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Having been a member of staff here since 2008, I know and love Lockers Park well and am delighted to lead the school.
During my time here, I have held a range of roles from Form Teacher to Head of Boarding and from Head of Pastoral to Deputy Head, the latter a position I held for six years. Prior to that I was educated in Magdalen College and taught in Haresfoot Prep which is now part of Berkhamsted School.
Passing on knowledge and making sure all boys have the opportunity to succeed in their chosen area is something I am extremely passionate about. I have been lucky enough to pursue my passion for rugby; I played in the Northampton Academy until 18 when I went to the University in Wales in Bangor and was selected for North Wales. My teachers and mentors played a huge role in giving me the confidence to play, and it’s important to me that I pass this on to others. As well as Games, I also love to teach Maths and Critical Thinking.
I live within the school grounds with my wife Nichola, daughters, Sookie and Fleur, and our golden Labrador, Honey, and enjoy family walks and cooking in the great outdoors.
I am proud to be Deputy Head at Lockers Park. I have a strong and varied teaching career, and have enjoyed roles spanning Head of Maths to Head of PHSE, a Law, English and Business teacher, and a Commercial Law University Lecturer. I have even taught self-defense, putting my skills as a kick-boxer to good use! I have a BA (Hons) in Legal and Business Studies, LLM in European and Comparative Law, and a PGCE.
I am well known amongst pupils for my love of reading, so it’s no surprise to them that my favourite event of the school year is World Book Day. I love the buzz around reading and enjoy an excuse to discuss my favourite texts with pupils, and of course discover some new ones.
I attended Swanbourne House and Bedford School as a boy, and after reading Agricultural Business Management at Wye Agricultural College, and a spell working in the wine industry, I completed my PGCE Primary at Roehampton Institute of Education.
I joined Lockers Park in 2006 as Head of Geography, taking on the Director of Studies role in 2015. My job is really varied from one day to the next, and my favourite part is seeing great teaching and the effect it has on the children. The passion that the team of staff here imbue in the children is amazing.
Outside the classroom I can occasionally be found on the games pitch, in particular coaching cricket. Out of school I have a passion for fly fishing, which needs to be conducted in complete silence, always a bonus after a busy day…
I joined Lockers Park in 1998, after building my career in the Banking & Finance industry. I enjoy numbers, budgets, paperwork; all the things that teachers typically hate! My role is diverse; no one day is ever the same and my journey over the last two decades has been full of highlights, working with a great team of Staff and Governors within this special school. I do believe my favourite achievement has been learning to drive the tractor!
The Music Department is the beating heart of every school and as the Head of Music, I love bringing the sound track of Lockers Park to life.
As a musician I have enjoyed a varied career as a performer and teacher. I have been fortunate to have performed solo concerts as a pianist throughout the UK and Europe, and have performed concertos with orchestras and played for TV and film.
I enjoy seeing the impact music can have on young people’s lives. I’m passionate about collaborative music making and allowing all pupils to participate regardless of ability or background.
I studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and Royal Academy of Music, have a BMus in Piano Performance and an MA in Piano Accompaniment. I have previously worked at Sevenoaks School, St Dunstan’s College and Surbiton High School.
Music is my vocation and vacation; I try to do as many hours of piano practice as I can. But when I’m not making music, I enjoy playing golf, tennis and climbing mountains. My ambition is to climb all 282 Munros in Scotland (as at June 2021 I had 148 left!).
I teach Classics, Geography, History, Religious Studies and the Scholarship Extension classes as part of Lockers Park’s optional Saturday School provision. I studied Classics at Cambridge University, and my passion is meteorology. I have kept a daily weather diary for over two decades, I broadcast the weather on Radio Verulam twice a week, and am well known amongst the Lockers Park pupils for my ‘Cloud Lessons’. The Summer Term of 2021 is my 100th term of teaching and I joined the Lockers Park team in 2018.
