Administrative and Pastoral Staff

Our administrative and pastoral staff oversee the successful running of our programmes and the safety and well-being of our students.

All staff from the Principal to the administrators are friendly, approachable and happy to help should students have any concerns.

“Every single member of the campus staff (supervisors, teachers and estate staff) is really friendly and more than willing to help us with everything we need. It’s quite obvious that they are very passionate about what they do and they also appreciate the mutual respect that they receive.”
– Chris, Law Gap Year student


Ted McGrath Gap Year Programme Principal

Ted McGrath, Principal

The International Study Centre Principal has overall responsibility for all aspects of the programmes, including the curriculum, pastoral support, teaching staff and student wellbeing. Ted has worked extensively in leadership roles with post 16 international students both in the UK and in Asia over the past two decades. She is committed to designing and delivering quality educational programmes within a residential learning environment and was awarded the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS) Award for the Promotion of International Education.

Alena, Gap Year Programme admissions

Alena Palenova, Admissions Coordinator

Our Admissions Coordinator supports students throughout the application process, and answers any questions they may have before their arrival at the International Study Centre. Alena has held Student Advisory positions for the past 5 years, both as an Administrator in Higher Education Student Services and as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Being of dual British and Russian citizenship, and having lived in various countries, Alena is accustomed to interacting with people from all over the world.

Geraldine, Gap Year Programme administrator

Geraldine Cox, Academic Administrator

Our Academic Administrator is the first point of contact for teachers and students, organising academic activities and generally making sure timetables run smoothly. Geraldine has over 15 years’ work experience in school administration and has been supporting our students for the past 3 years.

Harriet, Residential Dean Oxford Royale Academy

Harriet Gish, Residential Dean

Our Residential Dean lives in the grounds of Yarnton Manor and provides assistance and support to students on the campus. As a well travelled backpacker, Harriet particularly enjoys putting together a fun and welcoming social programme. Harriet holds a BSc (hons) in Biology and Biological Sciences from Oxford Brookes University and has been working with Oxford Royale Academy students for the past 7 years.


Subject Tutor

Subject Tutors are at the heart of life at Yarnton Manor. Our faculty has been carefully picked to ensure that tutors combine an extremely high level of academic expertise with an engaging teaching style. Tutors are friendly and approachable and interact with students informally during breaks throughout the day, occasions which students are encouraged to make the most of.