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Meet the Staff and Governors

Each member of Queen Mary’s dedicated team is passionate about ensuring that you and your family are supported and cared for.

Leadership Team

Mrs C Cameron MA, PGCE, NPQH, FRGS

Mrs K Thompson BA (Hons) 

Assistant Head: Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Mrs J Strawbridge BEd (Hons) 

Assistant Head: Senior School
Mrs V Kemp BA (Hons), PCE SENCO CPT3A

Assistant Head: Prep and Pre-Prep
Mr C Nellis BA (Hons) PGCE QTS

Director of External Relations
Mrs J Hirst BA (Hons), PGDip, ACIM Chartered Marketer






Board of Governors 


Mr T E Fielden BA (Hons); FCA 


Mrs C Attey BA Law (Hons)
Miss A Coates BA (Hons) APMP
Mr A J Fallows FRICS; FAAV
Mr L France BSc (Hons)
Mr J Gawthorpe
Mrs N Gunson BSc (Hons); MSc
Rev’d S Jukes BA (Hons); PGCE
Mr N J Pearce MSc BSc (Agric); FCA
Mr A Robson BA (Hons)
Mr E D Theakston

Correspondence to the Chairman of Governors can be sent to:
Queen Mary’s School, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs F Webster MA (Cantab) LLB



Academic Staff

Miss E Abrahams Mont Dip – Pre-Prep

Miss J Armstrong MEng (Hons) QTS – Mathematics

Mrs R Askew MS (Hons) PGCE – Head of Latin and Classics

Ms J Atkinson BA (Hons) MA (RCA), Grad. Dip. Ed. – Head of Art

Miss K Ayre TA3 – Learning Support Assistant

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Mr C Burn BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Adventure

Mrs D Coull BA (Hons) PGCE – English  

Mr A Cowey BEd (Hons) – Prep School 

Mr K Dale MA (Music) Dip ABRSM CELTA – Music

Ms L Deans BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Food Technology and Design Technology

Miss F Edwards BA (Hons) PGCE – Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs S Elliston – Learning Support Assistant/After School Care

Miss H Foster BA (Hons) PGCE – Prep School

Mrs R Foster BSc (Hons) PGCE – Prep School and Learning Support

Mrs G Gaines MA BSc (Hons) – Head of Mathematics

Mrs C Gallacher Hay MA (Hons) PGCE – History and Religious Studies / Behaviour Manager

Mr S Gumn BEd (Hons) QTS – Physics Teacher & Science Technician

Mrs K Gwyn-Thomas – English & Religious Studies

Mr S Hagan BA (Hons) MA PGCE – History and Religious Studies

Miss P Hill BSc (Hons) PGCE – Physical Education

Miss L Hurren BA (Hons) PGCE QTS – Interim Physical Education & Dance

Mrs V Kemp BA (Hons) PGDip PCE NASENCO CPT3A – Assistant Head: Senior School

Mrs S Kennedy BA (Hons) PGCE –  Head of English

Mrs E Lindsley BSc (Hons) PGCE – Acting Head of Physical Education

Mrs L Macklam HLTA – Learning Support Assistant

Mrs M McDaid BA (Hons) – Learning Support Assistant

Miss K Moran BSc (Hons) PGCE – Head of Geography

Mr C Nellis BA (Hons) PGCE QTS – Assistant Head: Prep and Pre-Prep

Mrs J Nuttall BEd (Hons) –  Prep School and Learning Support 

Miss F Peckitt BSc (Hons) PGCE – Physical Education

Mrs V Potter BA (Hons) QTS – Head of PSHE / Physical Education 

Mrs M Redmond BA PGCE MEd – French/Spanish

Mrs S Scholes BSc (Hons) – Learning Support Assistant

Miss E Sheldon BA (Hons) – Learning Support Assistant

Mrs S Skilbeck BMus (Hons) PGCE – Music

Miss L Stead BSc (Hons) MA PGCE – Prep School

Mrs E Stephenson BSc (Hons) PGCE – Head of Science

Mrs S Tapper Early Years Dip Level 3 – EYFS  

Mrs A Whitham BA (Hons) PGCE – Pre-Prep Lead

Mrs L Wise BSc (Hons) QTS – Mathematics

Mr A Would MA (Hons) PGCE – Prep School

Dr. M Zampini PhD MSc PGCE QTS – Biology



Boarding Staff                                      

Mrs J Strawbridge BEd (Hons) – Assistant Head: Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Mrs H Duxbury – Deputy Head of Boarding

