The Oratory Schools Association


+  The Right Honourable Lord Judge


J J Eyston Esq, MA FRICS KSG

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols PhL MA MEd STL


The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School share a governing body, who volunteer their time and professional skills to ensure that the Schools operate efficiently.  They are responsible for the strategy and future development of the Schools.


*+§  M H R Hasslacher Esq

Michael Hasslacher attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. 
He has a son who is also an Old Oratorian.  A retired businessman who ran his own company, he has been Master of The Vintners’ Company and a member of Court.  He was first appointed a Governor in 1986 and was elected Chairman in 2006.  He also chairs the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on both the Property and Academic sub-committees.


*+  C J Sehmer Esq, FCA

A Chartered Accountant by profession and now retired, Jamie Sehmer is the Governor with responsibility for finance.  He was appointed a Governor in 1986 and elected Vice Chairman in 2002.  He is also Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on the Property sub-committee.  Jamie is an Old Boy of the Oratory School and has three sons. He is a trustee and treasurer of a number of charities.


+ Martin Berkeley JP, BA (Hons), IMC, Chartered MCSI

Martin Berkeley is an Old Oratorian who grew up in Woodcote.  After University and training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Martin completed a Short Service Commission in a reconnaissance regiment.  He went on to hold a number of senior commercial appointments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, before joining the banking industry specialising in investment and private banking.  Martin is Director of a finance consultancy practice and is a serving Magistrate.

+  B F H Bettesworth Esq, FRICS ACIArb

Barney Bettesworth, a Chartered Surveyor and Licensed Property Agent, is a Director of Bettesworths, a Commercial firm of Chartered Surveyors. He was appointed a Governor in 2006.  Barney sat as a Magistrate for 15 years.  He, his two sons and his two brothers are all Old Oratorians. 

* Right Reverend R Byrne, BD AKC Cong Orat

Bishop Robert Byrne entered the Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.  In 1990 the then Fr Robertand another priest from the Birmingham Oratory moved to St Aloysius parish Oxford to found what was in 1993 to become the Oxford Oratory.  He was Provost from 1993 until 2011 hen he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Dialogue and Unity at the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Fr Robert has been a prison chaplain since 1988 and in 2000 he became President of the Permanent Deputation of the International Oratorian Confederation. In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Fr Robert an Auxilairy Bishop of Birmingham and he was rodanied Bishop on 13th May. A Governor since 1996, Bishop Robert is also a member of the Finance and General Purpose committee as well as the Academic Sub-Committee.

Mrs M A Cochrane

Mary Cochrane is a Company Director of a family business which manufactures maths and science materials.  She was appointed a Governor in 2002 and oversees Child Protection at both Schools.  Mary is married with three children.  She is on the learning support staff of her local primary school. 

Mrs M E Edwards

Margaret Edwards is a former parent, having educated three children at both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.  Family connections with the School include her brother, an Old Boy of both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.  Since 1994, Margaret has been a Consultant with Bonham’s specialising in Islamic-Indian art.  She is an experienced Governor, being a long-serving Governor at her daughter’s all girl independent school, sitting on many committees and representing the School on the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).

 *+§  Professor P W Evans, MA PhD

Peter Evans is Emeritus Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.  He was decorated in 2005 by the Spanish State with the Order of Isabel the Catholic.  He was appointed a Governor in 2002, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and also chairs the Academic Sub-Committee.  He attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.

 +  F J Fitzherbert-Brockholes Esq, MA

Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes is an old Oratorian and was appointed a Governor in 1998.  A partner in aninternational law firm, he is the co-head of the firm's European capital markets group and head of the London office practice group. He has been a Governor since 1999.

*+§  C J French Esq FRAgS

Chris French is a retired farmer, turned businessman, who has been actively involved in the agricultural industry throughout his life. He was appointed a Governor in 1993, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and chairs the Property Sub-Committee.  He has been Governor of an Independent School and a College of Agriculture.  Chris is an Old Boy of both the Oratory Preparatory School and the Oratory School and his father was also a Governor of The Oratory Schools Association. 

 Dr C B T Hill Williams, DL MA FRGS FRSA

Christina Hill Williams was High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire during 2009-2010, having served as Deputy Lieutenant since 2005.  In her varied career, Christina has run two organisations as National Director and General Secretary and has served on YWCA Board of Governors.  She has had various appointments within the Magistracy and The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and has been a General Commissioner of Income Tax.  She sits as a Mental Health Act Manager at various hospitals, on the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and has been involved with a number of local charities.  Christina is a Member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and is Child Protection Governor at both Schools. 

