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Senior Management Team

Headmaster - Magnus Bashaarat MA, PGCE

Magnus attended the King's School, Canterbury, between 1980 and 1985 where he rowed and played cricket for the school and acted in school plays.  After a year of travel he went to Edinburgh University between 1986 and 1990 where he read English Literature.  After a year when he worked briefly in newspapers (the Observer and The London Evening Standard) he completed a PGCE in English and Drama at King's College, London, and then started his teaching career at Sherborne School in 1992 where he spent two years teaching English, directing plays and coaching cricket.  In 1994 Magnus moved to Eton where he taught English, was a football and cricket coach for many years and directed House and school plays.  After a one-year teaching sabbatical at Sydney Grammar School between 2000 and 2001, he returned to Eton to become Housemaster of Common Lane House between 2002 and 2009, before moving to Stowe School as Deputy Headmaster in 2009.  Magnus took up the position of Headmaster at Milton Abbey School in January 2014.

Bursar - Julian Litchfield FCIPD

Julian was born and raised in Kenya and Dorset.  He joined the Royal Navy as a young sailor at HMS GANGES in 1975 and following service in ships, shore establishments, the MOD and NATO in the UK and across the world, he eventually retired as a Captain in 2011.  He was appointed Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Milton Abbey in December 2011. 

Deputy Head - Matthew Way BSc (Hons), MEd

Matthew joined Milton Abbey as Deputy Head in September 2014, after being Headmaster of St Petroc's Prep School in Cornwall.  Prior to St Petroc's, Matthew was a Housemaster at Stowe School for six years, where he was also Head of Boarding and Senior Housemaster.  Before moving to Stowe he had been a Housemaster at Kelly College and master in charge of hockey.  Before joining the education world as a History teacher, Matthew was an infantry Officer in the British Army.  Matthew began his teaching career at Forres Sandle Manor, so brings to Milton Abbey experience in both prep and senior schools.

Assistant Head (Tutoring) - Chris Barnes, BA (Hons) 

Chris joined Milton Abbey as Athelstan Housemaster in 2012 after five years as a History teacher and Assistant Housemaster at Bradfield College in Berkshire.  Before embarking on a career in education in 2007, Chris worked in the Finance and Travel industries following his graduation from the University of Manchester, spending time in Austria and Australia as a result.  Chris was appointed as Assistant Head (Tutoring) in 2015.

Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) - Ruth Butler, BA (Hons)

Ruth studied Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Birmingham before completing her PGCE in Art and Design Education in Bristol.  She taught in challenging inner city state schools in both Birmingham and Bristol. It was here Ruth developed a deeper understanding of the impact pupil welfare and personal context can have on individual and collective academic attainment and progress.  This understanding motivated Ruth to explore how we can address pupil wellbeing at the source and develop attributes that would ultimately enable pupils to lead fulfilling lives. Ruth became a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Co-Ordinator in 2012 and a qualified practitioner in teaching PSHE in 2013. Ruth joined Milton Abbey as Head of PSHE in 2015 to create and deliver a core PSHE curriculum to all pupils.  She was appointed as Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) in 2016. 

Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) - Natalie Perry, BSc (Hons), MSc

Natalie studied at the University of Bath before completing her PGCE and MSc at the University of Oxford. She taught in comprehensive schools in Bristol and Somerset for six years before joining Milton Abbey as Head of Science in 2014.  In 2016, Natalie was appointed as Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning).

Assistant Head (Round Square) - Matthew Porter, BA (Hons)

Matthew attended King's Bruton and then Exeter School, and completed his degree at Durham University before initially spending four years working in client services for an advertising agency in Exeter.  Matthew joined Milton Abbey as Housemaster of Damer in 2013 having spent eight years at Denstone College in Staffordshire where he ran both day and boarding houses, taught History and ran the Politics department.  During his teaching careers Matthew has coached cricket and rugby and has led numerous overseas trips and tours to locations such as Washington DC, France, Belgium and the Caribbean.  He was appointed as Assistant Head (Round Square) in 2016.

Head of Admissions - Claire Low

Claire joined Milton Abbey as Head of Admissions in July 2016. Although new to the education sector, Claire comes from a commercial background and has a wealth of administration, marketing and customer facing experience.  Prior to Milton Abbey she set up and ran her own successful cooking school for 5 years whilst in Kenya.  Before moving with her family to Kenya she was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase heading up their Equities events department, and prior to this position worked for other International investment banks in London.

Head of Finance - Steve Lane, BSc (Hons), ACA