When I first arrived at Lockers Park, I immediately felt its sense of community, with supportive staff and engaged, energetic and happy boys. I bring rich experience to my role as the Year 1 teacher, having worked in primary schools for twenty years. My passion is books: I love reading stories, learning through stories and teaching children to read and write.
I studied at Bedfordshire University where I achieved my BA Honours degree in Early Years, and also hold a paediatric first aid qualification.
When beginning my journey at Lockers Park as the Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant in 2016, I immediately recognised how welcoming the staff were. Lockers Park is special as it is a tight-knit community that builds strong, caring relationships with the children and ensures they experience the best opportunities throughout their school lives. I am proud to have gained my teaching qualifications, and to now be the Reception class teacher. I especially love teaching our Nature & the Environment classes.
“I love to talk to Mrs Colwill because she’s so kind”, Sammy, Lockers Park pupil.
I joined Lockers Park in 2005, and have held roles that reflect my diverse interests and strengths, from Head of Computing to Pre-Prep teacher. In my role as Head of Art, I love encouraging children to be innovative thinkers, to inspire their creativity, and to take chances in a safe, rewarding environment. My BA (Hons) in English Studies and Fine Art is put to good use with our fantastic pupils!
The Lockers Park boys are always impressed when I tell them about my Black Belt in karate. I enjoy travelling (my family took a US road trip through 22 different states), I have been a Girl Scout Leader, and during the pandemic I created a ‘fun things for kids to do’ website, with the help of my three daughters.
George, a Year 5 pupil says, “Mrs Diggory’s science experiments are always fun.”
I attended Lockers Park as a pupil (2006-2008) and it is a real privilege to now be the Director of Sport, as well as the Assistant Housemaster and Form Tutor. One of the many strengths of Lockers Park is that we play sports every day. I’m proud that in sport, as in other subjects, we help each individual boy to develop confidence and skill. That can be from helping a pupil win a Sports scholarship to a leading senior school, or encouraging a pupil who may not have an innate love of sport to try a variety of sports he may not have had the opportunity to play before, and to help build his self-esteem and wellbeing.
One of my favourite events of the year is Set Athletics. Witnessing every single child in the school compete for their Set, with their parents watching on (whilst enjoying picnics and Pimms in the sun!) is so uplifting.
Andrey, Year 4 says, “I get really excited when I look at the sports board to see what we’re going to play today and what team I’m in. Mr Doyle makes sports so much fun.”
I started my career in dance, teaching at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts for 15 years. I then followed my passion for Drama, and have the best job in the world as a teacher of Drama and English at Lockers Park, where I have been since 2001.
I have seen first-hand the benefits of Drama in many boys. One of my favourite moments was in a school play when a shy boy forgot his lines. He stopped, took a deep breath, composed himself and then performed his lines with confidence. It was a proud moment for me as his training stepped in.
Producing the Junior Play and seeing the joy it brings to both boys and parents is the highlight of my year. I enjoy preparing children for LAMDA examinations, which are recognised worldwide, gives boys a goal to work towards and a sense of achievement. English and Drama are closely linked and this inspired me to qualify as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher.
Having had a son attend Lockers Park, I have been both parent and teacher and have experienced the wonderful opportunities which Lockers Park offers.
As the Head of Learning Enrichment, I give personalised one-to-one tutoring for children who need support in their learning. Lockers Park is a truly unique school; it really does give each pupil the opportunity to uncover their own special talent, and I’m proud to be part of the wonderful team to do so. I have the National SENCO Award, a First Class Honours Degree in Primary Education, a Level 5 Dyslexia Qualification and I am Mental Health First Aider. I have been working in learning enrichment since 2012, and have taught since 1998.
My favourite lesson to teach is English because words are magical and can transport you anywhere. Outside of work I enjoy tap dancing; I compete in the Tapathon for charity every year.
