual. My professional background enables me to achieve an excellent standard both within the classroom and on stage. I treat all my students like a professional company and they always rise to the challenge. Their imagination, courage and creativity never cease to inspire and excite me.
In my spare time, I enjoy travel, good food, literature and shopping. Growing up, I attended the International School of Brussels and I am now a proud member of The International Schools Theatre Association. I am a mother of two young daughters.

Helen Sargeant
Head of Computing
I Joined Eltham College Junior School in 2016. After graduating, I spent a couple of years working at different Media agencies but soon decided that an office job wasn’t for me! Once I’d completed my PGCE I spent four years working at Parish Church of England Primary school in Bromley where I taught both boys and girls. For three of those years I was Head of Design and Technology and for two of those years I was a Phase Leader across two year groups.
Having a degree in Physical Geography means that I am an active, outdoors kind of person and I enjoy hiking, canyoning, zip-lining and more. In my spare time, I also play golf and am trying to improve my tennis skills. When the weather isn’t so good, you’ll find me being creative indoors. I come from a musical family, and play the violin, harp and I love to sing. Cooking and paper crafts also keep me busy.
Having a wide range of interests and skills means I have a lot to offer in terms of lessons and co-curricular activities. I struggle to think of another profession which would provide me with the opportunities to engage with all of my hobbies and interests. Being able to do this brings excitement to my role as a teacher and I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with our students. I’ll never say no to a challenge – perseverance and determination are what I’m all about.
If I had to choose one favourite subject, I would really struggle. I’ve always been interested in design and enjoy sharing this passion with my students. As my degree suggests, I also have a passion for Physical Geography and Geology. Having grown up with music teachers for parents, I have always been surrounded by music and love to celebrate our students’ achievements as well as listen to them perform, or even join in! My role as Head of Computing and E-Learning has helped me to develop more of an interest in coding and I am enjoying keeping track of the rapid advances in technology.

Toby Laubach
Head of Transition and RS
This is my second year at Eltham College Junior School. Before joining I worked in a number of prep schools including Russell House and Eaton Square.
I am fascinated by current affairs; at university, I studied History and Politics. I like to read about the political changes happening around the world, and I'm always amazed at how History seems to repeat itself. RS is also a subject I feel passionately about. The world is an exciting and diverse place and it is so important that people know this so that mutual respect is fostered.
Throughout my life, Rugby has been a great love of mine. Limping off the pitch on a Saturday after a hard-fought contest is always a fantastic feeling. So of course I really enjoy teaching Games! So many important values are incorporated into sport and I really feel that a healthy body helps achieve a healthy mind.
I enjoy encouraging a love of knowledge and fostering in my students an interest in the world around them. I am part of a quiz team, so random facts and trivia are a great interest of mine!
I live in Kent with my wife Sophie, who is also a teacher, and my 1-year-old daughter Ottilie. I have a dog called Bear, whom I adore taking for long walks, which is just as well because I also adore food - both eating it and creating it – probably a little too much!

Michelle Johnson
Head of Design Technology
This will be my sixth year at Eltham College Junior School. Prior to working here, I taught in a three-from entry, co-ed school in Bexley. I was there for seven years, helping to prepare Year 6 students for their 11+ and SATs exams.
I like to think that one of my strongest characteristics is being friendly and congenial with my students. It is always important that the children feel they can share any problems, worries or concerns with an adult, without being afraid or hesitant. Having a good rapport with my classes takes away any anxieties that may be there, thus resulting in a positive learning environment.
I am lucky that at Eltham, I am teaching many of the subjects that I am most interested in. I thoroughly enjoy teaching Art, English and all three Humanities subjects.
My main passion is horse riding. I have been riding for over 20 years and still like to go to the stables several times a week. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity at Eltham to take students horse riding during one of our co-curricular clubs. I am also interested in keeping abreast of environmental issues that are happening all over the world, and leafing through a copy of National Geographic is a favoured pastime of mine.

