Dr Gareth P Lloyd


Cambridge Stoke College Principal, Dr Gareth Lloyd, joined Stoke early in 2020 from Times College, Nanjing, where he was the founding Foreign Principal for the past two years. There, he established a thriving community of high academic standards, excellent pastoral care, a dynamic programme of extra-curricular activities, and a vibrant experience for boarding students. The culmination of his work in China was to see the school awarded full International Baccalaureate status, from 3-18, one of only very few schools in the country to achieve this.

Prior to that, he was Headmaster of St John’s College Cathedral Choir School, Cardiff, one of the highest ranked academic schools in the country. Gareth’s first headship was at Ratcliffe College, overseeing significant growth and innovation over 8 years, securing the school’s position in the top 5 schools in the UK for value added teaching and learning. His experience as an inspector of the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, together with presentational work at a number of international educational conferences, has given him many wonderful opportunities to develop his own educational philosophy.

Gareth grew up in South Wales, read Music at the University of Exeter, undertook his P.G.C.E (Music and Modern Languages) at Homerton, Cambridge, an M.Sc in School Management at the University of Reading, before completing his doctorate in musical composition at the University of Sheffield. His twin passions for education and music are complemented by a love for languages, sports, theatre and reading. He is immensely proud to be leading Stoke College in a period of significant investment and growth.


Charis Hunn-Smith

Senior Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form

What’s your degree in?
BA(Hons) English and History (University of Reading) and PGCE Secondary English (University of Bristol)

What does your role involve?
Aside from my role on the Senior Leadership Team, I am also responsible for spearheading our Sixth Form to become a truly international learning environment where young people not only gain the highest level of academic achievement, but are also prepared for independent living as they enter University or employment.

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?
I’m really looking forward to creating the events that will put Stoke College on the map (like our Arts Festival). I want to show the world what a fantastic school we are. This is a chance to build a family-friendly educational environment that offers something different: at the cutting edge of technology while also immersing ourselves in our beautiful rural surroundings.

What are your ambitions for the school?
I would like us to take full advantage of our facilities and restore them to something akin to their former glory: beautiful landscaped gardens and using the river. And I want to connect our students to the local community through events in the village and working with care homes and other community groups so that we learn the importance of serving others.


Dr Rui Chen

Deputy Head (Academic)

Dr Chen joined Stoke College in September 2020 from Scarborough College where he was Head of Mathematics. A Chief Examiner for A Level in both Chemistry (in which he has a doctorate from Oxford) and Maths, Rui combines academic acumen with a passion for teaching students of all abilities.

What’s your teaching philosophy?
Every student is unique and thinks and develops in a slightly different way. My aim is always to create a positive and encouraging environment to help students learn. Delivering strong exam results is one important challenge, but every good school goes beyond grades.

Why have you chosen to come to Stoke?
I am excited by the vision to create a truly international Sixth Form alongside the existing local school. Having come from an IB environment at Scarborough, I am also drawn back to A Level. I see international integration as key to Stoke’s future  success – and my Chinese background will help me drive integration and teamwork from both sides in the Sixth Form. An extensive extra-curricular programme will facilitate this integration.


Georgina King


Georgina is an experienced Senior Business Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry and more recently in education. Georgina brings with her skills in budgeting, business planning, analysis, developing business cases and accounting.

She is also an empathetic manager who has built an increasingly skilled team of support staff at Stoke, they are the ‘engine room’ of the school.

“Stoke is a wonderful school in a tremendous location and I am determined to play a full part in its future success.”


Sarah Gowans

Head of Marketing and Admissions

I began my career in advertising, working with clients such as WWF, Bird’s Eye, Ford of Britain, Dove, Kronenbourg 1664 and Blockbuster Video. Since then I have worked in the outdoor sports and apparel market and more recently within the education sector. I am responsible for showcasing the school and marketing it at a local, national and international level, making sure we attract new children and families to become part of the Stoke College Community.

Joe Bailey

Head of Boarding

What’s your experience to date?

I started teaching in 1995 having graduated from Exeter University with a BA (Hons) in Geography. I completed my PGCE training at Exeter too and then moved to Suffolk. I have been Head of Geography and a Head of Year in previous positions and also completed a Masters in Education at Anglia Ruskin University.

What does your role involve?

As Head of Boarding I work with the boarding team to create a home from home for our boarders. I work closely with parents, guardians, academic and boarding staff  – and most importantly the boarders themselves – to provide the boarders with the personalised pastoral care and support that they need to maximise their educational potential and enjoy all that being at Stoke College offers.

Most looking forward to this year?

I am really looking forward to welcoming back the current boarders and meeting those joining our boarding family. I enjoy planning weekday and weekend activities that challenge and excite our boarders. Ultimately, as their ‘school mum’ I love seeing the boarders grow and flourish in our care and leave Stoke happy, healthy individuals, comfortable in their own skin and with a set of skills ready to tackle life’s challenges. Knowing that I have played a part in their development never ceases to thrill me and it is why I love my job and working at Stoke. 

Ambitions for the school.

I am looking forward to the refurbishment of the boarding houses and also the extended outdoor sporting provision further enhancing the boarders’ opportunities to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. The scholarship programme and increasing number of local and international students joining us will further diversify our boarding community and I can’t wait to welcome them to boarding.


Rebecca Watson

Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead

What’s your degree in?
I began my teaching career in 1999, completing a PGCE in English and Drama. Before this I gained a BA (Hons) in Literature and Art History.

What does your role involve?