I have been teaching at Lockers Park since 2009—a testament to just how much I love the school’s wonderful community. I’m a Form Tutor for Year 3 and my specialist teaching subjects are English and History. One event I encourage new Lockers Park families to attend in particular is Lockers Got Talent; there are surprises and shocks every year! When I am not teaching, I enjoy going to music festivals.
I joined Lockers Park in 2001 as Form teacher in the Junior Department and became Head of Juniors the following year. Over the course of my career I taught most subjects and every Year group from Reception to Year 8. I studied at De Montford University and have a Business Studies Degree.
My favourite lesson has to be Nature and the Environment because it makes full use of our expansive leafy grounds and gives pupils a better understanding of the natural world around them.
Lockers Park is a magical place and the thing that makes it so special is the way it transforms so many pupils into confident young people. Nothing highlights this more than The Informal Concerts, where pupils of all abilities get onto the stage to perform in front of an audience, some having only had one or two music lessons. Watching their progress over the years shows just how much they and the school achieve. I retired in 2019 and am now covering maternity leave.
“He knows a lot of plants and he’s really fun at maths”, Zach, Year 2 pupil.
As Head of History my favourite lessons to teach are those that leave the boys especially wanting to learn more, even after the lesson has finished. Typically, these include blood and gore or strange and humorous events and circumstances.
As a pupil I studied at Shrewsbury School, and then went on to earn my qualifications at the Royal Agricultural University, Buckingham University and the Open University.
I am also passionate about sport, especially cricket, having played Minor Counties for Staffordshire for a number of years. I have been lucky enough to tour several countries whilst representing the Marylebone Cricket Club as a player and coach.
What new boys immediately notice when entering the IT Suite is the memorabilia and posters spread across the walls. I am a comic and Marvel geek, and enjoy sharing my passion with pupils, and finding out about their favourite superheroes. I have a BSc in Computer Games Design and Animation and PGCE, and teach Maths and Sport, and am a Form Tutor, as well as Head of Computing.
The camaraderie between the boys and staff at Lockers Park is fantastic, be it a morning joke, an activity during Form Time, joining the pupils at their table for lunch, playing sports in the afternoon, or free time with boarders in the evening. As a small school, teachers are able to really get to know each individual boy, which makes the biggest difference to their wellbeing, confidence and success.
I have been fortunate in being Head of Science at Lockers Park since 2014. Studying at Royal Holloway university, I gained a BSc, going on to become manager at a large retail company before gaining my teaching qualification at St Mary’s university. Working at a variety of secondary schools has nurtured my passion for teaching, which inspired me to complete a Masters in teaching and learning at Cambridge University.
I like to keep fit and healthy thorough rock climbing and I love nothing more than setting off on my bike for new adventures; only my ‘Big Bang’ experience put a temporary stop to this!
Teaching at Lockers Park is immensely rewarding, mostly because we have a practical led curriculum in Science; it is great to see the boys using experiments to explore concepts with enthusiasm and delight. One of the undoubted highlights at Lockers Park has to be our trips to Iceland which have been a huge success and truly inspiring experiences for pupils and staff alike.
“Mr Iqbal is strict but very fair and he always encourages me. I’m glad he’s my form tutor.” Scott, Year 7.
“Mr Iqbal is not only a genius in the Science Lab, but also quite the kindest person too. He takes time to seek out those who need help.” Ben, Year 7.
I developed a love of sport from an early age. At 17 years old I competed for England in cross country running and the steeple chase. I competed in the World Championships as a Junior, and represented my running club at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. My passion for sport extends into coaching; I have been coaching sport full-time for nearly two decades, and enjoy coaching football and cricket at Lockers Park. I am also the Head Coach at Berkhamsted Raiders Football Club. I enjoy helping children develop their skills; I always say that it’s good to win, but really it’s all about becoming better players, making friends, dealing with tough times, and developing mental strength.
Every time I enter the main gates and drive up to Lockers Park, I get a special feeling – it really is an impressive school. The grounds are amazing, the community is friendly, and the afternoon teas are a treat!
