People | Portsmouth High School


“Teachers are well-qualified and have very high levels of subject knowledge.”
ISI Report 2015

Our teachers, all experts in their subjects, foster a love of learning, and actively involve students in their own studies, encouraging them to take ownership, and setting clear, challenging goals. They assume responsibility for students’ progress, but readily give students credit for their achievements.

Passionate about learning within and beyond the classroom, our teachers engage students and parents in the process. They are involved in the wider life of the school, and exemplify our values within and beyond the classroom.

Portsmouth High School has 55 teaching staff (some of whom are part-time), 56 support staff (some of whom are part-time) and 30 peripatetic staff. Teaching staff are highly qualified, all either have a recognised teaching qualification or are working towards one.

Teachers have a good degree and some have postgraduate and research degrees (Masters and/or Doctorates) in related subjects. Of note is that the Prep School has specialist teachers in music, modern foreign languages, physical education, computer science, design technology and learning support.

Support staff are well qualified for the roles they perform. The school has a robust and well funded system of continuing professional development for all staff. Staff know pupils extremely well and support them with kind honesty.
ISI Report 2015

Headmistress – Mrs PJ Prescott BSc NPQH

Deputy Head – Mrs H Trim MSc, BSc (Hons)

Head of Prep School – Mr P Marshallsay BA Education

Deputy Head (Academic) – Mr J Paget-Tomlinson, BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MRes, PGCE

Assistant Head (Development) – Mr G Field MBA BSc (Open)

Director of Finance and Operations – Mrs T Coleman

Assistant Head (Assessment and Pupil Tracking) – Ms R Egan, BEng Electrical Engineering

