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Staff List


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senior leadership team 

Gaynor Cheshire (GCH) Executive Principal and CEO

John Reilly (JRE) Principal

Michael Penn (MPE) Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality Assurance)

Peter Darwen (PDA) Vice Principal (Finance Director and Resources)

Michael Painter (MPA) Assistant Principal (Assessment, Digital Arts and New Technologies)

Derek Pitt (DPI) Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care) and SENCO

Julie Waddington (JWA) Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning)

Teresa Skeete (TSK) PA to the Senior Leadership Team


Daniel Branch (DBR) Director of Musical Theatre

Amie Dovey (ADO) Director of Dance

Francesca Di Cesare (FDC) Director of Acting

Richard Evans (REV) Director of Science

Toni Grehan (TGR) Director of Music and Music Technology

James Latham (JLA) Director of Technical Theatre Arts

Neil Lawton (NLA) Director of Humanities

Drew Lord (DLO) Director of Creative and Digital Arts

Daniel Marchese-Robinson  (DMR) Director of English

Tony Symonds (TSY) Director of Maths

heads of house 

Dr Daniel Kennedy (DKE) Senior Head of House and Teacher of English

Sarah Atkins (SAT) Head of Jupiter House and Teacher of English

Jenny Gotheridge-Davies (JGD) Head of Venus House and Teacher of Visual Art & Design

James Lees (JLE) Head of Mercury House

Kate Mason (KMA) Head of Mars House and Teacher of English

James Underwood (JUN) Head of Neptune House and Teacher of Creative Media

THE old rep theatre 

Michael Penn Executive Director

Gary Stevens General Manager and Operations Director

Michael Exall Deputy General Manager and Operations Director

Kirk Richards Duty Manager

Nareece Taff Cultural Venues Apprentice

Jessica Birtwistle Marketing and Box Office Manager

Steph Crilly Marketing and Box Office Manager

Emma Ferguson Marketing and Box Office Assistant

Sam George  Learning and Participation Officer

Alex Carver Senior Theatre Technician

Dilpesh Patel Theatre Technician

Ann Grady Cleaner

Ian Dowson Maintenance Assistant

student support

Christopher Newbold Director of Student Support (including Admissions and Progression)

Emma Rickard Progression Officer & Careers Leader

Amy Massey Attendance Officer & Safeguarding Assistant

Derek Pitt Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)