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Staff & Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team


Simon Underdown

Mr Underdown joined PHSG in September 2019 from Churston Ferrers Grammar School.  He has been a senior leader since 2008 and a teacher for over 25 years having served in six different schools.  Mr Underdown is determined to ensure that our students have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience at school.

Deputy Headteacher

Shaun Willis

Mr Willis joined PHSG in 2016 from Notre Dame School.  He has been a teacher for nearly 20 years having taught in a wide variety of secondary schools. As well as taking the lead on developing teaching and learning across the school, Mr Willis is also responsible for pastoral care and is our Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form

Claire Eales-White

Mrs Eales-White joined PHSG in 2005 from Coombe Dean School.  She has a wealth of experience having been a teacher for over 25 years and has led many whole school initiatives.  Mrs Eales-White is responsible for making sure that the quality of teaching and learning in the Sixth Form is of the highest standard.  She oversees all post Sixth Form learning applications including those for Oxbridge and all medical related courses.

Assistant Headteacher

Donna Roughton

Miss Roughton joined PHSG in 2008 from Lipson Community College. Before being promoted to the senior team at Plymouth High, Miss Roughton was an extremely successful Head of Mathematics at both Lipson and Plymouth High. She has been a teacher for over 20 years.  Miss Roughton is responsible for all the information we send home to parents around academic progress, she manages both internal and external examinations and she also writes the school timetable.

Assistant Headteacher, SENDCo & DSL

Samantha Payne

Mrs Payne joined PHSG in 1991 from The University of Exeter. She has been a teacher for over 28 years  and in that time has held a wide variety of teaching and leadership positions. Mrs Payne is responsible for ensuring that our students with additional needs receive appropriate support and guidance. Mrs Payne is also our Designated Safeguarding Lead and manages the support base.

Business Manager

Paul Renyard

Mr Renyard is a retired Royal Naval Lieutenant who joined PHSG in 2009 having worked as the Director of Corporate Services at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal for a number of years.  Mr Renyard is responsible for ensuring our estate services are compliant and properly maintained along with fairly allocating support resource so that our students have the opportunity to safely enjoy the highest quality learning experience. Mr Renyard oversees Health and Safety, along with the Finance, Catering, IT, Data Protection, Cleaning and Site teams.

Heads Of Department


Head of Art
Mr Tom Varrall


Head of English
Mrs Siobhan Blunden-Currie


Head of Mathematics
Mr Peter Goodchild


Head of PSHE
Mrs Catherine Lewin


Head of Physics
Mr Matthew Thackray
Head of Design & Technology
Miss Gemma Westaway


Head of Geography
Mr Leon Graves


Head of MFL
Mrs Heidi Walsh


Head of Religious Studies
Miss Tanya McAuliffe




Head of Drama
Miss Claire Crouch


Head of History
Mr Richard Mallard


Head Of Physical Education
Miss Kelly Luscombe


Head of Science
Mr David Britz-Colwill






Heads of Year

Year 7 
Miss Shellie Joynes


Year 10
Miss Zoe Boyle
Year 8
Mrs Fiona Banks


Year 11
Mr Duncan Law


Year 9
Miss Tess Taylor

Full Staff List

Art Department

  • Mr Tom Varrall (HOD)
  • Miss Caron Roper
  • Miss Elena Brake (technician)

Business Studies (6th Form)

  • Mr Peter Goodchild


  • Mr Pete Richards

Design & Technology

  • Miss Gemma Westaway (HOD)
  • Mrs Penny Brown
  • Mr Darren Watson
  • Mrs Lisa Leppard (technician)


  • Mrs Claire Crouch (HOD)
  • Mrs Chantelle Lawrence-Felton


  • Mrs Siobhan Blunden-Currie (HOD)
  • Mr Shaun Willis (SLT)
  • Mr Duncan Osborne
  • Mr David Rutherford
  • Miss Catherine Taylor


  • Mr Leon Graves (HOD)
  • Miss Zoe Boyle (HOY)
  • Mrs Katherine Nutter


  • Mr Richard Mallard (HOD)
  • Mrs Claire Eales-White (SLT) (HO6F)
  • Miss Kate Tomalin
  • Ms Luci Findlay

