Meet the Team

Chaplain - Revd Tracey Bateson

Tracey BatesonRevd Bateson has worked within the Church for 24 years, 16 of which have been as an ordained Priest. During this time she has ministered within University Chaplaincy, the Royal Army Chaplaincy Department and a number of parishes in the Dioceses of Winchester and Canterbury. During Revd Bateson’s time in the Army she was deployed to Iraq.

Revd Bateson has recently taken some time to write a book, Forever Wrestling, in addition to supporting her husband, who has been serving his curacy in the Calehill with Westwell Benefice, Kent.

Revd Bateson will be joined by her husband Jack in the Summer Term when they become joint Chaplains.

Anglican Assistant Chaplain – Mrs Ali Harber 

Ali HarberMrs Harber has special responsibility for Christian nurture. She coordinates our Christian discussion group, which we call Bread and she is also responsible for Bible Study. As well as her work in the Chaplaincy, Mrs Harber is Deputy Head - Academic. 

Ali is married to Jonathan who is a Housemaster at Tonbridge School and in their spare time they particularly enjoy exploring the outdoors be it on foot, in a kayak or on skis. 


Roman Catholic Lay Assistant - Matt Gossage

Matt GossageMr Gossage joined Benenden from Homewood School in Tenterden in September 2010. 

Since being at Benenden Mr Gossage has spent nearly four years as Deputy Housemaster in Limes as well as three years as Scholars’ Mentor. He has taught Maths and Further Maths throughout his career as well as a little bit of ICT. Mr Gossage read Mathematics, Statistics and Computing at undergraduate level and has since gained a PGCE and an MA in Education.

In his free time Mr Gossage loves all things guitar. He plays anything including folk music, jazz, blues and rock. He also loves to go mountain biking whenever he can. Also in residence is his wife Rebecca, a Biology Teacher at St Ronan’s Prep School, and their children Freddie and Maddie.

Anglican Lay Assistant - Katie Couldrey

Katie CouldreyMrs Couldrey joined the School in September 2018 from Repton in Derbyshire, where she was involved in the boarding life there as well as being the Second in Department for English.  

A keen sports fan, she enjoys watching live events especially gymnastics, athletics and cricket.

As housemistress of Elms she lives in the boarding house with her husband Mr Alastair Couldrey, who is the head of Politics, and their whippet Cooky.

Mrs Couldrey also teaches English and is very fond of a night in the theatre.