Meet The Staff


Senior staff

Denise Hammersley

BSc (Loughborough), PGCE (UEA), NPQH

Acting Head of School and Head of Boarding

Denise is a graduate of Loughborough University where she studied Mathematics and Physical Education. Loughborough is renowned for its sporting traditions and as well as enjoying academic success, Denise represented her country at athletics. After graduation she spent time travelling with her husband in Asia and South America before returning to the UK to continue her teaching career.

Denise has taught mathematics in a variety of schools including a girls’ grammar school, a boarding school and a large international school in Abu Dhabi. Her most recent post was as Deputy Head of a prestigious North London independent school. Her wider expertise includes the National Qualification for Headship as well as being a regular inspector of other schools for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate.

Outside school Denise continues to enjoy sport, knitting and travelling with her family.


Helen Harris

BSc (Open University), PGCE (Cambridge)

Head of Mathematics

Helen went directly into the City after A-levels and gained experience in various roles within investment banking. An interest in the mathematics used to model risk management solutions resulted in a move into software development and working for several years as a business analyst and project manager on Financial IT projects in London, Berlin and Stuttgart.

Helen returned to the UK and took a career break to focus on her young family during which time she studied for a degree in Mathematics and Statistics with the Open University. Having graduated with first class honours, Helen completed her PGCE at Cambridge University (more…)


Tim Lovewell

BSc (Bristol), PGCE (Cambridge)

Assistant Head (Academic) and Head of Science, Modern Languages and Visual Art.

Tim graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Biochemistry followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University. His first 9 years as a teacher were spent in a secondary comprehensive in Bishops Stortford where he held various roles as Gifted and Talented co-ordinator, head of chemistry and Second in Science. Joining CCSS in 2014 as head of Science and Maths he has relished the opportunity of broadening his teaching repertoire having now taught A level physics as well as chemistry.
Tim is most at home in front of the class where he enjoys the chance to not only develop the students thinking and understanding of science but also to try and engender a lifelong love of learning. Tim has a real passion for developing thinking skills and independent learning, preferring to scaffold learning and direct thought process over endless repetition of factual content.
Tim has in the past been an active rugby player, before converting to Ultimate Frisbee, a sport he one days hopes he will have the time to play again. Tim is a devoted father who likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and three young girls Ellie, Beth and Alice, seeing the joy of discovery as they learn about the world and its myriad delights.


Anna Russell

BA (Kent) PGCE (London)

Head of Humanities and Psychology

Anna Russell (Head of Humanities) graduated from The University of Kent with an honours degree in English and American Studies, followed by a postgraduate teaching qualification from The University of London. Her subsequent career in teaching and educational management has been very varied and includes senior posts in secondary schools, distance learning, and higher education. Her main focus has always been on promoting individual learning styles and student support and guidance.

Anna has two children and two step-children, so has a parental as well as ‘educational’ understanding of young adults, and of the challenges and choices they face in the modern world. Her youngest daughter studied for her A levels at CCSS and Anna was so impressed by the high quality of teaching and outstanding pastoral support at the college that when the post of Head of English came up, she jumped at it – and has never regretted it. She enjoys working closely with small groups of students and committed and supportive colleagues, and values the international nature of the student body.

Anna enjoys theatre, film and (obviously!) literature – especially 19th century fiction. She is a member of Cambridge University Chorus and loves Mozart, Bach, Randy Newman, The Kinks and Ry Cooder.


Jessica Yarnell

BA (Manchester)

Head of Social Sciences

Jessica graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in International Business Finance and Economics, followed by completing the Teach First programme in Greater Manchester. Since then she has taught in International Schools in both Italy and Portugal, where she had various roles and responsibilities. Her focus has always been ensuring students learn in the best way possible for them so that they enjoy learning.

Since joining CCSS in 2016 Jessica has relished working with small groups of students from both an English and International background in a supportive environment, where she can see students thrive as individuals.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys music, reading and travelling, as well as spending time with friends and family.


House Staff

Denise Hammersley

BSc (Loughborough), PGCE (UEA), NPQH

Acting Head of School and Head of Boarding

Denise is a graduate of Loughborough University where she studied Mathematics and Physical Education. Loughborough is renowned for its sporting traditions and as well as enjoying academic success, Denise represented her country at athletics. After graduation she spent time travelling with her husband in Asia and South America before returning to the UK to continue her teaching career.

Denise has taught mathematics in a variety of schools including a girls’ grammar school, a boarding school and a large international school in Abu Dhabi. Her most recent post was as Deputy Head of a prestigious North London independent school. Her wider expertise includes the National Qualification for Headship as well as being a regular inspector of other schools for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate.

Outside school Denise continues to enjoy sport, knitting and travelling with her family.


Teachers

Support Staff

Neil White

BA Hons (Open), Dip Lit (Open), Dip Eur Hum (Open)

Facilities Manager

Neil White was born in Cambridge approximately 100 metres, as the crow flies, from the St Barnabas boarding site that he ran with his wife Anna from 1998 to 2015. Anna and Neil joined CCSS in 1990 and were residential House Managers in four Boarding Houses including all girls’, all boys’, mixed and upper and lower-sixth.

During his time with CCSS Neil has completed a first class honours degree in Literature and European Humanities with the Open University, a two-year counselling course with the Cambridge Consultancy, various Health and Safety courses and a two-year Professional Development Certificate (Boarding Education) with the BSA and Roehampton University.

Anna and Neil have three children, Daniella, Louis and Rosanna. Football, Shakespeare, the Analytical Psychology of C G Jung, Eastern Philosophy, Soul music and dreams have all enhanced the ‘100-metre’ flight!


Sarah ZHANG Bin

Marketing Development Manager

Sarah (ZHANG Bin) has been working in the international education industry for about 18 years. She had worked for Oxford brookes University and CEG in their China offices before joining CCSS. In 2015, right after she obtained MBA degree in Coventry University, Marketing major, she started her new role to look after China market for CCSS. She is full of experiences and creativity. She takes students as her own child. When asking her why she keeps working in this industry, she said that it is very meaningful that a younger person could have a new bright future with her help and it gives her the strong sense of achievement more than any other jobs.