Junior School Staff
Mrs Whyte (Headteacher)
Hello, I am Mrs Whyte, and I am in charge of day-to-day life at Morley House. I began my career teaching in independent girls’ schools in London, but am now convinced that boys and girls should be educated together, and am a keen advocate of co-education. I loved being a class teacher, but am now lucky enough to teach children right across the junior school - every day is different!
I grew up in the Channel Islands, and probably, as a result of being surrounded by all that water, my favourite pastime is swimming in the sea. I also enjoy art, reading, my garden, and spending time with my three grown-up sons.
Mr Hutchinson (Year 6)
From the rarefied air of academia to the grease of a bike shop, I have yet to find any other work, which brings such joy and creativity as teaching children. I have taught every age in many circumstances – from technical colleges and teacher training in France, to sixth form in England and engineers in Romania, to name a few – but I became a primary school teacher because the vitality of children was irresistible.
Helping young people to find the forms of expression, which bring them to life, whether that be in Art, English, Maths or crawling in a muddy tunnel brings a huge satisfaction. I feel privileged to form people’s lives so powerfully.
Miss Beresford (Year 6)
Hello, I am Miss Beresford. I’m very excited to say I have joined the LOGS community as a teacher of Year 6. I have always been passionate about education and have taught children of all ages from Year 1 to A level, working with young people as a teacher, a tutor and as a science technician so I have a range of experience to help bring learning alive inside and outside of the classroom. Whilst I’m an avid scientist and graduate in Biology, I also have a real love of literature and history, finding exploring these subjects with children a real joy.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and cooking, or venturing out on my bike. I also enjoy hiking; there is nothing like the view from the top of a mountain you’ve just climbed!
Mrs Powell (Year 5)
I joined LOGS in 2014 having previously worked in London, Surrey and East Sussex and have taught an awful lot of children! I am the subject leader for PSHE in the school and strive to instill confidence, self-worth, and respect for one another in every child. What I love most about this school are the fun days when we dress up, take part in quizzes, celebrate historical figures or our favourite authors, have a bake-off, or take part in Young Enterprise; all of these days are magical and fun and bring out a community feel of the school.
I am a mother to two children, both at LOGS, and when I am not being their taxi driver, I enjoy swimming, walking the dog, playing tennis and lying in the sun with a good book!
Mr Reeder (Year 5)
Hi, I’m Mr Reeder and I am one of the Year 5 teachers at LOGS. I am also the IT and Computing subject coordinator. I am passionate about the power of technology in the classroom but am also wary of some of the negatives of the online world and believe it’s vital to educate children about some of these dangers. My other favourite subjects to teach are PE / Sport and Maths.
I’ve been teaching for nine years now before that I used to work in the music industry and I was also a carpenter for a while. I live in Brighton with my wife and two kids, a cat and a gerbil. I enjoy cycling, running, surfing, occasionally going to concerts and watching Brighton & Hove Albion play football.
Miss Shelbourn (Year 4)
Hi, my name is Alice Shelbourn and I am the year 4 teacher and Pastoral Lead at LOGS. The brilliant thing about my job is that I get to be as creative as the children in my class, planning interesting activities and events for my pupils.
My favourite subjects to teach are English, Art and Latin which I am delighted to teach the year 6s for the first time this year, a subject close to my heart after studying Classics at Edinburgh University. I live in Brighton with my partner and our dog Gertie and enjoy travelling, long walks, visiting galleries and Pilates in my spare time.
Mrs Santler (Year 4)
Hello, my name is Emma Santler and I am really excited to be joining Lewes Old Grammar School as a year 4 teacher. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and I feel very lucky to be doing a job that I love. I began my teaching career in Eastbourne but then moved overseas to Hong Kong, where I taught in international schools for 18 years. I strongly believe that the children we teach today are tomorrow’s problem solvers and innovators and I am passionate about providing opportunities to help all my students ‘think outside of the box’ and to develop as critical and creative thinkers.
I moved back from Hong Kong three years ago and now live in Kingston with my husband, two children and two dogs. In my free time, you will usually find me walking our dogs or at the yard - if I’m lucky riding my horse or, more usually, undertaking less glamorous tasks such as mucking out the stables!
