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Lottie Morse - Form 1 Tutor and House Parent

B.A. (Hons) Norwich School of Art, P.G.C.E. Homerton College, Cambridge


Please go to 'Management Team' section.









Peter Gaven - Senior Master, Head of Science, Head of PSHE and Form Tutor.

B.Sc (Hons), PGDE, University of Natal


Peter previously taught at two secondary schools in South Africa. He has been at Aysgarth for over 10 years and specialises in Science.

Peter lives on site, is married to Alison who also works at the School (Pre-Prep teaching assistant, swimming instructor) and they have two children. He enjoys all types of music (particularly Christian and Gospel), woodwork, gardening and outdoor life. His sporting interests include rugby and water polo.



Stuart Smith - Head of Art & Design Technology, Yr 2 Tutor

B.A.(Hons.) P.G.C.E. Liverpool Polytechnic


Stuart came to Aysgarth from Lathallan Prep School and had also previously worked at Holmfirth High School, Catteral Hall (Giggleswick School) and Witherslack Hall School. As well as his love for Art and DT, Stuart is heavily involved in Aysgarth's Cross-Country and Under 9 football.

Stuart is married with two young daughters and lives locally. He also has a dog called Tilly. His interests are running, fell walking, mountain biking, reading and wargaming.




Victoria Martin - English Teacher, Form Tutor

MA Cardiff University, P.G.C.E. York University

Mrs Martin has a Masters degree in English Literature from Cardiff University. She also has a PGCE in Secondary School English from York University.

Mrs Martin loves reading (Shakespeare, detective stories, A.S Byatt!), visiting the theatre and cooking. In addition, she loves to take in the archaeological sites in Greece, having a keen interest in Classical Studies.





Tim Bullas - Head of Maths, Form Tutor

M.A. (Hons.) St.Andrews University, P.G.C.E. Roehampton University


Tim grew up in Sheffield and was educated at Rugby School. He spent three years teaching in a state school before joining Aysgarth eight years ago. He is married to Rebecca and they have two young daughters and one son.

His interests are squash, ski-ing and football, he is a life-long Sheffield Wednesday fan. He also enjoys country pursuits, most notably ferreting with his team of three, highly effective, ferrets.





Jo MacLelland - Director of Performing Arts and I.T.


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Dr Ed Canning - Director of Academic Studies


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Gordon MacLelland - Director of Sport

B.A.(Hons) University College Chester, QTS, University of Lancaster.

Gordon joined the staff in September 2007 and oversees all sport at Aysgarth. The particular areas of sport that he enjoys are Rugby Union (he previously coached Sedbergh School 1st XV, was Head Coach of Penrith RUFC and coached the North/Midlands Prep Schools Barbarians team), football (ardent Liverpool and Carlisle United supporter), cricket, golf, tennis, squash and running.

He is married to Jo (Director of Performing Arts and I.T.) and they live in Bank Top with their son Archie and daughter Pippa. Gordon has a number of interests, including travelling, growing vegetables, wine, fine dining and cooking.



Louise Southall (Squeeze), Skills Development

B.Ed (Hons.) Westminster College, Oxford, R.S.A Cert. S.L.D. Learning Support

Squeeze previously worked at Bedale High School and schools in Berkshire and Dorset. Squeeze is married to Philip (who is Assistant Head in the Prep School) and they have three boys.

Her interests include tennis, walking and reading.
















Vincent Irwin - Senior Boys' Housemaster

BSc Ed (Hons) QTS Primary Education Durham University, BA (Hons) Teesside University

Vincent previously worked at Croft Primary School as Head of Key Stage 1 and Richmond Methodist Primary School as Head of Key Stage 1 and the Foundation Stage. Since joining Aysgarth, he has introduced many exciting activities at the School such as rearing pigs and chickens, growing vegetables in the Walled Garden and Fly Tying Club.

