Senior Management Team

Gareth Turnbull-Jones, Head Teacher

I would like to say how thrilled I am to have been offered the post of Headteacher at Landmark and how excited I am to be joining your community in the next academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the community.My name is Gareth Turnbull-Jones and I am an international educationalist and a global citizen. I have had the privilege to educate and learn from students and colleagues in primary and secondary schools all over the world, through my various roles at non-government organisations, international schools, government run community schools and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Through these experiences I have learnt that we have an opportunity and responsibility to support students in becoming self-directed learners, who can effect change in their lives and the lives of the people around them.I started my international journey when I left the UK in 2006 and was involved in teaching and teacher training at community schools in Tanzania and Rwanda; I created, developed and managed a youth centre and community library in conjunction with the local community and government in rural Zambia; and I taught the IB curriculum at the American International School of Lusaka.Since returning to the UK in 2011 I have worked at two international schools in London and had the privilege of being a founding teacher at Halcyon London International School. At Halcyon I wrote the mathematics, biology and environmental systems and societies curriculum. As a senior leader at Halcyon I established a student well being programme,which is based on educational research and has been shared in educational publications and at global education conferences in The Hague and Vienna. In addition over the last five years I have been actively involved as a senior leader at the IB organisation, leading in the areas of curriculum and assessment.Under Paula’s leadership Landmark’s achievements over the past two and a half years have been truly remarkable. With my experience of working at a startup I am thoroughly looking forward to further developing what has already been established. From my visits to the school and speaking with students and educators, it is clear that student voice and agency is important to Landmark. This is a belief I share. By nurturing these ideals, it will enable creativity to flourish and the community to be further motivated by purpose and autonomy.The communities valuing of this human-centred approach is important to me and it is why I believe we can take Landmark forward together in the next steps of the school’s journey.Together as a community we can make Landmark a truly remarkable learning environment that can lead the way for other schools to follow

Paula Elliott

As Deputy Headteacher, I am very proud to welcome you to the Landmark International School website. Choosing a school for your son or daughter is not an easy task but I am sure as you explore the pages of this website you will receive a clear insight into the culture and ethos of Landmark.

For myself, education is my passion and I have had the privilege of living and working in a variety of countries and school settings, working in Hong Kong, Nepal, Wales and London before settling in Cambridge. After 24 years in teaching, the classroom is still the most inspiring and stimulating environment to work in. Directing students’ energy and enthusiasm and empowering them with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to be future global thinkers is what I love most. I encourage every one of my students to go into the world with the view that they can make a positive difference and be the critical thinkers willing to tackle the global challenges that lie ahead. My students’ talents, creativity and imaginations continue to be an inspiration and it is their reflections and successes that make teaching and managing so rewarding.

Mary Greer

Mary is the Registrar of the Landmark School and is one of the Founders. She has worked as Head of Admissions in independent schools in Cambridge since 1998.  She worked very closely with Dr Harriet Sturdy in setting up the Cambridge International School.  The school opened in 2006 with 12 pupils and was at full capacity with 375 pupils when Mary left in 2015.  Mary was also Careers Officer at CIS and is a qualified TEFL Teacher.

Sue Hilton-Taylor
Sue Hilton-Taylor

Sue Hilton-Taylor grew up in South Africa and attended Grahamstown University, where she studied for a BA in Physical Education and Maths. She also obtained a High Diploma in Education from Rhodes University.

Following some teaching in South Africa Sue studied for a Bachelor of Education at the University of Cape Town. Sue traveled extensively around South Africa before moving to the UK with her husband in the late 1990s.

After teaching in Cambridge and achieving wonderful results with her pupils, Sue became the founding Maths Teacher at Landmark. We are delighted to have a teacher with such experience, skill, integrity and humour.

Carine Bennett

Carine Bennett is delighted to be joining the Landmark team as Head of Primary and the Teacher for Kingfisher Class. She graduated from Homerton college, Cambridge in 1997 where she studied teaching and drama. She has since taught in a variety of both state and independent schools. Carine has a passion for teaching and learning and loves getting to know and understand each and every child she teaches. 