Miss Lomax (Year 3)
I’m excited to have joined LOGS as the Year 3 teacher from September 2018. The school has a real feeling of home and a focus on the talents of each child, which really appeals to me. I live in Brighton, where I have been teaching for the last 3 years. Prior to this, I left a successful five-year career as a solicitor in order to pursue my keen interest in teaching. I love giving children exciting learning opportunities, which capture their imagination and see them gain skills and grow in confidence.
I really enjoy exploring new countries and have been fortunate to travel quite extensively in Asia and Africa – working on conservation and teaching projects. My particular love of Africa (and adventure) led me to train for, and successfully summit, Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2017. As well as mountain and hill climbing I enjoy waterskiing, sailing, skiing, swimming – in fact – most outdoor activities!
Miss Jago (Year 2)
I joined Lewes Old Grammar School in 2016 as Year 3 teacher and now work as Year 2 teacher and music specialist for Key Stage 2. The thing that first struck me about Morley House was the supportive community feel and the happy, confident children. The positive atmosphere here helps us all, both staff and pupils, to grow and flourish and to follow our dreams.
Before becoming a teacher, I studied Music at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and spent three years writing music and performing as part of a vocal group in venues across Sussex. As a musical theatre enthusiast, I particularly enjoy directing and assisting with the school productions and organising concerts. I am keen to provide all pupils with musical opportunities and love seeing the children thrive when taking part in a performance. Outside of school, I am an animal lover and am happily building my own zoo which began with two naughty rabbits and recently saw the addition of a gorgeous little kitten.
Mrs Barnard (Year 1)
I am currently the Year One teacher at Morley House. I came to work here 3 years ago after moving down from London where I worked in a pre-preparatory school in Dulwich for 15 years, teaching a broad spectrum of age ranges as well as managing a large Early Years team. Before I gained my PGCE specialising in 3 to 7 olds from The Institute of Education in London, I achieved a joint honours degree in Drama and Spanish.
At Morley House I am enjoying using this background to the full. Teaching Spanish to the infant children is a real passion of mine and having written and directed several plays for children in the past I am looking forward to writing and directing the nativity this year. I am a mother of two children, Max and Florence who also attend Morley House and as such am a huge fan of LOGS’ nurturing ethos and its individualistic style of teaching.
Mrs Richards (Reception)
I joined Lewes Old Grammar School in 2012 after studying Education at Brighton University. Since having my son I have become increasingly interested in the Early Years and I have recently taken on the challenge of teaching Reception Class.
I am passionate about reading and in my free time, you will find me going on adventures with my family, walking my dog, trying out new crafts and baking.
Mrs Kemp (Pre-Reception)
I lead the Pre-Reception class at Morley House. I have worked with Pre-School children since completing my NNEB in1980, and after completing my NVQ level4 in childcare and working in a variety of different settings, I joined the Nursery Team at LOGS in 2013.
I have three grown-up children and one grand-daughter. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, gardening, swimming and walking my dogs.
Mr Rham (PE Teacher)
Hi, I am Mr Rham. I have worked at LOGS for the last 6 years, leading the PE at Morley House. My degree is in sports science and coaching. I have enjoyed playing sports all my life and have played for the Royal Navy hockey team, as well as representing them at boxing, field gun, cross country and triathlon. I represented the tri-services and combined services at a national and international level. I play hockey now for my local team and am the coach for the club’s youth squad. I am a fully qualified swimming teacher and enjoy all water sports.
I love being outdoors and have my own smallholding where I am able to put into practice lots of the things that we are experiencing through the Forest School at Plumpton with our Morley House pupils. Health and fitness are passions of mine that I am keen to instil in all our pupils to give them a strong ‘fit for life’ ethos.
Miss Dumbrell (Learning Support)
On qualifying as a teacher with a B.Ed (Hons) I wrote to the then headmaster of LOGS, Mr Mead in 1980 as I lived locally and had always wanted to work at the school. I was called into meet him and have a tour of the school. At the end of the day, I was surprised and delighted to be offered a job teaching Year 4. I was so impressed by the family atmosphere at the school that I have never wanted to leave. This has taken on a new meaning in recent years as I have now taught the children of several of my past pupils.
I have developed my career by teaching several different age groups and have recently taken the role of Learning Support teacher, which allows me to use the skills I have developed over the years to support the children with S.E.N. in both the junior school and senior schools providing them with the benefits of continuity of care.
Out of school, I am a member of my local church and I am secretary for a local table tennis club and play there (very badly) once a week. I also enjoy reading, going to the gym (especially to use the spa) and cooking.