Meet the team

Jacqueline Sexton

Deputy Head

Jacqueline Sexton has 27 years teaching experience within a variety of schools in the UK and the Middle East. She has 10 years senior management experience working within an all-girls environment, taking responsibility for the girls’ academic progress and pastoral care.  Following headship of an all-girls school in Scotland, she was appointed [...]

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Karen Stobbart

Deputy Head (Boarding and Pastoral)

Karen Stobbart has been teaching for more than 30 years, and came to Surval from Tudor Hall, an elite all girls, fully boarding school in England..  She has responsibility for care of the girls throughout their time at school, and especially in the boarding house which is home for us all [...]

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Pernille Mogensen

Admissions Registrar and Office Manager

Pernille Mogensen was born and raised in Denmark, and moved to Switzerland in 1995. She studied English and French at the University of Lausanne, and joined Surval as a secretary in 2001.  She is a familiar and welcoming face to many past students. When Bellevue took over Surval in May 2012, Pernille was [...]

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Martina Billson

Gap Student

Martina Billson joins Surval from England teaching Art and also a member of the boarding team. Martina is half Swiss and spent much of her time as a youngster in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Martina studied BA (Hons) Textiles at Manchester School of Art and has a strong [...]

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Olga Bulankina

International Relations and Student Recruitment Coordinator

Olga Bulankina is our International Relations and  Student Recruitment Coordinator. Before joining us, Olga worked as an Admissions & International Exchange Programs Manager at the university. She has a wide experience in student mobility and liaising with admissions.During her university studies, she participated in a Double-Degree Program with the German [...]

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Roger Baumann

Chef Responsable de Cuisine

Roger Baumann is Chef responsable de Cuisine, taking the lead on all aspects of cooking within the school and teaching the Surval Culinary Arts, cookery and pastry courses. Originally teaching on the Cordon Bleu courses at Le Châtelard, he also taught cookery and pastry at Institut Villa Pierre Feu [...]

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Elizabeth Lewis

Examinations and Affiliations Manager, Boarding Deputy

Elizabeth Lewis is Deputy Head of Boarding and Examinations and Affiliations Officer, working with Cambridge Board and other examination systems. Before coming to Surval she worked in the office of Abbot's Hill School performing many duties including Examinations Officer, Senior First Aider, Website Management, DofE Manager, Marketing and Branding as [...]

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Kate MacLeod

Teacher of English

Kate MacLeod comes to lead the English teaching throughout the school.  She gained her MA and PGDE at the University of Aberdeen, and has been teaching at Robert Gordon’s College, one of Scotland’s top independent schools, for 7 years. As well as teaching English to all year groups, she [...]

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Elizabeth Milne

Gap Student

Libby is a sporting individual who loves to keep herself active and hopes to get the girls in the same mindset this year. Her favourite type of activities are water sports including swimming and  rowing and she hopes to do a lot of paddle boarding this year too. Previously Libby [...]

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Sabine Monney

Teacher of French

Sabine Monney, born in Gruyères, is a native French speaker who gained her degree at the University of Fribourg.  She began her career teaching French as a second language, to young German students in the Riviera Vaudoise. She started teaching at Surval in 1980, initially teaching office skills as well [...]

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Cara Murphy

Teacher of Science

Cara is very excited to be joining Surval as the history and International Relations teacher. She was educated in University College Cork, obtaining a joint Honours degree in History and English. After spending some time teaching English as a second language in Kenya, she decided that she wanted to become [...]

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Marie O'Donnell

Teacher of Science

Marie O'Donnell is a Science teacher who specialises in Chemistry and Biology (IGCSE, A-Level and IB). Marie graduated in Marine Biology with honours from the University of Liverpool in 2005. Before becoming a teacher she worked on marine projects in a variety of locations around the world including Egypt, The Seychelles, [...]

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Marion Reid

Teacher of English as an Additional Language

Marion Reid joined Surval in 2015 to lead the teaching of English as an Additional Language.. Marion was born in Glasgow and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons.) degree in Modern History and Political Science, before joining an Executive Agency of the Scottish Office. In 2003 she moved [...]

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Amy Rogers

Amy Rogers

Administrative Assistant

After a year working in Spain, Amy Rogers re-joins us at Surval. She has co-led a most successful summer camp this year, and now becomes Administrative Assistant in the school office, with a major role in organising trips and activities, as well as summer and winter camp.  Her love for [...]

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Federica Spigarelli

Teacher of Italian, French, German

Federica Spigarelli teaches Italian, French and German. A graduate of Roma Tre University with a degree cum laude and two scholarships, (awarded to high achieving students), language studies at the NMIT of Melbourne and original research at Université de La Réunion, Federica specializes in Foreign Literature (French and German) [...]

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Anita Wahli

Teacher of French and Etiquette (culture and customs)

After living nearly 30 years in Brazil, Anita Wahli returned to Switzerland in 2008 and started to work at Surval.  She found the experience of working with girls from all around the word to be just magical! With a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management (École Hôtelière de Lausanne) and a [...]

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Graeme Watson

Teacher of Mathematics

Graeme Watson is a very experienced and dedicated Mathematics teacher. Graeme graduated in Applicable Mathematics from Abertay University in Dundee in 1986. From there he worked as a Computer Programmer for British Telecom in London before completing a PGCE in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Strathclyde in 1990. Graeme has [...]

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Christopher Wood

Teacher of English

Chris Wood joins the full time staff after a term of teaching Psychology to our A Level student. He graduated in Library and Information Sciences at Manchester Met University, followed by a PGCE from the University of Leicester in English and Drama. He also has Certificates in Teaching English as [...]

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