Kim Bradbeer - Housemistress



Kim came to St Swithun's in 2009 as head of art. She feels that art is such a wonderful subject to teach at a school like St Swithun's. "It is a real pleasure to work with such intelligent and imaginative students, who develop and thrive in the art studios. Our girls show such resilience and tenacity when making their art and it is a real pleasure to now be part of the pastoral side of their lives too, as housemistress of Davies."

Kim comes from a Fine Art background, having graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a degree in sculpture, followed by a PGCE from Goldsmiths. Having taught art and history of art in large comprehensive schools in north London and Essex, she took on the much more specialised role of ceramics teacher in a boarding school in Dorset before coming to St Swithun's.

Having trained as a sculptor, Kim still enjoys working in three dimensions, but now has the opportunity to develop her printmaking and painting. She has discovered an obsession with lino cutting and the versatility of painting with water-based oil colours. When not in school or running her two children to various sporting events, she continues to make her own work.

Charlotte Wirdnam - Assistant Housemistress

Charlotte came to St Swithun's in 2010 as the art technician. During her time she has been house tutor in LeRoy, set up a folk and film club, run art clubs, designed and made costumes for the school productions and introduced the headphone moment in assemblies. As part of the art department she has helped organise whole school projects, art installations and exhibitions and run a Stretch class. She demonstrates printmaking, darkroom techniques and textiles at GCSE and A level.

After graduating from Wimbledon School of Art with a degree in costume design for the stage and screen, she worked as a freelancer in the theatre, film and televisin industries. Roles included costume supervisior, designer, dresser, buyer and costume and prop maker for companies including the Almeida, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Rainbow Productions Ltd and the Nuffield in Southampton. After several years in London, she moved back home to Dorest where she began her career working in education as art techician at Canford School.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys creating art at home in her studio, mainly focusing on printmaking and painting. She plays the piano and sings in a four-piece folk band in regular gigs around Hampshire.

"Being part of a day house is a great way of getting to know a broad spectrum of girls and having fun and being creative in a different environment. For me the most important thing in life is trying to experience as many things as possible and always to keep an open mind. This is something I encourage in the girls."