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Senior Management Team

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Head | Judith Fremont-Barnes, MA (Hons), MEd

17-Judith-Fremont-Barnes-3.jpgEducated at Kingston Grammar School from 1980-1987, Judith was usually to be found in the Classics Department or on stage. Reading English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, she became an Oxford Union debater and toured the United States as English Speaking Union debating scholar in 1990, during a gap year.   Thinking she would teach just for a year before deciding what to do with her life, she fell in love with the classroom and has never looked back. An eclectic career has included appointments at James Allen’s Girls’ School, a spell in Japan where she lectured at Kobe Kaisei Women’s College and Kobe University, raising her two sons, taking a Masters degree in Inclusive Education at the Open University, and teaching at King Edward’s Southampton. 

Four years in the English Department at Radley College, where she became Head of English, and served as a sub-tutor in E Social, were followed by Deputy Headship at More House School, Frensham. From 2011, she was Head of Duke of Kent School in Ewhurst, Surrey, and she joined Milton Abbey as Head in September 2018. 

Judith is married to Gregory, a military historian and lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Their sons, William and Edward are currently studying at UCL and Glasgow.  An ideal day out for Judith, who is a keen supporter of the arts, might include a visit to the V&A, a very long lunch with friends and family and an evening at the National Theatre. However, she would be just as happy to take a long countryside walk with her border terrier, Ruby, and they arrive at Milton Abbey equipped with a copy of ‘Dorset for Dog Walkers’.
Senior Deputy Head

Senior Deputy Head | Matthew Porter, BA (Hons)

Matt-Porter-01.jpgMatthew attended King's Bruton and then Exeter School, and completed his degree at Durham University before initially spending four years working in client services for an advertising agency in Exeter.  Matthew joined Milton Abbey as Housemaster of Damer in 2013 having spent eight years at Denstone College in Staffordshire where he ran both day and boarding houses, taught History and ran the Politics department.  During his teaching careers Matthew has coached cricket and rugby and has led numerous overseas trips and tours to locations such as Washington DC, France, Belgium and the Caribbean. 

Deputy Head (Co-Curricular)

Deputy Head (Co-Curricular) | Chris Barnes, BA (Hons) 

Chris-Barnes-02.jpgChris joined Milton Abbey as Athelstan Housemaster in 2012 after five years as a History teacher and Assistant Housemaster at Bradfield College in Berkshire. Before embarking on a career in education in 2007, Chris worked in the Finance and Travel industries following his graduation from the University of Manchester, spending time in Austria and Australia as a result.

Deputy Head (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Deputy Head (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead | Ruth Butler, BA (Hons)

Ruth-Butler-03.jpgRuth studied Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Birmingham before completing her PGCE in Art and Design Education in Bristol.  She taught in challenging inner city state schools in both Birmingham and Bristol. It was here Ruth developed a deeper understanding of the impact pupil welfare and personal context can have on individual and collective academic attainment and progress.  This understanding motivated Ruth to explore how we can address pupil wellbeing at the source and develop attributes that would ultimately enable pupils to lead fulfilling lives. Ruth became a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Co-Ordinator in 2012 and a qualified practitioner in teaching PSHE in 2013. Ruth joined Milton Abbey as Head of PSHE in 2015 to create and deliver a core PSHE curriculum to all pupils.

Deputy Head (Academic)

Deputy Head (Academic) | Stephen Phillips

Steve-Phillips-04.jpgSteve studied Mathematics with Education at the University of Plymouth before completing his PGCE in Mathematics Education at the University of East Anglia. He taught Mathematics in state secondary schools for 15 years in Suffolk. It was here that Steve gained experience in pastoral care as a Head of Year, managed a large Mathematics department and coordinated whole school reporting and behaviour management. In these schools he developed a crucial understanding of how academic progress is made by students when teaching staff appreciate the whole person. Only by understanding students as individuals can we truly get the best of them. Steve joined Milton Abbey as Head of Mathematics in 2018.
Director of Finance

Director of Finance | Steve Lane, BSc (Hons), ACA

Steve-Lane-04.jpgSteve grew up in Dorset before completing a Maths degree at the University of Exeter and embarking on a career in Finance. During his early career, he worked for Ernst and Young within their corporate finance practice, qualifying as a chartered accountant before moving into commerce.  For a number of years Steve held directorships in retail, manufacturing and  procurement businesses. Steve’s work took him overseas regularly to North America and South East Asia particularly and he was based in Sri Lanka for several years. Steve returned to Dorset when his children reached school age and joined Milton Abbey as Head of Finance in 2016.


Head of Admissions

Head of Admissions | Claire Low

Claire-Low-03.jpgClaire joined Milton Abbey as Head of Admissions in July 2016. Although new to the education sector, Claire comes from a commercial background and has a wealth of administration, marketing and customer facing experience.  Prior to Milton Abbey she set up and ran her own successful cooking school for 5 years whilst in Kenya.  Before moving with her family to Kenya she was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase heading up their Equities events department, and prior to this position worked for other International investment banks in London.