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Keith Metcalfe - Headmaster

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Keith was educated at Monmouth School and Downing College, Cambridge, where he read Geography, and came to Malvern College from Harrow School where he served as the Deputy Head Master.

As well as overseeing the day-to-day running of a school, he has held a number of positions in his career including: Housemaster, departmental head, ISI school inspector, coach of various sports, and Master in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.

Keith is an active person, with a love for all things co-curricular, and is a passionate advocate of the opportunities afforded by a strong boarding ethos. He sees Malvern College as a school that affords the time and space in which to nurture the whole person, and where pastoral care is at the centre of all that it does. It is within this environment that young people will achieve their best, both in and out of the classroom.

He has moved to Malvern with his wife, Clare, and their three children. 

Sarah Angus - Senior Deputy Head

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After working for four years in the City of London in domestic and corporate banking during the late 1980s, Sarah went to Cambridge University to read Economics at Lucy Cavendish College. After graduation, she took her PGCE in Glasgow. Having been Head of Economics at Eltham College from 1994-1998, as well as being involved in school expeditions to Iceland, Norway and Nepal, Sarah then moved as Housemistress to Trinity School in Teignmouth, Devon, where she also became Head of Sixth Form. She arrived at Malvern College ten years later as Housemistress of the newly-built Ellerslie House and was appointed Deputy Head (Pastoral) in 2011. In 2017 Sarah was appointed Senior Deputy Head.

Joe Gauci – Director of Studies

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On leaving Monmouth School in 1979, Joe Gauci went up to Lincoln College, Oxford to read Modern History, graduating in 1983. After completing his PGCE at University College, Cardiff, Joe taught History at Ipswich School for five years before moving to Malvern College in 1989. From 1998-2005 he was Head of the Lower School and in 2005 has assumed the role of Director of Studies. Joe is the author of numerous IB Diploma books on 20th Century History.

Lewis Faulkner - Deputy Head: Pastoral

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Lewis Faulkner studied Biological Sciences at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford before completing his PGCE at New College, Oxford. His first teaching post was at Sale Grammar School where he helped to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He then taught at St Edward’s Oxford for nearly fourteen years where he was Head of Biology and then Housemaster of a boys’ boarding house for seven years and, latterly, Senior Housemaster. As Master i/c Climbing at St Edward’s he co-led two expeditions to the Swiss Alps and he has cycled across France and Spain. He is a keen runner and at St Edward’s he was Master i/c Cross Country and Athletics. Between running marathons and renovating the family home in the Spanish Pyrenees, he has completed an MA in Education at Oxford Brookes University.

Stephen Holroyd - Deputy Head: Curriculum

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Stephen Holroyd studied Economics and Economic History at Leeds University before completing his PGCE at Warwick University. He joined Malvern in 1990 and during his time at the College he has taken on a variety of roles parallel to his Economics teaching including Deputy Housemaster, Stage Manager, in charge of Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, Head of Boys’ Hockey, Sixth Form tutor, IB Workshop Leader, Senior Examiner and author. His most recent roles have been Head of Economics, Politics and Business, and IB Diploma Coordinator. He is also an ISI School Inspector and has held several Prep School Governing roles. Stephen has a love for the outdoors, whether that be climbing, mountaineering, walking or cycling. During a sabbatical summer term in 2019 he, together with his wife, spent 70 days walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats by as few roads as possible.

Guy Ralphs - Bursar & Clerk to the Council

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Educated at Repton and Kingston Business School, Guy worked for Shell UK and Shell International in the UK and overseas between 1976 and 1998. After 22 years with Shell, Guy was appointed Bursar and Company Secretary to Merchant Taylors' School Northwood in 1998 and joined Malvern as Bursar and Clerk to the Council in January 2012.

Sally Cooper-New - Director of Marketing and Admissions

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Sally is a successful strategic marketing professional with more than 25 years’ experience gained across multiple industry sectors. Having trained as a ballerina, qualified as a professional flautist and with a degree in music, Sally’s career began as a fashion buyer in London for a group of independent department stores. Subsequent senior roles held within retail, education, agriculture, energy and property management sectors, have given Sally a depth and breadth of experience in both B2B and B2C marketing disciplines.

Alongside her Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications, Sally was the first female in the UK to qualify as a Biomass Service Engineer and is a qualified Life Coach and NLP practitioner.

