Meet the Team

We are a warm, caring team of highly trained teachers. Our policies are made jointly by all staff with the child at the heart of this process.

School Leaders

Audrey Reeder

Head Teacher

B.A. Hons. French & Span, Oxford Univ.; PGCE French, Oxford Univ.

Audrey founded The Olive Tree School in 2010. She continues to lead the development of the project and teaches drama in addition to her responsibilities as Headteacher.

Audrey loves stories, poetry and art and being in the world of nature.

Theresa Brooks

Deputy Head
B.Ed Hons, Early Years and Primary Education, Leeds University

Theresa joined The Olive Tree School in 2012 as a primary teacher and has been Head of Primary since 2015. She has decades of teaching experience in the UK and Spain.

Theresa is a keen traveller and explorer of different cultures. She has two grown-up sons.

Maria Iriarte

Assistant Headteacher Secondary, Mathematics and Model United Nations Teacher

BSc. Chemistry, University of Madrid
M.A. Sustainable Development, EOI, Madrid
PGCE Secondary and Primary, University of Nottingham
IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning MYP, UCJC Madrid

Maria loves travelling and the adventures her four young children bring every day.

Saplings / Early Years

Olivia Hughes

Class Teacher
Early Years Team Leader

BA in Primary Education, Brighton University, with a specialism in international education. Olivia enjoys multi-cultural cooking, travel, wildlife, performing arts and water sports.

Montse Ausin

Teaching Assistant Saplings
Degree in Administration. Seven years experience as a teaching assistant in our Early Years. Montse loves doing art and crafts, photography, reading and getting lost in nature.

Rebecca Rohde

Teaching Assistant Saplings
Degree in English Philology, Pedagogy and History, Münster University. Certified Educadora Infantil, IfP Barcelona.
She likes running with her dogs and doing triathlons.


Marie Fowler

Class Teacher Year 1
Key Stage One Coordinator

BA English Language & Literature, University of Liverpool
Certificate of Higher Education in Speech and Language, Manchester Metropolitan University
PGCE Primary, Liverpool Hope University

Marie is a keen portraitist.

Lulu Melotte

Teaching Assistant Year 1
Music and Choir Teacher

NCFE Cache Level 3 Certification in Supporting Learning & Teaching in Schools

Lulu is a trained actress who loves musical theatre and singing jazz.

Dan Sumner

Class Teacher Year 2
PE teacher
BA Hons English, University of Liverpool
PGCE Performing Arts and English as a second language.
Dan loves reading, music and making art.

Sam Lane

Class Teacher Year 5
Primary Maths Coordinator

BA Business Management, University of Wales
PGCE, Sunderland University

Sam enjoys cooking, running and walking with her family and dog

Karen Bell

Teaching Assistant Year 2

BSc(Hons) Social housing – Demontfort university, Leicester
certificate in Management studies
PGCE, Derby

Karen enjoys travelling in her Motorhome with her family.

Joshua Rutledge

Class Teacher Year 4
After school football coach.
BA Hons in Geography, Northumbria University
PGCE, Sunderland University
Josh is passionate about cooking and enjoys football and running.

Hannah Tait

Class Teacher Year 3

Primary Art Coordinator

BEd Hons Primary Education and Art and Design,University of Southampton
Hannah loves skiing, travelling and making jewellery.

Helen McKetty

Teaching Assistant Year 4

BA Hons, German, University of Nottingham
PG Dip, Speech and Language Therapy, London City University
GA Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, i-to-i

Helen enjoys reading, cooking, swimming in the sea and walking in the countryside.

Clare Oxberry

Class Teacher Year 5
Key Stage Two Coordinator
BA and a PGCE Primary Education, Leeds University.
Clare loves walking in the country with her two dogs.

Rachael Cameron

Teaching Assistant Year 5
1:1 SEN support worker

COBIS – Diploma International Teaching Assistant (DITA) including SEN.

She enjoys art, walking, cooking and travelling with her family.

Anna Johnson

Class Teacher Year 6
Secondary GCSE drama teacher
Creative Arts Coordinator

BA Hons in Drama
PGCE Primary Education University of York

Anna loves musical theatre, singing and playing the piano.

Francisca de Teves Costa

Teaching Assistant Year 6

BA, English Literature, University of London.

