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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

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 L Evans - Business Manager / Company Secretary

Mr L Evans
Business Manager & Company Secretary

Having graduated at Salford University with a degree in Telecommunications and Network engineering, I moved to Salisbury and worked for The Defence Science and Technology Labs as a non-lethal weapons specialist and subsequently moved into a wide variety of interesting scientific and management roles across Dstl, The Ministry of Defence and more recently the Hydrographic Office. I moved into large scale project and programme management in 2005 where I had responsibility for an annual budget of £37M and the associated delivery of scientific research projects ranging from vaccine development through to new armour design.  It was challenging work with lots on international travel which I managed to combine with a distance learning MBA (Masters in Business Administration) with the Open university which I completed in 2012.

Having developed a passion for financial, project and people management, I explored options for working as a school business manager and was fortunate enough to be offered the position here at King’s in 2012. Some of my friends and family thought I was bonkers at the time for changing the direction of my career but I have never once regretted it. The King’s School is a very special place with an incredibly welcoming, warm and supportive school community and I get enormous satisfaction of using my experience to improve the education and experience of our students.

Outside of work, travelling, paddle boarding and sailing are real passions of mine.  I am a qualified yacht skipper and love nothing more than spending days on the sea with the wind in the sails or paddling from Topsham to Exmouth stopping at the River Exe café on route!

Miss E Mower - Deputy Headteacher / Learning & Professional Development

Miss E Mower
Deputy Headteacher
Teaching, Learning & Professional Development

After growing up in Windsor I went to Bristol university, initially to study veterinary science. I then transferred to biological sciences where I specialised in biochemistry and genetics. Excited by the research I completed at Bristol I started some PHD research at Exeter university. While doing this research I realised that the best part of the post involved teaching undergraduates so I then completed my PGCE at Exeter university.

I am passionate about teaching in a comprehensive environment - my first post was at King Edwards Sixth College Totnes where I worked for 5 years alongside some inspirational colleagues. When a post to teach Biology was advertised at The King's school I leapt at the opportunity of teaching at one of the most successful schools in the South West. I have been very fortunate to be offered numerous opportunities for more challenge and promotion and have been on the SLT for many years, while continuing to teach in the science department!

When not working, I try and spend time travelling or in the water - snorkelling, swimming, surfing or learning to paddleboard. I love taking pictures of underwater flora and fauna, my most exotic pictures are of clown fish, lionfish and sea fans - the more colourful and toxic the better! 

Mr M Garrick - Deputy Headteacher / Student Support

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

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 D Williams - Deputy Headteacher / Curriculum

Mr D Williams
Deputy Headteacher
Curriculum

I studied International History and International Politics at the University of Wales and, after graduation, completed my PGCE at the same institution. I started my teaching career in London in 1998 working in a variety of schools across the capital. In 2008, I completed a MA in Education Management at King’s College and, in 2010, moved to Devon to work at The King’s School as Deputy Headteacher responsible for curriculum, options and the timetable.

It is an absolute privilege to work at The King’s School. Serving the local community and ensuring that its students gain a first class education which goes beyond solely academic success to focus on the whole individual is at the heart of the values and ethos of this school. I have a passionate desire to see young people succeed and develop into active citizens imbued with a deep sense of responsibility, respect and kindness. Outside work, I enjoy cycling, kayaking and sailing and in 2014 completed an unsupported cycle of Land’s End to John O’Groats.

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 Christine Ashe
Mrs Julie Bowden
Miss Bethan Fallon
Mrs Sally de Gruchy
Mrs Lisa Lewis
Mrs Philippa Marks
Mrs Louise Pickering

Canteen Team

Mr David Shaw
Mrs Sandra Austin
Mrs Wendy Clarke
Mrs Olwyn Coates
Mrs Lorraine Fishleigh
Mrs Phillipa Kidson
Mrs Tracey Lavallin
Mrs Kate Niven

Careers

Mrs Fiona Hogan
Ms Kirstie Minto

Cover Supervisors

Miss Amy Henson
Mr Neil Townsend 

Cleaning Team

Mr Chris Owen
Mrs Anastasie Bartlett
Mr Matthew Checkley
Mrs Rachel McDiarmid
Miss Megan Romaine
Mrs Margaret Thomas
Miss Lucy Turner
Mr Roland Valencia

English

Mrs Kim Wilding
Ms Jess Chatfield
Mrs Sharron Collins
Mrs Kate Cox
Mrs Bridie Heywood
Mrs Kathryn Kamester
Dr Gabrielle Kirby
Miss Laura Scott
Mrs Sandra Smith
Ms Vici Topping
Miss Nicola Wilkes