Sally joined Malvern College in August 2018 and is responsible for the Marketing and Admissions at Malvern College, and supports the overall marketing and brand direction for the Malvern College Family of Schools.

Jonnie Besley - Headmaster, Abberley Hall School

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Jonnie joined Abberley Hall School as Headmaster in 2020 from Orwell Park School in Suffolk.

Jonnie graduated from Durham University with a degree in English, History and Philosophy and completed his PGCE at Cambridge University.

Having taught History and coached sport at Dulwich College Prep School, he went on to work as Head of History and Head of Boarding at Westbourne House in West Sussex before joining Orwell Park in 2015.

In his spare time, Jonnie enjoys ‘the great outdoors’ and has recently built a number of treehouses!


Alastair (Sam) Cook - Headmaster, The Downs Malvern

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Educated at Ashville College, Harrogate and Milton High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A graduate of Westminster College Oxford (where he coached the Oxford University rugby team), Sam’s first teaching appointment was at The Dragon School, Oxford where he taught Geography as well as being a Housemaster and Director of Activities and Expeditions. After 17 years at The Dragon School, Sam left to take up the appointment of Deputy Head of Perrott Hill School, Somerset and then in 2002 took up the Headship of Boundary Oak School in Hampshire. In 2005, Sam became the Headmaster of Pembroke House in Gilgil, Kenya where he stayed until 2008 when he returned to the UK following his appointment as Headmaster of The Downs Malvern.

Leadership Team Profiles

David Ibbotson – Chaplain

The Revd David Ibbotson joins Malvern this term as our College Chaplain. He was educated at Manchester University where he read Chemistry followed by a PGCE, and has taught at Monmouth School and Watford Grammar School before joining Lord Wandsworth College where he became Director of Studies for 15 years. After studying Theology at Sarum College in Salisbury he was ordained in 2012 and left teaching to undertake a curacy at Tewkesbury Abbey. He has since been School Chaplain at the Monmouth Schools and Eastbourne College before joining Malvern College in January 2019. He is a serving ISI inspector and continues to teach Chemistry.

John Cox – Head of Professional Teaching & Learning Mentor / ISI Inspection Co-Ordinator

John was educated at Keynsham Grammar School (later Wellsway School) and graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Sports Science and PGCE in 1981. John joined Malvern in 2001 as Director of PE & Sport, a post he had held until becoming Director of Boys’ Sport and Professional Teaching and Learning Mentor in 2008 and more recently the role as outlined above.

John’s subject specialism is Physical Education and Sports Science teaching the 11-18 age range including GCSE, A Level & IB, and John also teaches A Level Psychology. His first teaching post was at Prince Henry’s High School (1981-2001) a maintained school where he progressed from PE teacher to Head of PE. John is also a school-based and visiting tutor for the University of Buckingham PGCE + QTS course and Induction Tutor for NQTs with IStip as well as an ISI Team Inspector.

John’s extra-curricular interest and expertise is in sport – but specifically Golf.

David Reid – Head of Sixth Form

David Reid was educated at Pangbourne College and at Exeter University where he gained his BSc in Mathematics. After a Short Service Commission in the Kings Royal Hussars from 1991 to 1996, David studied his PGCE at St Anne’s College, Oxford. David taught at Wellington College from 1997 to 2003, including a year on exchange at Melbourne Grammar School, Millfield School from 2003 to 2008, UWC Atlantic College from 2008 to 2012 and joined Malvern College in September 2012.

Penny Bijl – Head of Learning Enhancement / Designated Safeguarding Lead

Penny trained originally as a teacher of English (1986) with undergraduate degrees from Reading and Cambridge. She then gained an M.Phil in Psychology of Education, also from Cambridge, in 1987 and took her MA in 1990. After completing management training with the NHS, she worked as a Contracts and Planning Manager at Kidderminster NHS Trust for 3 years. She then returned to teaching, initially in the state sector, and joined Malvern College in 2004 in the Learning Enhancement department, subsequently also teaching English to IB, GCSE and in the FY for several years and TOK for two years. She is now Head of Learning Enhancement and is also the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Anne Sharp – Senior HouseM, Housemistress House No.4

Anne was educated at St. George’s School, Harpenden in Hertfordshire before going on to study English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge. She did a Drama and English PGCE at Nottingham University before starting her first teaching job at a private day school for girls, King’s High in Warwick. The main bulk of her teaching career has been at Malvern College with the focus on the pastoral side. She is the Housemistress of No.4 and is currently in her second year of being the Senior Housem. Her four children have attended or are attending Malvern College and she promotes not just the family values in the boarding houses that makes Malvern such a happy place for the pupils but also values and promotes the arts, music and drama aspects of the school.