Carine loves to travel and spend time with her family in France, Slovenia and Croatia. She is a very sociable, happy and positive person who is very happy to be part of the wonderful Landmark community.

Deb Jewitt-Harland

Deb Jewitt-Harland is thrilled to join Landmark as the Bursar.  Deb has a wealth of financial & HR experience gained from her previous roles, the most recent role being a similar one at a school in Lancashire. Due to her husbands’ employment Deb and her family have recently relocated to Cambridgeshire. 

Deb is very keen on keeping fit; she enjoys running and walking with her two black labradors.  Deb has already instigated a senior running club which takes place at lunchtime.

Teaching Staff

Lenaik Baron

Lena teaches French and English as a Second Language throughout the school. She comes from Brittany in France, where she used to teach English in a secondary school before spending a few years in Ireland and Israel. She moved to England in 2006.

Lena has a diploma in Early Years Education and a Master’s degree in American Literature and English Studies. She has taught in a variety of state and private schools before joining Landmark. She has a keen interest in alternative pedagogies and pastoral care.

She enjoys travelling, reading, walking, music, and has a passion for everything related to teaching and languages.

Ella Bordoli

Ella has joined the Junior department teaching Toucan class. She completed her undergraduate degree at Sussex University studying Psychology. There she specialised in child mental health and educational psychology. Ella then undertook her teacher training at Cambridge University where she studied for her Primary PGCE.

Since graduating Ella has taught in a number of schools in Cambridgeshire and enjoys using the local area within her teaching. As well as the academic progress of each child Ella has a passion for nurturing each individual and caring for their well-being.

In her spare time Ella enjoys travelling, sewing and cooking.

Ella began her teaching career as a learning support assistant at CIS alongside many members of current Landmark staff. She is very pleased to be working with such fantastic team again.

Heidi Clark

Heidi is our SENDco and Primary Maths Teacher 

Having completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) in Australia, Heidi spent 5 years teaching there before moving to the UK in 2009. Heidi is currently completing a Level 5 Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and has gained extra qualifications in International Education through the International Teaching Certificate.

Having taught now for over 15 years in State and Independent schools both in the UK and Australia, Heidi’s passions centre around Special Educational Needs, English as an Additional Language and Maths education. The greatest part of her job is seeing children achieve their full potential in a fun and creative environment.

Heidi is a keen netballer and plays competitively for a local club in the Cambridgeshire County League. She also holds a Level 1 UK Coaching Certificate (netball) and enjoys developing young people into enthusiastic sports people.

Heidi is mum to 3 beautiful children and loves seeing them laugh and grow. She enjoys travelling to new places and eating good food with her family and close friends. 

Grace Curtis
Grace Curtis

Grace is our Specialist Science Teacher, having worked in Education since 2005 with a variety of roles in both independent and state schools. She regards teaching as a privilege as it enables her to combine sharing her passion for science education whilst working with students to develop self-confidence in their own ability, both academically and outside the classroom. She also coordinates the PSHEE learning here at Landmark.

Birgit Federle

Birgit did her teacher training (English ESL and Geography for secondary schools) in Germany. She moved to Cambridge in 2005 with her husband, a zoologist, and their two young daughters. Since then, she has taught part-time in a range of educational settings, from state and independent primary schools to adult education, mostly teaching German and EAL but also other subjects.

She loves cycling to Landmark every week to teach German Mother Tongue, even on the windy and rainy days! Birgit loves other languages too, especially Spanish and French, and in her free time, likes to read, play chamber music with her violin, and go long distance walking and this summer, walked past the westernmost point of England, Land’s End, while doing part of the Southwest Coast Path in Cornwall.

Rebecca Gibbs
Rebecca Gibbs

Rebecca came into teaching after working in routine and research laboratories in Cambridge and in London. She found her true vocation after completing her PGCE in London and has since taught science subjects to GCSE and Biology to A-level in both state and private schools.

She knows through experience the vital importance of treating each pupil as an individual, and that there is so much more to education than academic achievement, crucial though that is.

She has a passion for natural history and has led and participated in local, national, and international field-trips.

Qingqing Guo

Qingqing studied at China Agricultural University International College in Beijing and received a BA in Business Administration. She went on to the University of Bedfordshire in England to complete an MA in Applied Linguistics.

