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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

Kasim Langmead

Mr Langmead joined PHSG in September 2022.  Having graduated with a degree in Law, Mr Langmead worked as a Tax and Legal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers before qualifying as a teacher. He is an experienced senior leader, having held senior leadership positions in four schools since 2010, three of which he served as Deputy Headteacher. Mr Langmead is committed to ensuring that students leave Plymouth High School for Girls with the qualifications, competencies, confidence, character and ambition to lead rich and fulfilling lives.

Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form

Alan Jenkins

Mr Jenkins has joined PHSG from Devonport High School for Boys in September 2021.  He is an experienced leader with over 20 years of teaching experience.  Mr Jenkins is responsible for making sure that the quality of teaching and learning in the Sixth Form is of the highest standard.  He 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 developing a vision for high quality teaching & learning shared by all staff and will lead, implement and monitor existing & new strategies which increase the effectiveness of Teaching & Learning across the school. She is responsible for planning and delivering high quality professional development for all staff.

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.

 

Heads Of Department

 

Head of Art
Mr Tom Varrall

 

Head of English
Mrs Siobhan Blunden-Currie

 

Head of Mathematics
Miss Georgina Freeman

 

Head of PSHE
Mrs Catherine Lewin

 

Head of Physics
Mr Matthew Thackray
Head of Design & Technology
Mrs Gemma Young

 

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
Mrs Alison Pickles

 

Head of Science
Mr David Britz-Colwill

 

 

 

 

 

Heads of Year

Year 7
Miss Shellie Joynes

 

Year 10
Mr Duncan Law
Year 8
Miss Tess Taylor

 

Year 11
Mrs Zoe Nicol-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

  • Mrs Gemma Young (HOD)
  • Mrs Penny Brown
  • Mr Darren Watson
  • Mr Eamonn Keating (technician)

Drama

  • Mrs Claire Crouch (HOD)
  • Mrs Joanna Clews

Economics (6th Form)

  • Mr Alan Jenkins (SLT)
  • Miss Victoria Carter

English

  • Mrs Siobhan Blunden-Currie (HOD)
  • Mr Kas Langmead (SLT)
  • Mrs Ruth Readey
  • Mr David Rutherford
  • Miss Catherine Taylor
  • Mrs Nicola Ilott

Geography

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

History

  • Mr Richard Mallard (HOD)
  • Miss Kate Tomalin
  • Ashton Wright
  • Ms Luci Findlay

Law (6th Form)

  • Ms Luci Findlay

Mathematics

  • 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
  • Miss Kate Wakeling

Modern Foreign Languages

  • Mrs Heidi Walsh (HOD)
  • Mrs Anna Carter
  • Miss Elise Yarwood
  • Mrs Jade Gilchrist

Music

  • Mrs Kristy Marcer

Physical Education

  • Mrs Alison Pickles (HOD)
  • Mrs Emma Goolden
  • Miss Lowenna Jones
  • Mrs Joanna Clews
  • Mr Gary Payne (technician)

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
  • Mr Matthew Davies
  • Mrs Philippa Hatfield
  • Miss Annette Cook
  • Mrs Lynne Caddy (senior technician)
  • Laura Tills (technician)

Extended projects

  • Mrs Sam Payne (SLT)
  • Mrs Catherine Lewin

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: Mrs Sue Arkroyd
  • Catering staff: Mrs Kelli Cole,  Mrs Amanda Holdsworth,  Miss Mel Mason, Miss Sam Wonnacott, Miss Kayleigh Rice
  • Mealtime Supervisor: Mrs Nicola Hunter, Mrs Janett Burdess 

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
  • DofE Assistant Manager: Barbara Osborne

ICT Support,

  • SW Service Delivery Manager: Mr Chris Box
  • IT Technician: Miss Jo Fellowes
  • IT Technician: Mr Kieran Moore
  • IT Technician: Mr Paul Blight

Library

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

Office Team

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

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

Site Support Team

  • Facilities Manager: Mr Darren Berry
  • Facilities Officer: Mrs Sarah Harris
  • Facilities Assistant: Mr Gareth Davies