Structure

Bronte is a privately owned Nursery, registered by Ofsted. The Proprietor is Nicholas Clements, who is also Proprietor of Bronte School. In defined responsibilities, the Proprietor is responsible for governance of the Nursery, and thereby for the safety, welfare and overall educational development of the children.

The Director of Bronte Nursery, Emma Wood (who is also headmistress of Bronte School) supports the Nursery’s strategic management, and aids the development of good and mutually beneficial links between School and Nursery.

The Nursery Manager, Suki Bains, is responsible for the operational management of the Nursery, the development of good practice, and for advising on longer term strategy and vision. She is supported in these tasks by the senior team of Room Leaders.

The Bursar of Bronte School and Nursery, Susan Allison, is responsible for the financial management and overall HR management of the Nursery, for the support staff and for the environment and building maintenance.

The Bronte School and Nursery Advisory Board supports the governance of both School and Nursery. Advisory Board members visit at least twice a year for meeting with staff and to observe School and Nursery activities.

Advisory Board

Richard Dyson

Between 1977 and 2014, Richard Dyson was Headmaster of Wellingborough Junior School, St Faith’s School, Cambridge, and Bronte School. He is also a former Independent Schools’ Inspectorate inspector. He lives in Gravesend with his wife, Margie, who most recently was the School Nurse and Receptionist at Bronte School from 2003-14.

Robin Lewis

Educated at Bedford Modern School and the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Cambridge [Wolfson College visiting scholar], Robin spent 20 years teaching Biology and PE at an HMC school in the West Country, 13 of those years as a boarding housemaster. He then enjoyed 9 years leading two independent boarding preparatory schools and becoming an inspector. In 1998 the English Speaking Union awarded him a prestigious Walter Hines Page travelling scholarship to the United States. In 2000, as a result of his wife’s serious illness, he resigned his headship and returned to teaching taking fixed term contracts at a wide variety of schools and increasing his consultative and inspectorial experience. He was made a Reporting [Lead] Inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate in 2008 and runs his own consultancy.

Catherine Mentzel


Catherine Mentzel trained at King’s College London and worked as a Trauma and Intensive Care Unit nurse, a career which has proved to be a great grounding for coping in later life with the joys and dramas of being a mother and army wife! She is married to Kevin, an Army chaplain, and they have two daughters at an independent schools in Oxfordshire.

Catherine enjoys seeing everyday school life and has served as a Foundation Governor, chaired the Curriculum and Standards committee and was involved with the appointment of a new Headteacher at a primary school in Hampshire. Other duties have involved running childrens’ music groups, a school gardening club, and even a spell as a “dinner lady”. She lives near Oxford and works part time at a local prep school.