I have been teaching our youngest children in the school at Lockers Park Pre-Prep since 2015. This was the year the Pre-Prep was established so I have been lucky to watch it grow into a thriving, happy little corner of Lockers Park. I completed my initial teacher training in Manchester, then after teaching for a few years, I completed an MA in Education at Warwick, focussing on Early Years.
Even after teaching Early Years children for over 26 years, each day bring new surprises—no day is ever the same. There are so many reasons why Lockers Park is special, but I think it is truly wonderful how the children bounce into school in the morning with an energy and excitement that lasts all day. I particularly enjoy the Pre-Prep performances; something unexpected always happens to make these so memorable—watching the disco dancing nativity shepherds is an experience that I will never forget!
“Mrs Miller is funny and lovely”, David, Reception.
I joined Lockers Park in 2017 after a successful stint as a professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour, where I competed in the US Open as well as other major events. I attended St Albans School for Girls and went on to complete a BA Hons degree in Applied Gold Management Studies at the University of Birmingham and a PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire.
I am the Year 2 Class Teacher, the Pastoral Lead for the Pre-Prep, and a Boarding Houseparent. My favourite Lockers Park event is the Pre-Prep Nativity; I love Christmas and there is nothing quite as magical as seeing the smallest Lockers Park pupils re-enact the Christmas story. The Pre-Prep teachers also love singing along to the catchy songs!
I remember playing against Lockers Park in sports fixtures as a pupil of Heath Mount and Haileybury schools, and was delighted to join the school as a member of staff in 2019. I am a Maths and Games Teacher, a Year 4 Form Tutor, and a Boarding Houseparent with my wife Lucy. I enjoyed a career as a PGA Golf professional and Hertfordshire County Golf Coach, before following my passion for teaching children and gaining a PGCE with Distinction, to become a teacher.
What I find wonderful at Lockers Park is that, because we’re a small school, I know each pupil really well and can understand what makes them tick.
Andrey, Year 4, says “I enjoy Mr Newman’s face-palm jokes and he always makes me happy.”
I am Sir Isaac Newton, the school’s bearded dragon; Isaac for short. I reside in the Senior Science Lab. When I’m not basking on the branch in my vivarium, I am sitting with the children and learning all about Science. I love to have my chin stroked and enjoy socialising. I am happy when the children feed me crickets and mealworms as they are my favourites but I’m a good “Beardie” and eat my greens too. I look forward to school holidays as that’s when I take a vacation, staying in a local Hertfordshire town or village spending time with one of our pupil’s accommodating family.
I joined Lockers Park as a fresh-faced, recently qualified teacher late in the 20th century, still reeling from the Spice Girls breaking up and panicking like everyone else that the Y2K bug would soon destroy the universe. Happily, I was armed with cutting edge CD, OHP and VHS technology so in all events le monde was already mon huître as the new Head of French at this unique school.
I now have active roles within the Boarding House, in the Music Department, on the Games pitches, running the chess team, organising termly debates, and coordinating the truly extraordinary ‘Lockers Got Talent’ and ‘Strictly Come Lockers’ festivals of joy each year.
Running the daily Chapel services, I help boys from all faiths learn to recognize the unity of man and religion. The French Room has become the ‘no hands-up zone’ where boys are free to join in enthusiastically and energetically, hopefully building a lifelong love of all things linguistic.
I can safely say that what you will discover as our most special quality is the boys’ and teachers’ love of diversity and character. The all-boys environment encourages a never-ending thirst for humour, learning and joie de vivre. Vienne la nuit, sonne l’heure, les jours s’en vont je demeure.
“Mr Phillips has a new lesson idea every day, making class exciting. But his jokes are terrible.” Diyon, Year 6 pupil.
I joined Lockers Park in 2015 as Head of DT, and the Range Officer for the school shooting range. I studied DT at Sheffield Hallam University before completing an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.
My proudest achievement at Lockers Park is working to develop the DT department including, with the help and generosity of parents and friends of the school, our new laser cutting and 3D Printing equipment.
