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The King's School

The King's School Founded 1545

Achievement for All

Meet the Staff

School Leadership

Mr R Gammon - Headteacher

Rob Gammon

Mr R Gammon
Headteacher

After growing up in London, I studied Physical Education, Sports Science and Physics at Loughborough University.  I had the privilege of undertaking my teacher training at Loughborough before  starting my teaching career in Louth, Lincolnshire.  In 2006 I moved to The King’s School as Deputy Headteacher responsible for the specialist sports college status.  After 7 years at King’s I was appointed as Headteacher at Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater.  During my time as Headteacher the school saw significant improvement and was successful in securing a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted in 2015.  I am now delighted to be the Headteacher of The King's School having been appointed to the post in September 2016.

It is a privilege to lead one of the most successful schools in the South West.  The King's School’s ‘achievement for all’ ethos captures my own personal commitment to comprehensive education.  I have a deep desire to see students achieve academically and personally and much of what we offer at the school is focused on supporting young people to become thoughtful, compassionate and resilient members of the community with the skills necessary to make a difference.  I live in the school’s catchment area and my 3 children have all benefitted from the high quality education that this learning community of primary and secondary schools provides.  I am a keen sports person and enjoy the challenge of running, swimming and cycling, occasionally putting all 3 together and competing in triathlons!  I also love the outdoors and enjoy surfing and walking with my family and friends.

Mr C Harris - Deputy Headteacher / Teaching and Learning

Mr C Harris
Deputy Headteacher
Teaching and Learning

After growing up in Cornwall I went on to study Modern History at Oxford University before completing my PGCE at Exeter University in 2008. Since this time, I have remained first and foremost a passionate teacher of History and Politics, determined to continually improve my practice through learning from others. In addition, I have previously been a Teaching Assistant, a Head of Department, an Assistant Headteacher and Director of Teaching School Hub Programmes for the South West Institute for Teaching. I am extremely proud to be part of this brilliant school and serve as Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning. In this role, I firmly believe in the power of professional collaboration so that we can all keep getting better together for the benefit of all our students and the wider school community. Away from school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, a variety of sports, walking the family dog and exploring this beautiful part of the country that we live in.

Mr M Garrick - Deputy Headteacher / Student Support & Safeguarding

Mike Garrick

Mr M Garrick
Deputy Headteacher
Student Support

I was born and bred in Exeter and spent my youth playing sport at any opportunity. After my A levels I took a gap year and worked at a school in Mid Devon. This convinced me that I wanted to be a teacher and I underwent a four year teacher training degree specialising in Physical Education in West London. My first job was in nearby Staines and after two years became Head of PE. After four years at the school I fulfilled an ambition to travel around the world – spending nine months exploring some diverse and beautiful places. On returning home my wife and I moved back to Devon. I started at King's in 1994 (!) as a part-time PE teacher and have had numerous different roles since. I am particularly proud at setting up the PSHE department from scratch and have enjoyed a range of roles on the pastoral side. I currently have the best job in the school as Deputy Head – Student Support.

I am a passionate advocate for young people and am so lucky to have a job which is focussed on the students in the school. The experience of bringing up my own three children has given me considerable insight into the trials and tribulations of teenage life. Being a teenager can be really hard but it can also be incredibly exciting. My job is centred on creating a platform where students are supported to do their best and achieve regardless of their background or ability. My favourite day of the school year is the Year 11 Celebration Day where we get to reflect on the five years the students have had at the school and the wonderful young people they have become. This makes me feel incredibly proud.

Although my competitive days are mostly behind me, sport and physical activity remain a passion and I love to be active either on my bike or through walking the dog. Exeter City FC also take up a lot of my headspace causing me additional stress that I could do without.  I also love to travel with my family and we hopefully have lots of exciting adventures ahead.

Mrs P Farrand - Deputy Headteacher / Inclusion & SENCO

Mrs P Farrand
Deputy Headteacher
Inclusion

I grew up in Devon, before attending University in Wolverhampton where I studied biological sciences, and then Lancaster where I completed my PCGE. I began my teaching career as a science teacher in a school near Cardiff, and it was here I developed my passion for working within the field of special needs education, so my next position was as a special needs teacher in Reading.

