Meet our team

Dedicated support

We have a large team of dedicated people all driven by their desire to support and assist our homeschooling students to the full. From Admissions staff helping families understand our courses and assisting them make the right subject selections to our team of Student Progress Managers who support students throughout their homeschooling journey.

We also have a large team of staff who are responsible for monitoring, developing and improving the courses we provide.

You can meet all our team members below or visit our Tutors page to see our team of highly qualified and experienced Tutors.

How homeschooling works SPM support

Joy-Anna explains the role of the SPM.


Senior Admissions Advisor

Tamara Onslow

Tamara graduated from Durham University with a degree in Geography. She worked in financial marketing in the City of London before moving to Hampshire, where she has done volunteer work for hospitals, schools and charities. Tamara lives with her 4 teenage children and 2 dogs (whippets) in the New Forest. She loves cooking, swimming, walking, sailing and cycling, although not all on the same day!

Admissions Manager

Christina Hitchcock

Christina studied French and German at Coventry University spending a year in both France and Germany as part of her BA degree. Having a thirst for travel Christina then went on to live and work in Japan, China, Taiwan and Poland teaching English as a Second Language to students of all ages and levels. Returning to the UK in 2009 she completed a Masters degree in Education with Applied Linguistics and developed her career in education which has included admissions, student welfare and international student recruitment, allowing her to travel to even further parts of the globe. Now settled in Oxford, Christina enjoys spending sunny (and rainy!) days on her allotment along with her partner where together they grow their own fruit and veg from which they enjoy creating nutritious meals and even their own brand of jams and chutneys.

Admissions Officer

Amber Hussain

Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English Literature at De Montfort University in 2013. She has since spent the majority of her career working in education, but did also manage to find some leisure time to travel quite extensively around Europe and North America. In 2016 she completed the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching and taught English for four years at an international language school in Oxford, as well as at Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan. When she is not working, you will usually find her with her nose in a book (or pressed to the screen of a Kindle), cycling along the streets of Oxford or out on Port Meadow with a very excitable English Springer Spaniel.

Admissions Officer, India

Sheela Anagolum

Sheela graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb. IL. She lived and worked in various parts of the United States as a Programmer Analyst, Web Designer and Project Co-ordinator before returning to India. She has authored a book titled Chemistry Skills Builder for Cambridge IGCSE for a Singapore publishing company. She has two sons, one of whom homeschooled and completed Cambridge A Levels recently. She loves travelling, reading, running, listening to music and painting mandalas.

Admissions Officer, India

Shipra Purkayastha

After completing her MBA in Finance and Marketing, Shipra spent most of her decade-long career in the Education Industry, across product development, consulting and HR. Shipra spent the beginning of her career in Boston. She moved to Kolkata in 2011, and started working in the nascent but fast-growing startup ecosystem there – mostly with Edutech Startups. She also launched KClub, a learning-by-doing concept that used multimedia techniques that made learning fun for pre-teens. KClub was a big success on it’s launch. She balances her time between leading her retail electronics startup HyperXchange with her husband, homeschooling her 11 and 14 year old sons, and playing with Felix, their Golden Retriever. She speaks six languages (English, Hindi, Marwari, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi and understands Korean) and is always trying to pick up some more new words from a foreign language. She is trained in Hindustani Classical Music.

Student Progress Managers

Manager of Primary Student Support

Sarah Webb

Sarah oversees and provides day-to-day support for the team in all aspects of their work. She also recruits new team members and ensures that they are fully trained and able to support students on their courses with Wolsey Hall. Sarah’s experience in Early Years Education sparked her passion for children’s learning and development. She loves the opportunities that Wolsey Hall can offer to students worldwide to continue their education in a way that meets their individual lifestyles and needs. Sarah has four children of her own aged from three to twenty, one of whom was diagnosed with ADHD aged 12. She therefore has a good understanding of the highs, lows and challenges faced as a parent when educating children. She is always looking out with the team as to how best we can support students to fulfil their full potential and meet their learning goals. When taking time out, Sarah enjoys walking her two crazy Cockapoos, watching films and spending time with her busy family.

Charlotte English Secondary SPM manager

Manager of Secondary Student Support

Charlotte English

Charlotte graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Education Studies. Since then she has lived in many parts of the UK, as well as San Francisco, where she worked for the Volunteer Centre of San Francisco. After returning from the U.S. Charlotte worked for many years as a reward analyst. Charlotte has recently completed an Introduction to Counselling course at Oxford University, which she greatly enjoyed and is very much hoping at some point to continue this line of study on a part-time basis, with a view to offering counselling to children and young adults in her spare time. For relaxation Charlotte has a passion for cooking, reading and spending time with her three children, ranging in age from 3 to 16.

Michaela Pignotti manager of secondary student support

Manager of Secondary Student Support

Michaela Pignotti

Michaela graduated in MA English Language & Linguistics from the University of Aberdeen in 2003 and has been working within the administrative sector in Higher Education for the past 10 years. Michaela recently relocated to Oxford with her husband and young child. In her spare time Michaela enjoys postcrossing, writing, travelling and visiting museums.

Lucy Arad

Lucy trained and rehabilitated horses for several years before graduating with a first degree in Acupuncture from the University of Lincoln. She then went on to gain a distinction in her Master’s degree in Chinese Herbal Medicine from Westminster University. She has lived in Israel, Guatemala and America and speaks three languages. She has also spent a lot of time travelling around the world and exploring different cultures. Since returning to Oxfordshire, Lucy has had two children which she is bringing up to be bilingual. This has sparked her interest in home education and has helped her to develop an understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching children at home. In her spare time she loves reading, running, horse-riding and playing in nature with her children and dog.