Exams Officer

Mrs Lorraine Bugler

Expressive Arts

Mrs Christian Allan
Mrs Lisa Arnold
Mrs Susan Harknett
Mrs Amanda Mullinger
Mrs Sarah Musgrave
Miss Laura Scott
Mrs Helen Sutton
Mr Stuart Watson
Miss Nicola Wilkes

Finance

Mr Laurence Evans
Mr Liam Hatton
Mrs Clare Roberts

Geography

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

Heads of House

Mrs Alison Argent-Wenz
Mr Matthew Coult
Mr Paul Dodds
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs

History

Mrs Samantha Osbond
Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs
Mrs Natalie Smith
Mr Derwyn Williams

ICT Support

Mr Tim Hall
Mr Nathan Davies
Mr Chris Osgood
Mr David Parry
Mr Ben Wellesley

Library

Mrs Debra Hanson
Ms Deborah Perry
Mrs Lynn Tisbury

 

Maths

Mr Rob Lunnon
Miss Lesley Chapman
Mrs Lucy Dennett
Mrs Hannah Padfield
Mrs Alex Powell
Mr Simon Tremlett
Mrs Rebecca Turner
Mr Andrew Wharton-Darke
Mr Tom Whitworth
Mr Andy Wright

Media

Mrs Joann Elliott
Mr Stuart Watson

Modern Languages

Mr Yann Mahdjoub
Mrs Jo Connock
Mr Daniel Cuesta Munoz
Mrs Claire Duckworth

PE

Mr Brian Wood
Mrs Lisa Arnold
Mr Sam Budgett
Mr Matthew Coult
Mr Mike Garrick
Mrs Judith Kiely
Mr Kevin Moran
Miss Hannah Rhodes
Mrs Amy Shaw
Mrs Sarah Steggles
Mr Ben Venables

Politics

Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Rebecca Jacobs
Mr Derwyn Williams

PSHE

Mrs Joann Elliott
Mr Matt Coult
Mr Paul Dodds
Mr Mike Garrick
Mr Richard Gerry
Mr Simon Tremlett

RPE

Miss Katie Snook
Mr Ed Elliott
Miss Sarah Gotting
Miss Emily Perrett

Science

Dr Graham Forsythe
Mr Ken Argent
Mrs Alison Argent-Wenz
Mrs Sharon Beadman
Miss Melissa Bourne
Miss Lisa-Marie Browne
Mr Cameron Bullen
Mrs Hayley Dean
Mrs Lucy Dennett
Mr Paul Dodds
Dr Hayley Duffell
Mrs Susan Harknett
Mrs Cara Head
Miss Liz Mower
Mr Tim Penberthy
Dr Kerry Smout-Day

Site Team

Mr Chris Owen
Mr Russel Knill
Mr Mark Reader
Mr Bilbo Wootton

Sixth Form

Mr Richard Gerry
Mrs Julie Miller

Voc Ed, ICT, Business Studies & Economics

Mrs Carol Dunford
Dr Stuart Atkinson
Ms Emma Ward
Mrs Claire White

Technology

Mr Fred Woodhead
Mrs Deborah Capon
Mrs Helen Hawkins
Mrs Zoe Piper
Mr Ivan Roulson
Mrs Ruth Roulson
Mr Richard Smout-Day
Mrs Clare White

Skills for Learning

Mrs Paula Farrand
Mrs Sharon Beadman
Mrs Nicola Brook
Mr Sam Budgett
Mrs Lesley Elford
Mrs Rebecca Everett
Mrs Deborah Giblin
Mrs Louise Gillett
Mrs Ruth Guest
Mrs Rachael Harlond
Mrs Julie Harris
Mr Huw Hennessey
Mrs Catherine Hind
Mrs Katrina Holgate
Mr Matthew Hutt
Mrs Ros Jackson
Ms Kathryn Kamester
Mr Mark Lemmer
Mrs Alison Long
Ms Kirstie Minto
Mrs Alison Palmer
Mrs Ceri Parkinson
Mrs Ali Pawson
Mrs Siân Peace
Ms Kitty Pennington
Mrs Jo Ritchie
Mrs Julia Roberts
Miss Nicola Shepphard
Mrs Bindu Usher
Mrs Penny Wilkinson
Mrs Jane Wood

Student Support

Mrs Joanne Bunker
Mrs Philippa Marks
Mr Dave Nicholson
Mrs Joanne Paddison