Nine years into my teaching career I returned to Devon and became the SENCo at The King’s School, later becoming a deputy headteacher with responsibility for inclusion and personalisation.

I am passionate about inclusion and feel privileged to work in a school that has achievement for all and inclusion at the heart of its ethos. The Skills for Learning department has been recognised at a national level on two occasions, myself being awarded a Teaching award for the best special needs teacher in 2005 and the whole team receiving a further Teaching Award for the best school team in 2014.

Out of school I enjoy spending time with my 3 children (all of whom have been fortunate enough to attend The King’s School), running and walking my dogs.

Mr R Tait - Director of Finance & Operations / Company Secretary

Rob Tait

Mr R Tait
Director of Finance & Operations / Company Secretary

I joined The King’s School in 2023 having previously worked in several large organisations, including Exeter University, Debenhams, and South West Water.

After studying Accounting & Finance at University I was desperate to see the world so I travelled and worked for a couple of years living in Italy, Australia and New Zealand. To make ends meet I taught English as Foreign Language. I enjoyed this role and experience so much that I decided to set up an English Language School which I ran for 6 years with my wife before reverting back to my accounting education and becoming a fully qualified Chartered Certified Accountant.

The education sector, in one form or another, has often been present in my career as I have always been passionate about learning and sharing knowledge wherever I have worked.

I feel privileged to be working at one of the best schools in the South West and my ambition and challenge within this role is to positively influence the outcomes of the pupils whilst working in a ‘back-office’ function. However, I am positive, with the fantastic team around me, that this is absolutely possible!

I am married and have 3 children, each with their own unique personality and abilities, keeping me busy outside of work.  

Mr N Twelves - Deputy Headteacher / Curriculum

Mr N Twelves
Deputy Headteacher
Curriculum

I grew up in Shropshire, coming to Devon to study Modern Foreign Languages at Exeter University in 1998. I fell in love with the region and my degree cemented my love of languages and my desire to teach them, so I enrolled at Exeter St. Luke's to complete my PGCE. Since qualifying, I have remained in Devon, most recently as an Assistant Head in charge of the curriculum and school systems.

Languages aside, I am passionate about supporting all young people to succeed, and I feel privileged to be working in a school that truly believes in achievement for all. A successful school is one that strives to equip all its students with the necessary skills to become successful, active and happy citizens, and I am excited to ensure that we continue to do this at The King's School.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family; often outdoors walking our two dogs, exploring the country or travelling abroad.

Mr R Gerry - Assistant Headteacher / Post 16 Learning

Mr R Gerry
Assistant Headteacher
Post 16 Learning

I joined King's in 2006 having taught at two other schools in Devon before as Head of Department / Faculty and starting my teaching career in Bristol. I have overseen many changes in the sixth form during the past few years having moved into new purpose built accommodation with a new café and IT suite, introducing the reformed KS5 curriculum and ensuring that post 16 students play a central role in the life of The King's School. The sixth form remains a challenging yet welcoming environment and this is celebrated with a diverse range of events that happen every year and our amazing results that enable students to go on to a wide variety of future careers, apprenticeships and higher education opportunities.

School Staff

Admin Support

Mrs Tara Curtis
Miss Sarah De Barr
Mrs Lisa Lewis
Mrs Vickie Lewis
Mrs Philippa Marks
Mrs Meloney Pocock

Canteen Team

Mr David Shaw
Mrs Sandra Austin
Mrs Wendy Clarke
Mrs Lorraine Fishleigh
Mrs Emma Goodland
Mrs Sophie Gosling
Miss Katherine Jackson
Mrs Tracy Piper

Careers

Mrs Fiona Hogan

Cover Supervisors

Mr Kieran Daniels
 

Cleaning Team

Mr Sam O'Connell
Mrs Anastasie Bartlett
Mr Julian Hale
Mr Max-Roy Legg
Mrs Rachel McDiarmid
Miss Jasmin Norris
Miss Amy Roberts
Miss Lucy Turner
 

Data Manager

Ms Rachel Hill
Ms Sue Madigan

 

English

Mrs Kim Wilding
Mr James Adkins
Ms Jess Chatfield
Mrs Sharron Collins
Mrs Kate Cox
Ms Annie Filmer-Bennett
Mrs Bridie Heywood
Dr Gabrielle Kirby
Ms Chloe Plummer
Miss Laura Scott
Mrs Lianne Snowdon
Miss Nicola Wilkes

