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 S Parker, MA (Hons) PGCE

Head of Prep School – Mr P Marshallsay BA Education

Assistant Head (Academic) – Mrs R Noble, BEng Electrical Engineering

Assistant Head (Pastoral) – Mr R Smith, BA (Hons) PGCE

Assistant Head (Staff and Academic Outreach) – Miss A Davies, BSc, GTP

Director of Finance and Operations – Mr B Roberts BA (Hons)

Director of Communications – Mrs L Webb

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 A Collyer, Teacher of History, MA
Mrs E Cullen-Taylor, Head of English and Drama, BA (Hons), PGCE
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 11, BSc, GTP
Dr S Filer, Teacher of Science, PhD, BSc (Hons), QTS
Mrs L Forbes, Teacher of Art, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mr D Gardner, Digital Lead Teacher, BA(Hons), PGCE
Mr P Goldbrum, Head of Mathematics and Computer Science, BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Mrs A Gomez Lopez, Teacher of Spanish, BA (Hons), 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
Miss S Humphreys, Teacher of Latin, BEd (Hons)
Mrs S Kopitsa, Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 9, BSc (Hons)
Ms M Legg, Head of English and Drama (maternity cover), MA, BA (Hons), PGCE  
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, Head of the Faculty of Creative Arts, MA, BA (Hons)
Ms R Noble, Assistant Head (Assessment and Pupil Tracking), BEng Electrical Engineering
Mr G Oliver, Person in Charge of Co-curriculum/Enrichment BSc, (Hons) Geology, PGCE, Dip BSD
Mrs S Paget-Tomlinson, Teach of History and English, MA, BA (Hons) History, PGCE
Mrs J Parkinson, Teacher of PE and Head of Year 10, 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 W Rawlinson, Teacher of Design Technology, BA
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, Teacher of History, 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 V Walker – Teacher of Mathematics, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mr S Watts, Teacher of Economics, MSc, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs K Wood, Teacher of English and Head of Sixth Form, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs E Wright, Teacher of Languages MA, PGCE, BA (Hons)
Dr D Barrett, Prep School Teacher, BA (Hons), MMus, MA, PhD, ARCM, PGCE
Mr T Bromfield, Prep School Assistant Head Academic, MA, BEd (Hons)
Mrs V Fabre De La Grange, Head of Pre-Prep, Reception Class Teacher, BSc (Hons), EYFS
Miss L Hall, Coordinator of Prep Sport, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Mrs K Harris, Prep School Teacher, B Ed (Hons)
Mrs R Hill, Prep School Director of Music, GGSM, AST
Mrs R Irvine-Capel, Prep School Assistant Head Pastoral, MA
Mr P Marshallsay, Head of the Prep School, BA Education
Mrs C McBeath, Prep School Teacher, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mrs E Michou, Prep School Teacher, BA (Hons)
Miss L Moffitt, Prep School Teacher, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs B Newcombe, Prep School Teacher, B Ed (Hons)
Mrs H Parrott, Prep School Teacher, MA (Hons), PGCE
Miss D Preston, Prep School Teacher, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Mr M Rahman, Prep School Teacher, BEd (Hons)
Mrs C Robertson, Prep School Teacher, BEd (Hons)
Mrs C Cane, EYFS Teacher, MA, BEd (Hons), QTS, EYTS
Mrs A Nelson, Pre-School Teacher, BEd (Hons)
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
Mrs J Brown, Teaching Assistant, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education
