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Dr Sarah Lockyer, Principal

Sarah has a first degree in English from the University of Manchester and a Masters degree and doctorate from the University of Missouri. She has extensive experience leading boarding schools and teaching international students. Sarah has served as Chair of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and is also a board member of the Boarding Schools Association, as well as an inspector for the ISA. She believes strongly in the aim of CATS: to encourage all students to realise their potential, fostering independence and maturity in order to prepare them for their future as global citizens.

Severine Collins, Vice Principal

Severine has over 20 years’ experience in independent education, both in the UK and abroad. She holds a Master’s Degree in ICT education and eLearning from King’s College London. She joined CATS Colleges in 2014. Severine is a passionate believer in the transformative power of education to develop leadership, courage, respect and integrity in students as well as academic prowess. She believes that it is vitally important to raise young people to become strong, confident and independent young adults, successfully equipped to face the growing challenges of university and society upon leaving school.

Nicola Robinson, Deputy Head Academic

Nicola joined CATS Canterbury in September 2018 as the Deputy Head Academic. Before CATS, she was the Director of Science at a prestigious Grammar School. As Director of Science, her favourite achievement was providing students with authentic research projects to enrich their learning, in line with her earlier career as a Research Scientist in the Pharmaceutical industry. Nicola is responsible for academic matters at CATS Canterbury and she especially enjoys talking with students about their progress and goals.

Patricia De Oteyza, Deputy Head Pastoral

Patricia started at CATS London in 2012 and had been leading the student care team there since 2016 before she joined us as Deputy Head Pastoral in Canterbury in September 2018. Patricia oversees all aspects of student life outside the classroom, including boarding, to make sure that our young people are safe, happy and supported during their time here. 

Alison King, Registrar

Alison joined CATS Canterbury in 2016 as the Student Services Manager and has recently been appointed Registrar. Her duties include organising visits for new students, making all prearrival arrangements, including visa applications, and acting as our key ambassador with agents. Alison has worked in the education sector for nearly 25 years and managed customer service departments within colleges for over 10 of these. She therefore understands that maintaining excellent customer service is vital to ensure the satisfaction of our students and parents.

Lucy White, Boarding Manager

Lucy joined CATS Canterbury as a houseparent in 2014. In 2016, she became the Boarding Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Lucy has proven management experience in a number of roles overseeing the support of students within a higher education setting, including the reintroduction of students with additional learning needs or mental health disorders into mainstream education. Lucy is responsible for overseeing the Boarding Department at CATS Canterbury and aims to ensure that our students feel at home and have a positive experience while studying with us.


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