Miss G Boyes BA (Hons) – Boarding Assistant

Mrs C Ferri-Willson – Boarding Administrator

Mrs N Catmur – After School Care Assistant

Miss M Clery – Gap Girl


Careers Guidance

Ms L Deans

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Music Peripatetic Staff

Mrs A Bleiker BMus (Hons), PP RNCM (Distinction) – Voice

Mrs L Brown BA (Hons) PPRNCM – Voice

Mrs J Claire BMus (Hons) PGCE – Piano/Viola/Violin

Mrs D Critchley GRSM, ARCM – Clarinet

Mrs H Dawson BMus (Perf) PGDip RNCM – Cello

Mrs I Dowell Dip. TCL LGSMD – Bassoon

Mrs N Dowell MA BA (Hons) LRSM – Flute

Mrs E Ferguson BMus (Hons) – Clarinet/Saxophone

Mrs C Fletcher BMus PGDip PGCE – Violin

Mrs E Foulds GRSM Hons, LRAM PGCE – Piano

Mrs C Hewitt BMus (Hons), LRAM – Brass

Dr K Ounsley BSc (Hons) MA PHD Cert Ed LRAM – Piano

Miss S Paterson BMus (Hons) – Harp

Mr J Swift GMus PGCE – Guitar



Mrs A Stringer – Head’s PA  

Miss F Rose – School Administrator


External Relations

Mrs J Hirst BA (Hons) ACIM PGDip – Director of External Relations

Ms F Ward MA PGCE QTS – Admissions Manager

Mrs A Briggs BA (Hons) – Alumnae Assistant

Mr S Hutchinson – Marketing and Social Media Assistant

Mrs A Lyon – Development Manager


Data and Examinations

Mrs L Lawrie BA (Hons) – Data & Examinations Officer


Finance & Estates

Mrs K Thompson BA (Hons) – Bursar

Mrs K Wilson FdSc, AATQB – Finance Manager

Mrs C Phillips – Operations Administrator

Mr N Johnson – Head of Grounds

Mr J Thompson – Head of Maintenance

Mr S Sheppard – Estate Maintenance



Mrs R Robinson – Head of Housekeeping

Mrs A Daniel – Housekeeping Assistant

Mrs J Dickinson – Housekeeping Assistant

Mrs S Kitchen – Housekeeping Assistant

Ms D Whyte – Housekeeping Assistant


School Drivers

Mr P Carty

Mr P Clarke

Mr S Sheppard

Mr M Appleton


Information Technology

Mr D Todd BSc (Hons) QTS – IT Manager

Mr W Wright BSc (Hons) – IT Support Technician




Woodard School Senior Provost

The Revd Justin White MEng MA

Wellbeing Team

Mrs J Strawbridge BEd (Hons) – Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr C Nellis BA (Hons) PGCE – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs C Hunter RN Child – School Nurse

Mrs C Gallacher MA (Hons) PCGE – Behaviour Manager

Mrs P Greensit BSc (Hons) MA – Wellbeing Assistant

Mrs V Foulser PG Dip Couns & Psy, MBACP – School Counsellor    

Dr E L Dixon CPsychol AFBPsS – Clinical Psychologist


Equestrian Centre                                         

Mrs A Clennan BHS APC UKCC – Equestrian Centre Manager / Instructor

Miss K Ayre BHSAI APC – Instructor

Mrs C Carney BHSAI – Instructor

Ms J Moss BHSAII APC L4 SC – Instructor

Miss H Hodgson – Groom

Mrs A Sandell BHS Stage 3 APCC – Groom / Instructor

Miss R Mogg BHS Stage 3 APCC – Groom





Speech & Drama

Miss K Vaughan BEd (Hons) Dip Drama ALAM (Hons) 


Mrs S Halshaw ASA Advanced Teacher


Miss E Makin LTA 3 Accredited+ Cardio Tennis

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