Mr G Entwisle
BA (Hons) Loughborough
Giles Entwisle joined Durston House in September 2020. For the previous seven years Giles was Headmaster of Bede’s Preparatory School in Eastbourne, the prep school of Bede’s senior school. Before that he was Deputy Head at Highfield School in Liphook, Hampshire, and Housemaster at Holmewood House in Tunbridge Wells. In total he has taught at five different prep schools, all of them with strong reputations and high standards of teaching and pastoral care.
Giles began his career as a languages teacher, qualifying from Bristol University in 1992. He has an Honours degree in Modern European Studies from Loughborough University, and is married to Regina, a Spanish teacher. They have two children aged 21 and 16.
Beyond the classroom, Giles enjoys cooking, reading, travel and the great outdoors. More recently he has discovered the challenge of distance running, and lists one of his achievements as completing the midnight Arctic half marathon, which takes place each January in Tromsø, Norway.
Mr W J Murphy
BA (Auckland) DipTch
William Murphy joined Durston House, as Deputy Head in May 2000, having previously worked as an English teacher in other London prep schools. Born and educated in New Zealand, he lived and worked in Asia before coming to the UK. William has a love of all things Spanish, and spends as much time as possible there, brushing up on his communication skills, enjoying the sea air and sampling its culinary delights. He is a keen theatre-goer, lists A Confederacy of Dunces as his favourite book and, being a Kiwi, has rugby in his veins.
Mrs J Twyford
Jenny was recruited as Bursar at Durston House in January 2005, having previously been the Bursar at a Prep School and an Adult Education College. Born in South Africa but brought up and educated in Ealing, she has run her own business and worked as a Finance Executive in the industrial chemical manufacturing industry. Jenny has two children and five grandchildren; is a keen tennis player, having played competitively in the Middlesex League, and continues to play regularly.
Mrs C Green
BA (St Mary’s) MA (OU) QTS
Head of Complementary Curriculum
Ealing born and bred, Clare Green returned to her roots after boarding at Taunton School and studying to be a teacher at St Mary’s, Twickenham. She joined the staff of Durston in 1999, initially as a Year 3 class teacher. Her focus, now, is heading the History Department, as well as managing the co-curricular life of the school, as a member of the management team. Clare has combined all this with being a Durston mother. Family life is her joy. Travelling with her husband and children, both within the UK and abroad, keeps her holidays busy; she is proud to have visited all the National Parks in the British Isles. When not baking or doing the ‘karate run’, Clare likes to escape to the world of the theatre.
Mr D Stock
BSc (Hons) (St Mary’s) PGCE
Director of Studies
Dominic grew up in leafy Kent. He moved to London for his degree in Physical and Sport Education, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Starting Durston in 2011, he has held positions in Junior School, Middle and Upper School, mixing class teaching, History and PE/Games, before joining the Senior Management Team, as Director of Studies, in September 2018. Always a keen sportsman, Dominic enjoys playing both codes of rugby, having represented Harlequins Rugby League and now playing on the wing for Twickenham Rugby Football Club.
Miss P Orr
BEd (Australian Catholic University)
Head of Junior School
Philippa Orr completed a Bachelor of Education in Australia and has worked in various educational settings from early childhood to special education. Eager to travel and experience new horizons, she moved to London in 2016 and joined Durston House in 2017 as a Year 4 Form Tutor and has held a variety of roles in Middle and Upper School.
Originally from Melbourne, Philippa can’t help but have a keen love of food and coffee, and enjoys exploring London’s Gastronomic scene. When not eating or cooking, Philippa spends her time in London’s parks and looks forward to yoga classes, theatre and travelling abroad.
Miss J Chisholm
BEd (Canada) QTS
Head of Studies Administration
Jennifer joined Durston House as Studies Manager in 2018. Born and raised in Canada, she has called London home since 2011. Jennifer has worked across a variety of school settings, most recently as a Year 3 and 4 Teacher and a member of the management team at a prep school in North London. She enjoys travelling extensively throughout Europe and is most at home in the mountains, having ski raced competitively as a child.
Ms D Finlayson
BSc (Hons) (Middx) PGCE
Acting Head of Pre-Prep
Dawn has worked at Durston House since 2010, where she spent 3 years teaching in Year 1 before taking over as Head of Reception. This is her 3rd spell as Acting Head of Pre-Prep at Durston! Before her move to London, Dawn worked with 5-12 year olds in schools across Scotland, including the Highlands and the Lothians.
Dawn enjoys music, both as a performer and in the audience, and regularly plays her flute with the Durston School Orchestra. In the school holidays she can usually be found in a theatre or arena somewhere in the UK, enjoying some Musical Theatre or a pop or rock concert (or several!)