As a keen foodie I am always impressed by the passion of our excellent Catering team, with whom I have shared many a recipe. Their creative input keeps the food varied and delicious.
There are many fantastic events throughout the school year but, for me, nothing can top the Summer Concert; it is always lovely to see our community come together with picnics in the Private Garden to celebrate the incredible musical talents of our pupils.
“Mr Phillips is always helpful and best of all has a sense of humour.” Max, Lockers Park pupil.
I first joined Lockers Park as a student on placement many years ago, and joined as a qualified teacher in 2013. I teach a variety of subjects to the Year 4 and 5 boys, am a form teacher and part of the games team.
My advice to children starting at Lockers Park is to embrace school life fully and remember to tuck your shirt in!
My favourite Lockers Park event is the Swimming Gala, where the whole school comes together to swim at the end of a busy year. And my favourite pudding is chocolate sponge with lashings of chocolate custard.
I joined Lockers Park in 2012, and teach History, Geography, Science and Games. Lockers Park is special because of its melting pot of fantastic teachers and pupils, each with their unique personalities, interests and skill sets. A particularly special memory I have of the school is getting married in the School Chapel and celebrating my wedding in the Private Garden!
Outside of work I love to practise yoga, and I introduce this activity to the Year 3 and 4 boys, which they love.
“Mrs Roberts helps me feel so relaxed when she teaches yoga.” Sebastian, Lockers Park pupil.
BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (Leeds); PGCE (Leeds)
I joined Lockers Park in 2017 having gained extensive educational experience teaching Mathematics at an array of excellent secondary schools, including at St Albans School, Rickmansworth School and Tring School.
I am passionate about growing pupils’ confidence in Maths, ensuring they feel able to ask questions and thereby developing their own interest in and understanding of the subject. At Lockers Park we have high expectations of pupils, and the key to unlocking the complexities of Maths lies in finding the right approach for each individual child.
I personally believe that algebra is the meaning of life, but I’m willing to accept that others can have a different opinion. Maths Week is my favourite event of the school year, and I also highly recommend Lockers Got Talent – because it really has, in many and varied forms!
Mrs Rogers always tells us, “Fractions are our friends,” Freddie, Lockers Park pupil.
As Head of Classics I enjoy re-enacting gladiatorial events at a colosseum with our pupils and helping them dive into the stories, myths and civilisations of the ancient world. Perhaps what makes me most proud is that pupils leave my lessons with a command of Latin; a language that is a real privilege to teach and learn.
I studied Classical Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and achieved my PGCE at Sussex University. When I’m not teaching you can find me indulging my passion for film and cinema.
The Summer Term of 2021 was my 100th at Lockers Park. For most of my career I have had the joy of being the Director of Music. I am most proud of helping many boys go on to win Musical Scholarship, and enjoy our annual Chapel Concert—it’s an intimate event hosted in our lovely chapel, where our pupils take on the challenge of a demanding repertoire.
I have since stepped back from my Musical role, to allow me more time to play bridge, but I still have an active role at the school as a Maths teacher.
I am the Head of English and a Pastoral Lead within the school. I joined Lockers Park in 2015, the same year as my son joined the school. I remember us arriving at the beginning of the Autumn Term, both excited and nervous, and it was a special moment to share our first day together.
I trained in Exeter and have an honours degree in Education and have spent 25 happy years teaching. Lockers Park is a special place to be, with its family feel and nurturing environment. For me, the relationship between pupils and staff is what makes Lockers Park the thriving community that it is.
My favourite times are when we are able to welcome parents into the school to share the children’s achievements. I particularly enjoy the end of year athletics day where parents and families can join us for a day of sport and sit together to share a picnic in the grounds.
“If you want to do well in Mrs Sims’ English class, never end your story with ‘it was all a dream’.” Edward, Lockers Park pupil.
