Staff

Head of Prep School

Ms Sian Evans
Ms Sian Evans

Ms Sian Evans is the Head of the Prep school at Epsom College. Sian has a BEd Hrs degree from the University of Wales and a BCCT from Thompson River University, BC, Canada and is currently completing her Masters in Education in Spelling to Write and Read. She has a wealth of teaching experience from Nursery to Year 13. She has taught in England, Hong Kong, Canada and China.

She believes that our Prep school is characterised by its warm and nurturing atmosphere, in which every child feels secure and where each can build a firm foundation of academic skills and explore his or her talents and abilities in other areas of the broader curriculum. Sian and her staff encourage all their students to be inquisitive about the world to develop a life-long love for learning.

Through an exciting programme of lessons and activities, it is the Prep school’s aim to inspire the children to pursue to the highest standards all that they undertake and to reach their full potential.

Sian enjoys sport as a competitor and as a spectator. She enjoys running, playing hockey, softball, netball and touch rugby as well as watching a variety of sports, especially football (Liverpool) and ice hockey (The Cannucks).

She has a daughter, who graduated from the Sixth Form at ECIM in 2016 and a son graduating in 2017. Both are active members in sports teams. Her daughter is moving on to study a BA Hons in Education at Nottingham University in Malaysia.

Deputy Head of Prep School

Ms Judith Thompson
Ms Judith Thompson
Teacher for Robins

Ms Judith Thompson joined Epsom College in Malaysia from The British International School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education (Honours) from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Judith joined the Prep School as the school opened in 2014 to teach our Year 3/4 class. Since then, she has moved into the role of Deputy Head of Prep, dealing with Academics and teaching the Year 1/2 class.

Previous to this appointment, Judith spent 7 years teaching in Saudi Arabia where she experienced a variety of management roles leading both department and subject provision. Most recently she has been the Eco Schools Coordinator and has led the phonics and reading programmes. She is excited about being involved in developing the literacy provision here at Epsom. In addition to international experience, Judith has taught in Scotland and Northern Ireland and has an extensive knowledge of the National Curriculum.

In her spare time, Judith enjoys an active lifestyle enjoying outdoor sports and travel. Her particular passion is horse riding. She is also a keen lover of the arts and enjoys drama, writing play scripts, floral art and sculpture.

Nursery and Reception

Mrs Leona Squires
Mrs Leona Squires
Teacher for Chitchats

Mrs Leona Squires joined Epsom College from Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. After working as an SEN/EAL teacher in the prep school she is now taking over as the lead teacher in the Nursery/ Reception class.

Leona has a degree in Business Administration and a GDTO (Graduate Diploma in Teaching) from the University of Southern Queensland. She has experience in teaching Nursery through to Year 6 and has in the past specialised in teaching ICT.

Before entering the teaching profession Leona worked for an online learning company producing ICT based learning materials for adults. During her time in Thailand Leona worked at Shrewsbury International School before taking time out to take care of her own children: Finley, aged 9 and Maybelle, aged 5.

Leona believes passionately in allowing young learners to develop through a play based provision adapted to meet their individual needs. She can’t wait to encourage her class of 3 to 5 year olds to play and learn.

Year 1 and 2

Ms Judith Thompson
Ms Judith Thompson
Teacher for Robins

Ms Judith Thompson joined Epsom College in Malaysia from The British International School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education (Honours) from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Judith joined the Prep School as the school opened in 2014 to teach our Year 3/4 class. Since then, she has moved into the role of Deputy Head of Prep, dealing with Academics and teaching the Year 1/2 class.

Previous to this appointment, Judith spent 7 years teaching in Saudi Arabia where she experienced a variety of management roles leading both department and subject provision. Most recently she has been the Eco Schools Coordinator and has led the phonics and reading programmes. She is excited about being involved in developing the literacy provision here at Epsom. In addition to international experience, Judith has taught in Scotland and Northern Ireland and has an extensive knowledge of the National Curriculum.

In her spare time, Judith enjoys an active lifestyle enjoying outdoor sports and travel. Her particular passion is horse riding. She is also a keen lover of the arts and enjoys drama, writing play scripts, floral art and sculpture.

Year 3

Mrs Camilla Wright
Mrs Camilla Wright
Teacher for Owls

Mrs Camilla Wright joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Buckinghamshire, England, having been a teacher for 9 years. Most recently, she has worked as head of Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. She has also been the Literacy lead with responsibility for raising attainment in writing. She has a BA in Classical Civilisation from the University of Nottingham and a PGCE in Primary Education from Brighton.

