Dr Peter Gardner - Founder and Proprietor

Peter Gardner B.A., DipPsych., M.A., Ed.D., A.F.B.Ps.S., C.Mgr.M.C.M.I., F.Inst.D., is the founder of Appleford School.

Dr Gardner is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He is a Full Practitioner Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology, is on the Special Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists and is a Member of the BPS Faculty of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

He is a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Psychologist:

  • Practitioner Educational Psychologist
  • Practitioner Counselling Psychologist
  • Practitioner Forensic Psychologist

He was a Committee Member of the former BPS Psychology and Psychotherapy Association.

In terms of management qualifications, he is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Much of his work is legal work, including the preparation of detailed court reports and submission of oral evidence, working for Crown Courts and County Courts. He acted as an expert witness in the precedent-setting Phelps v London Borough of Hillingdon education negligence case in the High Court in July 1997 and was described by Mr. Justice Garland as “particularly well qualified, careful and fair.”

Dr Gardner takes an active role in all aspects of Appleford life; he is involved in all the SMT meetings, and established an Advisory Board to the School in January 2014. The latest ISI Inspection Report rated the quality of governance at Appleford as Excellent:

“The proprietor provides very effective oversight of all aspects for the school.  He has combined the best elements of the governance characteristics of charitable schools and the corporate business world by establishing an advisory board.

The proprietor, well advised by the advisory board, has high expectations of school leaders and staff, using good systems to check the performance of staff.   He discharges his responsibilities for the oversight of regulatory compliance, by conducting a thorough annual review of the school’s policies, procedures for safeguarding, welfare, health and safety, ensuring that these are implemented effectively.

The proprietor fulfils all legal responsibilities extremely well across all sections of the school and ensures that pupils are effectively safeguarded”.

Mr David King - Headmaster

Senior Management Team

Dr Peter GardnerProprietor
Mr David KingHeadmaster
Justine PalmerFinance Officer
Claire CooperOperations Manager
James LanganDirector of Studies
Dudley ManningHead of Pastoral / Designated Safeguarding Lead/ Head of Boarding

Senior Leadership Team


Karen Faulkner-DaviesHead of Prep
Ruth WadeAssistant Head – Head Upper Senior School
Gareth PiersonAssistant Head -Head of Lower Senior School
Beth MillsHead of Year 11
Sarah WilkinsonHead of Middle School

Prep School Tutors

Jessamy LarcombeYear 4 and 5 Class Teacher
Katherine HillYear 6 Class Teacher and SENCO
Kelly CookeYear 6 Class Teacher
Karen Faulkner-DaviesYear 6 Class Teacher
Leah ClydeYear 6 Class Teacher
Suzanne MorrisYear 7 Tutor
Jan HarrisYear 7 Tutor
Maia EnglishYear 8 Tutor


Senior School Tutors and Staff


Edward MitchellYear 9 Tutor
Matthew TitherYear 9 Tutor and ICT Teacher
Sian NewmanYear 9 Tutor and Head of Science
Dean FilkinsYear 10 Tutor and Head of Humanities
Eleanor NixonYear 10 Tutor
Ruth WadeYear 10 Tutor and Head of PE
Beth MillsYear 11 Tutor and BTEC Teacher
Nichola FordYear 11 Tutor
Sarah BuesYear 11 Tutor and BTEC Teacher
Sarah WilkinsonHead of Maths
Tamsin ScottHead of Art
Alice GartlandEnglish Teacher
Gareth PeirsonPE Teacher
Gwen GoodingsHead of English
Matthew TitherICT/DIT Teacher
Sarah HallEnglish Teacher
Mark BallOutdoor Education
Anna McLeodMaths Teacher

Therapy and Pastoral Staff

Dudley ManningHead of Pastoral / Designated Safeguarding Lead/ Head of Boarding
Shelagh KingSEN Consultant
Kate HillSENCO
Faith JamesonAccess Arrangements Co-ord
Helen BoothCounsellor
Sue DaviesELSA
Sarah StonerSenior OT
Georgia DarkeOT
Laura KnightOT Therapy Assistant
Tom HindessOT Therapy Assistant
Helen BuxtonSenior SaLT
Molly HilsonSenior SaLT
James HewittSaLT
Alison RogersSaLT
Joanna MaundrellSpeech and Language Therapy Assistant
Suzanne Morris Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Julia HendrickseDeputy Pastoral Lead
Iona GrayDeputy Pastoral Lead
Rebecca MorrisonSEN Admin

Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Support Assistants


Julia HendrickseDeputy Head Pastoral and Deputy DSL – Careers
Julie MoffittHLTA
Vanessa StewartHLTA
Melanie AllisonLSA
Danielle BrownLSA
Victoria ClementsLSA
Natasha RobinsonLSA
Eleanor NixonLSA
Tom HindessLSA
Eliza DubberleyLSA
Clare CornwellLSA
Gabby ScottLSA
Alice MartinLSA
Helen LlewellynOne to One Support
Helen MundyOne to One Support


Boarding Staff

Dudley ManningHead of Boarding
Una ClenaghanHouseparent for Beeches House
Ollie WoollandHouseparent for Elm House
Amy CleaverHouseparent for Maddington
Finnley SherwoodAssistant Houseparent
Terri MarsayAssistant Houseparent
Helen McKellarAssistant Houseparent
Coral WeddAssistant Houseparent
Barbara WilliamsAssistant Houseparent
Sandy KinseyBoarding Assistant

Administrative Staff

Justine PalmerFinance Officer
Claire CooperOperations  Manager
Sarah BrintonRegistrar
Lucy FoordHR Manager
Annette ParrSchool Administrator
Karen NixonHeadmaster’s PA
Isabelle DaviesCommunication Manager
Kelly DorisMedical Administrator
Sophie Campbell-SmithExams Officer
Sarah Dawnay
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