Liane Beech

Liane graduated with an English Literature degree from Durham University and then trained at Nottingham Law School before taking a PGCE at Reading University. Since 2003, Liane has worked across the Primary age range as a classroom teacher and, more recently, specialist Learning Support Teacher in both state and independent schools in Oxfordshire. Liane has a Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Studies and Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice (Literacy Difficulties). Outside of work, Liane enjoys spending time with her family and two eccentric rabbits, playing recorder duets with her daughter, walking in the Oxfordshire countryside, singing in a choir and she is a Soroptimist.

Dani Boucher

After completing her BEd in Primary Education at Westminster College, Oxford, Dani worked in Primary schools as a class teacher and SENCo before moving to Oxford Brookes University as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education. There she specialised in Children’s Literature and Drama, which she supplemented by completing an MA in Children’s Literature. Literature is still a passion of hers although with three children, reading time is not quite what it was! After enjoying some time off whilst her children were small, Dani returned to the classroom at her local Primary school as a part-time teacher, developing a keen interest and passion in supporting those children and young people who are autistic. She has completed a qualification in PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) and is passionate about promoting positive neurodivergent identities. She spends most of her free time in the ballet studio where she is a keen amateur ballet dancer and loves nothing more than being on stage! After having travelled the world as a child, she is now based in Oxford with her family and much-loved cockapoo.

Charlotte Casey

Charlotte graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Education from the University of York and then gained a Masters Degree in English Literature from APU. She has had a number of roles including working for the Government of the British Virgin Islands, where she supported overseas students coming to study in the UK for the first time. After one of her children was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she homeschooled her two daughters for four years. Through this experience she gained understanding of the challenges and rewards that there can be when trying to support and educate children in a holistic way. Outside of work, Charlotte loves to paint, particularly with oils, and has exhibited her work most recently in Chicago. She also loves reading, walking in the hills near her home in Gloucestershire and going to the theatre with her family.

Vicky Cumming

After a first degree in Music, Vicky studied for a PGCE in London, and has until recently been working in local schools as an Early Years teacher. Originally from Oxfordshire, she moved back from London to Oxford with her husband in 1999. Before this, she lived in Italy for a year, teaching English, and about ten years ago also lived in Western Australia for a year, working as a supply teacher. Vicky is also a designer/maker of silver jewellery, and loves to exhibit her creations in craft fairs and exhibitions around Oxfordshire. In her spare time, Vicky enjoys swimming, running and singing in a choir, as well as travel. She recently took part in a trek in Iceland, to raise money for charity, and is planning some further adventures soon.

Rosaria di Ceglie

Rosaria has a Degree in Modern Foreign Languages and a Further Education teaching qualification. She studied English, Spanish and French at Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy and at Universidad De La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain. She moved to Britain permanently in 2000 and has since enjoyed working in Colleges and Schools across Oxfordshire as a Language Tutor and, in the last five years, for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. She has a passion for Languages, multiculturalism and the arts. She lives in Oxfordshire with her British husband and two bilingual boys. In her spare time Rosaria likes to socialise with friends, escape to the seaside, potter around an art gallery and volunteer at Creation Theatre Company. She also can’t say no to a good cup of espresso.

Jackie Cunningham

Jackie is currently working towards a degree in Environmental Studies with the Open University and since moving to Oxfordshire with her family in 2000, she has worked in a variety of educational settings. Initially, Jackie has previously worked as a Home School Link Worker in two Oxford Schools and she also has experience of working as an Assistant Education Officer for students needing Learning Support and as an Examinations Officer. Jackie has also provided MA programme support to students studying International Business courses at Oxford Brookes University. In her spare time, Jackie likes to spend time with her horses and enjoys walking her two greyhounds.

Nikki Dallaway

Nikki has worked in both property management and international relocations for the last twenty years. She has particularly enjoyed supporting many families through the challenges of relocating to a new country. Acting as their main contact, she ensured that their move was completed as smoothly as possible. She now enjoys supporting Wolsey Hall families through their homeschooling journey. Nikki studied Art and Fashion Design at North Oxfordshire College of Art. When she has a spare minute, she creates items for her small craft business. Nikki lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband and two young children. When she is not working or creating, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and countryside walks.

Sarah Doberska

Sarah studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, and during her degree course she spent a year teaching English at the University of Pavia in Italy. Since graduating in 2004 she has worked in a variety of event management and communications roles, and is currently also a freelance editor and copywriter. Sarah lives in Oxford with her husband and two young daughters, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jennie Duffin

Jennie studied languages at Oxford Brookes University and since then, has worked in various language schools in Oxford, teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as hosting students from all over the world. Jennie enjoys studying and has just completed a Counselling Certificate at Abingdon & Witney College. She has also completed the AAT Level 3 Accounting Certificate and has worked in the accounting departments of various schools in Oxfordshire. In her spare time Jennie loves playing tennis and badminton and she also enjoys music, having learnt to play the piano, guitar and clarinet. She has three grown up children whom she loves spending time with. Jennie is also a keen cook and loves welcoming family and friends into her home.

Pat Edwards

Pat has been a Student Progress Manager with Wolsey Hall for more years than she cares to remember! She has helped many hundreds of students to success in their courses over that time. With the rest of the Progress Management team she reviews student progress on a fortnightly basis and is always on hand to answer queries from students by telephone or email.

Rona Francis

Rona has enjoyed various positions throughout her career including working in her local Primary School. At the time of her daughter going to University, Rona’s interest in her own education was rekindled and she realised that even as a mature student, her long held dream of furthering her education, was a possibility. After signing up for an access course she secured a place at Edge Hill University as a full-time undergraduate. Rona achieved her dream by successfully graduating in 2017 with a first class BSc in Child Health and Wellbeing. In addition to her work as a Student Progress Manager, Rona has completed an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and her studies will enable her to better support her students. Rona is a great believer in the concept of life-long learning and is passionate about supporting others to achieve their very best.

