Classroom Learning

Staff & Governors

Head Teacher:

Mrs A Lobo BEd(Hons)*

Deputy Head Academic

Mrs C Edwards BA(Hons) QTS*

Deputy Head Pastoral

Mr S Cavanagh BA(Hons) PGCE

Teaching Staff:

Mrs E Payne BSc PGCE**
Mrs J Roberts BEd(Hons) QTS
Mrs J Swift BA (Hons) PGCE & Mrs S Ward BEd (Hons)

Year 1:

Ms F Anwar BA(Hons) QTS*
Mrs J Shepherd BA(Hons) QTS**
Mrs D Reed

Year 2:

Mrs Z Rizvi BSc(Hons) PGCE* 
Mr S Cavanagh BA(Hons) PGCE  & Mrs H Soffe BA(Hons) PGCE*
Mr I Goldsworthy BA(Hons) PGCE

Year 3:

Mrs K Dersookiasian BSc(Hons) QTS*
Mr C Mason BSc(Hons) PGCE*
Mrs H Smith  BA Ed*

Year 4:

Mrs G Harper BEd(Hons) QTS*
Mrs H Carter BSc(Hons) PGCE MSc
Mrs M Johanson BA(Hons) QTS*

Year 5:

Mrs C Edwards BA(Hons)QTS*
Mrs G Charlesworth BA(Hons) QTS*
Miss J Kershberg BA(Hons) PGCE 

Year 6:

Mrs T Cook BA(Hons) PGCE*
Mrs N Tailor BA (Hons) PGCE *
Mr M Evans BSc PGCE*

Specialist Teachers:

Mrs L Barnett BA(Hons) PGCE* – Head of Outdoor Learning
Mr C Coggan BSc(Hons) QTS* – Head of DT and Engineering
Miss H DeGavre BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Art
Mrs K Faulkner-Davies BEd(Hons) – Director of Music***
Mrs K Freeman BA(Hons) PGCE – Music & Drama
Mr R Gallagher BSc(Hons) QTS* – Head of ICT
Mrs K Law BA(Hons) PGCE* – Head of French
Miss K Spinney BSc(Hons) QTS – Head of PE & Games
Miss C Murphy BA(Hons) – Librarian
Mrs A Cutts Bed (Hons) – SEN/Individual Learning
Mr W Turpin BSc PGCE*  – Boys PE & Games

Teaching Assistants:

Mr T Crowe – IT DipHE
Mrs D Bryk NVQ3**
Mrs J Ferber CACHE2***
Mrs C Dixon CACHE3*
Miss H Gordon
Mrs L Hauff
Miss J Jones BSc (Hons) CACHE3**
Mrs S O’Sullivan Grad (Law) CACHE3*
Ms A Preece CACHE3*
Mrs J Ramsden NVQ3 STA HLTA**
Miss F Setton
Ms A Strachan CACHE3 HLTA**
Mrs M Warshawsky NWQ3 STA**
Miss M Williams NNEB**

PGCE Student:

Miss A Rose*


Mrs E Payne BSc PGCE** (Head of Early Years Foundation Stage incorporating Manager of Nursery)
Mrs L Swanson BA PGCE** Nursery Teacher & Deputy Manager of Nursery
Miss J Tofte  EDI Level 3** Early Years Practitioner
Mrs K Conti NUQ3
Mrs M Adams NVQ2**

Director of Finance and Operations:

Mr M Mieczkowski BA (Hons) MBA MCMI

Support staff:

Mrs V Appleby – Marketing & Communications Manager BA (Hons)
Mr T Brown – IT Manager
Mrs L Beach – Receptionist*
Mr M Cooper – Groundsperson
Mrs A Graves – Head’s PA, Admissions*
Mrs J Harte – Housekeeper
Mrs S Hedley – Estate Manager
Mr D Hedley – Estates Assistant
Mr T Peirce – Head Groundsperson
Miss N Thomas – Financial Controller
Mr A Tofte – Estates Supervisor*

Lunchtime Assistants:

Mrs J Boyce*
Mrs C Cramb
Mrs L Dimmer NVQ3
Mrs A Kilby*
Mrs N Newman*
Mrs P Rist
Ms K Smith*
Mrs S Suen*

Cleaning Assistants:

Ms J Burbridge
Ms M Delgado
Mrs J Gray
Mrs M Tracey
Mrs K Pritchett
Mr E Rocha

Denotes Qualified in First Aid for Schools
** Denotes Qualified Paediatric First Aider
*** Denotes Qualified in First Aid at Work


The Board of Governors for 2020/2021 consists of:-

Mr David Arnold MBE (Chairman)

David Arnold spent most of his working life in the printing and publishing industry, having built up and sold a fully integrated group of companies. He was also the owner of a specialist tour operator, Solos Holidays Limited.

He is the Chairman of the Employment Resource Centre a charity involved with enabling the unemployed to return to work by retraining and honing existing skills.

