Meet the Staff
‘Effective communication is modelled by staff, who encourage pupils to speak and listen effectively’
– Park Hill School ISI Inspection Report, 2020
Mr Alistair Bond
Alistair started his career as a Physical Education teacher at an all boys preparatory school in Northwood before heading to a large international school in Bahrain as Head of PE.
Following six years in Bahrain he was promoted to Deputy Head and then Headmaster at the British School Tripoli, Libya. It was during his time as Head that the war broke out in Libya which necessitated the evacuation of children and families.
Alistair joins Park Hill following four years as a Headmaster in the United Arab Emirates. As befits a school that prides itself as a family, his wife Rebecca has also joined the school as a teacher and his daughter will be wearing the uniform with pride and enjoying the rich variety of learning opportunities provided at Park Hill.
Mr Matthew Sims
Matthew joined Park Hill in 2019 and is the Assistant Head and Teacher of Year 5. Upon completing his PGCE in 2003 he has developed a wide range of senior and middle leadership experience from the state and independent sectors both within the UK and internationally. Matthew has a passion for teaching, in particular for utilising the benefits that technology can bring to enhance learning.
Mrs Katherine Forsyth
Katherine attended Stirling University where she studied Marketing and Business Studies. After working for advertising agencies in London, Katherine retrained to become a teacher in 2004. Katherine has a passion for teaching Geography and English and is a keen reader.
Her hobbies are baking and walking her very mischievous dog.
Miss Lily Parkinson
Lily attended Exeter University and studied Law, but after having her daughter decided that teaching was the way to go! She has worked in several prep/primary schools and has a special interest in SEN support. Outside of school, Lily can be seen walking in Richmond Park, coffee-in-hand or trying to succeed at Pilates.
Mrs Rebecca Bond
Rebecca, following the completion of her B.Ed degree at the University of Reading, immediately joined a leading preparatory school in Maidenhead as a Year 3 class teacher before moving to St. Christopher’s School in Bahrain as Head of Year 3. Following six years in Bahrain, she moved to the British School Tripoli, Libya as Year 5 teacher and latterly as Head of Art. Following evacuation from Libya she moved to Abu Dhabi where she worked in a large international school as Head of Year 4 and then to Dubai where she was a Year 5 class teacher and Head of Science. She is delighted to be working in a school that places such emphasis on providing the children with a wide, balanced and creative curriculum.
Miss Saffron Blevin
Saffron is an experienced leader of our nursery team here at Park Hill. With a wealth of talents at her disposal, Saffron is well organised and has exceptional knowledge of the Early Years curriculum, including its 2021 update. As a classroom practitioner, Saffron makes fantastic use of physical activities and games to keep learning fun and engaging. Saffron is a keen horse rider and outside of work time she enjoys looking after the horses at a local equestrian centre.
Miss Pavitra Segar
Pavitra Segar attended the University of Birmingham where she completed her PGDE in Primary education. With a special interest in SEN support she went on to complete a Masters in Special Needs where she worked closely with Autistic children. With teaching experience in Japan, Dubai and Malaysia, her passion for traveling and learning has led her to Park Hill School. She is particularly keen to inspire the pupils with the school values.
Miss Helen Gardner
Helen Gardner is the PSHE Co-ordinator. She read English Literature and Women’s Studies at Roehampton University and has a PGCE in Early Years from Goldsmiths College, London. Miss Gardner loves the variety, creativity and spontaneity of teaching young children and has a special interest in children with special educational needs.
Miss Shannon Wood
Shannon has a BA with Honours in Early Years Education from the University of Bedfordshire and has worked in a variety of countries between two continents where she worked in holiday clubs for nearly 6 years. During the last three years Shannon has been the supervisor of multiple club rooms for babies to children of 12 years old. In addition to this she has worked in international club rooms with up to 8 different nationalities, which helped Shannon to develop an interest in traveling the world, learning about different cultures and languages. Shannon brings great energy and a sense of fun to both the children and staff at Park Hill.
Mrs Guniz Akoglu
Guniz Akoglu first became part of the Park Hill School family as a parent in 2012. She joined the Early Years team in 2015, after her children had left. Mrs Akoglu has a Bachelor of Education degree from the Univesity of Marmara in Istanbul. She is particularly keen to inspire the pupils with the Park Hill School values.
Miss Paula Finch
Ms Georgina Walker
Miss Georgina, as she is known, trained in ballet, tap, modern dance and drama from the age of three. She worked for Thames Television on “Magpie”, “Rainbow” and “The Sooty Show” and has danced in television and theatre productions. Miss Georgina enjoys writing and devising the original productions for the pupils at Park Hill and loves to watch their confidence grow. She is also a trained therapist and works with children with special needs.
Mr John McArthur
John attended the University of Buckingham where he completed his PGCE in Physical Education. He is a passionate educator with a proven history of developing effective education material to motivate and inspire children at independent, state and club level. John has the experience working with children from various backgrounds that has led to a deeper understanding of how to encourage and support each individual to reach that potential, both on and off the sports field.
Mrs Lucy Richards
Mrs Richards is multi-talented musician who in addition to leading the instruction of classical instruments such as flute and piano, has a particular skills in developing the digital side of music production and utilisation of technology to create music. At Park Hill Mrs Richards has fulfilled many roles including Head of Humanities along with coordinating the SEND provision.
Mrs Nektaria Mousi
Nektaria Mousi attended Classical Studies and Pedagogy at the University of Athens. She is a dedicated and engaging teacher with long experience working with children of all ages in the UK and abroad. She loves creating a pleasant and enjoyable environment in the classroom to bring motivation in the learning process. On summer holidays Nektaria enjoys exploring with her family the Greek islands and the rest of the year walking in the peaceful English nature.
She studied classical guitar at Prague Conservatory in Czech Republic and has been working in music education both in Prague and in London. ms Tomaskova likes to support students to find their own voice and creative expression and has previously worked with multiple choirs including supporting the performance was Handel’s Messiah at Royal Albert Hall.
Her interest is mental health at school, she is currently studying MSc at Division of Psychiatry University College London. She has worked with students with special needs and emotional and behavioural problems. She believes in transformational power of music education.
She plays guitar, piano, recorder, a little bit of drums. She is always curious to learn a new instrument, currently thinking about violin and playing the organ.