Vincent has two young daughters and lives on site at the School. He also enjoys shooting and fly fishing. He has represented Crakehall and Middlesbrough at cricket and rugby respectively. Alongside these pastimes he is an award winning gardener, growing exhibition leeks for show, both locally and nationally.



Charlotte Rich - French Teacher

B.A (Hons.) Kingston Polytechnic and PGCE Trinity and All Saints College


Charlotte previously worked at John Gaunt Secondary School in Wiltshire. Charlotte has two children, Luke and Isabelle, who keep her on her toes. She is a fitness fanatic who regularly attends fitness classes, runs and cycles. Other interests include reading, music, gardening and dress making.





Tamsin Locke - Head of Drama and LAMDA

BA Drama Hull University, PGCE Manchester Metropolitan University


Prior to joining Aysgarth, Tamsin worked at The Grammar School at Leeds, Knightsbridge Prep School and Queen Margaret's School, York. Tamsin has a B.A. degree in Drama from The University of Hull and a PGCE in Secondary Drama from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tamsin lives in Harrogate with her husband Ben and puppy Dora. In her spare time, Tamsin enjoys mountain biking, walking in the hills, going to the theatre, making clothes and spending time with her family.




Susanna Ogden - Head of Skills Development, English Teacher

BA Ed. (Hons.), Durham University.

Susanna started Aysgarth in 2012. Before that she taught in Canada and a primary school in London before getting married and coming ‘home’ to Yorkshire to teach in a primary school in Summerbridge and have children. Susanna's passion is to teach in a way that helps those who find learning difficult and has bundles of enthusiasm to encourage boys to learn. She loves to help boys succeed and feel proud of what they are able to achieve.

Susanna is married to Ben and lives near School with her three children; James, Tommy and Pippa. Her interests include looking after the menagerie of animals (horses, guinea fowl, hens and dog, as well as horse-riding, growing veg, playing tennis and generally being busy with her family!



Andrew Chadwick - Head of Form 1 and Junior Boys' Housemaster

B.A (Hons.) Leeds Metropolitan University, QTS


Andrew teaches 1st Form, and is the 1st XI Cricket Coach. Andrew has come from a strong sporting background, having played cricket for Yorkshire CCC as a junior and County Academy player, before moving into a coaching role at the club which involved working with cricketers from 11 years old through to elite players.

His other interests are (of course) sport – especially golf, rugby, and cycling, but also enjoys reading. He lives locally and enjoys taking part in marathons and triathlons.



John Tomlinson - Head of Geography, History Teacher and Head of Camps

B.A. (Hons) Primary Education, Bristol University

John is originally from Bolton, Lancashire. He moved to Bristol for university/teacher training and taught down there for two years before moving to North Yorkshire in 2010. John teaches geography, history, maths and games. His love for the outdoors and his skills at map reading made him the perfect candidate to run the camps with the boys.

He is married to Anna, who works as an English teacher at the School, with their kitten called Ruskin and Labrador called Effie. He regularly plays football, golf and cricket during the holidays and is an ardent Bolton Wanderers fan! His ambition is to beat the rest of the Aysgarth Staff on the golf course.



Tom Vivian - Head of I.T. & Computer Science Teacher

Tom has been working in the I.T. industry for over 15 years. He worked as a production manager for an internet startup company in London, leading a team of web developers. He then set up his own company which he brought to Yorkshire when he moved to the North.

Tom looked after the I.T. needs of Aysgarth and Queen Mary's School before his fulltime role here as Head of I.T. Tom is a qualified MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) as well a qualified climbing instructor (SPSA) and mountain leader (ML). He joined us not only in an I.T. capacity but also to teach Computer Science. He is married to Tor and has two children Daisy and George. His hobbies include climbing, walking and DJing.



Anna Tomlinson - English Teacher, Charity Committee

BA(Hons) in French and German, University of Bristol, P.G.C.E. University of West England


Anna has worked at the School since September 2012 and is married to John Tomlinson (Head of Geography). They live with their cat Ruskin and labrador Effie.

