At The Park School, our teaching and support staff are made up of a diversity of professionals who are passionate about education, strong practitioners, student-centred, innovative and full of ideas.
Mr Dominic Grass BA (Hons)
Deputy Head & Head of Mathematics
Mr Paul Barraclough
Head of Technology
Ms Alison Bown BSC (Hons), PGCE
Biology & Lab Technician
Mrs Theresa Gordon BA (Hons), PGCE
French & Religious Studies
Mr Wyn Griffith BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Ms Laura Hooper MA, BA (Hons) PGCE
Mrs Sue Hutton BA (Hons) FAETC
Head of Sixth Form, Business Studies & Economics
Mrs Holly Mabey BA (Hons ), PGCE
Head of Girls' Games & Prep School Teacher
Mr Patrick Pender-Cudlip
Religious Studies A-Level
Ms Emma Radley
Mr Peter Rice
Mrs Helen Stonier BA (Hons)
Ms Claire Thompson BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs Diane Tonkins BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Psychology, English
Mrs Huntington joined the School in 2011. Before The Park School, she was Deputy Head and Director of Music at Thetford Grammar School in Norfolk.
Mrs Huntington’s special interest is in Music, having taught and sung professionally for several years. She has been instrumental in bringing about the move to our new site and with the support of the Bursar and the Board of Governors she is looking ahead to develop further the facilities and opportunities this offers for the School.
Alex Briggs has been teaching art and design for twenty-five years and has taught art at The Park School for thirteen. She is also Head of Pastoral Care and has worked as part of the teaching and learning team for six years. Through the combination of her roles, she has become particularly interested in art as therapy. Mrs Briggs was also a former Park School pupil where she developed her love of art. She has a Masters degree in Education/Professional Studies where she focused on art education and the impact of Curriculum change on creativity. Mrs Briggs has a degree in fine art where she specialised in painting. She continues to paint and is particularly inspired by landscape and her love of the sea where she lives.
Lorna (Mrs Baimbridge) worked in the charity sector and was a youth worker before training to become a Drama teacher. She has been a member of the academic team at The Park School since 2014. She gained her BA(Hons) in Performing Arts at Birmingham University. Lorna enjoys all things theatre-related, particularly musicals. She is passionate about dance and practises ballet and contemporary. She loves food and enjoys eating out in different restaurants.
After gaining his degree in Physics from Hallam University, Mr Gill worked in the Vacuum Technology department at the Joint European Torus, a nuclear fusion research establishment. In an attempt to see the world Mr Gill cycled from London to Nepal before deciding upon teaching as a career. Initially teaching English as a foreign language in Poland and Costa Rica, he came back to the UK to train to become a Physics Teacher at King's College. Mr Gill has worked as a Physics teacher for the past 16 years and joined the Park School in 2017. He is widely acknowledged to be the fastest bald vegetarian physics-teaching motorcycle racer in the Castle Cary area.
Mrs Gill was born and raised in upstate New York in the USA where she worked in a range of industries from life insurance to emergency medicine. After training to teach English as a Foreign Language in Washington, D.C. she took her first job as a TEFL teacher in Costa Rica. A few jobs later, after working in London, Kent, Warwickshire and Dorset, she moved to Somerset to teach at The Park School. When Mrs Gill is not teaching, she can be found behind the wheel of a T4 travelling around the UK and Europe.
Having played sport to a national level there was never a doubt that Alex would become a teacher. She has worked at a range of schools in varying roles and brings with her a depth of knowledge about how to maximise potential in each and every pupil. Alex firmly believes that all pupils should leave school having experienced a wide range of sports. She has travelled the world and lived in Kenya for two years, Alex has now settled in Somerset with her family, who keep her very busy!
Having grown up in Liskeard (Cornwall), Dr Mort studied his PhD in Neuchatel, Switerland, before undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He then spent 9 years lecturing and researching as an associate professor in Brazil before returning to the UK. His passion for teaching young people motivated his move from academia into secondary education. Outside school, his hobbies are popularising science on social media, playing the piano and travelling. Haydon has three sons and is married to his Brazilian wife, Carla.
Freddie studied Sports Development and coaching at Plymouth Marjon University. After taking a year as a teaching assistant to gain more experience, he then returned to Marjon to study for his PGCE. Freddie has always enjoyed sport and plays football and cricket for local teams. He has a twin sister.
Kate came to The Park from a state school teaching background where she taught a range of subjects including History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Citizenship and PSHE. Kate graduated with First Class Honours in Industrial Archaeology and History before completing her Teacher Training via the GTP route. Kate enjoys getting out into the countryside walking and cycling. She is a committed Christian and is actively involved in her local church.
Tessa has a BSc Hons in GeoChemistry and a diploma in Oil Exploration. She has worked for Pira and Whatman undertaking research and development in the paper filtration and print industry before training as a teacher. She got her PGCE in secondary science and since moving down to Dorset has worked at The Park School teaching Chemistry. Tessa enjoys travelling and photography. She is well known for her yellow car and love of minions.
Prep School Staff
Mrs Nicki Hancock BA (Hons) PGCE
Pre-Prep & Prep School Co-ordinator (plus Maths), DSL
Mr Josh Allen BA (Hons), PGCE
Year 4 Teacher, Computing
Mrs Sharon Bourne
Mrs Nicky Fisher BA (Hons) PGCE
Year 3-4 Teacher, MFL
Mrs Mel Gifford BEd
Years 1 & 2, Art/Humanities
Mr Phil Horne BEd (Hons)
Year 5 & Forest School Co-ordinator
Mrs Heather Reed BS (Hons) PGCE
Co-ordinator for EYFS & KS1
Learning Support Team
Miss Debbie Harris
SEN Teaching Assistant
Mrs Alison Hatch
SEN Teaching Assistant
Miss Pippa Howarth
SEN Teaching Assistant
Mrs Wendy Lush
SEN Teaching Assistant
Mrs Judith Quantock
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
David has worked in education for nearly 30 years and has been a teacher both in the UK and abroad. Before joining The Park School in September 2016, David was Head of Learning Support at Chilton Cantelo School, and before that, he was Education Officer for Wiltshire Local Authority, and also Specialist Advisory Teacher for Ups and Downs, the Downs Syndrome organisation. So, his knowledge and understanding of SEN is wide and very varied.
David is married to Violaine, who is French, and together they have a son, Alexei, who is well into his teens. David is very proud and honoured to have recently taken on French citizenship alongside his British one. Each summer is spent in France. He speaks both French and Italian fluently.
Mrs Vanessa Thompson
Mrs Tammy Cooney
Mrs Ruth Bradford-Peck
Admin Assistant & Exams Officer
Mr Jawad Haq
Miss Cara Thorne
Reception & School Office Admin
Mr Alistair Telfer Cert Ed
Mrs Liz Thompson DipM
Mr O Peet
Site Manager, Transport Co-ordinator
Mr R Gates
Assistant Site Manager
Mr C McCourt
Mr J Wright
Mr S Collins
Mr D Gregory
Mr P North
Mr R Hirst (Palmer & Howells)
Peripatetic Music Staff
Mrs S Atkins – Piano & Keyboard
Miss S Screech – Saxophone & Clarinet
Ms J Hadden – Voice
Mr S Cosgrove – Guitar
Mr D James – Drums