Director of Communications – Mrs L Webb





Miss S Adat, Teacher of Chemistry, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs E Akass, Teacher of Biology, MA (Hons), MSc
Mrs J Arthers, Head of the Faculty of Modern Languages and Classics, BA (Hons) European Business with French
Mr M Bannister, Head of Science, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs W Craig, DT Teacher and DT Technician, BA
Mrs Y Dall’Omo, Teacher of Drama, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs L Divilly, Director of Sport, BA (Ed) (Hons)
Miss A Davies, Teacher of Chemistry and Head of Year 9, BSc, GTP
Mrs M Downham, Teacher of English, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mr D Durow, Teacher of Business Studies and Economics, BA (Hons), PGCE
Ms R Egan, Assistant Head (Assessment and Pupil Tracking), BEng Electrical Engineering
Mr G Field, Assistant Head (Head of Development) and Head of DT, MBA (Open), BSc (Open)
Mrs L Forbes, Teacher of Art, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mr D Gardner, Teacher of Computer Science, BA(Hons), PGCE
Mr P Goldbrum, Head of Mathematics and Computer Science, BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Mrs G Griffiths, RE Teacher and Teacher in charge of Psychology BTh (Hons), PGCE
Mrs A Hostler, Teacher of Psychology, PGCE, BSc (Hons)
Dr J Higson, Teacher of Mathematics with Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs K Hourahine, Mandarin Teacher, BA Chinese, PGCE
Mrs S Kopitsa, Teacher of Geography, BSc (Hons)
Miss E Leighton-Smith, Teacher of Physical Education, BA (Hons)
Mrs J Lennon-Bell, Teacher of English and SEND coordinator, BA (Hons) Sociology and English
Mr G Maude, Sixth Form Assistant Head (Academic) and Teacher of Classics, BA, PGCE
Mrs C Morgan, Teacher of Biology, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs F Morris, Teacher of Music, BMus, PGCE
Mrs S Nelson, Teacher of PE, BEd (Hons) Physical Education
Mrs E Noble, Teacher of Art and Head of Year 8, MA, BA (Hons)
Mr G Oliver, Person in Charge of Co-curriculum/Enrichment BSc, (Hons) Geology, PGCE, Dip BSD
Mr J Paget-Tomlinson, Deputy Head (Academic), MA, BA, MRes, MSc, PGCE
Mrs S Paget-Tomlinson, Assistant Head of Sixth Form (Pastoral), BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Mrs J Parkinson, Teacher of PE, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs K Peters, Teacher of Modern Languages and English, BA (Hons) Modern Languages and Literature
Mrs J Prescott, Headmistress, BSc NPQH
Mrs K Price, Teacher of RS, MA (Applied Theology), BA (Hons)
Mrs L Reynolds, Teacher of Sociology with Religious Studies, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs C Rodgers, Teacher of Mathematics, BA (Hons)
Miss L Scovell, Faculty Head of Humanities, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, MSc
Mr P Simpson, Teacher of Mathematics, BSc Hons (Open)
Mrs J Smith, Teacher of French, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mr R Smith, Head of Sixth Form, BA (Hons), PGCE
Dr A Stockton-Chalk, Teacher of Physics, Doctor of Philosophy, MA, PGCE
Mrs K Taylor, Teacher of Chemistry, Charities Co-ordinator, MA, MChem (Hons)
Mrs T Thompson, Teacher of Chemistry, BSc (Hons)
Mr G Tinsley, Director of Music MMus, BMEd
Mrs H Trim, Deputy Head, Geography and ICT teacher MSc, BSc, PGCE
Mrs Y Williams, Head of English, BA (Hons) English; PGCE; PDPM
Mrs K Wood, Teacher of English and Head of Year 11, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs E Wright, Teacher of Languages and Head of Year 10, MA, PGCE, BA (Hons)
Dr D Barrett, Prep School teacher, BA (Hons), MMus, MA, PhD, ARCM, PGCE
Miss L Cunningham, Deputy Head of the Junior School, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Educational Leadership and Management)
Mrs V Fabre de la Grange, Key Stage 1 Teacher, BSc (Hons), EYFS
Mrs K Harris, Prep School Teacher, B Ed (Hons)
Mrs S Holden, Early Years Coordinator/Reception Class Teacher, BA (Hons), QTS
Miss E Leighton-Smith, Teacher of Physical Education, BA (Hons)
Mrs R Hill, Junior School Director of Music, GGSM, AST
Mr P Marshallsay, Head of the Prep School, BA Education
Mrs C McBeath, Prep School Teacher, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs E Michou, KS1 Teacher, BA (Hons)
Miss L Moffitt, Key Stage 1 Teacher, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs B Newcombe, Prep School Teacher, B Ed (Hons)
Miss D Preston, Prep School Teacher, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Mr M Rahman, KS2 Teacher, BEd (Hons)
Mrs C Cane, Nursery Class Teacher, BEd, QTS, EYTS
Mrs A Dempster, Nursery Teacher, MA Cantab, QTS
