Whether they are teaching algorithms or catering for 60 boys three times a day, seven days a week, the people who keep the school running both educationally and logistically work tirelessly to keep the boys inspired and cared for.

Sonja Barber

Matron, Morshead's

Being a matron is a hugely varied role but I believe the core tenet is to ensure the pupils feel secure and happy. This involves knowing them well and ensuring they are confident that you will try to help them with whatever problem they bring to you.
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Hannah Fletcher

Head of Educational Partnerships

This is an exciting time of change, with the new vision for Winchester College in the 21st Century establishing an increased focus on partnerships with other schools and broadening access.
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Paresh Thakrar


When I joined Winchester, I was struck immediately by its unique blend of tradition and modernity; and secondly, the passion for learning and ideas that's obvious in everyone you meet - don and student.
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Ben Cunningham

Assistant Director of Chapel Music

As Assistant Director of Chapel Music, I support Howard Ionascu in the running of the Quiristers and the Chapel Choir, and play the organ for all the choral services, as well as teaching in the music department.
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Mark Burley

Director of Sport

As Director of Sport at Winchester I want the boys to experience and enjoy the elation of winning, but also to recognise the lessons that can be learned from committing to a common goal and overcoming disappointments and defeats. Such attributes will continue to shape and influence our pupils well into their later lives.
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Tom Quayle

Head of Sixth Form

As well as teaching English and being a Div Don, my role at Winchester involves helping those in the Sixth Form flourish and ensuring the school’s academic offering is as good as it can be. It’s exciting to work with colleagues and boys who value genuine intellectual endeavour and independence, and to teach in such historic surroundings: there aren’t many places where pupils can set their eyes on a Shakespeare first folio or follow in Keats’s footsteps while reading his poetry.
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James McKinnel

History Don and Lay Chaplain

James came to Winchester in 2018. Starting his career as a solicitor he moved from the law to take up the position of Head of History at Ludgrove School, where he, and his wife, Holly, were also houseparents. He teaches History, Div and plenty of sport across the school, and is a lay chaplain. He is a committee member for the Crown and Manor club and a school governor. James and Holly have a young son, Jonty. James enjoys playing a number of sports, reading anything by P.G. Wodehouse and trying to outwit the trout on the River Itchen. The family are actively involved in their local church and enjoy visiting family in Devon. James will take over as Housemaster of Turner's (Hopper’s) when Chris Good finishes his term of service in 2023.
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Aurélien Vieilleville


There are many different facets to boarding life, which means that dons have diverse responsibilities and environments in which they can get to know their pupils. Working in such an environment is incredibly stimulating and rewarding, with pupils who are eager to reach their full potential and colleagues who share a passion for their subjects.
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Sam Baddeley

Head of Drama

Our drama ethos is in many ways a reflection of the values of the school as a whole: mass-participation is encouraged, excellence is sought and achieved, and a lot of fun is had by boys and staff alike!
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Liz Veal

Head of Economics

When people ask what I teach, they often say ‘I don’t know much about Economics’, but it is, of course, not the case. Anyone who works, goes shopping or provides for their family – so everyone – is engaging with Economics.  
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Lawrence Beech

Director of IT

I am excited to be working in a school that really embraces change and is promoting the use of modern technology in education. The school leadership team has continued to invest in our IT and infrastructure to create a modern learning environment within the backdrop of a beautiful, historic campus.
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Anthony Dakin


Anthony studied English Literature at Cambridge, and has taught at Winchester since 2000. He coaches cricket, golf and soccer, and is involved with drama and creative writing at the school.
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Suzanne Foster

College Archivist

Climbing towers and using old keys took a bit of getting used to but I quickly discovered that the archives were full of wonderful things - letters signed by Elizabeth I, Anglo-Saxon Charters and pieces of quill still lodged in the pages of volumes where the scribe had sharpened his pen.
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Joyce Clement

Assistant catering manager

In my time at Winchester College, I have seen lots of changes but the one thing that has not changed is that the boys love their food, appreciate trying different recipes and will soon let you know if it’s a thumbs down.
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Alan Smith

Head Gardener

Gardening in the shadows of great buildings that have seen centuries of world events and working where many have once toiled, is very humbling.  
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John Cullerne

Undermaster and Physics and Maths don

In addition to teaching Physics, Maths and Div, I also run Faith Circles, a weekly meeting of all the boys from non-Christian traditions. I’m also Master in Charge of all martial arts.  
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Karlene Cullen

Lead Nurse, Medical Centre

Our team of paediatric nurses know that teenage years can be a challenging time for some so we spend a lot of time getting to know the boys.  
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Tom Thomas

Director of Studies and Chemistry Don

As Director of Studies, I monitor the progress that boys are making using their intermediate grades and exam performance (both internal and external). This analysis is then shared with the Second Master, Deputy Head Academic, Housemasters and Heads of Department so that they can best support the boys in both the pastoral and academic aspects of school life.
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Nicholas Wilks

Second Master

My experience in teaching English, in both the private and maintained sectors, is perhaps a more orthodox background to being Second Master than my conducting and my work in music education. Both have proved invaluable in encouraging our pupils to listen and to develop their own convictions.
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Clare Talks

Director of Community Service and Geography Don

Community Service is a journey of self-discovery.  Our boys are encouraged to work out of their comfort zone. They learn to become self-reliant in challenging situations, to engage and empathise with others, and to give unreservedly and wholeheartedly of their time and talents. 
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Howard Ionascu

Director of Chapel Music

Together, we prepare four weekly services alongside a number of extra engagements such as special services, concerts, tours, recordings and broadcasts.
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Jan Hepworth

Head of Spanish

I have found that the academic curiosity among staff and boys at Winchester is hard to replicate elsewhere, with boys actively seeking out opportunities to learn long after their working day is done.
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Richard Foster

Fellows’ Librarian and Keeper of Collections

A typical day might involve teaching a class about 16th century maps, discussing medieval manuscripts with a visiting researcher, and helping pupils to plan an exhibition in the school’s museum.
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Callum Barnes

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head of Design & Technology

As assistant housemaster in Du Boulay’s (Cook’s), I tend to eat most of my evening meals with the boys as well as several lunches during the week. It gives me the opportunity to catch up with them on their day, talk about things that are coming up or general conversations on unexpected topics!
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