Before coming to Aysgarth, Anna worked as a year 5 teacher at a primary school in Bristol. She has also enjoyed life in France, living in Rouen and Aix en Provence. In her spare time she loves reading, camping and walks in the country with John and Effie.



Chris Wood - Boarding Activities

BSc (hons) Neuroscience Manchester University, PGCE Keele University.


Chris joined Aysgarth from Cothill School. He grew up in Hampshire and went to Manchester University to study Neuroscience.

Chris is married to Chloe and they have two children. He was commissioned into the Reserves and has been in 103 Regiment Royal Artillery for 7 years and is now a Captain. He enjoys playing rugby but due to injuries is moving into refereeing, golf, cricket and shooting. 


Sara Edgar - Head of English, Form Tutor

B.A. (Hons.) University of Nottingham, P.G.C.E. University of Tesside

After patiently biding her time at a nearby rival school for ten years, Sara finally fulfilled a long standing ambition of joining the Aysgarth staff as an English teacher in 2016. Her English Language & Linguistics degree, post graduate studies in dyslexia and literacy, and previous career in copywriting and publishing, have all proved invaluable to running the busy English Department and teaching English at the upper end of the school. 
Sara also has responsibility for the running of the school library. 
Sara lives just outside Richmond with her husband and scruffy terrier Coir, her two grown-up children having recently made a bid for freedom (a feat frequently, if not so successfully, attempted by the dog).





Guy Askew - Head of French, Form Tutor, Academic Scholars

B.A. (Hons.) Leicester University, P.G.C.E. Hull University 

Born and raised in North Yorkshire, Guy gained his BA (Hons) in French from Leicester University and completed his PGCE specialising in French from Hull University.  Guy has enjoyed extended periods living and teaching in France, in Paris during his third year of his degree and in Metz whilst completing teacher training.  Prior to joining Aysgarth in January 2018, Guy taught in East Yorkshire for twelve years, during which time he led annual visits to France and coordinated exchanges with several French schools.
Married to Jade, a fellow teacher, and with two young sons, Theo and Jasper, he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling to different countries and is a (very) long suffering supporter of Middlesbrough FC.



Paige Ruth - Head of Classics


After gaining her Masters’ degree in Classics at the University of Exeter, Paige moved to London to complete her PGCE at King’s College. Prior to joining Aysgarth in September 2018, she was Head of Classics at Brockhurst and Marlston Prep School in Berkshire. 


Paige lives in Catterick Garrison with her husband Austen. While a keen skier and mountain climber, she also enjoys reading classical literature, visits to the theatre and walks in the countryside. 




James Alderson - Science & Maths Teacher, Form Tutor, Activities Coordinator

B.A. (Hons) & P.G.C.E. - Durham University

James joined Aysgarth in 2018. After graduating from Durham University, James worked at Teesdale School in Barnard Castle before joining Aysgarth. As well as teaching Science and Maths, he will eventually be taking over the role of Activities Coordinator and coaching the first XI cricket team. 

Having represented Durham CCC as a junior and Academy player, James has a keen interest in all sports, particularly rugby, football and, of course, cricket. He also enjoys taking part in country pursuits and other outdoor adventurous activities. He lives in County Durham with his wife, Amie, who is also a teacher. 



Emily Dennis - Teaching Assistant for visually impaired


Emily joined Aysgarth in 2015 as a gap student, before joining the staff team in a fulltime role. 








Jo Pollock - Skills Development


Jo joined aysgarth for the summer term in 2018 having worked at Hampsthwaite Primary School in the nursery, prior to that she taught swimming for 9 years as well as running Cundall Manor School’s swim squad. Jo works as a Classroom Support Assistant across all year groups, mainly supporting in maths, english and french. She lives in Ripon with her husband, James, daughter Minnie and son Olly. Her interests include watching her children play hockey which keeps her busy nearly every weekend as well as keeping fit and reading.