My role includes working with our Stoke College families to ensure that every student has the pastoral care that they need in order to thrive. As we are a small school, we are able to provide tailored pastoral care to our students as they journey through each age and stage. It is an absolute privilege to see the students join the school and blossom into independent, confident and happy individuals.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I am really looking forward to welcoming our new Stoke College families whilst also continuing to work with our existing families. I am also looking forward to being a part of the growth of our school as, with the support of our investors, we develop our facilities and restore our wonderful countryside setting to meet its full potential. This is such an exciting time for us.

What are your ambitions for the school?

As our facilities are developed, my ambition for the school is for even more local and international students to be able to access the unique educational experience that Stoke College provides.


Simon Quick

Deputy Head (Co-curriculum)

What’s your degree in?
I have a BSc (Hons) Geography, an MSc (Sport Science), PGCE.

What does your role involve?
I get to oversee all the exciting parts of the school! It’s the stuff that happens outside of the curriculum (that’s what co-curriculum means). So it includes clubs and activities for sport, drama, music and more.

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?
I want to give our students as many new experiences as possible. Our co-curriculum programme is going to exciting and thriving. There will be so many opportunities for children to develop new skills and challenge themselves. I want our students to find ways to enhance their CVs and find out what they’re passionate about.

What are your ambitions for the school?
I would love us to be more integrated into the local community –I’m looking forward to being part of making this happen.


Stoke College Staff 2021/22

Senior Leadership Team

Dr G Lloyd BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc FMus, FMus TCL, NPQH, PhD Principal
Mrs G King MAT, FCA, BFP Bursar
Mrs C Paxton Executive Assistant to Dr Lloyd and Mrs King
Mrs C Hunn-Smith BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH Senior Deputy Head
Miss R Watson BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQSL Deputy Head, Pastoral & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dr R Chen BEng, MA, PGCE, DPhil (Oxon) Deputy Head, Academic
Mr S Quick BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc Deputy Head, Co-Curriculum
Mrs J Bailey BA (Hons), MA (Education), PGCE, Geography Head of Boarding
Mrs S Gowans MCIM Head of Marketing & Admissions

Teaching Staff

Mrs J Bailey BA (Hons), MA (Education), PGCE Geography
Mrs S Beatham-McDonald BSc, PGCE Maths
Mr S Burridge BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA (Open) Chemistry, Maths
Mrs K Connelly BSc, PGCE Food Technology
Ms C Coupland BA (Hons) Spanish
Ms J Davey BA (Hons), PGCE Head of Drama, English
Mrs N De Souza BA (Hons), MA, Cert, TESOL, Trinty Dip English as a Second language
Mr J Dyer-Jones BA (hons), PGCE Head of History
Miss M Grace BA, PGCE English & Drama, Exams Officer
Mr S Hearn MSc, BSc Maths
Mrs L Henson BA (Hons), MA (Hons) Head of MFL. Head of French
Mrs C Hunn-Smith BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH English, Media Studies, History
Ms W Jackson BSc (Hons), PGCE Biology
Mrs W Jeffs Bed (Hons), QTS Maths, Geography
Mr G Johnson Interim Head of Music
Ms H Lowe BSc, PGCE Sociology
Mr O Khan BA (Hons) Teacher of Business Studies, Physical Education and Games, Assistant Housemaster
Mr M Metsel BA, MSc Business
Mr M Olyver, BA (Hons), MADipRAM, LRAM, PGCertLTHE Music
Miss G Ottaway Art Assistant
Mr S Quick BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc Head of Physical Education & Games
Mr M Reeves BA (Hons), QTS Head of Art & Technology
Mrs F Shane MA, BSc (Hons), PGCE Head of Maths
Ms K Stansfield BSc (Hons), BA (Hons)QTS, PGCE Biology, Psychology
Mr J Swain BSc (Hons), PGCE, Head of Science, Electronics
Mrs J Rivington BA (Hons), PGCE Head of English
Mr M Wilson BSc, SCITT, TEFL Head of Computer Science & ICT
Mrs A Wilson Science Technician

Learning Development Centre

Mrs S Carter BA (Hons), LSA
Mrs K Hearn BA (Hons), PGCE (Special Needs) Joint Head of LDC, SENCo
Mrs W Jeffs Bed (Hons), QTS Maths
Mrs L Moore DipSpLD Joint Head of LDC
Mrs C Wray LSA


Mrs J Bailey Head of Boarding
Mr O Khan BA (Hons) Teacher of Business Studies, Physical Education and Games, Assistant Housemaster
Mr E Keeler Graduate Assistant

Operational Staff

Mrs G King MAT, FCA, BFP Bursar
Mrs L Clark Assistant Bursar
Mrs J Martin Bursary Assistant
Mr J Woolmore Interim Financial Controller
Mrs S Gowans MCIM Head of Marketing & Admissions
Mrs C Bliss HR Manager
Mrs K Grant Office Manager
Miss N Sealey Receptionist
Mrs K Manley Housekeeping
Mr A Manley Minibus Driver
Mr T Crofton Minibus Driver
Mr B Hodgkinson Minibus Driver
Ms J Clanford Minibus Driver
Mr C Gort Estates Manager
Mr S Pettitt Estates Supervisor
Mr M Martin Estates Supervisor
Mr A Edwards Estates Apprentice
Mr P Webster Executive Chef
Mrs D Webster Chef
Mrs E dArnaud Chef
Miss J Mott Chef
Mr M Angeles Catering Assistant
Ms J Burnham Catering Assistant
Miss S Bowden Catering Assistant
Ms Y French Catering Assistant
Miss G Seale Catering Assistant
Mrs R Housden-Knox Housekeeping
Shane Blyth Housekeeping
Alex Moore Housekeeping
Amy Marshall Housekeeping
Donna Preston Housekeeping
Lyndsey Oakes Housekeeping
Megan Smith Housekeeping