Our People

I am delighted and incredibly proud to lead such a talented team at Stafford International School. We have around 110 full time staff and a few part time staff, along with a dedicated ‘behind the scene’ team. Their dedication to providing the best education for your children is second to none, and they nurture and provide emotional support for the children here – as well as educational progression.

The main Senior Leadership Team is below: please contact the relevant person in the first instance and they can put you in touch with a particular teacher if that is your requirement.

Many thanks, Simon Northcott

Meet the Team

Simon Northcott

Educated at Marlborough College, then St Andrews University, and also Durham University. Worked for Price Waterhouse before going into education at Norwich School, Oakham School, and then Headmaster of 4 previous schools in the UK and abroad.

Shanil Jayasekara
Head of Upper School

Has an MBA in Finance from the University of Colombo and a Bachelor of Commerce from the same University. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, Associate member of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, a Member of the Certified Professional Managers Sri Lanka. A Fellow member of Sri Lanka Institute of Credit Management. He has been in the field of education since 1993.

Sonali Hettiaratchy
Head of Middle School

Educated at Fergusan Girls High School and Bishop’s college. Obtained a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya. Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) FROM University of Colombo. Mentor teacher at the Faculty of Education at the University of Colombo. Graduated from University of Kelaniya as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in French Language. Teaching French Language for Primary and Middle school for 21 years.

Ruba R. Weerasinghe
Vice Principal Upper Primary
Diploma in Education (Montessori), BA

Educated at Presbyterian Christian Girls School, then at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Worked at Overseas School in Colombo and Methodist Kindergarten Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cambridge Assessment English Examiner (CAEE), - British Council of Sri Lanka.

Julieann Karunaratne
Head of the Junior School
Graduate Chemist, M.Ed. , PGCELM

Educated at Lyceum International School, then the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Deakin University (Australia) and also the University of Nottingham (Malaysia). Worked as a Primary and Middle school teacher for 8 years then as the Headmistress for the Primary school for 3 years at an International school in Sri Lanka.

Michael Wijesuriya
Head of Teaching & Learning
Bsc (Hons), DipM (CIM)

Past alumni of St. Peter’s College and Colombo International School (CIS), holds a degree in Business from the Manchester Metropolitan University UK as well as a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. Prior to embarking on a career in education, worked in industry at Hayleys PLC and in advertising at TAL/BBDO. Counts for 18 years in the field of education having worked at CIS and The British School in Colombo before joining Stafford.

Sumaya Ramanayake
Head of Section – Middle School
Bachelor of Arts (Economics)

Graduated from Colombo International School before obtaining a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tampa, Florida. Worked in financial research before discovering a love for teaching. Loves spending time outdoors, and passionate about wildlife, conservation, and sustainable economic development.