I am the resident corn snake at Lockers Park, living in the Junior Science Lab. I am four years old and have been with the school since I was a little snakelet. I adore watching the children working; sometimes they let me join in their lessons and often I’m the star as they learn all about me and how I’ve adapted to my surroundings. I look forward to my mouse for dinner once a week which I devour in one go. I love nothing more than seeing new families visit the school and ask to meet me. I so enjoy it when one of our families takes me home to visit for the holidays.
I’ve been an English Teacher at Lockers Park since 2021, previously having worked as a journalist for national newspapers and magazines as well as working on podcasts as a host and producer. I have a BA Hons in English and Drama and a Masters in Journalism. I’m also a qualified Swimming Instructor so if you don’t find me buried under books in the English Room, you’ll find me poolside.
I have an enduring enthusiasm for English language and literature, and I love inspiring that passion in the boys.
I have been the Science Technician at Lockers Park since 2015. It is always fun coming to work as each day is so different; from planning and setting up exciting experiments, caring for our snake and bearded dragon, to interacting with the students and assisting in lessons.
There are so many great events to look forward to in the school calendar, such as the Carol and Summer Concerts. Science Week is a particularly enjoyable and busy time for me, taking a great deal of planning; it’s so rewarding to see the students getting inspired, involved and working together.
I’ve been at Lockers Park since 1999, and I’ve loved having the opportunity to support so many amazing children. In the last four years, having done further training, I’ve expanded my support to teach English as an Additional Language.
My advice to new pupils is to try everything as we’re sure to find your strengths to shine within, be it drama, sport, music or the academic subjects.
I joined the catering team at Lockers Park in 2007, and remember serving lunch to Mr Doyle, our Director of Sport, when he was a Lockers Park pupil! After accompanying Years 3 and 4 pupils on a trip to Cuffley Camp, I realised that my passion was to be more involved with the children, and I trained to become a Teaching Assistant. I have many roles across the school, primarily based with our Year 7 and 8 boys. You can guarantee a Maths lesson with me, Mr Shaw and the Year 8s is never boring!
I joined Lockers Park in 2021 and quickly realised what an amazing team of staff there is here. Everyone welcomed me as part of that team from day one, and I see that happen every time a new pupil joins us too. I provide one-to-one support to a pupil here, and take great satisfaction in watching him and our other pupils develop and grow in confidence.
Originally from Wales, I have a passion for Welsh rugby.
I joined Lockers Park in 2008, working at first with the youngest pupils, and now working predominantly with our Year 5 and 6 pupils.
Working at Lockers Park is special. Having a small, friendly and family-orientated environment gives the opportunity for staff to get to know each and every pupil, to appreciate their unique personalities, to help them to thrive and ultimately ensure that they thoroughly enjoy their time at Lockers Park.
As School Nurse I am part of the superb team that cares for our school community. Lockers Park is a lovely environment to work in. The role is really rewarding and there’s never a dull moment, working in a school full of energetic boys. Alongside my role as School Nurse, I also work with Public Health England helping research the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine.
I work in the school office, and enjoy the busy, bustling environment that reflects an active, thriving school. Between taking phone calls from parents to helping a pupil find his PE kit, the day flies by. From the moment you first walk through the door you will know we are a very special school; our boys are full of happiness, eager to learn and try new things, and the staff caring and always willing to go the extra mile. We are more than a school; we are a community.
I joined Lockers Park in 2016 and am passionate about the food we offer our pupils. I regularly chat to children and staff to ensure that our menus are enjoyed by all, and pupils have regular input into the menus via the School Council. I am proud to have reduced the sugar, salt and oil levels in our food and drink provision, as well as introducing more wholegrains, fibre and vegetables (although the children may not have noticed this thanks to my ‘hidden veg’ recipes!).
I am always keen to use responsible local suppliers where possible. This is not only to reduce our carbon footprint but also to support local businesses. I am proud of our Food Hygiene rating at the highest level of 5, by Environmental Health officers.