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 School and Beach School Lead, Prep School marketing, BA (Hons), Level 4 International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy
Mrs L Collinson, Speech & Drama, BA (Hons) English Language and Literature; PGCE
Mr D Cole, Piano, BA(Hons), LTCL  
Mr M Davis, Brass
Mrs J Flatman, Recorder, BA(Hons) Music, LRSM
Mrs A Flitcroft, Ceramics Workshop Tutor, BA Fine Art
Mrs A Hughes, Singing/Piano Tutor, BA(Hons) Music
Mrs N Geddes, BA (Hons) Performing Arts
Mr S Graham, Taekwondo
Miss D Hannah, Singing, B Mus
Mrs D Hitchman, Cookery Coach
Mrs S Kingdon-Marston, Tennis Coach
Miss E Lyford, Dance, FDI/CDE
Miss E McEvoy, Prep School Dance and Drama
Mr B Moles, Pianoforte / Singing, MMus
Ms A Osborne, Netball Level 2 Coach
Mr R Tarley, Drums
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
Mr D Wimble, Cricket Coach
Mrs D Worley, Clarinet / Saxophone, Dip ABRSM
Mr N Worley, Guitar, LTCL.
Mr W Baker, Network Manager
Ms J Barrett, Food Services Assistant
Mrs S Barrows, HR and Compliance Manager, BEng (Hons) PGCE
Mrs M Bartlett, Librarian and Learning Resources Manager, BA (Hons)
Mr N Boshein, Minibus Driver
Mrs H Boyd, Receptionist/Administrator BSc, MEd
Mrs A Boyle, Assistant Cook
Mrs A Brett, Catering Services Assistant
Mr P Brudenell, Minibus Driver
Mr S Carter, Food Supervisor
Ms M Chapero, Spanish Language Assistant
Miss E Clark, Creative Arts Technician, BA Media Arts
Mrs N Clements, Food Services Assistant
Miss S Colbert, Senior Science Technician, BSc (Hons) Biology
Mrs F Cox, Prep School Admissions Registrar
Mrs L Dale, Welfare Officer
Mr M Derrick, Deputy Facilities Manager
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;
Mrs E Fawley, Food Services Assistant
Mr C Fisher, Minibus Driver
Mrs L Greenway, Reprographics Officer
Mr M Gough, Minibus Driver
Mrs H Harris, Finance Officer
Mr G Hewitt-Henderson, Facilities Manager
Mrs D Hitchman, Food Technology Technician
Mr A Jennings, Minibus Driver and Facilities Assistant
Miss C Johnson, PE Graduate Assistant, BSc (Hons)
Miss K Knight, Assistant Cook
Miss G Lea, Prep Graduate Assistant, BA
Ms Z Le Peuple – School Counsellor / CBT Therapist, Dip Counselling, Dip CBT
Mrs M Mangnall, Prep School Receptionist
Mrs F Marshallsay, Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, BEd (Hons) Physical Education with Science
Mr G Mason, Facilities Team
Mr A Montague, Minibus Driver
Mr G Morgan, Minibus driver 
Miss L Newport, Examinations Officer and Data Manager, BSc (Hons)
Ms F Noble, Administrative Graduate Assistant, BA, MRes
Mrs W Noble, Prep School Receptionist and Teaching Assistant
Dr A Parnell, School Clinical Psychologist, PsychD
Mrs Y Peeke-Vout – Head’s PA, Clerk to the Governors, BA (Hons)
Mr D Priestley, Facilities Team
Mr B Roberts, Director of Finance and Operations, BA (Hons)
Miss S Read, Administrative Graduate Assistant, BA (Hons)
Mr K Scammell, Facilities Team
Mrs M Shipp, Assistant Cook
Mrs J Shivjee, Grounds/Facilities Team Member
Mrs J Stearne, Receptionist/Administrator BA, (Hons), MSc
Mr I Swain, Minibus Driver
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 R Uren, Cover Supervisor/Examinations Assistant BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mr B Vine, Facilities Team
Mrs L Webb, Director of Communications
Mrs M Williams, Minibus Driver
Mrs K Butwilowska (Chair), JP BA MEd
Cdr E Marland RN, BSc (Hons), LLM Barrister-at-Law
Mrs C Outram LL.B
Mrs K Percival MTh (Oxon)
Mr N Pitman MSc, BSc (Hons)

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Yvonne Peeke-Vout, 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