Juliet Franks

Juliet has enjoyed an extensive career in arts management and arts education, having graduated in decorative arts conservation from Buckinghamshire New University and in postgraduate Heritage Studies from Birmingham University. Juliet has travelled widely and has lived and worked in Australia, Italy and London before returning to her home city of Oxford, where for many years she supported students at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford whilst also working as a freelance curator, research assistant and arts administrator. Juliet has kept bees, was a radio presenter and in sportier days ran La Grand Classique in Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to Versailles! In more recent times, Juliet enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also runs a small business where she continues to work with artists and makers.

Emma Goulart

Emma graduated with a 1st in Natural Sciences from Newnham College Cambridge and then was awarded the Joseph Hodges Choate Fellowship to study for a year at Harvard University. There she developed an interest in the health impacts of environmental pollution and went on to graduate with a Masters of Research in Environmental Management from York University. She then had a 12 year career working in environmental management for UK government agencies including roles from Research Manager to Policy Advisor and topics from flooding to nanotechnology. Since having children she has volunteered at her local schools in a variety of roles including forest school, which she particularly loves, and has also tutored A Level Biology. She loves travelling and has lived in the USA, Canada, and Switzerland as well as many different parts of the UK. In her free time she loves to cycle, hike, bake and to plan themed birthday parties for her children.

Emma Gowans

Emma gained her Degree in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield. She went on to enjoy a career first as a field archaeologist and then moved into archaeology and education. This is when she discovered her love of teaching and has never looked back. Emma enjoys making and teaching all types of craft and visits as many museums and archaeological sites as she can worldwide. Emma has a very lively toddler so gets her exercise chasing after him and attempting to keep him out of too much mischief.

Nyssa Haines

Nyssa attended Southampton University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Psychology. She worked in the Learner Support Team at the Open University supporting students completing their studies via online distance learning. Her job was very varied ranging from initial general enquiries and specific course choice advice through to examination arrangements and qualification enquiries. She worked for the Open University for nine years until the happy arrival of her daughter when she decided to study to become a childminder and set up her own childcare business. Working with children and adults of all ages has inspired her to be passionate about learning and supporting others to achieve their goals. She is originally from Bournemouth but has lived in Oxfordshire for 15 years.

Joanna Hambridge

Joanna has a degree in Hospitality Management & Business Statistics from Oxford Brookes University, and a Masters degree in Conference & Events Management from the University of Westminster. Since graduating, Joanna has worked in a variety of event management and marketing roles, and is also an Examiner in these subjects – a role which she greatly enjoys and which sparked her interest in working in education. Joanna also volunteers as a Mentor for students at her former universities. Joanna lives in Oxfordshire with her three children and numerous pets, and in her spare time enjoys running, studying and reading books.

Cathe Heron

Cathe worked as a Learning Support and Teaching Assistant in Oxford schools for many years, where she covered many roles but primarily supported children with Special Educational Needs. She completed a BSc(Hons) degree in Social Sciences via distance learning with the Open University and has recently moved to Dorset with her family. Any free time is spent tending to a growing menagerie of animals and other outdoor projects.

Laura Hobley

After completing her Business Studies Course at college, Laura carried out a variety of roles in her career in the hospitality industry. Starting off as a Senior Receptionist and working her way up to become an Events Manager and Wedding Specialist, she found her work most rewarding. With a flair for being both organised and efficient, she also enjoyed meeting new people and helping them start their journey together. Laura now uses her skills to support and encourage her students with their studies and gains great enjoyment from meeting her families and helping her students to achieve their goals. Laura lives in Oxfordshire with her two young children and enjoys nothing more than spending her time with her family doing a variety of activities that include walking, cycling, kite flying, and in the summer months, camping and attending local music festivals.

Annabel Hudson

Annabel is looking forward to working with her students’ families and supporting them on their homeschooling journey. She goes the extra mile to support her students on their homeschooling journey and understands the challenges that can often be faced. Outside of Wolsey Hall, Annabel is a talented artist who loves painting and drawing, and she finds it particularly rewarding encouraging children and young adults to be creative. She has previously run an Art club for Secondary students in her local community and in particular supported students with ADHD and students who find accessing Art more challenging. In her spare time Annabel enjoys baking and being creative in the kitchen. She also enjoys visiting museums, arts and crafts exhibitions, eating out and spending time with her family.

Emma May

Emma graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Oceanography with Marine Biology. After this she pursued a career as an Environmental Scientist, contributing to research and working as a Project Manager for an international consultancy and an Advisor for local government. When she had children she retrained and established her own business developing and delivering creative workshops and online courses, and writing tutorials for online and print media. Emma has two children one of whom has special educational needs so she understands the need for flexible and creative approaches to education. Emma lives in Oxfordshire where she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, growing fruit, vegetables & flowers in her garden, and spending lots of time in front of her sewing machine.

Pip McAllister

Pip graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA in Tourism & History of Art. She built her career around the demands of her three children and spent several years working in cultural tourism and arts management before moving into publishing. More recently, Pip has spent 10 years in education, particularly working with international students and those with special needs. As her family reached adulthood, Pip discovered a love of photography and combines working at Wolsey Hall with her photography practice. In her spare time Pip enjoys travel, walking Gracie the Labradoodle and – of course – taking photographs of her beautiful home town of Oxford.

Villy Mitchell

Villy graduated from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria with a combined BA in English Language & Literature, and Bulgarian Language & Literature. She has lived in Oxfordshire for over 20 years with her British husband and two children. Villy completed a Montessori Diploma and worked as a Montessori teacher for 3 years. She homeschooled her children for 10 years which has been a tremendously rewarding experience. Villy’s son completed five KS3 subjects and her daughter five IGCSE courses with Wolsey Hall. Villy strongly believes in facilitating children’s independent learning at their own pace in order to allow them to succeed to the best of their abilities and she is excited to support other home educated children with their studies.