I have 15 years’ experience in the catering industry, specifically catering for children within the last 10 years and hold qualifications: Diet and Nutrition Diploma; NVQ level 3 in Advanced Cooking; Level 2 Certificate in Food Allergy Safety; Level 3 Supervisor Health Hygiene Certificate; Certificate in Nutrition for Children and Adolescents; Diploma in Eating Disorder Awareness. I am also a Nutritional Adviser for Child and Brain Development and Child Weight Management.
I joined Lockers Park in 2015 as Personal Assistant to the Headmaster and School Secretary having worked at Harrow School’s HR Department for 14 years. What struck me when I first arrived here was the size of the school; being a smaller prep school is what makes Lockers Park special and it has a real community feel about it. My favourite event of the year is the final Prize Giving at the end of the academic term; a chance to wish our Year 8 pupils good luck in their senior school, to share their memories during their time with us and feel proud of their achievements.
I joined Lockers Park in 2012 as Head Matron. I enjoy getting to know the boys when they board; the full boarders and live-in staff are like one big family. In my time here I designed the new Surgery when it moved within the Boarding House, and also created the Senior Common Room. I take pride in making the boarding house warm, cosy and inviting, so it’s like home from home.
My favourite time of year at Lockers Park is Christmas; the huge Christmas tree is magical when all lit in the Boys’ Hall, and the Christmas Carol event where all pupils and parents join together is full of joy.
During the holidays I love to travel, and my favourite place to visit is the highlands and islands of Scotland.
I joined Lockers Park in 2019 and am so proud to have helped the school manage the transition from face-to-face learning to remote learning during the lockdowns. The commitment of the teachers and the resilience of the boys was remarkable.
Lockers Park is a wonderfully supportive environment where everyone is committed to the academic and social wellbeing of the pupils. You can see this everyday with boys that are enthusiastically engaged with all parts of school life.
My most memorable moment at Lockers Park was meeting the school’s collection of reptiles. I was not expecting to meet a corn snake and bearded dragon in this part of Hertfordshire!
I joined Lockers Park in 2018 after a long career as an engineer working with BT. I drive the school minibus and enjoy picking up our pupils at the beginning of the day, then dropping them safely back at home at the end of a busy day.
I also help the Head Groundskeeper with a spot of gardening. The Private Garden is a particularly special spot of the Lockers Park grounds; the flower beds always look spectacular. When you meet our Lockers Park boys I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are unfailingly polite and cheerful.
I joined Lockers Park in 2020 and immediately fell in love with the wonderfully quirky, wonderfully kind community of pupils, parents and staff at Lockers Park. I built my marketing career in the banking, investments, insurance, travel and charity sectors, and now manage Lockers Park’s marketing and admissions. When I’m not helping people discover the gem that is Lockers Park, I enjoy running and playing with my young family.
Hi, my name is John and I have worked at Lockers Park School as the Head of Maintenance since 2002. With 23 acres including multiple sports pitches, an astro-turf, a swimming pool and tennis courts, I have my work cut out for me.
I have always been a creative person. The sort of child that always took his toys apart to see how they worked. What I love about my job is every day is different. I’m not really the sort of person who sits still for long. When I’m not mowing the lawns, clipping hedges or changing light bulbs, I love riding my bike and taking my dog for long walks.
I have been the Bursar’s Assistant since 2018 and enjoy helping the school run smoothly, behind the scenes. Everyone here is treated and respected as an individual. Along with many of the teachers, I share a passion for cricket. I had season tickets at Lords in 2005 and watched all 5 days of the only Test England lost when we finally beat the Aussies to regain The Ashes.
I have taught Music at Lockers Park since 2001. I won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and went on to pursue a freelance career as an oboist, playing with all the major London orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Academy of St Martin’s and English Chamber Orchestras. I have played chamber music with the Nash Ensemble, and am a member of London Winds. As a member of the London Mozart Players for nearly 20 years, I have been active in education work, visiting many schools. My teaching experience on both the oboe and piano spans over 40 years.
