IGCSE Boarding Staff
Head of Boarding
Kate was brought up in Oxford and on leaving school studied at UCL to become a Speech and Language Therapist. Returning to Oxfordshire, she worked in the NHS for many years until a career change led her into Educational Publishing sales, also in Oxford.
Most recently, Kate has worked at Harrow School where she was a Resident Matron in a Boarding House looking after 70 boys. Kate says that she enjoys working with boarding students because they are young, fun and extremely enlightening! It is a privilege to support them and play a part in this important time in their lives.
Kate has two grown up sons, other family and many friends here in Oxford and is thrilled to be back ‘home’ again.
Head of Non-Residential Boarding
Emma has worked in the Boarding Office for nearly three years. Emma read History and Politics at SOAS, London University, gaining a 2:1. She has considerable experience of working with young people, both as a piano teacher, a literacy volunteer in her local school and as a Special Needs teacher, having gained a Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/SpLD. Emma also spent a year as a researcher to a journalist in Hong Kong and subsequently worked in a PR company after gaining a Diploma from the Institute of Marketing. She lives in Oxford with her husband and has three children, one of whom is working in London and the other two are undergraduates at Bristol University. Emma used to be a d’Overbroeck’s host family.
Head of House, Hayfield House
Caroline has worked at d’Overbroeck’s as a Head of House, running Hayfield House boarding house for several years.
Caroline originally trained as a Photo Lithographer at Reading Collage of Art and worked in the printing industry and studio film planning. Travelling has always been a passion within her family and after a 2 year sabbatical sailing and living on islands around the world, Caroline changed career to work as care staff at a school for the deaf in Newbury. She spent 6 years here and was impressed by the importance of clear communication when supporting her year group. Alongside this she studied for an NVQ promoting independence for teenagers and has also helped to run an after school club at the famous Norlands Nanny Training College.
In 2002, Caroline moved to France with her young son and lived in Normandy for many years working within the French education system teaching English in state schools. She has worked in schools for over 20 years in total, many of these at boarding schools, and has enjoyed making her role as Head of House a ‘home-from-home’ experience. Each year is different, she says, and brings many happy times.
Her escape from work is her Classic car which is 60 years old. She says that adventure and a good cup of French coffee are essential to start the day with a smile on her face!
Head of House, Nash House
Warren has been involved in education for over 15 years including stints of living and teaching in schools in countries as diverse as Canada, Poland, Japan, as well as the UK. In addition to his experience in boarding, he also has considerable experience of teaching in a variety of different schools, ranging from state comprehensives, PRUs, grammar schools and private schools in London and Kent.
He was born in the UK but grew up in Canada and returned permanently to the UK in 2003, where he obtained his teaching degree. He spent over 10 years working in finance at the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto with a short spell working in the Japanese Embassy in London.
Warren derives considerable reward from working on the pastoral side of education and is passionate about helping to create an environment where boarders can feel comfortable and safe. The potential for positive ‘life lessons’ while living in the boarding community, away from the familiar comforts of home, is very important.
He has a daughter in primary school who, he says, keeps him on his toes. He also enjoys living in Oxford and apart from the sights and history of the city itself, he’s looking forward to exploring the surrounding countryside.
Head of House, St Philip's House
Originally from Scotland where she trained as a Registered General Nurse, her nursing career has taken her overseas, first to Saudi Arabia then Dubai where she gained her MoH School Nurse License. She has been a School Nurse since 2002 and has loved every minute.
While overseas she was very involved in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award scheme which saw her visit the Wadi’s of Oman, as well as Kenya where she worked in an orphanage for the summer and climbed Mount Kenya. She later went to Nepal where, as well as meeting her husband Ram, she also made it to Everest Base Camp.
Ella has been in boarding since returning to the UK in 2009 first as a Resident Nurse then as a House Parent.
She has two sons Jamie and Bishal and a daughter Barsha, along with a cat called and Momo.
Ella says she strives to create a comfortable, happy and caring environment where pupils feel safe, secure and valued within the d’Overbroeck’s boarding community.
Assistant Head of House, St Philip's House
I have been employed within the education sector for almost 5 years and have recently joined d’Overbroeck’s as a Day Matron and Boarding Assistant. I graduated in Poland with an MA in Child Care Pedagogy and Therapy and prior to this a BA in Social Work and Social Consultancy.
My previous work has seen me work as an Assistant Social Worker at a Family welfare/Crisis Intervention Centre and as a nursery nurse. I’m patient, understanding and love working with young people; there is, I believe, nothing more rewarding.
Kristina joined d’Overbroeck’s as a Day Matron in September 2018 having worked as a resident Warden Tutor at St. Clare’s College for two years. Prior to this, Kristina worked in other several other international boarding colleges, providing both pastoral and security care.
Being passionate about children’s care and welfare Kristina specialised in Family Education and the Protection of Children Rights, and obtained a BA in this area from the State University of Lithuania. On graduation, Kristina was awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude from the University’s Rector for outstanding performance throughout her studies. Committed to providing high standards of care she further obtained a License from the Security Industry Authority. Kristina gained additional pastoral experience during her studies, completing a placement at local orphanage supporting disadvantaged children with various activities and daily tasks. She found this role very rewarding and continued volunteering here after her placement ended.
In her spare time Kristina enjoys travelling, and experiments in baking. But of most of all, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.