Three of his Grandchildren have moved on from Manor Lodge and are now at University. David is Chairman of the Board of Governors and also serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Mr Graham Black

Graham spent his career in banking and finance in the City, commencing at Coutts & Co and ending as Company Secretary and Finance Director for a broking firm. He went on to serve as Bursar at St Edmunds College in Ware and has also served as Business Manager at three state schools as well as serving as a Local Governor at Croydon High School, a GDST School, for fourteen years. He is currently enjoying an active retirement, taking on a number of consultancy projects.

Graham is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs Sonia Coventry (Parent Governor)

Sonia is EYPS qualified and specialises in the EYFS and Montessori philosophy.  She is the owner and manager of her own local nursery and has extensive experience in matters relating to child development and safeguarding.

Sonia has two children.  Her son and daughter are both currently at Manor Lodge. Sonia is a member of the Education Committee.

Mrs Helen Gunasekera

Helen is a Solicitor and worked in private practice until 2000. She then joined and is currently a Senior Lawyer in the Government Legal Service where she specialises in Governance and Litigation.

Helen has a daughter and a son who left Manor Lodge in 2015 and 2013 to attend Dame Alice Owen’s School. Her daughter was in the first intake of Manor Lodge Nursery when it opened in 2008.  Helen’s husband’s family lived in Elstree for over 30 years. Helen is a member of the Education Committee and the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Ms Melody Jones

Melody was born in Northern Ireland and attended grammar school there before reading Natural Sciences at Durham University and completing her PGCE at the University of Manchester.

Melody is a Physics teacher. She started teaching at Dover College and moved on to Wellington College where she became Head of Physics. She was Head of Lower School and then Head of Lower Sixth and Admissions at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and is now Second Master at St Albans School. Melody is a member of the Education Committee.

Dr Trevor Lee

Trevor is former Principal at Merchant Taylor’s Prep in north-west London. In 2018 Trevor successfully wrote and presented two proposals to the Department for Education for the creation of two new academies in north London. He teaches internationally on strategy, leadership, collaborative learning and student well-being.

Dr Shahzad Malik (Parent Governor)

Shahzad is a Founding General Partner of Advent Life Sciences, one of Europe’s leading biotech venture capital firms. Over the last 15 years he has been actively involved in numerous private and public companies in Europe and the US in the biopharmaceutical and medical device arenas. Prior to this he had a career in medicine specialising in interventional cardiology having trained at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Shahzad has a son who attended Manor Lodge before moving on to The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School and a daughter who moved on to St Albans High School for Girls. His youngest child remains at Manor Lodge. Shahzad is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr James Segal (Parent Governor)

James is a practising Solicitor and has undertaken a variety of General Counsel and Company Secretarial roles in commerce and industry, having started his legal career at a City law firm. He has a broad experience across a number of legal areas including commercial contracts, business acquisitions, disputes, corporate governance, compliance and investigations.

James has three children. His two sons have now left Manor Lodge and are at St Albans School and Aldenham School. His daughter remains at Manor Lodge. James is Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee and also serves as a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Andrew Williams (Vice-Chair, Education Committee)

Andrew is the Principal of Aldenham School. He studied Materials Engineering at Loughborough University and took a PCGE in Physics at Manchester University. He has taught for over 20 years in Maintained, Independent and International Schools, specialising in Physics but his classroom experience has also included teaching Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Spanish. Andrew has worked for much of his teaching career in boarding schools and spent a number of years as a Housemaster then Deputy Head before taking on his current role. Andrew completed his MA(Ed) in Educational Leadership and Management in 2011 and has been an ISI inspector for seven years. He is married and has three children, all girls.

Andrew is a member of the Education Committee.

Mr Stephen Wilson

Stephen taught Modern Languages at secondary schools for 35 years. For 22 years he was Head of Junior School (Years 7 and 8) at Haberdashers’ Boys with responsibility for pastoral care and progress. He has served as Governor of three schools. In addition he has been involved in activities with people with learning difficulties and children with autism. For 14 years he was Secretary of the League of Friends at a local long-stay hospital. Since retirement in 2005, Stephen has enjoyed writing children’s stories and has visited Manor Lodge to give readings from his books and to discuss PHSE issues.

Stephen is a member of the Education Committee and is also the governor with responsibility for overseeing Safeguarding.

Contacting the Governors

The Governors, including the Chairman, may be contacted by writing to them at the School address, marked ‘Private and Confidential’. Alternatively, you may email the Clerk to the Governors.

Manor Lodge School
Open Day

We are pleased to announce our Open Day will take place on 3rd July 2021 from 9.30am – 1.30pm.
This will include a tour around the school and grounds (including our new STEAM building), as well as a number of scheduled talks from our Head, Mrs Lobo.

If you are interested in attending, please click on the link below to register your opportunity to view our wonderful school:

Open Day Registration

We look forward to seeing you in person!