Our Staff (gallery)
"Staff appear effortlessly to achieve the often mutually exclusive combination of high standards and expectations in a caring, supportive and low pressure environment."
Please select a category below to view the staff currently at Belhaven Hill.
Teaching Staff (ID 1047)
Mr Olly LangtonHeadmaster
Mr Olly Langton
MA (Hons) History (Edinburgh)
Olly joined Belhaven as Headmaster in September 2020 having taught at Ludgrove (2005-7) and Radley (2007-20). He is married to Rosie and, together, they ran J Social, a boarding house at Radley for seven years before jumping at the chance to run one of the country's best prep schools. Their three children, Alexander, Cleo and Lettie and Nelson, the Labrador, are all very excited to meet you!
Mr John MarriottDeputy Head Academic (SMT)
Mr John Marriott
BA (UCL), MA (UCL), PGCE (Buckingham),
MBA (Durham University Business School)
Deputy Head Academic (SMT)
Head of English
John joined Belhaven in 2019, having been at Windlesham House School in Sussex for seven years. He held a range of positions while at Windlesham, including Head of Classics, Housemaster, and Director of Studies. John teaches senior English at Belhaven. His favourite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.
Mrs Katie GaleDeputy Head Pastoral (SMT)
Mrs Katie Gale
B.Sc. Hons (Surrey),
P.G.C.E. (De Montfort), C.C.R.S.
Deputy Head Pastoral (SMT)
Head of Maths
Girls' Games Coordinator
Katie joined Belhaven in 2001 and lives in the North Lodge. During her time at the school, she has taught maths throughout the school, junior science, and took over as Head of Maths in 2009. She currently coaches the 1st Netball and Rounders teams and is a supporter of Hull City Football Club. She has a son, William, who spent 6 years at Belhaven before moving to Merchiston Castle School where he is currently in his second year.
Mr William TownshendHead of Geography; Head of Sport
Mr William Townshend
B.Sc. (Natal), Higher Dip.Ed. (Rhodes)
Head of Geography
Director of Sport
A native South African, William joined Belhaven Hill in 2004. William lives on site in the South Lodge and has three children who, having been through Belhaven, are now at Strathallan. On winter weekends off, William can often be found refereeing or umpiring local rugby or hockey club matches and in the summer, playing cricket for the Borderers CC.
Mrs Amanda ParksForm 5 Class Teacher
Mrs Amanda Parks
B.Ed. (King Alfred's)
FORM 5 Class Teacher
One of only four Form 5 teachers in Belhaven's history, Mandy arrived in 2003. She and her black Labs have been a welcoming start to many children's time at Belhaven. Mandy loves walking and camping and in 2019 she completed the Pennine Way in aid of the RNIB. Her hobbies include water colour painting and music and she plays the violin in two amateur orchestras in Edinburgh. Mandy is also the school librarian and she regularly organises author visits and book fairs. She is happy to help children with reading and recommend books to them. She has two grown up sons and a grandchild!
Mr Noel CurryHead of Classics
Mr Noel Curry
M.A. (Hons.), P.G.D.E. (Edinburgh)
Head of Classics
Noel started at Belhaven in 2008 and during the last twelve years has held a range of positions including Forms 3 and 4 Tutor and Housemaster. He is also Head of Cross-Country and is a keen runner himself. Noel has four children, two of whom are at Belhaven. Noel speaks fluent Swedish, is a keen Leeds United football fan and, having been a brewer professionally before turning to teaching, enjoys brewing and drinking real ale.
Mrs Karen LeitchHead of Learning Support
Mrs Karen Leitch
BA Business Studies; PGCE
Head of Learning Support
Karen joined Belhaven in 2014, having taken a career break to raise her three boys, living for five years in Virginia, USA, during this time. Karen has held a variety of positions at Belhaven, including teaching junior French and Maths. Her current position is as Head of Learning Support. Her youngest son, Fin, is a Belhaven pupil.
Ms Lucy WimbledonHead of Art
Ms Lucy Wimbledon
BA Hons (Edinburgh College of Art)
PCGE Secondary Art & Design (Reading)
Head of Art
Lucy started at Belhaven in 2004 and has twins, Rafe and Liv, currently at Belhaven and a younger son Oak. Lucy studied Painting and Drawing at Edinburgh College of Art and then went on to do her teacher training at Reading University. Her interests now are landscape painting, ceramics and printmaking. In her free time Lucy loves sea swimming and yoga. She lives with her three children in Dunbar.
