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.


Georgina King

Chief Finance Officer

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.


Stoke College Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Name/ QualificationsRole
Dr G Lloyd BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc FMus, FMus TCL, NPQH, PhDPrincipal
Mrs G King MAT, FCA, BFPChief Finance Officer
Mrs C PaxtonExecutive Assistant to the Principal and the CFO
Mrs C Hunn-Smith BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQHSenior Deputy Head
Miss R Watson BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQSLDeputy Head, Pastoral & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Bailey BA (Hons), MA (Education), PGCEHead of Boarding
Mrs S Gowans MCIMHead of Marketing & Admissions

Teaching Staff

Name / QualificationSubject
Mrs J Bailey BA (Hons), MA (Education), PGCEGeography
Mrs S Beatham-McDonald BSc, PGCEMaths
Mr S Burridge BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA (Open)Chemistry, Maths
Mrs K Connelly BSc, PGCEFood Technology
Ms C Coupland BA (Hons)Spanish
Ms J Davey BA (Hons), PGCEHead of Drama, English
Mrs N De Souza BA (Hons), MA, Cert, TESOL, Trinty DipEnglish as a Second language
Mr J Dyer-Jones BA (hons), PGCEHead of History
Miss M Grace BA, PGCEEnglish & Drama, Exams Officer
Mr S Hearn MSc, BScMaths
Mrs L Henson BA (Hons), MA (Hons)Head of MFL, Head of French
Mrs C Hunn-Smith BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQHEnglish, Media Studies, History
Ms W Jackson BSc (Hons), PGCEBiology
Mrs W Jeffs Bed (Hons), QTSMaths, Geography
Ms H Lowe BSc, PGCESociology
Mr O KhanTeacher of Business Studies, Physical Education and Games, Assistant Housemaster
Mr M Metsel BA, MScBusiness
Mr M Olyver BA(Hons), MaDipRAM, PGCertLTHE, LRAM, MPhil, PhDHead of Music
Miss G OttawayArt Assistant
Mr M Reeves BA (Hons), QTSHead of Art & Technology
Mrs F Shane MA, BSc (Hons), PGCEHead of Maths
Ms K Stansfield BSc (Hons), BA (Hons)QTS, PGCEBiology, Psychology
Mr J Swain BSc (Hons), PGCE,Head of Science, Electronics
Prof T WilsonHead of English
Mrs A WilsonScience Technician

Learning Development Centre

Name / QualificationSubject
Mrs S Carter BA (Hons),LSA
Mrs K Hearn BA (Hons), PGCE (Special Needs)Joint Head of LDC, SENCo
Mrs W Jeffs Bed (Hons), QTSMaths
Mrs L Moore DipSpLDJoint Head of LDC
Mrs C WrayLSA


Mrs J BaileyHead of Boarding
Mr O Khan BA (Hons)Teacher of Business Studies, Physical Education and Games, Assistant Housemaster
Mr E KeelerGraduate Assistant

Operational Staff

Mrs G King MAT, FCA, BFPChief Finance Officer
Mrs C PaxtonExecutive Assistant to the Principal and the CFO
Mrs S Gowans MCIMHead of Marketing & Admissions
Mrs L ClarkAssistant Bursar
Mrs J MartinBursary Assistant
Mr J WoolmoreInterim Financial Controller
Mrs C BlissHR Manager
Mrs K GrantOffice Manager
Miss N SealeyReceptionist
Mrs K ManleyHousekeeping
Mr A ManleyMinibus Driver
Mr T CroftonMinibus Driver
Mr B HodgkinsonMinibus Driver
Ms J ClanfordMinibus Driver
Mr C GortEstates Manager
Mr S PettittEstates Supervisor
Mr M MartinEstates Supervisor
Mr A EdwardsEstates Apprentice
Mr P WebsterExecutive Chef
Mrs D WebsterChef
Mrs E d�ArnaudChef
Miss J MottChef
Mr M AngelesCatering Assistant
Ms L SherrittCatering Assistant
Ms R HobartCatering Assistant
Ms D ThomasCatering Assistant
Mrs R Housden-KnoxHousekeeping
Shane BlythHousekeeping
Alex MooreHousekeeping
Amy MarshallHousekeeping
Donna PrestonHousekeeping
Lyndsey OakesHousekeeping