Perhaps the greatest asset the school can offer is its staff. These people work long hours to look after children. It takes a special kind of dedication. The day starts at 7.30 a.m. and finishes at 9.30 p.m. Supervision must be exhaustive and therefore the workload on the Staff is correspondingly high. Members of staff often spend at least ten hours a day at school. The classroom is only a part of it, albeit the most important part. The staff serve as mentors and confidantes of the children. Everyone is a carer: teachers, domestic staff, maintenance staff, matrons – all can be glimpsed spending time with children and helping them. There is a familial feel to the relationships between adults and children; the proportions are strikingly similar to those of a family, and Headfort has always managed to attract and retain a devoted staff.

Academically, children at Headfort benefit from the fact that they are taught by specialists. Unlike in most primary schools, where children are taught mainly by just one teacher, at Headfort each subject is taught by a different teacher. Consequently, teachers are able to teach to their own strengths, with concomitant results on the part of the pupils.

Further, this system means that children get the opportunity to relate to a range of adults in the course of their daily lives, rather than spending a whole term or year in the class of one individual teacher with whom they may or may not have a rapport.

Headfort School Staff

Neville Wilkinson

HEADMASTER

Maths, Latin 

Michael Bolton

DEPUTY HEAD, BOARDING HOUSEMASTER & HEAD OF CREATE

Science, Rugby coach, Drama

Clara Chamberlayne

HEAD OF SPORT

Sports

Mary Kelly

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES

Geography, Maths

Tracey Maree

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES, JUNIOR SCHOOL

Senior Infants & 1st class teacher

Academic Teaching Staff

Mark Archer

French

Karen Bennett

Learning Support

Anna Lawson Clarke

IV Form Tutor, English, Maths, Geography

Geraldine Colley

Irish, History, Geography

Amanda Leyden

UV Form Tutor, English

John Leyden

VI Form Tutor, English, Latin, Religion

Richard Parker

UV Form Tutor, History, Computing

Elizabeth Pratt-Jarvis

Art, Graphic Design, Desktop Publishing

Javier Sepulveda

Maths, Science, Spanish, PE

Rosemarie Shields

Piano, Choir, Irish, Drama, Housekeeping

Denise Svensson

Junior Infants class teacher

Part-Time Teachers

Emma Chambers

Music

Philippa Collier

Cooking

Declan Donnellan

Tennis

Suzanne Kelly

Sport

Kieran McDonnell

Music

John McQuillan

Music

John McQuillan

Music

Kate Ryan

Riding Instructor

Kieran Holt

Music

Administration

Emma Finnegan

Secretary

Mary Maher

Admissions Secretary

Marguerite Morgan

Bursar, Accounts

Matron’s Department

Olive Butler

Matron

Ilona Jenkins

Head Matron

Samantha Kellett

Matron

Chezang Rutto

Matron

Jacqueline Loughlin

Matron

Renee Ryan

Matron

Catering

Susan Casey

Kathy McGonagle

Housekeeping

Patricia Gavin

Doreen Meehan

Tina O’Callaghan

Linda Reilly

Marie Whitty

Maintenance

Paddy Coldrick

Matthew Tiernan