Max Mohammed

Max studied Early Childhood Studies and Performing Arts at Oxford Brookes University and gained her CELTA qualification in 2009 whilst working as a Senior Accommodation and Welfare Officer in an Oxford language school. Her position at the school involved working closely with International students from all around the world, an experience that Max enjoyed as it gave her the opportunity to learn more about their different cultures. Max occasionally teaches English and Drama to local students in Oxford and organises charity events to provide free Education and free health care for children and adults in her home city in Pakistan. When she has free time, she likes cooking, bowling, going to the theatre and spending time with her two children and family.

Erin New

Erin studied French and Management at the University of Leeds. After graduating Erin worked as a Management Trainee for an international hotel chain which gave her the opportunity to live in Paris. Since then, she has retrained as a teacher and has worked in various schools teaching both French and Business Studies, specialising in the latter. Erin is passionate about Education and the opportunities that a varied education can bring as well as the enjoyment of learning. In her spare time Erin can be found walking outdoors with her dog, cooking or baking as well as enjoying quality time with her young family.

Lucy Nicholson

Lucy graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in English, and went on to enjoy working at both Manchester University Press and Oxford University Press. She has lived in Oxfordshire for the past 13 years where she has been kept busy raising three daughters, ranging in age from 4 to 13. She has taken an active role in their learning, both through supporting their schools, and also with sport and music outside of school. In her spare time Lucy loves to travel, and spends time in France whenever possible. She has also travelled in Japan, where she was fascinated by the different cultures and attitudes of the people she met. When at home she loves gardening, walking and cooking.

Mandy O’Sullivan

Mandy Osullivan is a mother of 4 children and holds a degree in English Literature and Language and a second degree in Psychology, specialising in child development. She is a governor at a primary school and a Child Welfare Officer for her children’s football team as well as a routine volunteer within her children’s school. Mandy has always loved to travel and experience different cultures, one of her favourite places was Tanzania which led to her teaching English and Science in a rural school. Although an extremely impoverished area the children had a big impact on Mandy with their quest for knowledge both academic and cultural. She also spent time in New Zealand which also had a different cultural ethos to children’s education and Mandy would very much like to return at some point. Mandy is currently studying for a Masters in Education and in her spare time, she is usually found with her nose in a book, de-stressing with Yoga or walking her very energetic Yorkshire terrier. She enjoys spending time with her children, the theatre and dreaming about living in New Zealand.

Bev Price

Bev has a background in mentoring and assessing young adults working towards a National Vocational Qualification. She has also studied Creative Writing and published a comedy novel. She is passionate about nurturing creativity and welcomes the flexibility that homeschooling gives children in today’s world, enabling them to be free thinkers and to work at their own pace. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and India, with her career taking her to both central London and Miami. Bev now lives in Dorset where she raises her family. She spends her spare time writing, learning French and diving into the sea as part of a year-round open water swimming group.

Francesca Provenzano

Originally from Sicily, Francesca has been based in Oxford for the past eleven years with her young family. In Italy she studied tourism, hospitality and languages and she has carried out a variety of roles in her career in the hospitality industry. Her love for all forms of art, together with her intellectual curiosity, drives her to be a lifelong learner, recently she completed a two year Photography Course run by the Abingdon and Witney College and took part in various group exhibitions in and around Oxford as part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks. In her free time she enjoys family days out to historic sites, nature walks and visits to museums and art galleries.

Judy Raven

After taking a first degree in Literature, Judy went on to study for a PGCE. More recently, she returned to education, completing a distance learning Master’s Degree in the Philosophy of Health and Happiness and a TEFL qualification. Originally from Devon, she has lived in Oxford for many years but misses being close to the sea! Prior to having her two children, Judy was a journalist – latterly working in the press office of an international aid agency, which involved travel to several African countries, to attract publicity and funds for its work tackling global poverty and injustice. Judy returned to work, in education – supporting school children and university students with special educational needs. As well as spending time with family and friends, Judy enjoys travel, the theatre/dance, interior design and growing organic foods – she is also a great believer in lifelong learning.

Elkana Roveglia

Elkana graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theology from Bristol University, a CELTA and a Certificate in Christian Counselling. Elkana was born in Italy, but has spent a number of years working in various schools in the South West of England, as well as a Montessori school in Beijing, China. He is a keen advocate of homeschooling and is delighted to be working for an organisation which fully supports this practice. In his free time, Elkana enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures with his British wife. He also enjoys reading biographies, keeping fit, trying different cuisines and furthering his knowledge in Biblical studies.

A Level Admissions Manager

Jessie Sim

Jessie worked as a Primary school teacher in Singapore for five years before moving into educational research in the UK. She has a Masters degree in Educational Research Methodology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford. Her research is about assessing childrens’ financial literacy. When she’s not working, Jessie enjoys going to the movies and doing pilates. Jessie enjoys being a Student Progress Manager to Secondary students. She is also an Admissions Manager, specialising in A Level admission enquiries.

Clare Thomas

Clare graduated from Oxford with a degree in Classics in 2011. Since then she has worked as a teacher at Magdalen College School and Headington School as well as for private tutoring agencies. She completed a PGCE with QTS in 2016 from the University of Buckingham and regularly attends education conferences, with a special interest in work on teaching ‘dead’ languages as if they were modern foreign languages. She has been a school governor at a local Primary school since 2013 and is the vice Chair and link governor for Literacy. She plays the violin and sings in a choir with her daughter. Having grown up in a boarding school, and lived in and around schools all her life, Clare now lives in Oxford with her husband (another teacher) and five children and teaches them Latin and Greek when they will let her.