Giles Hopkirk – Director of Teaching and Learning

Giles went to school at Gresham’s School in Norfolk and then studied Geography at Sheffield University where he also took a PGCE. Giles started his teaching career in the state sector and taught for 5 years at Aston Comprehensive in Rotherham before moving on to be Head of Geography at Danum School in Doncaster. During his time at Danum he became the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator and was certified as an Advanced Skills Teacher. In 2004 he and his family moved to Peru where Giles took up the post of Head of Geography and Director of Enquiry Based Learning at Markham College, Lima. He was later appointed as the Director of Studies at St.George’s College North in Buenos Aires where he worked for four years. On his return to the UK, Giles was appointed as a Geography teacher at Malvern where he has more recently become the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Barbara Swart – Head of Lower School

Barbara was educated in South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town. She taught at Hottentots Holland High School, Somerset West, from 1989 to 1990, Wynberg Girls’ High School, Cape Town, from 1991 to 1999, where she was Housemistress of Waterloo House and Diocesan College (Bishops), an Independent Boys’ School, Cape Town, from 2000 to 2008. At Bishops she became the first female “Housemaster” in the history of the school. Barbara and her family moved to the UK in 2009 and she taught at Ewell Castle in Surrey before joining Malvern College in September 2010. In her time at Malvern College she has been Deputy Housemistress of House 6, Housemistress of Ellerslie House, Head of the Foundation Year and has assisted with numerous girls’ sports. Barbara presently teaches Mathematics, runs girls’ tennis and is the Head of the Lower School.

Jens Akehurst - IB Co-ordinator 

Jennifer Akehurst graduated from Wadham College, Oxford in 2011 with a BA in Modern Languages (French and Spanish). After working briefly in the charity sector, she completed a PGCE at King’s College, London and started her teaching career at Lancing College, where she taught languages and was a Deputy Housemistress. She then taught at Colegio Peruano Británico in Lima, Peru before returning to the UK to complete an MSc in Education at Bristol University and work at Colston’s School in Bristol. Jennifer joined Malvern in 2017 as Head of Spanish and has also held the role of Head of MFL. She is also a tutor in House 3.

Tom Newman - Senior Admissions Advisor 

Tom Newman graduated from the University of Exeter in Chemistry and later completed his PGCE at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He taught at three other well known public schools before arriving at Malvern College in 2007 to run No.5 for ten years. In his latter years in the House, he was appointed the Senior Housemaster. For four years he was master i/c cricket running a tour to South Africa in 2010 and was also master i/c rackets for ten years. In 2017 he joined the pastoral team and worked for two years as the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead before moving into the role of Senior Admissions Advisor in 2019. Tom is a very keen sportsman and is passionate about holistic education and pastoral care. He is married to Jennie and they have three children, two of whom are currently at the College.

Frances Rix - Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

Frances Rix studied Education with Mathematics at St Luke’s Exeter, where she was a keen member of the university’s Officers’ Training Corps (and where she met her husband, Andy). Her first teaching post was at Wrotham in Kent and she became the first female officer in the Kent Army Cadet Force, establishing an ACF unit at the school. From there, she moved back to the family home in Oxfordshire, teaching in Oxford, married Andy (by then a serving officer in the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment) and moved to Preston, where she taught at Fulwood High School. There was then a break of 2 years when Andy was posted to Alberta, Canada, where first daughter Katy was born. Since returning to the UK, Frances has completed an MA in Education with the Open University and has taught in several state secondary and middle schools in Worcestershire and Herefordshire in posts including Head of Year, Maths Coordinator and Maths Consultant. She started at Malvern College in 2011, and in addition to being a member of the Maths Department has been Head of the RAF section of the CCF, Deputy Housem in No3, and can now be found behind the bar in Longy on a Saturday night. This year Frances has taken over the mantle as SENCo but continues teaching Mathematics and assisting with departmental appraisals.