Mrs Jane HaddonArt, RMPS, DT
Mrs Jane Haddon
Joint Hons M.A. Fine Art (Edinburgh)
PGCE PG Guidance
Art, RMPS, DT
Came to Belhaven in January 2011 from St Margaret's School, Edinburgh. She has 2 grown up children.
Mrs Lesley TownshendForm 4 Class Teacher
Mrs Lesley Townshend
BCom Accountancy & Business Hons (Edinburgh)
PGCE Secondary (Moray House)
Form 4 Class Teacher
Lesley has taken on various teaching roles at Belhaven, starting in 2004, with some time out to have 3 children. Since 2015, she has been a Form 4 form tutor and teacher. Lesley lives on site in the South Lodge. Her 3 children, having been through Belhaven, are now at Strathallan.
Mrs Sophie SwiftForm 4 Class Teacher
Mrs Sophie Swift
Teaching & Boarding Assistant; Sports Coach
Sophie is very excited to become part of the team in September. As a former student of another Scottish prep school, she remembers visiting Belhaven for cross-country races! She has been teaching for eight years, the last five of which have been at The Banda School in Nairobi. She is going to have to get used to a bit of a chillier climate compared to Kenya! She loves sport, art and camping, and is looking forward to getting stuck in with Belhaven's amazing boarding environment and extracurricular activities!
Mrs Anna McGrathHousemistress of Girls' House; Drama
Mrs Anna McGrath
BA Hons, MA, PGCE
Housemistress of Girls' House
Anna joined Belhaven in 2020 after working both pastorally as a residential tutor and as an academic lead as Director of Drama at Fettes Preparatory School. Prior to this, Anna worked as Head of Drama at Hartland International School in Dubai. Anna trained as an actress at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before commencing teacher training as part of the Teachfirst programme. She is passionate about pastoral care and looks forward to developing confident young women in her role as Girls' Housemistress.
Mr Ian DryburghHead of PE & Sports Coach
Mr Ian Dryburgh
BSc (Hons), MSc
Head of PE, Sports Coach & Junior Science
Ian joined Belhaven in 2019 andcompleted the Independent School PGCE at the University of Buckingham. An IRB Level 3 rugby coach, Ian coaches the first team at the school.
Mr Jack WhiteHousemaster of Boys' House; Maths
Mr Jack White
BSc Hons Economics, PGCE
Housemaster of Boys' House
Maths & History
Jack joined Belhaven in September 2021 from Marlborough College Malaysia, where he was the Assistant Boarding Housemaster and Head of Year 7. Trained as a Secondary Maths teacher whilst working at Barnard Castle School, he made the transition to Prep School teaching and loves the variety that it brings. He is a keen sportsman and outdoor enthusiast and is really enjoying exploring the East Lothian coast with pupils, his wife Vicky and young daughters, Rosie and Grace.
Mr Jak PurkissEnglish & Humanities
Mr Jak Purkiss
MA Hons, PGCE
English & Humanities
Jak joined Belhaven in September 2021 and lives in North Lodge. He arrived from London having spent a brief time teaching Key Stage 2 following two years teaching abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a keen sportsman, still playing where possible and particularly enjoys football, cricket and rugby. He is also an avid cyclist and has completed a number of long distance triathlons and running competitions.
Mrs Lindsay GreyHead of French
Mrs Lindsay Grey
Head of French & Form 3LS
Lindsay studied French, Spanish and International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Originally from the Highlands, she has spent a lot of time living and working abroad in France, Spain, Mexico and Chile. After university and working abroad, she completed Teach First in the North East of England and has just moved back up to North Berwick after spending four years in London where she was Head of Modern Foreign Languages at an inner-city secondary school. Lindsay is keen sportswoman and loves running, cycling, sea swimming and Munro climbing.
Mr David DawsonHead of Science
Mr David Dawson
BSc, MSc, PGCE
Head of Science
David joined us in April 2022 to cover Kay Holliday's maternity leave. During the pandemic he returned to the UK having been Deputy Head (Pastoral), at the new Rugby School Thailand. Until 2017, he was Director of Studies and Housemaster at Fettes College Prep School. He started his career as a land agent managing large private and commercial country estates and property; and as an international manager with Unilever, living in Tanzania and Malaysia. He is married with three adult children.
