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College staff

Principal – Mr. Rupert Alesbury

As Principal, Rupert’s focus is on ensuring that Carfax College meets the needs of each individual pupil as closely and effectively as possible, and on furthering the College’s ability to help its pupils achieve their diverse academic goals. Rupert is responsible for the general management of the College and its staff, and for the safeguarding of its pupils.

Rupert has extensive teaching experience, both in one-to-one tutoring and in a traditional classroom setting. He has taught pupils towards examinations at different levels and in a range of academic subjects, principally in mathematics and the sciences. He is also a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.

After attending Eton College as a King’s Scholar, Rupert took his first degree in modern languages (French and Russian) at the University of Oxford and has subsequently undertaken further undergraduate studies in mathematics and physics through the Open University. When he is not working, Rupert loves to be outdoors, especially in the open countryside. He enjoys hiking, cycling, and all manner of sports. Most recently, he has taken up judo.


Academic Registrar – Dr. Victoria Jefferson

Victoria supervises the academic provision of the College, with the aim of ensuring that each pupil has an individual curriculum appropriate to their needs and goals, and delivered effectively by a team of well qualified tutors. She has recruited and developed the College’s academic staff over many years, and continues to act as Personal Tutor to some of the College’s pupils.

Victoria has a range of teaching experience. She has taught geography at secondary level, tutored undergraduates at the University of Oxford, and worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. Before joining Carfax, she worked for the University of Oxford’s Department of Education, organizing and delivering introductory teaching courses for graduates and research staff at the University.

Victoria has a doctorate in archaeology from the University of Oxford, on the subject of colonialism in Southern France during the Iron Age, and a first-class undergraduate degree from the University of Liverpool.


Director of Studies – Dr. James Marsden

As Director of Studies, James coordinates the College’s academic courses, taking the utmost care to put together an effective course structure and team of tutors for each individual pupil, and monitoring progress closely as courses proceed. He manages the tutoring staff on a day to day basis, overseeing the planning and delivery of every course, and acts as Personal Tutor to some of the College’s pupils.

James has completed a DPhil in eighteenth-century British history at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and also holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Oxford. While working on his doctorate, he taught various periods of history at undergraduate level, and worked as a private tutor, specializing in A level history and Oxbridge entrance preparation. He has been engaged by schools and summer schools to develop new history courses for them.

James is also a professional theatre producer who has worked in the West End and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has coached rowing for Jesus College, Oxford, and in 2009 was a member of Corpus Christi College’s successful University Challenge team.


Dame – Mlle. Elodie Lefeuvre

Elodie is responsible for supervising the general physical and moral wellbeing of the College’s pupils, getting to know them all individually and looking after any non-academic needs they might have. She manages the College’s host family accommodation provision, organizes transport and medical treatment where required, and coordinates a full programme of extra-curricular activities for pupils. She believes that pupils are more likely to fulfil their potential if they are happy both inside and outside the classroom.

After working in the corporate sector for five years, Elodie has come back to what she is truly passionate about. Originally from France and having worked for some time in China before moving to England, Elodie has a good understanding of what it is like to live away from home. She takes great pleasure in making sure that all pupils are well cared for and spend as much of the time as possible with a smile on their face.


Master of Hours – Mr. Luke Deacon

Luke is responsible for preparing and issuing pupils’ timetables each week, as well as helping to ensure that the appropriate resources are available for each lesson. He also assists in the process of recruiting established tutors from recognised academic backgrounds to ensure that teaching standards remain at the highest level.

Luke graduated with a degree in History from the University of Bristol. He is passionate about classical music, in particular opera, which inspired his dissertation on the prima donna in nineteenth century Europe. Before joining Carfax, Luke worked in the education department at Glyndebourne. He continues to sing regularly in choirs and on the operatic stage.


Bursar – Mr. Alexander Eastlake

Besides managing the College’s finances, Alex is also responsible for health and safety in the College.

Alex was educated at Oundle School and the University of Oxford, where he read English at Harris Manchester College. He worked in mechanical engineering for several years and is currently undergoing training through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, whilst working on a novel in his free time.