Teaching Staff

It is the school’s policy to employ teachers with outstanding professional credentials from the UK with relevant experience delivering the English National Curriculum (ENC). On occasion, the school will also hire exceptional teachers with other internationally recognised qualifications and British curriculum experience.

To be qualified, teachers must possess a degree (usually a 3-4 year course at a noted UK University) coupled with a specialised and relevant Educational/Teaching diploma issued by a reputable institution (often a one-year postgraduate qualification). Alternatively, teachers take a specialised four-year teaching degree, leading to Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) qualification.

Teachers of our Early Years section must hold a diploma of Early Childhood studies (usually two years).

Each teacher in EYFS / Primary also has the support of a full-time native or fluent English speaking Teaching Assistant. This approach helps ensure that the highest quality of teaching and learning takes place in our classrooms, particularly in the areas of language, literacy and numeracy. All teachers are supported by administration staff and are given professional development by UK-based experts throughout the year.

BSSP Headmaster


Leon Clarke


After training and teaching in the UK for two years, I left to travel across Europe and Asia for a year. Upon my return to the UK, I knew I wanted to continue to explore the world and was fortunate to be recruited to set up a primary school in Moscow in 2012.

BSSP Class Teachers


Colette Oaten

Nursery Teacher

I have always worked with children and initially pursued a career in Nursery Education in Wales, Greece, and Oman. I later completed a BA Honours in Social Work and worked as a Registered Social Worker in Child and Family Services in Wales.


Karrissa Pimm

Reception Teacher

I started to teach after obtaining my Bachelor of Arts focusing on Special Education and educational history and then moving on to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary). I moved to the United Arab Emirates soon after graduating.


Chloe Herman

Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Although I trained in Australia, where I gained my Bachelor of Education with Distinction, my 10 years of experience has been all based in UK National Curriculum schools. I spent five years at an Ofsted "Outstanding" school in London.


Emily Preece

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

After completing a BA Honours degree in Philosophy in 2010, at Cardiff University, I worked as an English mentor in a secondary school for a year. In 2011 I went on to complete a Primary PGCE at The University of Worcester, qualifying in 2012.

BSSP Specialist Teacher


Rachel Teague


I have a B.Ed (Hons) in Music from the Welsh College of Music and Drama/Cardiff Institute of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Bath. I have spent most of my teaching career in U.K. National Curriculum based schools overseas.

BSSP Teaching Assistants



Nursery Teaching Assistant

For 6 years I've been working with children in small groups and individually giving them English classes. Teaching is a really inspiring job because it means there is constant self-development, it makes the world better and you never get bored.



Reception TA

My name is Lisa and I am a Teaching Assistant for Reception. My role is to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of students and assist the teacher to provide the very highest standard of education to the students. There are many things I love about my job.



Year 1 & 2 TA

After growing up on a bilingual farm near Omsk, I moved to Germany and have spent the last seven years in Europe. I've been involved in organizing and assisting English educational environments for children in Eastern Europe since 2016.



Year 3 & 4 TA

Working at the British School of St. Petersburg gives me a great opportunity to broaden my outlook, to meet new people and to both learn more as an educator and pass this onto the children, each and every day. It really is a great honour.



Russian and EAL TA

I adore my profession. I easily find a common language with children. I am keen on working with them. I always find something interesting to make them enjoy their studies. For me, an individual approach to the student is very important.

BSSP Administration

Natalia Novikova

Head of Administration

Having worked in the sphere of education for the last 12 years, I am delighted to be here in Saint Petersburg opening the first British school in its history. I have experience​ working in an international environment both in Russia and abroad.

Alexandra Tolmacheva

Facilities & Maintenance Manager

I started my way in Front of House and was the first person who you could see in British School of St Petersburg. Now my new role in BSSP is Facilities and Maintenance Manager. This post comes with a wide range of responsibilities and сhallenges.


Eolanta Zaboronok

Front Desk Officer

My name is Eolanta Zaboronok, I am working as a Front Desk Officer/Administrator at British School. My responsibilities include interacting with parents of our students, helping to organize events and supplying the school with everything necessary.

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