After graduation she worked for a time at an international travel company in London, and is now living in Cambridge with her husband and two children. She has been teaching Mandarin since 2011 at several schools in Cambridge, to a diversity of students, including primary, secondary, and university level, and also teaches professionals, writers, and academics. We think her passion for language instruction and her rich experience make her a fantastic teacher.

Emma Howlett

Emma is an Inclusion Manager and works as a Specialist Teacher. She has been in Learning Support for over 8 years now, working 1-1, within a class environment and also with small intervention groups.  She is a CELTA qualified EAL teacher, Duke of Edinburgh Local Expedition Accredited and in her second year of a Certificate in Adlerian Counselling.

Tara Leeson

Tara teaches Eagle class (Years 5-6). She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Roehampton University specialising in Art & Design. Since then, Tara has taught in a variety of different environments including international schools in Greece and Germany. She is passionate about having a creative and happy classroom to support the progress of her students. In her spare time Tara loves being active, travelling and exploring Cambridge.

Russell Lord

A teacher who inspires children to succeed in a range of country-wide language competitions. Known for his unique and good-humoured approach to language learning based on games and movement. With a deep, enduring love of Latin, he also enjoys teaching Spanish to his students.

Georgina Palfrey

Georgina Palfrey is a specialist teacher and is an Inclusion Manager here at Landmark. She is currently completing training in assessing students for exam access arrangements.

Georgie loves teaching and finds the 1:1 setting of specialist teaching a privilege. She loves watching her pupils grow in confidence as they build security in their skills.

She loves reading and travelling, and five years ago spent 7 weeks volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana with her husband and children. She would love to do more travelling in the future and dreams of touring around the US in a camper van.

Jo Pulford

Jo has joined the Junior and Senior departments as a part-time maths teacher and assessment/tracking co-ordinator. Having grown up in Suffolk, Jo completed her Bachelor of Applied Education and Mathematics degree at Oxford Brookes University before moving to Cambridgeshire to start her teaching career.

Jo has taught as a primary class teacher for over twenty five years in a wide range of school settings, teaching pupils across all phases. In addition, she has been able to develop her love of teaching maths by becoming a ‘Leading Maths Teacher’ for Cambridgeshire and then progressed to taking a secondment as a Primary Maths Consultant for the local authority. During that 18 month period, she enjoyed supporting, challenging and inspiring both pupils and teachers across many schools as well as lecturing students at Northampton University. On her return to the classroom she developed her leadership skills further as a deputy head. 

Her hobbies include: sewing and embroidery, swimming and pilates. She also loves to spend time with her ‘grown-up’ family and dreams of travelling to New Zealand with them having toured part of Australia several years ago.

Penny Roche

Penny Roche is our English teacher and brings a lifelong love of language and literature to the classroom. She is passionate about the power of stories to help us connect to ourselves and others, and the importance of helping students to become effective communicators. Having qualified in Australia in 2005, she has experience of working in state and private settings, both here and in Australia, and is enjoying a new journey with Landmark International School.

Helen Seabourne

After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, Helen went traveling for a year through six different countries. She spent time in New Zealand teaching PE, and in Budapest as a primary school teacher, setting up a bilingual PE curriculum.

Back in the UK, she spent 5 years at a secondary school in Hertfordshire as a PE teacher and later a School Sports Co-coordinator and Outdoor Coordinator, responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Prior to the arrival of her two children, she was the International Coordinator at another private school in Cambridge, and organised many different cultural events with students from across the world.

Helen enjoys travel and hiking, having trekked the Inca trail in Peru and the mountains in Tanzania. She loves dancing and sport, and has played netball and hockey competitively for many years. She also loves to spend time with her family and introduce her girls to new adventures.

“I am so pleased to be joining the team at Landmark International School, allowing me to succeed well as both a mother and a teacher.”

Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith (BA Hons, PGCE) has always loved languages and has been teaching French and Italian for 8 years.  She has taught in a range of schools in Oxfordshire, Surrey and Cambridgeshire and most recently has introduced and coordinated a Mother Tongue language programme. She has helped with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has a keen interest in music.

