Teaching staff

Key staff in Senior School

Senior Staff

  • Sue Woodroofe – Principal
  • Dr Graham Purves – Vice Principal and Head of Senior School
  • Helen Stansfield – Senior Deputy Head (Pastoral)
  • Dr Debbie Danks – Senior Deputy Head (Academic)
  • Paul Rushworth – Director of Sixth Form
  • Chris Freeman – Deputy Head (Pastoral and Co-Curricular)
  • Dr Mark Cramoysan – Deputy Head (Data and Systems)

Heads of Year

  • Stephen Gibbin – Head of Year 7
  • Carol Heatley – Head of Year 8
  • Mike Ahern – Acting Head of Year 9
  • Maria Collins – Head of Year 10
  • James Veitch – Head of Year 11
  • Pat Brotherton – Head of Year 12
  • Sean Corcoran – Head of Year 13

Directors of Faculty & Heads of Department

  • Tom Rogerson – Director of Assessment
  • Jane Pratt – Director of English, Creative and Physical Studies
  • Stewart Kelly – Head of Art
  • John Bagshaw – Head of Design Technology
  • Roz Bendelow – Head of Drama
  • Laurel Rees – Head of English
  • Yvonne Wilson – Head of Food Technology
  • Philippa Sidwell – Head of Music
  • Orla Weaver – Director of Mathematical & Geographical Studies
  • Rob Stevenson – Head of Economic Studies
  • Simon D Knowles – Head of Geography
  • Tim Street – Head of ICT & Computing
  • Jon Tyndall – Head of Mathematics
  • Dr Michael Dearden – Director of Scientific Studies
  • Dr Lynne Gilbert – Head of Biology
  • Geoff Huband – Head of Chemistry
  • David Dee – Head of Physics
  • Alison Wilson – Head of Psychology
  • Paul Morris – Director of Sport
  • Emma Whittaker – Director of Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Martin Gibson – Head of Classics
  • Nick Hele – Head of French
  • Frank Hill – Head of German
  • Keith Milne – Head of History
  • Andrew M Stodolny – Head of Politics
  • Fiona Fishburn – Head of Religious Studies
  • Rowan Reed-Purvis – Head of Spanish

Individual Needs

We have a well-qualified and experienced Individual Needs department which works throughout the whole school. Mrs Sally Cooke is the Head of the Individual Needs Department. The team consists of three individual needs teachers and seven individual needs teaching assistants. Staff in the department hold a wide range of SEND qualifications, including specialist assessment qualifications.

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