Miss Emily WattHead of Computer Science
Miss Emily Watt
Head of Computer Science
Emily grew up in Perthshire and attended Strathallan School where she formed and captained the first girls' football team and was Head of the Marines in the school’s Combined Cadet Force. In 2021, she graduated with a first-class honours degree in Product Design Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She then went on to spend a year gaining experience in schools before starting a PGDE Primary Education course back at Strathclyde. The combination of engineering and teaching blends together in such a unique manner, and she is excited about what the future holds for STEM in primary education. In her down time, Emily enjoys getting out and about in an attempt to tick off more Munros, as well as spending time on her bike and paddleboard. She also enjoys putting her design skills to good use when sewing new products for friends and family to enjoy.
Mrs Hannah-Louise ScottHead of Music (Prep School)
Mrs Hannah-Louise Scott
BMus + Hons, MMus, PGDE
Head of Music (Prep School)
Hannah-Louise joined Belhaven Hill in 2024 as Head of Music for the Prep School. As a keen musician and former pupil of George Heriots School, she went on to study Classical Music at Edinburgh Napier’s Ian Tomlin School of Music where she was awarded the Benjamin Hebbert Strings Prize. She consequently travelled to Cardiff (RWCMD) to complete her Masters in Violin Performance, followed by her PGDE at Moray House, Edinburgh University, where she realised her love for working with young people and Music education. Hannah-Louise has taught in secondary schools across Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, whilst also privately teaching violin and piano. She has assisted in many school orchestras and ensembles, including for the Benedetti Sessions.
Hannah-Louise plays with a variety of amateur orchestras and ensembles on violin and viola and particularly enjoys improvising with her electric violin on a Sunday with her church’s worship band. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting antique and charity shops, spending time with her family, husband and their fluffy Ragdoll cats, Milka and Nougat! Hannah-Louise looks forward to growing and developing the Music Department and Senior Choir – you’ll find her in the Music office listening to everything and anything!
Mrs Alice JohnstonePre-Prep Lead & Class Teacher
Mrs Alice Johnstone
Pre-Prep Lead & Form 6 Class Teacher
Alice joined the staff in September 2015 as a junior class teacher. She taught Form 4 for a year then moved to Form 6 where she worked on developing our 6 & 7 year olds. The past 18 months have been an exciting challenge, as we have worked together to create a wonderful Pre-Prep department. This collaboration will help the seamless transition for the children as they move into the Prep school. Alice is joined in Form 6 by her lovely Labrador Cora, who enjoys the attention from the children. Alice was previously a co-director of the junior play and will now be involved with the Pre-prep Nativity play. She is a qualified make-up artist, which has been useful for school productions as well as teaching the children face painting. Alice is a keen skier and netballer and loves going on walks with Cora.
Miss Leanne BirrellPre-Prep Class Teacher
Miss Leanne Birrell
Pre-Prep Class Teacher (Form 7)Leanne joined Belhaven Hill in April 2023. After graduating from the University of Dundee, she taught in a small, rural school in Fife for several years. Looking for a new adventure, she made her way to Dulwich College in Shanghai where she spent three years fully immersing herself in the language, culture and traditions. Working in an international setting inspired her to broaden her horizons and begin exploring the world! She has since travelled to almost 50 countries and is always planning her next adventure! She has lived in Dubai for the past three years but is now excited to make her way back to Scotland. When she's not working, you can find her at the beach (come rain or shine), playing netball or padel and catching up with family and friends. She is passionate about photography. She has taught across many year groups, from Early Level/Foundation Stage to Second Level/Key Stage 2. She strives to develop a love of learning in all her students and set high expectations for herself and her class.
Mrs Rachel GibsonPre-Prep Class Teacher
Mrs Rachel Gibson
BA (Hons), MScTLT
Pre-Prep Class Teacher (Form 8)
Rachel has recently moved to Dunbar and loves the community feel of the town. She is looking forward to working at Belhaven (from Sept 2022) with its close-knit community and extensive opportunities for play-based and outdoor learning. After completing her Masters degree, Rachel took a teaching post in Edinburgh where she was awarded the Probationer of the Year Award for her teaching and learning. In her spare time, Rachel is now working towards a Doctorate which focusses on social justice and pupil voice - areas of education about which Rachel is passionate.