Anna Tauwhare

Anna Tauwhare teaches our primary Robin Class. in our junior department.  She graduated from The Cambridge Partnership with a PGCert in Primary Education following her BA(Hons) degree, in Manchester, in the History of Art and Design. Before qualifying to become a teacher, Anna worked as a classroom assistant and Individual Child Support Assistant at the Cambridge International School. During this time, Anna became passionate about supporting children to develop new knowledge and skills through a love of learning.  

Anna’s other passions are running and mountain hiking which she enjoys doing in and outside of the UK.

Tessa Vidal

Tessa is delighted to teach History at Landmark. She started her career in UK state schools before fulfilling a childhood dream of teaching in Japan. After seven years at an international school in Tokyo, Tessa decided to return to Cambridge to take an MPhil in Education where her dissertation focussed on the cognitive effects of growing up bilingual. She then moved to an international school in London where she taught History and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate. Recently she has undertaken freelance work in education but she is now excited to return to the classroom. She hopes students will find history a fascinating subject and will enjoy looking at local, national, regional and world history. She is particularly keen for students to develop skills in evaluating sources of historical knowledge as this also equips them to ask the right questions when reading contemporary sources of information. Inter-cultural understanding is at the heart of her teaching. Tessa holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.  

Lue Wilson

Lue teaches Music at Landmark, having previously taught sociology, philosophy and criminology. After taking time out to have her daughter, Lue returned to the subject which is her true passion, music. Lue has Grade 8 Violin and Singing qualifications, both with distinction. She also plays the piano, the guitar, the recorder and the trumpet. Lue is passionate about wildlife and likes taking children on bug hunts.  She has a certificate in counselling skills.

Wade Yuill
Wade has taught Art & Photography for 9 years. After completing his BA in Lens in Digital Media he stayed at University working in the department of Photography. Prior to commencing his career as a teacher he was based in California and worked as a freelance photographer, specialising in high profile events such as the Oscars and Golden Globes. Wade was motivated to move into teaching to share his experiences with students and help them reach their potential.

Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff


Lenaik Baron
French mother tongue
BA English, Masters, Early Years Dip.
Kingfisher Class Teacher

B.Ed Hons (Cambridge)
Ella Bordoli
Toucan Class Teacher

BSc Psychology
PGCE (Cambridge)

Heidi ClarkSENDco & MathsBA Teaching & Psychology
Grace CurtisScience, PSHEEBSc Hons (Leeds), PGCE (Essex),
Paula Elliott
Geography, Deputy headteacher,
BA Hons (Univ Coll Wales), PGCE (Univ Coll Wales),
TEFL Dip British Council (Hong Kong)

Rebecca Gibbs
Science, KS4 Coordinator
BSc Hons (de Montfort University), PGCE (London)
Sue Hilton-Taylor
BA Hons (S. Africa) Higher Diploma in Education (Rhodes University S.Africa)
B.Ed (Cape Town, SA)
Emma Howlett
Inclusion Manager

Teaching Assistant
BA Hons (Wolverhampton) CELTA, Cambridge Regional College
Certificate in Adlerian Counselling

Tara Leeson
Eagle Class Teacher
BA Hons, Primary Education

Russell Lord
Spanish and Latin

BA Hons (Bristol)
D of E Accredited Assessor
NVQ Level 3 Expedition Leadership

Georgie Palfrey
Inclusion Manager

BSc Psychology and Social Studies
Level7 OCR Diploma in Special Educational Needs


Robin Class Teacher        

Head Teacher                        
BACert in Education
BA Hons in History of Art
and Design

 BSc of Medical Science Univ of Leeds
PGCE Science Univ of Leeds
MA International Education
Univ of Bath
Jo Pulford

Maths Teacher, Tracking/Assessment, KS3 Coordinator
BEd Hons
Penny Roche
BA Hons (Open University)
Grad Dip Ed, Western Australia

Helen Seabourne
BA in Physical Education with QTS
Charlotte Smith
BA Hons (Durham), PGCE (Oxford)

Lue Wilson
BA Hons MA, PhD all Univ of Sheffield
Cert. Counselling CRC (AQA)
Wade Yuill

Art, Media and Photography
BA in digital media