Natalie Tighe

Natalie has been running her own fitness and wellness business for the past twenty years, firstly in London, and more recently in Oxfordshire. She is a yoga instructor and teaches classes both face to face locally, and online to clients all around the UK. She is an advocate for the benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation for all ages but particularly for young people to help manage stress and improve focus. Natalie is passionate about helping people reach their potential whatever their goals might be and enjoys supporting her students and families at Wolsey Hall. When not working, Natalie enjoys walking in the Oxfordshire countryside, trips to London, and spending time with family and friends.

Nicola Timbrell

Living in Australia for three years during childhood gave Nicola a fascination for the world, its people and geography. At university she studied Geology and the environment and then a further qualification in computing. After a research role investigating the use of multimedia in teaching she developed award-winning interactive learning software for the educational publishing market. She went on to teach digital publishing at university level for over 20 years. Having educated her two children at home, Nicola loves to be able to support other families in their homeschooling journey.

Rachel Wells

Rachel has been running her own successful catering business for the last 10 years and before this, mainly worked as an Executive Assistant. She has mentored and motivated many young people who have joined her catering team, and Rachel has enjoyed watching the progress and success of her students whilst running her own cookery club for children. Her management and multi-tasking skills were put to good use when recently homeschooling her own daughter, a task that she thoroughly enjoyed. Along with her completion of an Access course in Science, this has given Rachel a strong interest in education and in particular homeschooling and the flexible options that this can provide both students and families. When Rachel is not supporting and encouraging her Wolsey Hall students, she enjoys camping, cooking, reading and spending time with her daughter and two naughty terriers.

Claire Westlake

Claire graduated in 1994 with a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning, and went on to enjoy working in the Oxfordshire area in this field. Claire has lived in West Oxfordshire for 13 years where she raises her three daughters ranging from 5-16. In the interests of maintaining an active role in her childrens’ learning and activities, she changed career to set up her own fitness and wellness business which she runs to date. Claire is passionate about ensuring childrens’ wellbeing through learning, and strongly believes in supporting a flexible learning journey to lead to individual success. When not working Claire enjoys gardening, theatre visits, cooking and spending time with family.

Kerry White

Kerry has performed a variety of roles in her working life, to fit around the ever-evolving needs of her children. For a number of years, she supported children with speech, language and communication difficulties through their primary school journey. Through this work she gained an insight into the benefits of a more individualised approach to education, and the rewards of helping others realise their potential. Now that all three of her children are away at university, Kerry has embarked on projects, ranging from creating stained glass pieces to renovating an ageing narrowboat. In her remaining spare time, she enjoys exploring the countryside through walking the national trails.

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca graduated from Lancaster University in 1992 with a degree in Politics. She worked as a Library Assistant at Leeds Metropolitan University before moving to Oxfordshire in 1997. She spent the next 15 years working for the Open University, supporting distance learners by providing educational advice and guidance, organising examinations and putting arrangements in place for disabled students. Studying part-time, Rebecca also gained a first class degree in Mathematics. In 2013 she took a career break to become a full-time mum and now that her children are at school she is delighted to be able to resume her career in education and follow her interests in supporting children’s learning. When not supporting her Wolsey Hall students, Rebecca enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking (and eating) cakes and organising events at her children’s school.

Heads Of School

Head of Primary

Christine Armstrong

Christine has over 18 years’ experience in Primary education, and has held both teaching and leadership posts in the UK, and internationally. Before joining Wolsey Hall, Christine was the Primary Headteacher of a British International school in Bangkok. As a qualified teacher Christine puts the needs of students at the heart of her decision-making and is passionate about developing the whole child: academic development, social development and personal development. Christine holds a MBA from Oxford Brookes University, and is a trained school inspector. During the early wave of the pandemic Christine was responsible for implementing online learning in Primary, and as well as the challenges this presented, she could also see the value and freedom this brought to children’s learning. Christine is thrilled to be part of Wolsey Hall, and is constantly seeking opportunities to further develop the homeschooling experience in the Primary phase. When not working, Christine is busy with her two teenage children, and is enjoying reconnecting with, and exploring her home town of Oxford. She enjoys cooking, writing and the theatre. Having spent many years in the Far East, Christine has an appreciation of Chinese culture, in particular.

Head of Secondary

Ruth Young

Ruth has a BA Joint Honours in English Literature and French, with additional qualifications in Spanish and Italian from the University of Leeds. After completing her PGCE at the same university, she worked in Secondary state schools in North and West Yorkshire in a variety of roles including Head of French and Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting other teachers and schools in the region with delivery of their MFL curriculum. She moved overseas to Cairo in 2010 where she worked for five years as Head of MFL and Assistant Headteacher of Upper School in an UK curriculum international school. This led to becoming Secondary Principal for four years at a British International School in Thailand until her move to France in 2019. In France, Ruth enjoys long, peaceful countryside walks with her husband, daughter and dog as well as trying her hand at French cooking when she is not helping renovate their house.



Lee Wilcock

Lee’s career in home study and distance learning began over 35 years ago. During this time he has worked in a variety of roles in the distance learning/online learning field including providing advice to government on flexible approaches to learning. Now, as Principal of Wolsey Hall, he brings all this experience to bear to ensure that Wolsey Hall students get the best possible learning experience and that Wolsey Hall remains at the forefront in terms of innovation in homeschooling. Lee homeschooled his own daughter through her IGCSEs – so he understands at first hand the issues involved in being a homeschooling parent!