Mrs J Shaw, Nursery Practitioner, FdA Early Years Care and Education, NVQ Level 3
Miss S Bailey, Teaching Assistant (Aftercare), Level 3 Dip – Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning
Mrs H Cells, Teaching Assistant; FdA Early Years Care, BA (Hons)
Mrs V Jenkins, Prep School Cover Supervisor/Teaching Assistant, BSc (Hons) with QT
Ms L Marshall, Teaching Assistant – BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs S Parsons, After Care Supervisor Early Years and Key Stage 1, NQV Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Mrs A Swain, Teaching Assistant, BA (Hons) in Professional and Continued Education
Mrs G Vaughan, Prep School Teaching Assistant, Level 3 Dip – Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning
Mrs J West, Forest Schools Practitioner with Responsibility for Early Years Recruitment, BA (Hons), Level 4 International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy
Mrs L Collinson, Speech & Drama, BA (Hons) English Language and Literature; PGCE
Mr L Crosswell, Drum Tutor, BSc (Hons)
Mr M Davis, Brass
Mr R Eastwood, Piano Tutor
Mrs J Flatman, Recorder, BA(Hons) Music, LRSM
Mrs A Flitcroft, Ceramics Workshop Tutor, BA Fine Art
Miss A Fuller, Singing/Piano Tutor, BA(Hons) Music
Mrs N Geddes, BA (Hons) Performing Arts
Miss D Hannah, Singing, B Mus
Mrs D Hitchman, Cookery Coach
Mrs S Kingdon-Marston, Tennis Coach
Miss E Lyford, Dance, FDI/CDE
Mr M McWilliam, Ariel Silks Instructor
Mr B Moles, Pianoforte / Singing, MMus
Ms A Osborne, Netball Level 2 Coach
Mr Q Shillingford MBE, Boxing ABA Advanced Coach
Mr G Vaughan, Cello
Mrs C Wall, Flute Teacher, M Mus, BA
Miss K Waters, Yoga Tutor, BA(Hons) Dance Theatre, Zuna Yoga/Yoga Alliance
Mr M Whitelock, Trampoline
Mr K Williams, Badminton
Miss L Willits, Oboe
Mrs D Worley, Clarinet / Saxophone, Dip ABRSM
Mr N Worley, Guitar, LTCL.
Mr W Baker, Network Manager
Ms J Barrett, Catering Assistant
Mrs M Bartlett, Librarian and Learning Resources Manager, BA (Hons)
Mrs L Bateman, Chef Manager
Mrs A Boyle, Catering Assistant
Mr P Brudenell, Caretaker
Mr P Butler, Minibus Driver
Mrs A Candy, Science Technician, BSc (Hons)
Ms M Chapero, Spanish Language Assistant
Miss E Clark, Creative Arts Technician, BA Media Arts
Mrs N Clements, Food Services
Miss S Colbert, Senior Science Technician, BSc (Hons) Biology
Mrs T Coleman, Director of Finance and Operations
Mrs J Collier, Cover Supervisor and Examinations Assistant, MSc, BA
Mrs F Cox, Prep School Secretary
Mrs L Dale, Welfare Officer and Administrative Supervisor
Mr M Derrick, Facilities and Estates Officer
Mrs S Davies, Head of Careers and Head of Year 7, MA, BA
Mr M Davis, Minibus Driver and Facilities Assistant
Ms E Doize, French Language Assistant;
Mr G Dunford, Out of Hours Caretaker;
Mrs K Duck, PA to the Headmistress, BSc (Hons)
Mr R Eastman, Minibus Driver
Mrs E Fawley, Food Services Assistant
Mrs S Field, HR and Office Manager
Mrs V Flanagan, Assistant Cook
Mr M Gough, Minibus Driver
Mr J Griffin, Minibus Driver
Mrs H Harris, Finance Officer
Mr G Hewitt-Henderson, Premises and Facilities Manager
Mrs J Holden, Receptionist / Administrator
Ms S Jackson, Reprographics/Resources Officer
Mr A Jennings, Minibus Driver and Facilities Assistant
Miss E Jordan, Graduate Assistant, BSc (Hons)
Miss M Kays, Receptionist/Administrator
Mrs M Mangnall, Prep School Receptionist
Mrs F Marshallsay, Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, BEd (Hons) Physical Education with Science
Mr R McGregor, Minibus Driver
Mr W Moore, Minibus Driver
Miss L Newport, Examinations Officer and Data Manager, BSc (Hons)
Dr A Parnell, School Clinical Psychologist, PsychD
Mr M Patilla, Minibus Driver
Mr K Scammell, Caretaker;
Mrs M Shipp, Assistant Cook
Mrs J Shivjee, Grounds/Facilities Team Member
Miss J Stancliffe, Sports Department Graduate, BA (Hons)
Mrs C Thomson, Admissions Registrar BSc (Hons)
Mrs S Tiller, Marketing and Communications Manager, PhD, BSc (Hons), ACIM, Dip CW (Inst)
Mr P Toogood, ICT Technician
Mrs L Webb, Director of Communications
Mrs M Williams, Minibus Driver
Ms YL Yeung, Food Services Technician
Mrs K Butwilowska (Chair), JP BA MEd
Mrs S Mansell (Vice-Chair)
Cdr E Marland RN, BSc (Hons), LLM Barrister-at-Law
Mrs C Outram LL.B
Mr N Pitman

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Miss Louise Newport, on 023 9282 6714 or via

The Proprietor

The Girls’ Day School Trust. Registered Office: 10 Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DH.

Telephone 020 7393 6666.

All correspondence to Trust Office.

Chair of Council: Juliet Humphries.

Executive Business Manager: Alison Smith. Telephone 020 7393 6694