Meet the Boarding Team



Sarah Bisschop - Head of Boarding

Ma'am Bisschop has taught at Caldicott for many years, having held a number of positions in that time including Head of Year and Head of Geography and is currently a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Sarah believes boys’ well-being is vital to achieving a happy boarding community; in her interview presentation, to explain her philosophy, Sarah quoted His Holiness the Dalai Lama: ‘The educational systems of the future should place greater emphasis on strengthening human abilities, such as warm-heartedness, a sense of oneness, humanity and love’. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, being outdoors and travelling. 


Simon Cooper - Houseparent

Mr Cooper assists in overseeing the boarders’ wellbeing and has a wealth of experience having been part of the boarding team since 2001. He is Head of Design Technology and can often be seen around school with his Labrador, Tod.  Mr Cooper is a keen game fisherman and photographer. 


James Chamberlain - Houseparent

Mr Chamberlain joined Caldicott in September 2019 and is really enjoying his position in the boarding team. As well as being a houseparent he is also a Second Form tutor and teaches science and maths throughout the school. When not teaching, you can often find him in the science labs practising a new science experiment and, when time allows, he enjoys reading, running, walking around Burnham Beeches and visiting his family. 


Claude Cox - Houseparent

Mr Cox and his wife enjoy walks with Loxley, their large, loveable, wire-haired Vizsla. As well as being an avid board game enthusiast, Mr Cox is a passionate Historian and Classicist, studying Ancient History at St Andrews, where he also pursued his other interest with equal measure, golf - he is currently working his way through the top 100 golf courses in the UK.


Matt Holyland - Houseparent

Mr Holyland is Head of Geography and a sports coach at Caldicott. With his wife and black Labrador, Zeus, he moved from West Sussex to the boarding house. Outside of the classroom, Mr Holyland is passionate about sports and travel.


Gail Quinn - Senior Matron (Boarding)

Ma'am Quinn is the senior matron on the boarding side who also looks after the 5th Form boarders on her corridor, as well as having responsibilities for the overseas boarders. She is an expert at making hot chocolate with marshmallows and can often be found watching a film with the boarders in the evening. In the holidays she looks after her family in the Lake District.


Kathy White - Matron

Ma'am White plays an important part in the matronal team looking after the boarders on one of the 5th Form corridors, as well as overseeing the laundry. She is a mother of three, has a constant smile and, like everyone else upstairs, has a caring nature.


Tahra Mahmood - Matron

Ma'am Mahmood is a key part of the matronal team and lives locally.  When not looking after her own children (or grandchildren) she is on call tending to the needs of the boarders.


Diana Abernethy - Night Matron (Health Centre)                   

Mrs Abernethy is the Night Matron in the Health Centre who looks after the 6th Form boarders on her corridor. In her spare time, she will be found engrossed in craft work or mending the boys’ teddies. Her experience of being a grandmother and having a great sense of humour has been an advantage in caring for the boys. During the holidays she spends her time in Kent entertaining her grandchildren.


Lindsay Pollicott - Senior Nurse (Health Centre) 

Ma'am Pollicott is one of the new Senior Nurses at Caldicott for 2020. She has been a qualified nurse for over 16 years, working mainly in the NHS but also in another independent school before moving to Caldicott. Ma’am Pollicott is a NHS midwife and mother of 5 children, 2 cats, 1 snake and 1 dog!


Maria Duffy - Senior Nurse (Health Centre) 

Ma’am Duffy has been a registered Nurse and Midwife for 37 years, working mainly within the NHS. She joined Caldicott as one of the Senior Nurses this year having worked at another Independent School since 2013. She is a wife and mother of 2 teenage children who keep her very busy along with her adorable Springer Spaniel, Freckles.


Sam Broughton - Welfare Officer

Mrs Broughton has 18 years’ NHS experience. The last nine have been spent in schools as a safeguarding lead. She lives in the village with her son and daughter. As well as spending time with her family and enjoys playing netball.


Emma Cissell - School Nurse

Mrs Cissell is a qualified nurse who cares for the medical needs of the boys. She lives in the village with her husband and two young daughters. She is a keen sportswoman, particularly fond of rounders and netball.