Director of Studies

Peter Newell

Peter took his law degree from the University of Oxford, qualified as a Barrister and then took an MBA at Columbia University in New York. He pioneered the launch of the world’s first distance learning MBA in conjunction with the University of Warwick Business School and helped to develop Wolsey Hall as a major provider of management development courses. He and Lee have worked closely together to ensure that Wolsey Hall continues to be the UK’s leading provider of home learning. He aims to ensure that the best academic advice is given to prospective students and parents and, together with Tutors and Student Progress Managers, that Wolsey Hall is a leader in the quality of its course delivery.

Deja Pygott Safeguarding and well-being Manager

Student Well-Being Manager and Safeguarding Lead

Deja Pygott

Deja is the Wolsey Hall Lead Safeguarding Officer and Well-being Manager. She is responsible for ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive learning environment and promotes the positive mental and social well-being of students who study with Wolsey Hall. Deja graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Primary Education, during which her studies took her to England. After falling in love with the country, Deja began teaching in a school in West Sussex. Since this time she has taught and supported pupils with complex needs in a therapeutic community, served as head of a centre supporting social communication needs and worked as a manager in a secondary school as the teacher in charge of Learning Support. Deja is passionate about keeping pupils safe and promoting their well-being to enable them to get the most out of their studies. Deja lives in Northampton with her partner and loves going to see live music, attending vintage festivals and events and walking.

Human Resources Manager

Jenny Gillies

Jenny is a Chartered CIPD member who is experienced at covering all aspects of HR. She likes working in an environment that gives her the opportunity to multi-task and to make a difference. She really enjoys being involved in employee relations and helping people. During her career she has worked in a number of sectors including research and development, recruitment, property and automotive. When she’s not working, she enjoys walking and baking.

University Services

University Adviser (UK)

Joel Roderick

Joel has worked in the field of education for over twenty years since graduating from Oxford, teaching History, English Language and Politics at independent and state schools in the UK and overseas. Since 2002, he has formed part of and led the senior management team at a number of sixth form colleges in Oxford, specialising in academic mentoring and educational counselling. Having been brought up in a restaurant, Joel has a passion for fine food and enjoys cooking and eating a wide range of cuisines.

University Adviser (International)

Sarah Wilson

After completing an MA and PGCE, Sarah spent 20 years teaching, coaching and mentoring in international schools in New Zealand, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Malaysia, and Bali. As an English Specialist and Head of Department, she has been delivering Cambridge IGCSE and A Level for many years including marking exams at all levels. She is an experienced university and career guidance counsellor and life/ career transition coach. She supports young people, fellow educationalists and ex-pats from all over the globe on their path to creating meaningful professional and personal lives. Currently, she also volunteers for the Matchlights Scholarship programme that supports high achieving, low-income students with free college counselling.

Supervisors of Courses

A level

Rachel Waring

Rachel studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University and has a Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has been teaching A Level English for over 12 years. Her work in education has given her varied experience of both the pastoral and the academic. She has worked as a Learning Support Tutor, Student Services Officer and Course Leader in Further Education; a Residential Warden in an international boarding school; an A Level Examiner; and Head of English and Faculty Leader in an independent sixth form college. She lives in Oxford and when she is not working she loves reading, writing and restoring old furniture. She is studying for a Diploma in Interior Design in her free time.

Supervisor of courses Nicky Waring

A level

Nicky Waring

At University Nicky opted for a joint degree in Geography and Computer Science. Having gained a first class BA (Joint Honours), she remained at Keele University and completed a PGCE in Geography and Mathematics. For the last 26 years, she has taught Secondary (Key Stage 3), GCSE, and A Level Geography. During this time, Nicky also taught Secondary Level Mathematics, Information Technology and Computing. During her spare time, Nicky is passionate about horse riding. She owns two horses and competes regularly. She is particularly proud to have competed in British Show Jumping’s National Amateur Finals on two occasions and to have competed at Hickstead. Nicky also enjoys trampolining, skiing, shooting, fell walking and rock climbing.


Jane Marshall

Jane achieved a First Class Honours in Applied Physics, and then a PGCE from Southampton University. She was inspired by her own Physics teacher at school, and taught at the Girls’ Grammar School in Bournemouth amongst other Secondary Schools. She worked at an Independent Boarding School where a significant number of pupils required special needs teaching. It was here that she began to teach Mathematics as well as Physics. Jane took time out to raise her own family, but loves teaching so much that she returned to Homeschooling with Wolsey Hall Oxford!

IGCSE Course Editor

Liz Wickens

Liz graduated from St Andrews university with a degree in English Language and Literature and an ambition to pursue a career in journalism. After a couple of brief forays into print with HarperCollins (travel books), she found her way instead into publishing and worked for 20 years at GL Assessment (formerly nfer-Nelson) as an editor, working mainly on educational assessments. During this time she took an eight-year career break to start a family, returning to work on a part-time basis once her two children reached school age. Now a freelance editor, Liz enjoys a variety of work, especially jobs that blend writing with editing. She is also co-chair of governors at her local primary school and enjoys playing the piano in her spare time.

Lower Secondary

Jess Wyer

Jess studied Applied Biology at Bath University. After getting her honours degree, she worked as a food Microbiologist then whilst involved in research at Oxford University she authored several scientific papers as well as obtaining a Diploma in Counselling. After taking time off to look after her two children she was employed as a school Science Technician. She then trained as a teacher and gained her Diploma in Education and Training at Cirencester College, teaching A Level Biology and IGCSE Biology in an outstanding Science department. In addition to tutoring with Wolsey Hall she has also tutored local students in Science, several with learning difficulties, from Primary up to IGCSE Level. In her spare time Jess likes to bake and spend time in her wildlife garden.