Mrs Rebecca MacdonaldPre-Prep Teaching Assistant
Mrs Rebecca Macdonald
Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant
Becky joined Belhaven in September 2021. She is originally from the Highlands of Scotland but moved to Edinburgh to complete her first degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. She later went on to study Early Years Education and gained experience working as a Teaching Assistant in an international school in Italy. Becky loves running, beach walks and coffee stops, so thinks that East Lothian is where she is meant to be!
Miss Marian LloydHead of Music (Pre-Prep)
Miss Marian Lloyd
MA (Hons), PGDE
Suzuki Violin Levels 1-3
Pre-Prep Music Lead
Marian started teaching violin in 2005 working privately, as well as for Highland Council, Midlothian Council, and Cargilfield Prep School. Marian qualified as a Primary classroom teacher in 2011 but decided to focus on instrumental teaching after missing it too much. Marian spent 3 years training as a violin teacher with the Suzuki method and loves the depth of knowledge this training provides. Marian started at Belhaven in 2022 as a strings VMT and, having worked in the Pre-Prep since it launched in April 2022, she is now the Music Lead for Forms 8-6. When not listening to Brahms string quartets at maximum volume, Marian can be found in the garden training her sweet peas, dead-heading roses, and talking to her chickens.
Mr Angus BrownTeaching & Boarding Assistant; Sports Coach
Mr Angus Brown
Teaching & Boarding Assistant; Sports Coach
Angus joined Belhaven as a gap student in September 2020 and has since become a permanent fixture! He is now a Boarding & Teaching Assistant and Sports Coach in the Prep and Pre-Prep. He loves the outdoor environment at Belhaven and is a keen all-round sportsman, specialising in cricket. He gained his Level 2 coaching qualification at Hampshire Cricket College and plays for Hampshire & England Physically Disabled Cricket Teams, making his debut for England in 2019 in the Disability World Series in Worcester.
Miss Amelia DyerTeaching & Boarding Assistant
Miss Amelia Dyer
Teaching & Boarding Assistant
Originally from New Zealand, Amelia joined Belhaven as a GAP student in April 2022 and is now a Teaching and Boarding Assistant. She is an accomplished equestrian, having ridden competitively in New Zealand and Scotland, and a keen musician and actor.
Non-Teaching Staff (ID 1048)
Mrs Rosie LangtonHeadmaster's Wife
Mrs Rosie Langton
MA (Hons) Modern Languages (Oxford);
Masters in Publishing (Oxford Brookes)
Rosie is a mother of three (Xander, Cleo and Lettie), a teacher of Italian and French and a freelance designer. Rosie is part of the Marketing team and has responsibility for all things uniform. She also enjoys encouraging young Italianists and lacrosse players! Rosie is loving living by the sea and getting to know the treasures of East Lothian.
Mrs Isabella BennettBursar; Estate Manager
Mrs Isabella Bennett
Isabella joined Belhaven in 2023, having led the Foundation at Sedbergh School for 5 years. Isabella has over 15 years' experience of schools' operations, and has also run a successful small business. Isabella joins Belhaven with an ever-growing team of Welsh Terriers who regularly compete in championship dog shows across Europe.
Bursar and Estate Manager
Mrs Olivia ReynoldsSchool Admissions and Registration
Mrs Olivia Reynolds
School Admissions and Registration
Mrs Nicola BruntonSchool Secretary
Mrs Nicola Brunton
Mrs Tricia MulroySchool Secretary
Mrs Tricia Mulroy
Mrs Katherine LodgeFinancial Manager
Mrs Katherine Lodge
Mrs Elena ClarkHousekeeper
Mrs Elena Clark
Mr Richard McLeanMaintenance
Mr Richard McLean
Mr David PeekWebsite Manager
Mr David Peek
Mrs Caroline FreemanHealth & Wellbeing Lead
Mrs Caroline Freeman
Health & Wellbeing Lead
Caroline's passion for working with children and in the outdoors started at Gordonstoun. She then went on to Oxford Brookes where she trained as an Occupational Therapist. She worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Caroline also set up and directs a local Outdoor Nursery. She loves the ethos of Belhaven and is really excited about helping to provide the magical education that the school gives all the pupils. She is a keen walker, sea swimmer and tennis player
Miss Cathy LeeNight Matron Boys' House
Miss Cathy Lee
Mrs Joanne TurnbullNight Matron Boys' House
Mrs Joanne Turnbull
Mrs Lucy LavelleNight Matron Girls' House
Mrs Lucy Lavelle
Ms Gill PeartNight Matron Girls' House
Ms Gill Peart