+  His Honour K A D Hornby, BA(Hons)

Keith Hornby, an Old Oratorian, read law at Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Bar in 1970.  He has been a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit since 1995 and has been a Tutor/Syndicate Leader for the Judicial Studies Board from 1996 to date. He is the author of a number of papers for the Board and a member of the ETAC committee of the JSB between 2006-10.  He is a former law lecturer and was appointed a Governor in 2007.

Mrs C Moulder, MA

Clare Moulder was appointed as a Governor in 2014.  She has a grown son who left the Oratory in 2013 and is now at University,  She also has two daughters; one at University and the other a newly qualified vet.  She has an interest in education; she chairs education appeal panels for her local authority and has a governance role for a leading girls school.  She has spent the majority of her professional life as a partner in a city law firm and now sits part time as a judge in the High Court and County Court.

*+  N R Purnell Esq, MA QC

Nicholas Purnell is a leading Barrister and Head of Chambers in the City, where he practises predominantly in Commercial and White Collar Crime.  He is also a Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court.  He is an Old Oratorian and has four Old Oratorian sons. Appointed a Governor in 1994, he is also a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee.

Reverend J N Saward, MA MLitt

Fr John Saward is Priest in charge of a parish in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  Previously he taught Dogmatic Theology at seminaries in England and the USA and at the International Theological Institute in Austria. An author and translator, he was appointed Governor in 2004.

 *+  M W Stilwell Esq

Matthew Stilwell on leaving the Oratory became an Assistant School Master at a Preparatory School before he joined the Royal Air Force and later transferred to the Army via the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has since been Marketing Development Manager in a number of companies and was appointed a Governor in 2001 serving as a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee as well as the Academic Sub-Committee. 


Clerk to the Governors

A F Bradshaw Esq, DMS FMCI FInstLM


Rev P Gee



*              Members of the Finance and General Purpose Committee 

+             Old Oratorians

§              Old Boys of the Oratory Preparatory School



Contact Address for Chairman of Governors 

Mr M H R Hasslacher

c/o The Clerk to the Governors

The Oratory Schools Association


South Oxfordshire



Staff List


J J Smith BA MEd PGCE - English



Deputy Head (School Management)

C M Winterbottom BSc PGCE

Maths, Biology, Head of Boys' Games


Deputy Head (Academic)

A M S Willson BA PGCE

History, Head of Educational ICT, Boys' Games


Head of Pre-Prep

Mrs G Smith BA GTP - Acting Child Protection Officer


Senior Teachers (Pastoral)

C P Sexon BA UED BEd MSc, Senior Master, English, Maths, History, Head of Drama, Boys' Games, Deputy Child Protection Officer

Mrs SL O'Neill BSc PGCE, Head of Girls, Science, Head of PSHE, Child Protection Officer (maternity leave)


 Boarding Houseparent

Mrs WC Prior BSc GTP: Geography, English


Teaching Staff

Mrs L Anderson BEd LTCL - Music

Mrs A Armstrong LLB PGCE CELTA, English as an Additional Language

E H Binham BA MA GTP - Year 4, Master-in-Charge of Rugby

L N Chaffey BA(Ed) - Year 3, Boys' Games, Master-in-Charge of Football & Cross-Country

Mrs S Chaffey BA(Ed) - Year 1

Mme S Cordillet MA CAPES - Head of Modern Languages, Housemistress Elston

Mrs H Cox BMus PGCE - Director of Music

SJ Denis BA MLitt PGCE: English, French, Drama, i/c Public Speaking and Debating

Miss K Davis BA PGCE - Year 4, Girls' Games

Mrs R Fec MA PGCE: Latin

Mrs L Finch BEd DipHE - Years 3-4 Coordinator, Year 3

Mrs E Goodwin BSc PGCE - Head of Science, Girls' Games (maternity leave)