Lower Secondary

Elena Roveglia

Elena has a BA in European Languages and an MA in Translation with Language Technology. After achieving her PGCE from Exeter University, Elena taught in a number of state and independent schools in South West England. After 16 years as Head of Languages, Head of House and examiner for GCSE, Elena achieved her CELTA certification. She then moved into the international circuit and took up the role of teacher trainer for an independent school group in Kazakhstan. This led to a further two years in Asia, where Elena worked as an ESL/Academic English specialist at an independent school in Beijing. In her spare time, Elena enjoys baking cakes, reading and going for long walks along the coastline near her parents’ home in West Wales. She also enjoys visiting her husband’s family in Italy.

Upper Primary

Jo Ryman

Jo has worked in a variety of Primary schools and for the local authority, but most recently in a small school, where independent learning and parental support are key priorities. She works with children across all ages with a particular focus on Maths, IT and outdoor education. Her three children keep her busy and she took time out to be a full time mum and during this time helped set up a charity. Jo has a keen interest in birds and wild flowers probably stemming from living on a farm in childhood.

Lower Primary

Becky Blackwell

Becky trained at Oxford Brookes University, achieving a BA Hons in Primary Education and specialised in teaching children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. She has then taught children from all the primary year groups in a variety of primary schools across Oxfordshire. Becky’s favourite part of teaching is encouraging children to be brave when learning; building up their resilience to reach their potential. Becky has a young daughter at home who makes life both busy and noisy! In her spare time she teaches and performs a range of circus skills to children and adults.

Tutor Services and Support

Tutor Services Manager

Gemma Langley

Gemma grew up in Wales surrounded by stunning scenery. Her love of her surroundings and a desire to understand and conserve them led her to do a degree in marine biology at Swansea University. This led to a career in conservation from Gower, Wales, to Maui, Hawaii. During this time she had the privilege of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with school groups, youth associations and the general public. Gemma taught Science in Secondary schools and thrived on seeing pupils achieve their potential. She is a long-standing Tutor with Wolsey Hall and now not only does she support students, but also the Tutor team. Gemma now lives in Dartmouth. When not working, she will be found at the beach, where she’ll either be kitesurfing or paddleboarding in the sea or on the sand with her three children and their dog ‘Breeze’.

ONline maths tutor Heidi Watkins

Tutor Support Supervisor

Heidi Watkins

Heidi studied Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, where she also completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has been helping students study Maths for over 20 years, and is an established tutor at Wolsey Hall Oxford, having worked here for several years. In addition to tutoring students at this college, she provides support to our Tutors, and is involved in quality control to help Wolsey Hall Oxford maintain the high standards that we are all proud of. In her free time, Heidi can be found ten-pin-bowling or toboganning with her partner and three sons, and taking their tiny chihuahua for walks in the countryside.

Tutor Support Supervisor, Primary Level

Ed Morris

Ed undertook a four-year teacher training degree, graduating in 2001 with a QTS with English qualification. Since then, he has been teaching across the Primary age range. Ed played a large part in the development of PE and School Sport in Blackpool between 2002 – 2006, and then led Science, English and Maths in Lichfield. He is here to supervise our Primary Level Tutor range. Ed is passionate about helping Primary Level students feel supported and motivated by their Tutors.

Online Learning Environment

Canvas Co-ordinator

Martha Zumack

Martha holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from John Brown University in the United States, but veered toward a more technical career shortly thereafter. Previous roles include data analyst and IT support. She is responsible for improving the student experience on Canvas in addition to providing technical support. If you have trouble getting something done on Canvas, she’s the one to tell! In her spare time, she participates in amateur theatre, travels when possible, and seeks to always keep learning.

Canvas Administrator

Kay Russell

Kay grew up not far from the peak district where she gained her love for wildlife and the outdoors. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Linguistics, she has worked mainly in the education sector. These roles have ranged from producing management reports for a further education college to proofreading and using bespoke content management systems to upload resources for a primary education charity. When she’s not using Canvas to upload course content for Wolsey Hall, Kay enjoys reading, watching movies, gardening and trying to improve her wildlife photography skills.

Chris Kinsey Digital services manager

Canvas Administrator

Chris Kinsey

Chris has a degree in English Studies and Publishing from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Brookes University. He has worked in publishing for many years for companies of all sizes, starting in sales and marketing but more recently in the field of digital projects, including on-demand book printing, apps, websites, and e-commerce. He has been building websites for more than 20 years, and what started as a hobby developed into a career. Chris has two children of secondary school age, whom he tries to help with homework. When he’s not sat at a screen, he’s usually either in the kitchen or playing golf badly.

Exams Officers

Exams Officer (International)

Nuha Lami

Nuha has a degree in Business Management and, prior to joining Wolsey Hall Oxford, lectured in Business and Economics. She has also worked in Early Years Learning and Student Support, working closely with students requiring extra exam provision at another college in Oxford. Nuha lives in North Oxford and has two daughters, both of whom are currently at university. In her spare time she enjoys interior design and aerobics.

Exams Officer (UK)

Tony Marshall

Tony has over sixteen years’ experience as an Exams Officer at Thomas Gainsborough School, which in recent years has become an important centre for our students. Tony will have overall responsibility for our Exams Office as well as specific responsibility for the UK area. Before moving from London to rural Suffolk with his family, Tony spent more than 20 years in the Financial Markets as a trader in International Bonds and Futures for various Investment Banks and Brokers. He now likes to spend his time with his six children, and helping out at his daughters Teahouse in Lavenham.

Book Purchasing

Kate Wakefield

Kate took an early interest in Psychology through reading her brother’s University course books and pursued her interest further by gaining her degree in Psychology from The University of Essex. She acquired many years’ experience in customer service roles before taking time off to raise her two daughters. Now she works alongside some pretty special people at Wolsey Hall, supporting the Student Progress Managers and Admissions team. On her days off, Kate spends her time chasing new adventures with her girls and with her very rare free time, enjoys meeting friends or discovering new recipes.

