Our People

A Teacher’s Prayer: Lord, enable me to teach with WISDOM for I shape the mind. Equip me to teach with TRUTH, for I help to shape the conscience. Encourage me to teach with VISION for I help to shape the future. Empower me to teach with LOVE, for I help to shape the world.

The Clifton Team is made up of 90 full time staff members. This includes Academic staff and support staff such as the Estates, Catering and Cleaning teams. We have a number of residential units on our campus for staff, as well as 11 Intern rooms within the boarding houses. The fact that the Headmaster, various academic and boarding staff members, the sanatorium sister and key support staff members are on-site contributes to the homely feeling here at Clifton. We truly are a community.

Clifton offers a structured Intern Programme to 10 students passionate about children and the educational environment. Not only does this programme allow mentorship and growth for our future teachers but also the opportunity for our children to develop relationships with passionate, inspired, relevant and vibrant young people who interact with and guide them daily.


It is our aim that children at Clifton will develop skills and abilities academically, culturally, emotionally, socially and physically. 

This takes a team.

Headmaster – Mr Eswee Prinsloo

Meet Eswee Prinsloo, the new Head of Clifton Nottingham Road. Born and raised in Pretoria, Eswee matriculated from Affies and enjoyed a distinguished career as a young cricketer and rugby player whilst studying at the University of Pretoria, where his standout achievement was meeting his future wife, Hanlie!

Together they spent eight years as newlyweds living in London, where Eswee cut his teeth as a teacher of Mathematics, before returning home to South Africa in 2007. After an instructive two years in the town of Hotazel, building a school for the mine, the Prinsloos moved to Melrose where Eswee embarked on the most wonderful journey as a member of staff at Pridwin, where his passion for educating and organisational flair won him accolades in many roles including Head of Maths, first XV and first cricket XI coach, and Deputy Headmaster: Operations.

Eswee, his wife Hanlie and their three children, Ilani-Marie, Anje, and Christiaan, are thrilled to be joining the Clifton Community from mid-term in the third quarter.
“God has called me to be a teacher, and I feel so humbled, privileged and excited for this next phase of my life in the incredible Clifton environment.”
Eswee Prinsloo, 9th Headmaster of Clifton Preparatory School, Nottingham Road
Mr Peter Quinn always with a trick up his sleeve – our Deputy Head and Grade 7 teacher
The fantastic and energetic Mrs Louise Jelliman, HOD of Sport, Girls’ Sport and Physical Education
Mr Justice Majola, he does it all! Our Head of Boarding, Housemaster of Usher House, isiZulu teacher and Grade 7 tutor
Head of Academics and Grade 7 teacher, Mrs Louise Rautenbach, and the handsome Benji
Looking sublime in the gardens, Mrs Samantha Hatch, our Bursar
Kerry Witherspoon, our Marketing Champion, tying a bow on the Clifton story every time she shares it!
Mrs Mary Crawford, you really are a superstar to your Grade 00s
Charlotte White, Junior Primary assistant teacher
Mrs Anita Whitehead, shaping the minds of our little Grade 0 champs through fun and play
Looking after our Grade 0 Champs is an energetic and full time job, Mrs Heather Kelland
Giving our Grade 1s wings to “fly”, Mrs Joanna Fly
Our Grade 1 teacher, Miss Tayla Strachan, ready to welcome our Clifton champs to “big school!”
Mrs Donna Moor, our Grade 2 teacher, always with a big smile!
Mrs Sue-Anne Rindfleisch and our Grade 2s are planning to take over the world
Mrs Jeannie Shewan, always keeping her little Grade 2 champs close
Our Grade 3 Teacher, Mrs Nicole Venter, always ready for a story!
She always has a spring in her step, Mrs Emma Fyvie, our Grade 3 teacher
Helping our Grade 4s grow, Mrs Nicky Taylor and Mrs Nikki Stokes
There’s no better place to be than in the tree, Mrs Cyndi Jonker, one of our Grade 4 teachers
Action man Mr Sean Veenstra, Head of Boys’ Sport and Physical Education
Grade 5 teacher, raring to go, Mr Kyle Venter
The lovely Mrs Lisa Abbott, our Senior Primary maths champion
Mrs Claire Lister can always be found with her Grade 5’s in her outdoor classroom
English champion and Grade 6 teacher, Mrs Staci Hourquebie, the more you read, the more places you will go!
Mev Liza Borgen het altyd ‘n lied in die hart, our Grade 6 & 7 Afrikaans teacher
The inimitable Owen Chimuka, Senior HOD of Music, plays the soundtrack to life at Clifton Notties
The Junior Primary halls are alive with the sound of Mrs Barbara Kerr, Junior Primary music & choir teacher
Mrs Catherene Maposa enjoys her role as teacher of isiZulu (Grades 0-3)
Making robots come alive, Mr Gary Mortimer, our Grade 4 to 7 IT STEAM teacher
Ready to listen, always with a smile, Miss Monique Langlois, our Learning Support Champion
Famous for her contagious laugh and infectious smile is our Afrikaans teacher, Mevrou Hanlie Prinsloo
Our drama teacher, Mr Tim Redpath, who finds any excuse to be on stage!
Our creative and colourful Art champion, Mrs Jane Cahill
Our multi-talented and wholly-involved Head of Physical Education, Mr Halalisani Xulu (aka Mr X)
The Riding School team: Mrs Lauren Menton, Mrs Elbe Rautenbach, Thokozani (TK) Nyauza, Bonginkosi (BK) Ziqbu and Sello (Patrick) Mgoza
Our Headmaster’s PA, Sarah Goldie, keeps Mr Prinsloo’s day on track!
Welcoming old and new families to Clifton with a warm smile, Jess Davies, our Admissions & Alumni Coordinator
Mrs Cheryl Coetzer, the face of Clifton in Reception and our School Secretary
What light through yonder window breaks? Ah – it’s Mrs Catherine Pringle, our Assistant Bursar
The face of the school shop and bursary assistant, Antoinette O’Connell
Miss Nonkululeko Chiliza, our special needs superstar is always smiling and ready to give out lots of hugs
Keeping the Clifton Magic alive is Melissa Dove, our Marketing and Creative Coordinator
Nurturing by nature, Sister Jodie Sparrow, our School Nursing Sister with her two assistants Willow and Blu
“A man for all seasons” – our ever-positive and helpful Estate Manager, Mr Elvis Kalika
Cultivating the terroir for a champion childhood is Russell Trott, our assistant Estates Manager
Mr Mbongeleni Bhengu, our eager to please school driver, always ready to transport our little champs
Our Fun Loving Interns
Nqobile Msomi, Hannah Rees, Prince Ndlovu, Callan McLuckie, Cayden Poole, Vuyelwa Mtolo , Desiree Kalika, Sam Karlsen, Megan Hatch, Mitchell Steenkamp, Linda Sibiya
Capitol Caterers Kitchen Team
Xoliswa Sylvia, Jesslina, Doris, Merriam, Thokoza, Santanna & Monique
Capitol Caterers Cleaning Team
Gabby, Mavis, Flossie, Gloria, Prisca, Mbali, Thanda, Bongi, Thembi, Dudu, Nelly, Thandi M, Homestar, Monique & Santanna