Meet our Team

HEAD OF BOARDING: Mrs Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings

With over 30 years in the education sector, Sylvie has experience both in the classroom and as a Housemistress running a successful boarding house in the independent boarding sector in Kent. She is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and is highly regarded for her expertise in the use of technology in classrooms to support the curriculum, foster creativity and engage students. During the Covid-19 pandemic she trained teachers across the country to bring the best education possible to students working remotely. 

Sylvie strongly believes in creating a ‘home from home’ for the boarders in her care; an inclusive environment in which they can learn and celebrate their different cultures. She encourages them to become resilient, determined and ambitious learners who embrace all that school life has to offer and makes bespoke arrangements to ensure students thrive in boarding .

Sylvie is fluent in English and French and has a good working knowledge of Spanish. Her hobbies include: International cooking, reading, going to the theatre, hiking and travelling and these and other activities form part of our exclusive boarding offering.


Nadia has 6 years' experience within the boarding sector. Her previous position as the Assistant Housemistress at the Royal Ballet School has motivated her to progress and develop her career further in a diverse and international environment to ensure boarders thrive and embrace school life. Nadia is highly regarded for her awareness in EDI and holds qualifications in Pastoral Care and Boarding Management and in International Boarding. She is a strong believer in creating a happy home environment for our boarders to live in. She encourages students to become resilient, healthy and happy and most importantly enjoy the best out of boarding life. Nadia enjoys organising fun activities and events that boarders will remember. Nadia spent time living in China teaching English as a foreign language and her hobbies include baking, travelling, dance and spending time with her family and friends.  

Mr Sam Scott

Having completed his A Levels in Coventry, Sam moved to Surrey to join The Royal School as IT Technician. He has become a valuable and supportive assistant to his department and all the staff and students at school. In 2017 he started boarding duties as a resident member of staff. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys getting the student involved both indoors and outdoors. As the youngest member of the boarding staff team he provides energy and lively enthusiasm that motivates and encourages all ages to participate especially in weekend activities. 

Mr David John 

David is Head of Art & Design at The Royal School and helps out with boarding during the school week. He thoroughly enjoys his teaching and boarding responsibilities, as the dual role gives him a wonderful opportunity to get to know the boarding students really well, to help them out with their academic school work and any issues that arise that they need help with. Mr John says, “Life in the boarding house is very family orientated and I feel privileged to be part of that family.” 

Mr Devon Campleman

Devon has recently graduated with a BA Degree in Sports Science from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town. He has been living in the UK since January and worked as a Gap Student at Cumnor House School. Devon's passion is sport. He says, "It has played a massive role in my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. I am hoping to begin my journey to become a teacher of Physical Education in September next year, through United Teaching and their PGCE with QTS programme. I hope to instil a desire to be involved in sport at The Royal, helping the students to enjoy sport and to develop and stay active throughout their time at school."