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Meet the Staff


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 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

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.
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!

Theresa Latham, Head of Middle School

Theresa was educated at Wycombe Abbey School and Homerton College, Cambridge, where she read theology and education. She spent six years as head of Religious Studies at the Wallington High School for Girls in South London. She is the mother of three old Port Regians and has taught at Port Regis since 2008. She really enjoys being a C Form tutor, is Head of Religious Studies and was appointed Head of the Middle School in 2017. When she finds time to relax she loves to cook and bake; she describes her cookery technique as experimental!


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. 

Ian Mitchell-Innes, Head of English

Ian, our Head of English, has returned to the Port Regis staff, having previously taught English to the A, B and C Forms. In between times, he worked at Cottesmore School, West Sussex, where he was Head of English, again preparing children for Common Entrance and scholarship. He is thrilled to be back here, and loves to be involved in the breadth of school life. He enjoys various things cultural, and stays active. People have suggested that his athletic prime is over, and he is redoubling his efforts to stave off this grim reality by playing tennis, football, running and exercising his young spaniel, Martha. 

Rebecca Eves, Head of Maths & D Form Tutor.

Rebecca is our Head of Maths as well as a D Form tutor. She graduated from Plymouth in 2004 with a degree in education, specialising in Maths, and has subsequently taught all age groups from Reception to Year 8. Rebecca has a passion for Maths and is currently in the final stages of her Masters in Education, including research projects on self-assessment, target setting and developing mathematical reasoning and explanation. In her spare time – she has two small children so there isn’t much – she loves reading, running and occasionally playing netball. She also loves walking her dog, Skye, who also puts in an appearance in the classroom from time to time.


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.

Kate Clarkson, Head of Art

Kate Clarkson joined Port Regis in September 2017.

With a degree from Glasgow School of Art, Kate worked in Design in London for 8 years before starting a family and then moving to Dorset. Freelance designing and teaching followed before Kate began 6 years teaching GCSE and A level Art at Milton Abbey School during which time she completed her PGCE at Buckingham. Her passion and enthusiasm for her subject is evident and much of her spare time is spent at galleries or developing her own skills and practice.

Naomi Dickins, Head of MFL

Naomi joined Port Regis in 2015 after completing her PGCE from UCL. She is currently the Head of Modern Foreign Languages and a bilingual French teacher. She holds a BA in Set Design and used to be a freelance theatre designer. She spent 10 years living just outside Geneva on the French/Swiss border where she attended a French secondary school. Having grown up in the mountains she enjoys skiing and other winter sports. She also spent some time living in South Africa as a child and is passionate about languages. 

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. 

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.

Sophie Phillips, Head of Girls' Games.

Sophie is our Head of Girls’ Games. She is also a Grosvenor Houseparent for the senior girls and teaches French. She previously worked at St Catherine’s Bramley, Collège Français Bilingue de Londres and Edge Grove and is passionate about all sports, particularly hockey, lacrosse, netball and sailing. As a Devon girl, she loves the outdoors as well as really enjoying bake offs, music making and all things creative in the boarding house.