A list of our current staff

Senior Leadership Team

Clare Bradbury
Clare BradburyHeadteacher

Clare has been Headteacher at Oakwood since 2015, embracing the opportunity to lead the school and be influential in the lives of Oakwood families.

Before coming to Oakwood Clare was Deputy Head at Westbourne House School for four years.  Prior to this, Clare experienced many integral leadership roles in the school including Head of Juniors and running boarding houses, along with her husband John and their two sons, Harry and Sam.

Clare relished the opportunity to travel and experience a variety of educational systems in both Europe and Worldwide before coming to West Sussex, teaching across a broad spectrum of ages and subjects.   Having an open mind and a passion for children to be confident, happy and independent is key for Clare as the Head of Oakwood.

Clare loves spending time at the beach with her family and Lily and Flo, her goldendoodles, who are very much a part of Oakwood life.  They enjoy spending time in France during holidays.

Ian Brittain
Ian BrittainBursar / Clerk to the Governors

Ian joined Oakwood as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors in January 2015, having previously spent three years as Bursar at Tavistock & Summerhill School in Haywards Heath. Prior to that, Ian had a 25 year career with Lloyds Bank, as an operations and continuous improvement manager. Ian has a wealth of financial, operations and management experience, and is passionate about ensuring that Oakwood continues to develop as a successful and forward thinking school.

Ian lives in Westergate with his wife, Lita, and enjoys walking, travelling, and sports, especially cricket. He is Chairman of Eastergate Cricket Club. Holidays are a passion, and Ian is always planning and researching the next holiday - his favourite destination is the Lake District, which he discovered whilst studying Geography at Lancaster University in the 1980s.

Felix Page
Felix PageHead of Pastoral Care

Felix Page, Assistant Head, Head of Pastoral Care, teaches Maths and Humanities in the Prep School. Felix joined Oakwood in 2014, having previously worked at Bransgore Primary School. Before teaching, he was a Senior Caseworker for the Wessex Youth Offending Team and Education Welfare for seven years. He brings a wealth of pastoral experience and is passionate that all children are able to embrace and overcome their own individual challenges at school and learn the skills necessary to live happy, fulfilling lives.

Felix lives in Southsea with his wife, Emma and sons. He enjoys all sports, guitars, bacon sandwiches, long walks involving pubs and is the voice commentary of Bournemouth balloon!

Nicole Stephens
Nicole StephensHead of Academics

Nicole, Assistant Head, Head of Academics, is a primary specialist who graduated from Homerton College, Cambridge and taught for several years in central London. Following a sabbatical travelling, she was then Head of Science and PSHE for ten years at St Thomas’s Parochial School in North Cheshire.

Since 2007, Nicole has taught at Oakwood, starting as a Reception teacher, and then as a Year 5 form tutor teaching science and girls’ games. Nicole currently teaches maths, and science in addition to her leadership responsibilities of teaching and learning.

Nicole believes every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential through a rich and varied curriculum, with individual support and care.

Nicole enjoys time with her family, especially with a nice dog walk.

Full staff list

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Clare Bradbury  Headteacher
Mr Ian Brittain  Bursar / Clerk to the Governors
Mr Felix Page  Head of Pastoral Care
Ms Nicole Stephens  Head of Academics

Teaching Staff

Oakwood School full staff list

Correct as of January 2020