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Christopher Nicholls

Christopher Nicholls

Master
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Christopher Nicholls

Chris is the founding Master of Wellington College Bangkok. He has had an illustrious career in education, beginning at Caterham School in Surrey, a well-known English day/boarding school, where he taught English Literature and led the EAL department. Leaving the UK early in the 2000s, he took up the post of Head of English at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore; after that, he moved to Japan to lead the development of the new Senior School at the British School in Tokyo. After spending some years founding a new British school in Warsaw, Poland, Chris accepted the offer of a lifetime, to open and run Wellington College Bangkok. He is a strong believer in the progressive philosophy that Wellington is famous for and works closely with the other Wellington Masters, both in England and in China, to ensure that the highest quality of all-round education, and ground-breaking new developments in the field, remain the hallmarks of Wellington College across the world.

Hannah Jeffs

Hannah Jeffs

Head of Junior School
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Hannah Jeffs

Hannah joined Wellington College Bangkok in August 2020 as Head of Junior School, having previously taught and led in a number of world class schools including Dulwich College Suzhou, one of the top International schools in China.

Hannah’s passion for developing the most effective and engaging educational practices begun during her BA at Newcastle University, focused on Philosophy and Psychology. She then completed her PGCE followed by further research into educational practices during her MPhil. After teaching for a few years, in 2009 she partook in further study at King’s College London, focused on the power of creative arts in the classroom and the importance of cross-curricular teaching to support children in making personalised connections to their learning.

Throughout her experiences in schools, Hannah has continuously focused on forming strong, trusting relationships with children, parents and teachers in a school, believing fully in developing a caring and inclusive environment where every individual is supported to achieve their full potential. She also believes in the importance of educating the whole child – providing students with a wide range of authentic learning opportunities that develop their creative thinking skills, ability to solve problems, and developing their understanding of how they are able to apply their learning to the world around them.

Hannah is delighted to be leading the Wellington College Junior School team, developing endless opportunities for extraordinary learning that really encompass what it means to be a Wellingtonian.

Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

Deputy Head - Junior School
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Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne is Deputy Head – Junior School at Wellington College Bangkok, responsible for children from Pre Nursery to Year 2. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Education from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate qualification in Primary Education from Homerton College, Cambridge. After almost a decade of teaching in the UK, Katie has held senior positions at Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong and The British School in Tokyo. She is passionate about ensuring the best start for young learners and maintains a keen interest in curriculum development.

Peter Church

Peter Church

Bursar
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Peter Church

Peter has a degree in Philosophy & Theology from Oriel College, Oxford University and a Masters in Viking Studies from the University of the Highlands & Islands.

In 2020, he was awarded the Institute of Northern Studies Prize for the Best Dissertation and the Magnus Magnusson Prize for his journal on Irish place-names.

He is currently researching in his personal time for a Doctorate thesis in Victorian Gothic literature. This commitment to independent research and lifelong learning underpins his desire for supporting excellence in education. Peter has worked in education for the last decade as Bursar at a leading UK boarding school; and Bursar of an established British day school in Abu Dhabi for 2,000 students. He was also Director of Campus Services at the University of Essex where he project managed the development of the UK’s first vocational hotel school.

Prior to moving into education, Peter spent 20 years in the commercial leisure sector developing award-winning businesses ranging from fine-dining restaurants to live music venues. In the late 1990s, he was Chief Executive of Preston North End FC, giving David Moyes his first managerial job in football. Peter is a enthusiastic follower of many sports, and an ICC qualified cricket coach. He also plays the bass guitar and is keen to volunteer to play with the staff and student bands.

On joining Wellington College as Bursar, Peter commented: ‘I am truly humbled and privileged to be joining a world-class school, with a unique vision for teaching and learning, and with such outstanding facilities. I look forward to leading our exceptional support staff team in supporting the teachers in developing our students into global citizens with a passion for knowledge’.

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