Music lessons are about having fun for life, and I tell my pupils how lucky they are to have the chance to learn an instrument! Lockers Park is special, because all departments take a strong interest in each other, with the effect that it a very strongly knit community, to the huge benefit of the boys.
I have taught at Lockers Park since 2008, and I am most proud of helping to foster an enthusiasm for playing the piano amongst pupils. It’s no surprise that my favourite event of the school year is the Chapel Concert. It provides an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their love for and ability in music. The Chapel Choir often performs challenging music to a very high standard including Bach’s “Sleepers Wake” Cantata which I will always remember was sung in the original German in 2014.
Lockers Park has a wonderful sense of community amongst both staff and pupils and feels like one big family.
I studied at the Royal Irish Academy and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and as well as teaching clarinet to the Lockers Park boys, I am currently the Principal Clarinet Player at the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Section Principal at the English National Ballet, the Sub Principal Clarinet and the Principle Bass Clarinet for the City of London Sinfonia. My love of music certainly keeps me busy!
I started teaching at Lockers Park in 2010; the school has a strong music tradition, and I enjoy the caring nature of the school and the interesting and talented people who work there.
I have been teaching flute and saxophone at Lockers Park since 2014 and I am proud to have set up the Lockers Park saxophone group, which has been such fun to run and be part of over the years! The pupils enjoy it, and it is good fun playing different styles of music and performing throughout the year in various concerts and assemblies.
My favourite event of the school year has to be the Summer Concert, which takes place in the Private Garden. Such a lovely atmosphere, filled with music, food, smiles, wine, and even more music.
I’m originally from Manchester and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Since joining Lockers Park in 2018 I am proud that our drum pupils have achieved 100% pass rate in graded exams. I enjoy leading the Samba Club, a special group for Year 7 and 8 drummers. They play Rio carnival parade music and perform at the Summer Concerts.
I trained at the London College of Music and I enjoy a successful performing career alongside my teaching.
I have been teaching violin and viola at Lockers Park since 1999. It is a fun place to teach and has a great family atmosphere. Prior to teaching at Lockers Park I had other strings to my bow(!): I played full time in a BBC orchestra before having my own children. I freelance with various groups, and have a particular love of chamber music. In recent years I have developed a passion for singing renaissance music and sing regularly with a choir in North London.
I love the Summer Concert at Lockers Park, as every pupil takes part and has fun.
I teach the French horn, trumpet, cornet, trombone, euphonium and tuba at Lockers Park! I studied my BMus and MMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and enjoy a varied playing career with orchestras both in the UK and abroad as well as theatres in the West End. In my spare time I like to garden and cook on the BBQ.
I joined Lockers Park in 2017 and teach the cello. I teach all age groups, from the youngest pupils, who may be trying the cello for the very first time, to some of our oldest pupils, who may be preparing for Grade 5, or even a Musical Scholarship. I trained at Trinity College of Music and regularly play in London-based orchestras, in theatrical shows, and for 21 years I have performed with the same string quartet – we used to have a residency at the Ritz!
What’s special about this school is that even though I am in only one or two days a week, I feel part of the team—the community is very welcoming and warm.
I have enjoyed teaching guitar to the Lockers Park boys since 2020, and my advice to new pupils is to listen to as many different artists as you can from different decades. My favourite are the 70s and 80s! Lockers Park is special for many reasons, not least because of the fantastic food. The Christmas dinner is a belter.
Outside of Lockers Park you’ll often find me in the orchestra at a musical theatre show, or on a golf course trying to find where the ball went.
Jane Cantlon, Saturday School Teacher; David Doyle, Grounds and Maintenance; Phil O’Hara, Grounds and Maintenance; Anthony Timmons, Grounds and Maintenance; Graham Wili, Music Teacher; Emilia Forsyth, Gap Student Junior Staff; Jack Turnbull, Gap Student Junior Staff; Luke Wilson, Gap Student Junior Staff.