Stephen Jones, Warden
Stephen Jones joined St Edward’s in September 2011 as the 13th Warden; he was previously Headmaster at Dover College. Educated at Hurstpierpoint and Lord Wandsworth Colleges, he went on to take a first in Philosophy and later Maths from Durham; he completed his MSc Maths in 1991, and was awarded his MLitt for a thesis on the Philosophy of Maths in 1997. He maintains a direct involvement in teaching Maths and continues with his own studies in Analytic Philosophy. He taught Maths at the Dragon, was an assistant Housemaster at Cheltenham College, Head of Maths at Berkhamsted School and a Social Tutor (Housemaster) at Radley until his appointment as Headmaster of Dover College. Stephen enjoys coaching rugby, and coaching and playing fives. From the age of two, sailing has been a major part of his life. He coached team racing at Radley, and remains a successful competitive sailor in his own right. At Dover College, he implemented a thorough and successful programme of improving academic strategy and performance. Stephen is married to Katie and they have three children, the youngest of whom is at St Edward’s.
Stephen Withers Green, Bursar
Stephen was a boarder at St Paul’s School, London, where he was Captain of School. After reading Classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he stayed on to complete a PGCE. He then qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, and moved into commerce — ending up as Finance Director and part owner of LIS, at that time the largest warehouse management system company outside North America. After the sale of this business, he was appointed Bursar of St Edward’s in 1998. Both Stephen’s children were schooled at St Edward’s.
Tony Darby, Sub-Warden
After graduating with a degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Durham, Tony completed a hugely enjoyable year teaching English in the Czech Republic. A brief period as an accountant with PWC was followed by him completing a PGCE at Staffordshire University, and then on to heading up the Politics and Economics Departments at Queen’s College, Taunton. This was subsequently followed by a move to Rugby School, where he became the Head of Economics & Business and helped to set up the EPQ qualification. In more recent years he was a Housemaster and then Senior Housemaster at the school. Throughout his career he has been an enthusiastic sportsman, having coached a large number of school teams in football, cricket and hockey, and he continues to enjoy playing fives and golf. Tony is married to Leah, and they have two young children Bella and Lewis.
James Cope, Deputy Head Pastoral
James was educated at St John’s, Leatherhead, and won an Exhibition to Keble College, Oxford, where he studied Geography. He went on to complete a PGCE at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, and, via the Open University, an MA in Education and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Management. His early career was spent in Africa where he undertook teaching roles — some of them voluntary — in a number of organisations including the University of Khartoum in the Sudan, and at schools in Namibia, Kenya and Togo; in the UK, James has worked principally in state schools. During his 4 years at the British School of Lomé in Togo, James held the post of Deputy Head Pastoral alongside his teaching role, before joining St Edward’s in 2001. At St Edward’s, James has held the posts of Head of Geography, Head of Shells, IB Coordinator, Acting Academic Director, Kendall HM and Master i/c Cricket. James and his wife Charlotta have two children, both of whom attend St Edward’s. James earned two cricket blues from Oxford, is an enthusiastic tri-athlete and golfer, and retains a keen interest in Africa. His claim to fame, at one time, was to be the tallest wicket-keeper in first class cricket.
Matthew Albrighton, Deputy Head Academic
After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Geography and Management, Matthew did a brief stint as an accountant with PWC before working as a media planner for clients such as Vodafone, ITN and Marks and Spencer. Since completing his PGCE at Birmingham University, Matthew has worked at King Edward’s Birmingham, Warwick School and Wellington College. Outside teaching Geography and leading a department, Matthew has held many roles from co-ordinating the IB Middle Years Programme to heading athletics and cross-country. With his wife Anna, Matthew has two children, James and Fin. Matthew enjoys running, playing guitar and drumming.
Nicola Hunter, Assistant Head Academic
After a degree in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, Nicola went to work at Oxford University Press, firstly in print-buying (she was the first woman in the department), then in editorial work. She has four children, lives very locally, is a lover of tennis, teaches the use of Photoshop, and has returned to jewellery making in the last few years, which she trained to do in her gap year; she has always been a keen reader. She has worked at St Edward’s since the early nineties and full-time since 2006. Nicola is Head of History of Art and also teaches History. She was Head of Higher Education until 2010 and is still very involved in that side of the School. In 2008, she introduced the Extended Project at Teddies, now taken by all of the Lower Sixth. She finds the drive towards pupils taking responsibility for their learning extremely positive.
Margaret Lloyd, Assistant Head Academic
After completing a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College, Margaret returned to her native north east to work for ICI as a control engineer. But she missed London too much and soon swapped chemicals for finance. She worked on a wide variety of large IT and business change projects in between having four children, before eventually realising a long held but much deferred ambition to teach. She completed her PGCE at Oxford University in 2004 and worked in the maintained sector before joining St Edward’s in 2008. Margaret led the Mathematics Department for five years, where she successfully supported teachers in developing different ways of working in the classroom. Outside education, Margaret enjoys most aspects of contemporary culture and reads the London Review of Books. Her youngest child attended St Edward’s.
Nick Coram-Wright, Assistant Head Co-Curricular and Contingent Commander of the CCF
Nick went to Lancing College in Sussex and then studied French and German at the University of St Andrews, including part of the third year in Vienna and Neuchâtel, Switzerland. After graduating he worked in London for a computer research company expanding their business into mainland Europe. He did his PGCE at Girton College, Cambridge, and his first post was at St John’s Leatherhead where he held various positions including resident Assistant Housemaster, officer in the RAF Section, ran the sailing and windsurfing club and coached U14 football. He joined St Edward’s in 2000 as Head of German and for two years was Modern Languages Coordinator, leading a number of school trips to Berlin, the Alps and to Malawi in support of the charity ‘Malawi Dream’. In 2004 he became Housemaster of Cowell’s, a post he held until 2015. Amongst many of the highlights of running a boarding house Nick particularly recalls two sponsored parachute jumps from 13,000ft with members of the Sixth Form. Nick enjoys travelling, visiting the theatre and opera as well as photography.
Judy Young, Assistant Head Co-Curricular
Judy was born and brought up and went to school in Oxford. She read Engineering Science at Warwick University and did a PGCE at Oxford, including a stimulating term at a pilot school for the Nuffield Science Project, then at the cutting edge of changes in the teaching of science. From there she went on to teach at St Helen’s and St Katharine’s in Abingdon, followed by Wycombe Abbey School and then as Housemistress at Lancing College. 1986 saw the arrival of an adopted family, a sibling group of three children, and three years later, she and her family moved to the north-east. Here she ran a seven acre small-holding and bred pedigree Tamworth pigs. Teaching called again, and she spent four very happy years at Westfield School in Newcastle, coming back south again in 1999 to take up the post of Housemistress and Physics teacher at St Edward’s. She has also been a tutor on the Boarding Schools’ Association Certificate of Professional Practice for more than a decade years.