Dan Evans Housemaster of Leconfield Dan joined College in 2014 as Deputy Head of Upper College, Higher Education and Careers. He teaches History and History of Art and prior to Cheltenham was Head of History of Art & Architecture at Wycombe Abbey School. Dan coaches rowing, predominantly with the 2nd VIII, and he is the President of the Cheltenham College Boat Club. Before his career in teaching, Dan spent nine years running an educational travel
Ester Leach Housemistress of Ashmead
company and led residential gap year and school trips in Venice, Florence and Rome. His wife Becks is the Higher Education and Careers advisor at College and worked as a Head-Hunter and recruitment consultant in London for 15 years prior to this. They have two young boys, Hector and Tobias. Together they aim to run a happy house with the wellbeing of every boy at its heart, where every pupil’s talent is nurtured and aspirations run high. Dan considers it a great honour to be taking over a house with such a rich history.
Ester started life at College in Ashmead as a Lower College tutor and Spanish teacher in 2010. In 2013, she became Head of Modern Languages and resident tutor in Westal, where she moved with her husband Matthew and twin daughters, Zara and Tula. Ester spent most of her early academic life in Spain but decided to come to the UK to read Modern Languages and graduated with a BA
Honours degree, she followed this with a PGCE in Secondary Education. Her first teaching post was at Kingswood School, Bath, where she spent two years and had her first experience of a boarding school. What attracted her most about boarding was being able to interact with pupils in different spheres of school life, be it sport, extra-curricular or in House. Ester feels very privileged to be going back to Ashmead and taking the helm. She is looking forward to getting to know the Ashmead girls and their families.
Jo Wintle Housemistress of College Lawn
and, latterly, as Housemistress of Beale House, a Sixth Form boarding house.
Jo joined College in September 2017 as Housemistress of the new girls’ boarding house, College Lawn. Following her graduation from Oxford University where she studied English Language and Literature, Jo undertook a PGCE before joining Sevenoaks School as an English teacher and non-resident tutor. Moving to Cheltenham in 2007, she taught English at Cheltenham Ladies’ College alongside roles there as US University Advisor, Head of the Professional Guidance Centre (Careers/HE), IB English co-ordinator
Jo and her family (husband Simon and four year old Arthur, who attends Cheltenham Prep) are delighted to join the College community. Jo says: “It is a great privilege to be given the responsibility for establishing a new house, and I look forward to working with the girls in my care to establish a warm, supportive and inclusive community at College Lawn”. College Lawn is a beautiful restoration of stunning Regency buildings, with spectacular views on to College Field and Chapel, phase 1 of College Lawn opened
with 24, 3rd and 4th form girls with a mixture of day, day boarding and boarding places. With phase 2 due for completion in time for September 2018, the new house plays a key role in the College’s progress to gender balance across the school.
INTERNAL APPOINTMENTS COLLEGE Crispin Dawson – Acting Head Anna Cutts – Acting Deputy Head (Pastoral) Timothy Brewis – Assistant Head (Academic) Simon Conner – Acting Registrar James Copeland-Jordan – Head of Chemistry Christiane Dickens – Director of External Relations Andrew Hailes – Deputy Bursar Graham Mallard – Head of Academic Enrichment & Research Isabella Mech – Head of Upper College Jane Moore – PA to Acting Head 16
Kirstie Naish – Head of Design, Technology & Textiles Ben Page – Head of Modern Foreign Languages Richard Penny – Senior HsM, seconded to SMT Kay Rackliff – Director of HR & Payroll Andrew Straiton – Head of English Dan Townley – Head of Science PREP Dickon Baird – Head of Boarding Victoria Jenkins – Head of Classics
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