Miss R Hartley BSc NVQ4 EYPS: Nursery  

Mrs J Haywood BA PGCE - Reception Class

Mrs H Hwang BSc BEd - Head of Mathematics, Girls' Games

Mrs A Jenkins CertEd DipSpLD CertTESOL - Head of Learning Support

T I Jones BSc - Head of PE, Boys' Games, Housemaster Caversham

Mrs C Maher BA PGCE - Year 2

Mrs J Packham NNEB RSH - Head of Girls' Games

Mrs A Peters CertEd - Science,  Girls' Games, Head of Swimming   

Mlle S Pereira Leites LEA PGCE: French, Spanish                   

Mrs K Phillips BA PGCE - Year 4, Librarian

CNB Pohl BA MA(Ed): Head of History, Master-in-Charge of Cricket

Mrs A Quinn BSc PGCE - Science

Mrs E Reed BMus PGCE - Head of RE, Housemistress Rosehill

M Segrt BSc MSc MA DIC PGCE CBiol MSB - Acting Head of Science, Boys' Games

P T Smith BA PGCE - Head of Classics, French, Housemaster Branksome, i/c Chess

Mrs A Stanton BEd MBA - Year 2 

Mrs A Strickland-Taylor BA NVQ3 - Kindergarten

Mrs CJ Walker BEng MSc PGCE: Maths, Physics, Girls' Games

J E R Williams BSc PGCE - Head of Geography, Boys' Games

Mrs M Williams BEd - Year 3, Acting Head of Girls

Mrs P Williamson BA(Ed) - Reception Class

Mrs H Willson BA PGCE - Head of Art and Design Technology

JRT Winch PhD MA PGCE - Head of English, Boys' Games, School Magazine

Mrs A Winterbottom BEd - Year 1


Bursar: A F Bradshaw DMS FCIM FInstLM

Registrar: Mrs D Smith BSc 

HR Manager: Mrs J Stoner Assoc CIPD

Head of Computer Services: M Sixsmith BSc MPhil

Association Catering Manager: Mrs L Kisiel

Estates Manager: J K Mitchell ACIOB

PA to the Headmaster: Mrs K Saunders

Marketing & PR Officer: Mrs B Hanson BA

Health and Safety Adviser: Mrs D Knox BSc Tech IOSH

School Office: Mrs N Moran; Mrs J Whittle; Mrs C Shortis BA

School Doctor: Dr E Capo-Bianco MBChB BSc DCH MRCGP

School Nurse: Sr R McKenzie RGN

Senior Matron: Mrs J Campbell CertEd

Assistant Matrons: Miss J Hazell; Mrs B I’Anson 

Learning Support Teacher: Mrs M Meikle DipSpEd

Teaching Assistants: Mrs S Anderson BEd DipEd; Mrs K Atkin; Mrs L Bowen NVQ3; Mrs S Cater BA; Mrs S Curtis BA; K Lavine NVQ2;  Miss E Lloyd BA NVQ3; Mrs D McDonald BSc; Mrs C Nicholls; Mrs J O'Leary; Mrs L Tilbury NVQ3; Miss R Trythall NVQ3; Miss R Wheat BSc MSc

Graduate Teaching Assistant: O Hamilton BSc

Prep School Assistants: Miss A de Boer, J Farrag, Miss F Hasthorpe, A O'Donnell

Laboratory Technician: Mrs J Sutton

Art Technician: Mrs J Barefield

Head Groundsman: A Burnham

Maintenance Manager: P Wilcox

Caretaker: D McLaughlin

Swimming Teacher and Pool Manager: Mrs B Hickman FIOS

Senior Sous Chef : Mrs E Lissenden

School Shop Manager:  Mrs J Turner

School Minibus Drivers: G Jones, A Shepherd

Visiting Staff

Cookery:  Mrs A Macrae Cert Ed

Dance:  Miss K Dunstall, Miss J Mealing;

Golf: M Howell; J Prince

Gymnastics:  Miss R Taylor;  M Rosiak, Miss K Chance

Judo: D Edmonds; R Edmonds; T Haynes; Ms L Dixon; Ms K Thorne

Tennis: B Brown; R Dennis; B Murrell


Brass: J Anderson LTCL

Drums: J Donnelly

'Cello: Mrs C Lancaster BMus MMus

Clarinet, Oboe and Saxophone: Mrs L Anderson BEd LTCL

Flute and Piano: Mrs A Wilkins BA

Guitar: J Newman

Oboe and Bassoon: Mrs S Ellison BA LRAM

Percussion: C King NAPT

Piano: Mrs D Kemp; Mrs K Marsden ALCM 

Singing: Mrs J Maltese BMusHons

Violin: Mrs L Reineke DipTCL

Pupil Appointments 2014-2015

Head Boy: Patrick Heath

Head Girl: Lucy Tompkins

Heads of House:

Branksome: Lloyd Langley

Caversham: Charlotte Leaver

Elston: Morgan MacRae

Rosehill: Alfie Seymour

Captain of Rugby:  Morgan MacRae

Captain of Hockey: Charlotte Leaver

Captains of Swimming: Jack Ellard, Isabelle Pavey

Captain of Football: Ollie Sylvester-Monye

Captain of Netball:Isabelle Pavey

Captain of Cricket:

Captain of Rounders:

Captains of Cross-Country: Estelle Born, Tom Lynskey

Head Sacristan: Archie Mayer

Deputy Head Sacristans: Estelle Born, Ellen MacIntosh

President of the School Council: Jack Sykes

Head Chorister: Max Nugent

Principal of Orchestra: Isabelle Pavey

Leader of Jazz Band: Steffan Williams

Head of Senior Choir: Cameron Parke




To contact the Headmaster, Mr Joseph Smith, please email:


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