We know schools from the inside. We know how they work.

Rory Reilly, BA, MSC, HDip in Ed

Educated at Trinity College Dublin, Rory has a deep understanding of candidate selection from his ten years as Registrar at The King’s School, Canterbury.  He has taught in a number of schools, including King's Hospital Blue Coat School, Dublin,  King's College School, Wimbledon and The King's School, Canterbury.  He has wide experience in interviewing prospective candidates for 11+, 13+, 6th form and University entry, including scholarship candidates.  Rory was a member of the geography interview panel at Hertford College, Oxford for twelve years and has acted as an Oxbridge advisor to a number of schools in the UK and abroad.  He regularly conducts mock interviews for prospective Oxbridge students.

Over many years, Rory has built a network of contacts across all the major UK senior and preparatory boarding schools. This breadth of knowledge makes him ideally placed to advise parents.


The rest of the team

Natalie Reilly, MSc BSc ALCM

Natalie Reilly, MSc BSc ALCM


Natalie has been a teacher for over 20  years.  Her experience includes teaching at The King's School, Canterbury and Aiglon College, Switzerland along with prior tutoring experience in America, Cyprus and Germany.  Natalie has also worked in UK selective day schools adding Head of Mathematics, International Co-ordinator and Senior Leader to her portfolio.  Natalie is up to date with current practices at home and abroad, and is passionate about the thinking skills required by young students in problem solving. Amongst her many achievements as a former Director of Mathematics and Computing Specialism has been to develop student leadership skills through local and international collaboration.  

Natalie's other interests include music and sport.  In particular she is keen to ease the transition of a student into boarding life through encouraging group participation in sports, music and creative performance.  Once a top class athlete at Loughborough University, she now keeps fit by rowing, swimming and skiing. 

Emily Hann Thomas

Emily Hann Thomas


Emily has been an English and Theatre Studies specialist for 20 years, working in independent and state schools, at primary and secondary levels. She began her teaching career in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has since worked in international boarding and day schools in Spain, Switzerland, Brunei and the UK. She is also qualified to teach English as a Second Language, has a postgraduate diploma in Journalism and co-founded Northern Irish Theatre Company, Kabosh Productions. 

Emily has always enjoyed working with international students and has a thorough understanding of how proficiency in English is vital for such students living and studying in the UK. 

She lives in Marbella, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, where she spends her time learning Spanish, cooking and writing, as well as working in the English Department at The English International College.  

Christina Astin, MA, FInstP, CPhys, LTCL

Christina Astin, MA, FInstP, CPhys, LTCL


Christina has taught physics for 22 years and is a well-known figure in independent science education across the UK.  From 2004 to 2014 she was Head of Science at The King’s School, Canterbury, a period which saw a marked increase in student involvement with science, both studying for exam courses and engaged in extra-curricular research.  Since graduating from Cambridge University she has taught physics at Sevenoaks School (IB) and at schools in London and Wiltshire and from September 2014 will be coordinating the outreach programme at King’s.

She is currently authoring a revised physics A level course and has written extensively for science education journals, as well as presenting and giving talks.

Christina has a strong network across the science faculties of top UK independent schools, partly through her work with the Young Scientists Journal (www.ysjournal.com) which she co-founded.  She offers a range of advisory services to schools and businesses through her own consultancy, Astin Consulting.

Howard Ionascu, BMus    

Howard Ionascu, BMus



Howard has been associated with music education since graduation. His first full time position was at Radley College followed by the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. In September 2002 he was appointed Director of Music at The King’s School, Canterbury. He has recently taken up the post of Director of Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 1997 Howard founded The Laudate Choir, a young semi-professional choir, which continues to perform regularly in London as well as further afield.

Through his work with choirs, Howard has conducted a number of the leading UK orchestras and ensembles, including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, New London Orchestra and Onyx Brass.

Howard has vast experience in guiding and supporting talented young musicians on their path through to the top schools in the UK. 

Michèle-Dominique Bradburn, BA Hons, PGCE, DPA, Ad.Cert. PCSEN, IRLEN, BACP

Michèle-Dominique Bradburn, BA Hons, PGCE, DPA, Ad.Cert. PCSEN, IRLEN, BACP

Educational Support

Michèle was Educated both in France and England and is a highly qualified bi-lingual teacher with over 20 years experience including at Charterhouse School, Sevenoaks School(IB) and The Kings School Canterbury where she was the Educational Support Co-Ordinator, Consultant and Specialist Assessor from 2000-2014.  During this time awareness of the importance of recognising individual learning profiles and implementing appropriate strategies became a central and important part of the curriculum and her contribution and input was noted by the national inspectorate.

Michèle is able to offer a wide range of support services including pupil assessment and mentoring to help pupils reach their potential, parental consultation providing insight into their child’s learning profile and educational needs, and support for schools in the form of INSET training.

Her expertise has been recognised nationally and internationally and the booklets she has written highlighting Learning Skills ( for pupils) and Strategies for Teaching Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties ( for teachers) are used both in the U.K. and Europe.

She has  been running her own consultancy since 2014.