Meet the Team

Senior Leadership Team

Headshot of Mr Rob Stewart, headmaster

Rob Stewart


Headshot of Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis

Deputy Head T and L


Rob started his career as an Assistant Housemaster at Ampleforth College. He then spent 16 years at Eton as a Divinity and Theology teacher and later a Housemaster. After Eton, Rob spent six years as the Headmaster of the Oratory Prep School in South Oxfordshire before taking over as Head at Horris Hill in September 2022.


Headshot of Paola Bright

Paola Bright



Laura Wowk

Head of Lower School


  Laura joined Horris Hill in January 2023 and holds a degree in Business and a PGCE in Primary Education. She loves teaching English, and has a passion for sport, especially netball and running.  

Jade Vidler

Jade Vidler

Head of Boarding & Pastoral


Jade has been working in boarding schools for over eight years, starting her career in prep schools before moving abroad to Southern Spain, where she lived for four years as a Deputy Housemistress and Head of Medical Matters. She joins us from her post at Downe House School as a Housemistress and teacher of Learning for Life (PSHE).


Boarding & Pastoral


Joely Van Zyl

Joely Van Zyl

House Parent (The Wood)

Miss Rutherford

House Parent (The Hill)


Joley has two decades of experience working in prep schools where she has enjoyed leading and coordinating girls’ games.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team she has worked at a strategic level to provide excellent provision. She grew up in the Cotswolds and is passionate about the outdoors.



Support Staff


Mia Suggitt

Mia Suggitt

Director of Admissions

Stephen Burn

Stephen Burn

Estate Manager


Sophie Adnitt

Sophie Adnitt

Marketing Communications
and Events Co-ordinator


Sophie has over seven years of Marketing and Communications experience in the fields of Arts and Heritage. She is a keen storyteller and enjoys sharing the vibrant daily life of Horris Hill via the school’s different communication channels.