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Staff & Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher

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 Physical Education
Miss Kelly Luscombe

 

Head of Science
Mr David Britz-Colwill

 

Head of Design & Technology
Miss Gemma Westaway

 

Head of Geography
Mr Leon Graves

 

Head of Religious Studies
Miss Tanya McAuliffe

 

Head of Physics
Mr Matthew Thackray

 

Head of Drama
Miss Claire Crouch

 

Head of MFL
Mrs Heidi Walsh

 

Head of PSHE
Mrs Catherine Lewin

 

 

 

 

 

Heads of Year

Year 7 
Miss Shellie Joynes

 

Year 10
Mr Duncan Law

 

Year 8
Ms Jackie Straker

 

Year 11
Miss Zoe Boyle

 

Year 9
Mrs Fiona Banks

 

Full Staff List

Art Department

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

Business Studies (6th Form)

  • Mr Peter Goodchild

Computing

  • Mr Pete Richards

Design & Technology

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

Drama

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

English

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

Geography

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

History

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

Law (6th Form)

  • Ms Luci Findlay

Mathematics

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

Modern Foreign Languages

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

Music

  • Mrs Kristy Marcer

Physical Education

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

PSHE

  • 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

Science

  • 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
  • Mr Joe White
  • 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
  • Ms Sarah Penfold
  • 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, Mrs Sara Turnock and Miss Julie Wonnacott

Careers 

  • 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

Library

  • 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
  • Attendance Officer 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
  • Receptionist: Mrs Sarah Stevens
  • Data Protection Officer: Mrs Kathryn Rogers

Site Support Team

  • 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