Camilla has taught English to children in Romania and she loves to travel, having visited Italy, Greece and Turkey extensively on her tours of classical historical sites and museums. She is passionate about education being enjoyable and offering children experiences that will build them up as individuals, with the confidence and resilience to try anything without fear of failure. Camilla particularly promotes collaborative learning opportunities in which children listen to and learn from each other, bringing their unique and new ideas to group projects.

She arrived in Malaysia with her husband, James (Head of Timetable and Physics teacher), and their two cats. She loves to read and write in her spare time, as well as cooking, music and theatre. She loves to swim, and hopes to be able to learn to scuba dive and sail when in Malaysia.

Year 4

Mrs Sam Castle
Mrs Sam Castle
Teacher for Mynahs
Mrs Sam Castle joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) when it opened its doors in 2014. Sam has worked in the UK for 18 years predominately with secondary students from Years 7 to 13.​ She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Education from the University of ​Nottingham Trent where she qualified in 1998.​ 

During Sam's long teaching career she has held a number of roles and responsibilities. Sam has taught both Business and Computing at Key Stage 3 and 4​ and has held both coordinators roles and has also been Head of Faculty. Sam has also developed Teacher Training programmes for existent and new teachers and has supported others within their roles. Sam has liaised with feeder primary schools within the UK to ensure smooth transitions from primary to the secondary environment.

​Sam has two boys who are also members of the Epsom community. They keep her quite busy, but in any spare time she enjoys baking - although she is not very good at it. Practice makes perfect!

Year 5

Ms Hannah Mayhew
Ms Hannah Mayhew
Teacher for Kingfishers

Ms Hannah Mayhew joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Henley Primary School in Suffolk, England where she has been teaching Years 4, 5 and 6 for two years. She previously taught Reception at The Taipei European School in Taiwan and prior to that, English and Drama at Farlingaye High School back in the UK. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Psychology from the University of Winchester and gained her QTS in 2003.

Throughout Hannah’s 12-year teaching career, she has taught at every Key Stage, both in Primary and Secondary education. She believes that having been involved in the progression of students from Reception to A Level gives her a unique insight into the entire school life of a student. She is passionate about providing younger students with a strong foundation in education, and developing in them curiosity, independence and a love for learning.

Hannah is planning on making the most of travel opportunities whilst in Malaysia, as well as soaking up the local culture, scenery and food. She loves the outdoors and is a keen scuba diver, swimmer and horsewoman.

Year 6

Mr Chris Lapping
Mr Chris Lapping
Teacher for Orioles

Mr Chris Lapping joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as the Year 6 teacher. Graduating from the University of Durham, Chris holds a BA (hons) degree in Primary Education. Prior to joining Epsom, Chris held the post of Assistant Headteacher in a school in the North East of England where he taught across Key Stage 2, with responsibility for assessment.
 
Chris believes that happy children make for successful learners and aims to create a supportive, friendly environment where they feel empowered and safe to take risks to challenge themselves (so they can be the best they can be, both in and out of the classroom). Equipping children with the confidence, skills and thirst for knowledge for a life-long love of learning, Chris aims to help the children transition smoothly into the senior school.  
 
Outside of the classroom, Chris is a keen snowboarder however, doesn’t expect to find too much snow in Malaysia! Instead, he enjoys broadening his horizons with the many sports that Epsom has to offer. He is also hopeful to one day find a ‘BodyPump’ class here in Malaysia!
 
This is Chris’s first international post and he loves the many exciting travel and cultural opportunities that South East Asia has to offer, especially the food!

EAL / Learning Support

Mrs Laura Tanna
Mrs Laura Tanna

Laura Tanna joined Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2014. She entered into teaching after completing her PGCE in Primary Education in Bristol, having secured a Degree in Sport and Physical Education at the University of Wales Institute (Cardiff). She has taught across a range of Primary year groups during her career, as well as undertaking curriculum leader responsibility for a number of subjects. As Special Educational Needs Coordinator her role is to oversee a diverse curriculum that enables all learners, at any level, to achieve.

Laura loves travelling and is a keen sportswoman who will try her hand at most things, though her main loves are hockey and running. She is also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist and was part of the international recovery team at the Athens Olympics in 2004.  Laura has played hockey at county and regional level and successfully captained her club team in Bristol for a number of years. She also recently completed her 8th marathon and is keen to add to that tally. She lives on the College campus with her husband (the Head of Art) and two young children.