Francisca loves reading, travel and film.



Chemistry, Biology and Physics Teacher

BSc. Chemistry, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
PGDE Secondary, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Education Studies (MEd), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Irene loves travelling, learning new languages and photography. In her spare time she really enjoys kick boxing.

Paula Heatherington

Mathematics & Science

B.Ed Mathematics (Univ. of Canberra); Dip. Teaching Mathematics & Science (Univ. of Technology, Queensland); Qualified Teacher Status (De Montfort Univ., Bedford)

Paula is our Maths and Science teacher for Years 7 & 8.

She loves cooking, especially cakes.

Natalie Ribbans

English Language & Literature; Psychology

BA English Literature (Univ. of Hull); Qualified Teacher Status, Graduate Trainee Programme, Suffolk, 2007;

Natalie is our teacher of English and Psychology to GCSE. She loves creating art & walks with her dog, Scout.

Brooke Cairns

History & Geography

A Geography (Univ. of Newcastle); PGCE Secondary Humanities (Univ. of Sunderland)

Brooke is our Humanities teacher.

She loves reading and hiking.

Sara Carmona

Primary Spanish & Catalan, Beginners and Intermediate

BA Translation and Interpreting, Universitat  Pompeu Fabra. Master Teaching Foreign Languages, Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Master Certificate of Education, Universitat Internacional de Valencia.

Sara loves travelling and skiing.

Aileen Hamilton

Art & Design
BA Fine Art (National College of Art & Design, Dublin); Higher Diploma in Art & Design Education (National College of Art & Design, Dublin)

Aileen teaches art projects to all pupils up to GCSE in painting, drawing, modelling, photography and ceramics.

Jerry LinehaN

Physical Education

BA Industrial Design , Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland.
PGCE, University of Sunderland.
In addition to teaching PE, Jerry is a Forest School practitioner and teaches Forest School practice across the school.

Jerry loves the outdoors and being in nature. He enjoys hiking, cycling and football.

Mark Thomas

ICT Teacher

BA (Hons) Economic & Social History, University of Hull
Microsoft (MSP), VMWare (VTSP), Cisco (CSE)
Mark teaches KS3 and KS4 including the ICT iGCSE. He has trained and led teams in IT for over 20 years in multiple disciplines to develop solutions for businesses, schools, Government and chairites. 

Mark’s interests include music, technology, travel and history.

Mandi Tucker

SEN Coordinator & Exams Officer

BSc. Speech and Language Therapy, University of Wales
BTec National Diploma Business and Finance, Exeter College
Mandi organises and delivers SEN support across the whole school. She also liaises with Pearson Edexcel organising the iGCSE exams.

Mandi loves gardening and travel.


Primary & Secondary Music Teacher

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Post graduate on Music Education from Taller de Musics, Barcelona

Post Graduate on Education from the Universidad Politecnica , Buenos Aires

Certificate of Neuro Educación From the Universidad Francisco de Victoria, Madrid.

Besides her passion for Music and arts in general, Lucila also loves animals, and swimming.


French Teacher

BA Psychology, University of Nice.

BA Education Science University of Lyon.

French as a foreign language Degree, Alliance Française, Paris.

Specialisation Teaching french as a foreign language to children. Alliance Française, Paris.

Jessica loves to read, dance & travel. She is interested in alternative pedagogies and sustainable consumption.


Primary & Secondary Spanish Teacher & Secondary Spanish Humanities

CELTA certificate (Spanish as a foreign language teaching certificate)

I hold the QTS and I have I taught MFL  in London for 7 years

CAP ( Equivalente to PGCE), Universidad de Oviedo

Bachelor degree in Philosophy, Universidad de Oviedo

I love Basketball and trekking.


Saray Gallego

Front of House, Communication and First Aid

Saray is qualified in Red Cross first aid care (ASI Asistencia Sanitaria Immediata Level II) and lifeguard training.

Saray loves to travel and read.

James Hoyle

Financial Director & Admissions

MA History (Oxford University)
James is responsible for business administration and finance and is also the school’s data protection officer.

James loves cooking, mountain-biking and walking with his beagle, Nina.

Ursula Ragettli

Finance & Invoicing

Degree in Accountancy, KLZ Zurich

Ursula dances tango and loves art and being in nature.

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