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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

Deputy Head
Mrs D Hannam Walpole BEd (Hons)

Head of Finance and Estates
Mr P Normanton BA (Hons), CGMA, ACMA 

Assistant Head: Teaching and Learning
Mrs S Casey BA (Hons)                   

Head of Prep and Pre-Prep
Mrs L Thomson MA (Hons) PGCE

Head of Marketing and Admissions
Mrs J Hirst BA (Hons), PGDip, ACIM Chartered Marketer

Head of IT and Digital Strategy
Mr A Smith BSci (Hons)


Board of Governors 


Mr T E Fielden BA (Hons); FCA 


Mrs R Bryant LLB
Mr A J Fallows FRICS; FAAV
Mrs N Gunson BSc (Hons); MSc
Rev’d S Jukes BA (Hons); PGCE
Mr J Murray
Mr N J Pearce MSc BSc (Agric); FCA
Dr H Rawson BSc MedSci; MBChB; MRCGP
Mr A Robson BA (Hons)
Mr E D Theakston
Mrs C Wike-Elwers BSc (Hons); PGCE 

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 S Standeven



Academic Staff

Miss E Abrahams Mont Dip – EYFS – Pre-Prep

Mrs S Akhtar MS (Hons) PGCE – Science and Mathematics

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

Miss S Booth BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Modern Foreign Languages

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

Mrs S Casey BA (Hons) PGCE – Assistant Head: Teaching & Learning / Head of History

Mrs D Coull BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of English

Mrs S Cowan BSc (Hons) PGCE – Lab Technician

Mr A Cowey BEd (Hons) – Pre-Prep

Miss L Dumain Galan – Music and Boarding Assistant

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

Miss L Edy MA (Hons) PGCE – Prep School

Mrs S Elliston – Teaching Assistant/After School Care

Mrs R Foster BSc (Hons) PGCE – Prep School

Mr G Forster BEng (Hons) PGCE – Mathematics

Ms S Furniss BA (Hons) PGCE – Teaching Assistant

Ms V Haye BA (Hons) PGCE ISENCO CELTA – Head of Learning Support

Mrs J Headdock – BSc (Hons) HLTA Teaching Assistant SfL

Mrs K Henderson BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Design Technology

Ms S Holloway Lloyd BMus (Hons) PGCE – Director of Music

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

Mrs N Johnson BSc (Hons) PGCE – Head of Science

Mrs S Kennedy BA (Hons) – English

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

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

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

Mrs L Nuttall BSc (Hons) PGCE – Head of Mathematics

Mr P Nuttall BSc (Hons) PGCE – Science

Miss D Pegg BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Physical Education

Mrs A Petty CertEd – Learning Support

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

Mrs S Pyke MA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Religious Studies

Dr E Radley BA (Hons) MA PhD PGCE – Head of Art

Mrs M Redmond BA PGCE MEd – French/Spanish

Mrs A Starkie BSc (Hons) PGCE – Cover Supervisor

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

Mrs S Tapper Early Years Dip Level 3 – EYFS Teaching Assistant

Mrs L Thomson MA (Hons) PGCE – Head of Prep School and Pre-Prep School 

Miss K Vaughan BEd (Hons) Dip Drama ALAM (Hons) – Head of Drama

Mrs L Weston – Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Whitham BA (Hons) PGCE – Prep School

Mr A Would MA (Hons) PGCE – Prep School


Boarding Staff                                      

Mrs J Strawbridge BEd (Hons) – Head of Boarding

Mrs H Duxbury – Deputy Head of Boarding

Miss O Barber – Boarding Assistant


Music Peripatetic Staff

Mr T Bayley BA (Hons) – Clarinet / Saxophone 

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

Mrs L Brown BA (Hons) PPRNCM – Voice

Mrs D Critchley GRSM, ARCM – Clarinet

Mr K Dale MA (Music) Dip ABRSM CELTA – Piano/Organ

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 (Maternity Leave)

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

Mr G Stewart BPA – Drums

Mr J Swift GMus PGCE – Guitar

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



Mrs A Stringer – Head’s PA & HR

Mrs F Rose Gleig – School Administrator

Data & Examinations (please contact 01845 575000)


Marketing and Admissions

Mrs J Hirst BA (Hons) ACIM PGDip – Head of Marketing & Admissions

Mrs C Lovisetto – Admissions Manager

Mrs A Briggs – Development Assistant

Mrs F Scott BSc (Hons) PGCE – Lettings and Events Manager

Mr S Hutchinson – Marketing and Social Media Assistant

Finance & Estates

Mr P Normanton BA (Hons), CGMA, ACMA – Head of Finance & Estates

Finance Assistant (Please contact 01845 575002)

Mr C Smith – Estate Manager/Health & Safety Officer

Mr N Johnson – Groundsman

Mr S Sheppard – Estate Maintenance

Mrs R Robinson – Head of Cleaning

Mrs AM Daniel – Cleaning Staff

Mrs J Dickinson – Cleaning Staff

Mrs S Kitchen – Cleaning Staff

Ms D Whyte – Cleaning Staff


Bus Drivers

Mrs T Anderson

Mr L Clarke

Mr S Sheppard

Mr M Appleton

Mr L Kilmartin


Information Technology

Mr Alexander Smith BSci (Hons) – Head of Computing and Digital Strategy

Mr David Kelly – IT Technician



Revd Pauline Percy BSc BA QTS – School Chaplain


Woodard School Senior Provost

The Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson (Provost) MA LTCL


School Nurses

Mrs S Beaumont RGN                                                      

Mrs J Gloag RGN



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

Dr E L Dixon CPsychol AFBPsS – Clinical Psychologist


Riding Centre                                         

Miss E Hill BSc BHSII UKCC Level 2 – Manager

Miss R Skinner – Groom

Mrs A Sandell – Groom

Miss K Ayre BHSA1 – Instructor

Mr R Blane BHS1 –  Instructor


Speech & Drama

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



Mrs S Halshaw ASA Advanced Teacher

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