Meet the team

Get to know our fun and friendly team of staff, tutors and Heroes at the Oxford Scholastica Academy. Our team are passionate about giving our students the most memorable summer of their lives.
OSA team

The staff were all really welcoming and fun to be around.

Alex Gall, Australia

Meet our senior team


Jamie Dear BA Hons (Oxon), Founder

Jamie moved to Oxford in 1992. After studying at Oxford University he worked in the non-profit education sector, founding a social enterprise which has raised £1/2m for charity. He is passionate about the transformative impact of inspiring teachers, and has run summer schools for the past five years.


Dr Sophie Dear BA BM BCh (Oxon), Founder

Sophie is a trained doctor with a passion for teaching. She oversees the running of the summer school with her husband Jamie. Sophie studied Medicine at Oxford, and has won awards for her teaching of Oxford University medical students. She is also a keen pianist, gardener and cook!


Mrs Kit Anderson, Pastoral Consultant

Kit is a trained nurse. Her colourful career has seen her act as Housekeeper to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, and she currently works as a “Dame” (Housemistress) at Eton College, where she has overseen the welfare of hundreds of students over the past twenty years.


Laurie Kenny, Head of Programme

Laurie oversees the running of the programme each summer and makes sure everything runs smoothly. In addition to leading summer schools in the past, Laurie is a fully qualified museum conservator. Originally from France, she has lived in four different countries.


Photis Loizou, Head of Community

Photis is our primary point of contact for families before and during the summer school. Originally from Cyprus, he studied Ancient History and Classics in the UK, where he specialised in researching the concept of philotimia (honour). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading and cooking inordinately big meals!


Louise Hudson, Head of Operations

Louise leads the operational side of Oxford Scholastica. She has had five years’ experience working in the conference and events industry. An Oxford local, Louise was born and grew up in a nearby village before going on to read Equine Studies at university in Wales. She enjoys going to the gym and hiking with her dog.


Shannon Miller, Community Team

Shannon studied Classics at Oxford, where she also enjoyed singing and rowing. Her role is to support our students and parents from the moment they sign up. She makes sure our students feel comfortable before the summer school, have the best time on it and keep in touch with everyone after!


Jana Crucius, Community Team

Originally from Germany, Jana is a language enthusiast and recently started learning her sixth language! After a degree in Japanese Studies she moved to Oxford where she completed her MA in European and Business Studies. Jana loves to cook, play archery and board games.


Pascha Francisco, Matron

Pascha used to be a Matron at St Edward’s boarding school in Oxford, where she looked after hundreds of 13-18 year olds – so there isn’t much she doesn’t know about teenagers! Her claim to fame is that her husband used to play football for Santos in Sao Paulo, where Pele played.


Dr Mona Sakr BA (Oxon) MA PhD, Head of Teaching

Mona oversees the quality of our teaching. She studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, subsequently working as an English teacher. Her doctorate is in Education & Psychology, and she works as an educational researcher at the Institute of Education.

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