OIC Brighton teachers strive for excellence in everything they do, using their specialist knowledge, abundant experience, and pioneering spirit to bring out the best in every student.


OIC Brighton is home to the very best UK and international teachers. Meticulously chosen, they bring a wealth of qualifications and global experience to our classrooms.

Our exceptional educators are pioneers in their subject field or specialism. Many have also excelled in the industry they now teach in. Every day, their breadth of knowledge and expertise – alongside their unrivalled enthusiasm for their discipline – bring learning to life in new and exhilarating ways.

Crucially, our dedicated team are committed to building a strong partnership with you. Guided by your Strategy Tutor, they’ll provide the constant support and mentoring you need to excel academically and flourish as a person.

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Our senior leadership team sets high expectations, creating a culture that inspires excellence. Their commitment to happiness and wellbeing complements this ambitious approach, ensuring our students have everything they need to thrive.

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Tess St Clair-Ford

Tess brings a wealth of leadership experience to the college, having spent more than a decade in senior roles at prestigious UK and international schools. A passionate believer in the transformative impact of positive wellbeing on academic outcomes, Tess ensures we provide the holistic care and support our students need to fulfil their unique potential.

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Dr Gemma Hannan
Deputy Principal (Academic)

Gemma’s career spans more than a decade, including teaching, Director of Sixth Form, and Associate Deputy Head roles in prestigious independent schools. In her role as Deputy Principal (Academic), Gemma ensures the highest teaching and learning standards across the curriculum. Gemma has a Master’s in Teaching and a Doctorate in Education, both from University College London.

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Jonno Melia
Deputy Principal (Pastoral and Wellbeing)

Previously Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead at a leading UK preparatory school, Jonno is committed to developing innovative approaches that enhance student wellbeing. In previous roles, he has successfully implemented a variety of pioneering projects, from creating a school-wide ‘culture of kindness’ to a ‘caught being kind’ initiative. Jonno’s dedication to welfare, safeguarding, and pastoral care ensures our students thrive.

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Thomas Galvin
Supercurriular Manager

Formerly the Head of Geography and Housemaster at a leading independent school, Thomas’ pre-teaching career includes a successful stint as an investment banker. Thomas is passionate about offering the highest quality Super curricular opportunities, which align with our students’ aims and ambitions. Thomas is a qualified tennis, rugby, and hockey coach, as well as being a Taekwondo instructor. He’s also an officer in the Combined Cadet Force.

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Andrew Gillespie
Executive Principal

Andrew brings more than 30 years’ experience to the Executive Principal role. As well as being Chair of Examiners for Oxford AQA, he is a Reporting Inspector and the author of several GCSE, A-level, and undergraduate textbooks. Andrew is also Vice Principal and Academic Director of d'Overbroeck's Oxford.

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Yasmin Sarwar
Chief Education Officer

Yasmin has been Chief Education Officer at Oxford International College (OIC) since 2017. Under her academic leadership, OIC has topped results league tables, becoming one of the top five A-level colleges in the UK. Committed to helping our students realise their university ambitions, Yasmin works closely with higher education providers worldwide, including Oxford and Cambridge.


At our college, we aspire to excellence in everything we do. We love a challenge, we work hard, and we’re always looking to improve. This ethos is driven by our ambitious international team. Through shared observations, departmental discussions, and subject-specific training, OIC Brighton staff continually reflect on and refine what we do. Their breadth of global experience unlocks new ideas and approaches, too.

We make sure our teachers have the support they need to achieve their goals. This includes access to a wealth of courses and development opportunities on the award-winning Nord Anglia University training platform.

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To guarantee the highest standards, we actively recruit the world’s best UK and international teachers and pastoral staff.

Every single one of our educators is handpicked, based not only on their outstanding qualifications, subject knowledge, and real-world experience, but also their commitment to our ambitious ethos. As soon as they join us, our staff go through an extensive induction programme that immerses them in our culture and values.

Being part of the Nord Anglia Education global family ensures we lead the way in the sector. Their Global Education Team drives success in academics, quality assurance, accreditation, and safeguarding.

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OIC Brighton is a truly unique global college. Having opened in 2023, it’s a place where you can make your mark, shaping our culture of excellence and nurturing the next generation of pioneers and original thinkers. You’ll love working on our beautiful countryside campus, too, which is just minutes away from the coast and city.

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OIC Brighton is home to gifted students from around the world – and you can join them. Start your journey to our pioneering college by filling in our online enquiry form today.

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