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Here at Port Regis we have a highly motivated team of immensely qualified staff, who bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the classroom and all areas of school life. Below is a little more information on some of them.

James Webb, Senior Deputy Headmaster

James joined Port Regis in 2013, having previously taught French, Spanish and Italian at Harrow for five years. Prior to that James taught French and Latin at Sunningdale Prep School. He read Modern Languages at Oriel College, Oxford and also holds a MSc in International Marketing Management, a MLitt in Cultural Studies and a MEd in E-learning. James says he loves teaching at PR, which is far better than previous jobs which included stacking shelves in Sainsbury's and testing video games! He  is married to Emma, a vet and they have two daughters, aged 7 and 4, who both attend Port Regis. ​ 

Henry Marshall, Deputy Headmaster

Henry Marshall is a busy man. Not only is he one of PR's Deputy Heads and Director of Pastoral Care he is also Head of Geography. He lives at the school with his wife Becky and their two children, William and Louisa. In his rare spare time Henry loves taking William to rugby training and watching football. In his study is an ongoing jigsaw puzzle so fiendishly difficult the we are all wondering if it is ever going to be completed!

Huw Jones, Senior Master & Director of Sport

The Director of Sport is Huw Jones, a rugby specialist. Originally from Wales, Huw brings his Welsh passion to the playing fields of Port Regis. He captained his university’s 1st XV rugby team and was a member of the England rugby squad training weeks at U16 and U18 levels. He represented Berkshire and played semi-professional rugby for Reading RFC. He holds coaching qualifications in rugby, football, cricket and swimming and still competes in marathons (including the London Marathon) and triathlons. Huw is also the school's Senior Master.

Dr Annelise Freisenbruch, Senior Tutor & Head of Classics

Dr Annelise Freisenbruch is Senior Tutor and heads up our Classics department. Annelise holds a PhD from from the University of Cambridge and has taught Latin and Greek for many years both at senior and preparatory level. She has worked as a consultant for the BBC and has published two books to critical acclaim: The First Ladies of Rome and Rivals of the Republic

Leslie Smith, Director of Studies & Head of History

Leslie is our Director of Studies and Head of History. Leslie’s love of history took him from Ladybird books to a scholarship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he read History and also gained his teaching qualification and a love of drama. He was Head of History and Drama at King’s Rochester and took on responsibility for the boarders, before heading for Wellesley House to produce their school plays for sixteen years. There he soon became Head of English and Head of History, combining the Deputy Headship with these roles for the final eight years. After a time in charge of English and Drama at Old Buckenham Hall, he joined Port Regis to head up our History department. Leslie also runs the Port Regis Debating society and the popular general knowledge quizzes. He is also called upon to compère the annual FOPR Quiz night which he always does with great aplomb!

Ailsa Boardman-Hirst, Head of Pre-Prep

Ailsa, or Mrs B's as she is affectionately known by children and parents alike, has been Head of the Pre-Prep since 2008.  She has a passion for active learning and the outdoors. She has an MA in Outdoor and Experiential learning, is a Forest School leader and holds Early Years Professional Status. Ailsa enjoys all sports. In years gone by she was a GB underwater hockey player, but has left the pool behind since having her son Myles and is now actively involved in the local village cricket team at Shroton, running three junior teams.
Frances Boarder, Head of Middle School.

Frances has been a teacher at Port Regis for an incredible thirty four years! During that time she has taught mainly the middle school years and is currently our Head of Middle School. She has a wonderful, no-nonsense approach in the classroom which, combined with her imagination in creating events like Roman or Viking days, makes her an extremely popular form teacher with pupils and parents alike. Before her time at Port Regis, Frances taught at Colet Court in London. She was born in Africa, which perhaps explains her love of travelling – the children often exclaim “You’ve been everywhere, Mrs Boarder!” - but she has now laid down her roots in Gillingham, where she pursues her other passion, gardening.

Pippa Shon, Head of Lower School

Having taught several years in the state system and in Athens, Pippa Shon set up two Pre-Preps back in the UK: Little Windlesham and The Walled Garden at Sandroyd. Pippa then turned her hand to Prep school teaching and came to Port Regis in September 2012. She is now Head of the Lower School and enjoys teaching across the board, covering English, Maths, French, History, RS and Geography. Her greatest love at Port Regis is to be outside, telling stories around the camp fire in Forest School. 

Shaun Bracey, Director of Music

Shaun Bracey is our Director of Music. He believes passionately that music is something that benefits everyone and the department is a buzz of excited, productive music-making as a result! Brought up in the South West, Shaun holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. He followed an initial teaching post in Cambridgeshire with a move to Dubai as Head of Music at the prestigious Rashid School for Boys where he taught members of the ruling Al Maktoum family. A cellist, pianist and saxophonist, Shaun enjoys playing any music that intrigues him; from Classical to Reggae, Jazz to Folk. He has played in orchestras, Big Bands and currently plays in a rock band, the Moonlight Six. He is an international prizewinner for his composing talents and directs the National Youth Music Camp for teenagers every summer.

Simon Latham, Head of Art

Simon Latham, who has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Oxford, joined Port Regis in 2002. Prior to that he worked in several London schools before moving to Dorset with his wife Theresa, who also teaches RS at the school, and their three children who all attended Port Regis. As well as all his work in the classroom, Simon has constructed a number of sculptures around the grounds with children, including the Easter Island Head ,the wooden serpent and the wooden giraffe that takes pride of place opposite the dining room foyer. Simon is usually accompanied in the Art Studio by his chocolate labrador, Beamish.​

Kayleigh Sage, F Form teacher

Kayleigh teaches F form as well as being a Houseparent in the younger boys boarding house, Stalbridge. She has a BSc in Sports Performance and loves all types of sport. She commands the boys' respect by playing for Yeovil Town Football Club at weekends. 

Sarah Chave, Head of Boarding

Sarah has the role of overseeing the care in our boarding houses here at Port Regis. She keeps a watchful eye on dining, routine and recreational activities and with her attention to detail, big heart and fun loving nature, as well as many years boarding and pastoral experience, Sarah is perfectly suited to her role. Sarah has her roots in the local community having grown up in Mere and now living in Motcombe. She enjoys winter sports and in the holidays can often be found in Morzine in France on the slopes.

Tom Murray, E Form Teacher

 

Tom is an E Form Tutor and Head of Charities. He enjoys teaching lots of different subjects, especially History and Geography, and loves taking school trips to really bring subjects to life. Tom is a keen sportsman, especially on the rugby front and can often be found at the Rec cheering on Bath. On the charity front, he is very keen to get the children involved in charity fundraising as much as possible. Tom is also an OPR, having attended the school from 1991-1996.