Law (6th Form)

  • Ms Luci Findlay


  • Miss Georgina Freeman (HOD)
  • Mr Simon Underdown (HT)
  • Miss Donna Roughton (SLT)
  • Mr Duncan Law (HOY)
  • Mr Pete Goodchild
  • Mrs Victoria Carter
  • Mr Pete Richards

Modern Foreign Languages

  • Mrs Heidi Walsh (HOD)
  • Mrs Anna Carter
  • Miss Elise Yarwood
  • Miss Bracken Brown


  • Mrs Kristy Marcer

Physical Education

  • Miss Kelly Luscombe (HOD)
  • Mrs Lara Alford
  • Mrs Chantelle Lawrence-Felton
  • Mrs Emma Goolden
  • Mr Gary Payne


  • Mrs Catherine Lewin (HOD)
  • Mrs Sam Payne (SLT)
  • Various staff are trained to deliver PSHE

Religious Studies

  • Miss Tanya McAuliffe (HOD)
  • Mrs Fiona Banks (HOY)
  • Mrs Helen Brownbridge


  • Mr David Britz-Colwill (HOS) &(HOD-B)/(HOD-C)
  • Miss Shellie Joynes (HOY)
  • Mr Matthew Thackray (HOD-P)
  • Dr Charlotte Doddrell
  • Mrs Helen Staddon
  • Mr Matthew Davies
  • Mrs Philippa Hatfield
  • Dr Rob Van Es
  • Mrs Yasmin Warland (technician)
  • Mr Jeremy Warland (technician)

Extended projects

  • Mrs Sam Payne (SLT)
  • Mrs Catherine Lewin
  • Mrs Helen Staddon


Cover Supervisors

  • Mrs Rebecca Jagger-Rowden
  • Ms Nikki Barnett
  • Mr Jim Pearce
  • Mrs Joanna Landsborough
  • Mrs Rebecca Hoyte
  • Mrs Tess Taylor


Catering Department

  • Catering Manager: Mr Matt Comerford
  • Catering staff: Mrs Kelli Cole, Miss Joanna Foran,  Mrs Amanda Holdsworth, Miss Jacqueline Kelly and Mrs Sara Turnock


  • Careers Leader and Advisor: Mrs Heather Longford

Data Management/Exams Team

  • Exams Officer: Mrs Julie Hardwick
  • Data Manager: Mrs Rachel Will

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

  • DofE Manager: Mr Gary Payne

Finance Team

  • Business Manager: Mr Paul Renyard
  • Finance Officer: Mrs Tammy Jackman

ICT Support

  • IT Manager: Mr Cletus Moisob
  • IT Technician: Miss Sophie Chaffe


  • Librarian: Miss Anna Harris (Tues- Thurs)
  • Mrs Delia Heard (Mon & Fri)

SEND/Medical Inclusion Team and First Aid in A01

  • Learning Mentor and First Aid: Mrs Trish Simister
  • SEND and Medical Administrator: Mrs Helen Earnshaw
  • Learning Mentor: Mrs Sophie Lee

Office Team

  • Head’s PA: Miss Vicki Benwell
  • Office Manager and Cover Manager: Mrs Julie Johns
  • Assistant to Heads of Years 7-11: Mrs Jackie Straker
  • Assistant to Head of Sixth Form: Ms Karen Mills
  • Attendance Officer: Mrs Liz Hore
  • Administration: Mrs Tess Taylor (HOY)
  • Resources & Admin Assistant: Mrs Barbara-Ann Osborne
  • Receptionist: Mrs Sarah Stevens
  • Data Protection Officer: Mrs Kathryn Rogers

Site Support Team

  • Facilities Manager: Mr Darren Berry
  • Site Supervisor: Mr Rob Simister
  • Cleaners: Mr Mark Burgoyne, Miss Joanne Cain, Miss Danielle Cain, Mrs Sarah Harris, Mr Anthony Hart, Mrs Dorothy Hart, Mrs Nicola Hunter and Miss Natasha Stacey