Exams Officer

Miss Lizzie Hemsley


 

Expressive Arts

Miss Nicola Wilkes
Mrs Lisa Arnold
Mr Chris Hosgood
Mrs Amanda Mullinger
Mrs Sarah Musgrave
Miss Laura Scott
Ms Joelle Simpson
Mr Stuart Watson
Miss Christian West

Finance

Mr Rob Tait
Mrs Joanna Connolly
Mr James Turner

Geography

Mr Neil Abbott
Dr Charlotte Hawkins
Mrs Tracey Routley
Miss Laura Woodhall


 

Heads of House

Mr James Adkins
Mrs Alison Argent-Wenz
Mr Matthew Coult
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs

History

Mrs Samantha Osbond
Mr Chris Harris
Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs
Mrs Natalie Smith


 

ICT Support

Mr Tim Hall
Mr Matthew Convery
Mr Chris Hosgood
Mr David Parry

 

Library

Mrs Hannah Oxley
Mrs Caroline Montgomery

Maths

Mr Andrew Barratt
Miss Lesley Chapman
Mrs Nicky Hutchinson
Mrs Hannah Padfield
Mrs Alex Powell
Mr Simon Tremlett
Mrs Rebecca Turner
Mr Tom Whitworth
Mr Andrew Wright

Modern Languages

Mr Yann Mahdjoub
Mrs Claire Duckworth
Miss Sara Galan
Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Mr Nat Twelves

PE

Mr Brian Wood
Ms Sarah Anstee
Mrs Lisa Arnold
Mr Matthew Coult
Mr Mike Garrick
Mrs Jude Kiely
Mr Kevin Moran
Mrs Tracy Moran
Mrs Helena Palmer
Mr Ben Venables

Politics

Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs

PSHE

Mr Max Snowdon
Mrs Sharon Beadman
Mr Matt Coult
Mr Mike Garrick
Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Sarah Musgrave

RPE

Miss Katie Snook
Mrs Emily Coutts-Tucker
Mr Hugo Demetre
Miss Sarah Gotting
Mr Jonny Lawson
 

Science

Dr Graham Forsythe
Mr Ken Argent
Mrs Alison Argent-Wenz
Mrs Sharon Beadman
Mr Cameron Bullen
Mrs Hayley Dean
Dr Hayley Duffell
Miss Liz Mower
Mr Tim Penberthy
Mr Oliver Rowlands
Mr Michael Smith
Mr Tom Whitworth
Mrs Claire Williamson
Mr Sam Wilson

Site Team

Mr Sam O'Connell
Mr James Mann
Mr Mark Reader
Miss Ruth Thomas

Sixth Form

Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Julie Miller

Business, IT / Computing and Vocational Education

Mrs Carol Dunford
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs
Mrs Nicky Hutchinson
Mrs Sarah Shephard
Mrs Claire White

Technology

Mr Fred Woodhead
Mrs Lelah Amato
Miss Zoe Benbow
Mr Stephen Britton
Mrs Zoe Piper
Mr Ivan Roulson
Miss Joelle Simpson
Miss Megan Spicer

Skills for Learning

Mrs Paula Farrand
Ms Sarah Anstee
Mrs Michelle Bader
Mrs Sharon Beadman
Mrs Julie Bolter
Miss Gillian Booth
Miss Connie Bradley
Mrs Nicola Brook
Miss Charlotte Callard
Mrs Liane Childs
Mrs Alana Dodds
Miss Rebecca Dutfield
Mrs Becky Gammon
Mrs Deborah Giblin
Mrs Rachael Harlond
Miss Annemieke Herman
Mrs Catherine Hind
Mrs Ros Jackson
Miss Beth Johnson
Ms Kathryn Kamester
Mrs Alison Long
Mrs Alison Palmer
Mrs Ceri Parkinson
Mrs Hannah Power
Mrs Julia Roberts
Miss Carly Rose
Miss Megan Spicer
Miss Josie Wilding
Mrs Claire Williamson

Student Support

Mrs Joanne Bunker
Mrs Tara Curtis
Mr Russ Knill
Mrs Lisa Lewis
Mrs Philippa Marks
Miss Nicola Shepphard
Mrs Bindu Usher