Will Schaper
Head of Geography
I have worked at Eltham College Junior School since September 2003. I previously worked at Merton Court in Sidcup, for four years, which was also co-educational.
I enjoy teaching a wide range of subjects to the students, including English, Maths, Humanities and Games, which I have done since the start of my career in 1999. I have also recently started teaching Geography to Year 7 students in the Senior School. I am currently a Year 6 Form Tutor, as well as being Head of Junior School Cricket and I am in charge of the Year 5 and Year 6 residential trips to Norfolk and France respectively.
I used to play rugby for many years at Old Elthamians before injury forced me to retire. Since then I have kept my fitness up by joining an off-road cycling club which meets every week in the evenings, come rain or shine!

Harry Mitchell-Morgan
Year 6 Tutor and Editor of The Elthamian
I have been at Eltham College Junior School for eighteen months. Before starting teaching here, I worked for the Girls Day School Trust before taking some time out to write my novel, H2Orphans.
I believe in ‘education with humour’ and a firm but fair approach. My qualities as a teacher include enthusiasm and self-motivation, but I am also self-analytical and am constantly trying to improve in my work. I try to instil these qualities in the students I teach. A world-champion public speaker in my youth, I now try to listen as well as I lecture! My particular passions are in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.
Outside of school, I am a keen surfer and runner and I have recently taken up playing the bagpipes!

Beth Martin
Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Before joining Eltham College, I taught in Hong Kong at Kellett School and at Harrow School as both a secondary and primary French Teacher
I have 16 years' experience of teaching Modern Foreign Languages (French, Italian and a little German) at both comprehensive and private schools in the UK and Asia. I have taught GCSE and A level as well as French at primary level. I am a former Head of Department in a girls' school and I have also taught in a co-ed primary. My real passion now is the development of the French curriculum at Eltham College Junior School.
I enjoy reading, travelling to far-flung places, cycling, and being with my children. I used to row competitively, but as you can imagine, work got in the way of the five times a week training! I also love swimming. My five years living in Hong Kong was a really eye-opening and interesting experience but I'm ashamed to say that my Cantonese is shocking.

Haishan Pan
Mandarin Teacher
Prior to my role at Eltham College Junior School I worked at Knightsbridge and Whitgift schools, providing Mandarin teaching, tutoring and language-support for students from reception through to secondary school age.
I was raised and schooled in China, which has a different type of approach to teaching from the UK, and because I have experience in both education systems my teaching methodology draws positive benefits from both.
As a languages teacher, I am particularly passionate about Modern Foreign Languages. However, I believe languages are not stand-alone subjects and the learning should not end when the language lesson finishes. Students’ learning is infinitely enhanced when they are exposed to cross-curricular activities and real life situations. Rote learning of a language is not enough; our students need to know the history and culture of a country to fully appreciate its language. I really enjoy collaborating with colleagues to encourage integration of language-learning across the curriculum.
I am a fitness fan, particularly in running and swimming. I have participated in Race for Life events, and run regularly. I am also a member of the badminton and table tennis clubs at my local gym. Cooking is also one of my interests, I grew up in a big family who treasured delicious homemade meals and this has been passed on to me. Last but not least, I like reading and listening to music. This is not just a hobby, but it’s a daily habit which I cannot live without. My own children have inherited this from me!

Jenny Mills
Teaching Assistant
I joined Eltham College in May 2019, prior to which I worked at Colfe’s providing student support on a one-to-one basis. I have worked in childcare and child development in various settings, including nannying, nurseries and pre-schools.
Since joining Eltham College, I have really enjoyed getting to know the students and assisting them during classes. My favourite subject is Art as I love helping students to be creative and developing their artistic flair.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, listening to music and cooking. One of my greatest achievements was running the London marathon in 2017. It was by far one of the hardest things I've ever done but I am enormously proud of completing it and raising money for a children’s hospice.

Lata Madduri
Cover Supervisor
I have worked at Eltham College Junior School since August 2018. Before this, I worked at Blackheath High Junior school as a Teaching Assistant for nearly ten years. I also have experience working with younger children in pre-schools and nurseries in the South East London area.
I am a caring, patient and hard-working person who enjoys teaching and works tirelessly to contribute towards the progress and overall wellbeing of the students. Being a Zoology graduate, I enjoy teaching Biology and have over the years developed a keen interest for teaching Mathematics and PSHE.
I have dedicated some of my time to teaching Carnatic music (a South Indian classical music form) to children in my community and to performing at some of the cultural gatherings.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, listening to music, travelling and meditating.