Marie Hale

Marie has been based in Oxford for fifteen years with her husband and two sons. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Master’s Degree in History and spent many years working in Brand Licensing within the heritage sector in London and then Oxford. Marie loves to travel to places off the beaten-track with her family and friends.

Hannah Penwarden

Hannah graduated with a degree in Social Sciences and then had a successful career in recruitment. More recently she has been coaching students at the University of Oxford. Hannah currently enjoys the challenge of getting books to the four corners of the globe to Wolsey Hall students in a timely manner. Hannah has four children aged 6 to 13. When she isn’t working, being a taxi service for her busy family, leading youth work at church and being a school governor, Hannah enjoys running, watching cookery programmes and visiting her homeland of Wales.

Natasha Varney

Originally from Greece, Natasha has been based in Oxford for the past ten years with her young family. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Finance and then worked in financial journalism and did quite a bit of travel writing as well. During her maternity leave, Natasha qualified as a UK Athletics running coach and today she regularly coaches Oxford Brookes University staff and students. She loves books and one of her favourite games as a child was pretending to own a bookshop; her current post at Wolsey Hall is delightfully close to that childhood dream.

Digital Services & Support

Chris Kinsey Digital services manager

Digital Services Manager

Chris Kinsey

Chris has a degree in English Studies and Publishing from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Brookes University. He has worked in publishing for many years for companies of all sizes, starting in sales and marketing but more recently in the field of digital projects, including on-demand book printing, apps, websites, and e-commerce. He has been building websites for more than 20 years, and what started as a hobby developed into a career. Working as a freelancer he has built and managed websites for start-ups, SMEs, and local charities. Chris is a fan of lifelong learning and continual personal improvement, and believes the world-wide-web is a fantastic tool for communication and collaboration. Chris has two children of secondary school age, whom he tries to help with homework. When he’s not sat at a screen, he’s usually either in the kitchen or playing golf badly.

IT Manager

Robert Henning

Robert Henning is our Computing and Computer Science Tutor. He manages our staff email and Microsoft Office 365 area, and responds all non-Canvas related IT enquiries. He has over ten years of experience teaching Computing, Computer Science and Information Technology. He has been a driver of digital transformation in schools, being the first to be a Google Certified Educator and assisting the staff in gaining their certifications. He previously worked in the industry as a Systems Engineer.


Community Manager

Amy Hemingway

Amy graduated with a Masters in Theology from Oxford University, and tutored in Philosophy & Religious Studies. Now, as an artist herself, Amy organises competitions for our student community in all areas of creativity, music, sport and beyond! She keeps students, staff and parents in touch via email and social media, showcasing videos of student dance performances, or posting blog articles about our college community both past and present. She aims to make all students feel included and valued during their homeschooling experience, and in their ongoing lives!

Marketing Manager

Lynne Stacey

A University of Oxford Chemistry graduate, Lynne has many years marketing experience gained from working for a number of blue chip companies including Vodafone and Dunlop as well as a diverse range of freelance clients. Lynne enjoys all aspects of marketing but at the heart of this is the real desire to ensure Wolsey Hall keeps up to date with the changing requirements of all our students and their families across the world. In her spare time Lynne likes to keep fit, do battle with the constant onslaught of weeds in her garden and provide a taxi service to her three boys.

Communications Manager

Danielle Hilton

Danielle graduated with a degree in Media Production from Lincoln University. She has many years experience in public relations, marketing and communications, working for a wide variety of businesses including freelance clients. Danielle has undertaken several distance study courses including creative writing and recently completed a part-time course in creating websites. She enjoys promoting the benefits of homeschooling and distance study to students who have become disillusioned with the traditional way of learning. In her spare time, Danielle loves to create Indian block print soft furnishings, read, bake and stay fit – which is easy with her young son keeping her on her toes.

Marketing Assistant

Karen Binedell

Karen was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa but has lived in the UK for the best part of the last two decades. Most of her adult life has been spent working with children- first as a tennis instructor in the United States and later as a Learning Support Assistant in an infant school in England. She is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and has travelled extensively. Most recently she spent two years volunteering her way around Europe by caravan, accompanied by her husband, three teenage (Wolsey Hall Oxford educated) children and two cats.

Support Assistant

Tiegan Beard


Accounts Manager

Fenella Dernie

Fenella is an experienced accountant, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989, and worked with Spicer and Pegler (later Deloitte and Touche) until 1999. More recently she has been running her own accounts management and bookkeeping firm, Crosslanes Associates, from near Swindon. She has three young boys who, with her husband, are keen supporters of Swindon Town FC. Fenella herself is happy to let them get on with it.

Assistant Accounts Manager

Stacey Lovell

Stacey has many years of experience as an Accounting Technician. She has worked in a variety of organisations including firms of solicitors and the accounting departments of schools. Stacey currently lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children, and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Accounts Assistant

Fern Spengler

Fern has enjoyed a varied career and has now settled with us at Wolsey Hall and is responsible alongside her team for ensuring invoices and enrolments are recorded accurately. She currently lives in a village in Oxfordshire with her partner and young family. When she is not busy juggling life as a mum she enjoys exercising, and socialising with friends.

Accounts Assistant

Jenna Perry

Jenna lives in Oxfordshire with her family where she was born and bred. Before Wolsey Hall she worked at Young Enterprise, an Educational charity where she worked for 9 years as an Accounts Supervisor. She loved very much the nature of the business hence why she was over the moon to come to Wolsey Hall! Jenna has taken NVQ’s in Business Management, Administration and Customer Services. In her spare time her sons keep her very busy going on cycle rides, walking, playing football and gardening. Jenna also volunteers at her sons’ school with their reading and forest school.