The Sunninghill Team


We have a very strong team of dedicated teaching professionals, supported by several specialist staff, who visit school to teach sport and music lessons. Sunninghill staff are supported by the Bursar and her staff which include the Registrar and Administration staff, Estates staff, the kitchen and housekeeping teams.


Mr John Thorpe, BSc (Hons) PGCE


Mrs Eileen Akerman, AInst Man (Dip)


Deputy Heads
Academic: Mrs Nancy Sewed, BSc (Hons) PGCE, Dip SpLD, MA Ed Leadership – Head of Computing
Pastoral: Mr Ian Stazicker, BSc (Hons) PGCE, FRGS – Head of Geography, Outdoor Education & DSL

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Sarah Smith, BA (Hons), MSc PMBA, PGCE

Mrs Donna Fernley, BA (Hons) PGCE – Head of English & Able, Gifted & Talented Coordinator
Mrs Lesley Nolan-Stone, BA (Hons), PG Dip, LTCL – Music Co-ordinator
Mrs Susan Saines, BEd (Hons) – Head of Art and Design
Mrs Tracey Sales, BA (Hons) Early Years Care and Education, EYTS
Mrs Frédérique Salisbury, BSc (Hons), PGCE – Maths Teacher
Mme Nathalie Shilliday, BSc (Hons), M.Sc, PGCE – Head of Science and Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Sarah Smith, BA (Hons), MSc PMBA, PGCE – Head of Humanities – Marketing Officer
Mrs Joanna Telfer, BA (Hons), PGCE – Games and Science Teacher
Mr Neil Vanburgh, BA, BMus (Hons) – Music Teacher
Ms Sue Wilson, BEd (Hons) – PE and Games Teacher
Mr Kevin Willemse, BA (Hons), PGCE, M.Ed – Head of PE and Games – Science Teacher

Head of Junior Prep: Mrs Emma Sleightholme, MEd (Open) – Reception Teacher

Mrs Natasha Johnstone, BA (Hons) Drama QTS – Form 3 Teacher
Mrs Karen King, BSc (Hons), PGCE, TEFL – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Miss Catherine Livesey, BA (Hons) QTS – Form 1 Teacher
Mrs Lecca Moss, BA BMus Ed Dip – Form 4 Teacher – Director of Studies and Head of Creative Arts
Mrs Jo Thorpe, BEd (Hons) – Form 2 Teacher – In charge of Pupil Voice

Early Years – Nursery
Mrs Katie Beasley – NVQ3 Childcare and Education, FdA Childhood Studies Care & Education Level 4 – Early Years Senior Practitioner

Learning Support
Ms Claire Thomasson, BEd (Hons), Cert SpLD Head of Learning Support
Mrs Helen Looker, MEd, PGDip Ed (SpLD)

Learning Assistants
Mrs Sarah Baker, BN, NVQ Level 3 Early Years, NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant
Miss Sophie Blair, Level 3 Diploma in Childcare
Mrs Joannie Culshaw, Diploma 3 – Parent and Toddler Group Manager
Mr Archie Dunbar, 1:1
Mrs Sarah Hill, NVQ Level 3 CCLD
Mr Stuart Holland, BA (Hons), NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant – 1:1
Mrs Emma O’Donnell, BA (Hons) PgDip CCLD Level 2 – Librarian
Mrs Laura Pitman, NNEB, NVQ3 Nursery Nursing


Assistant Bursar
Mrs Katie Ayres-Turner, Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management, Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership

Registrar and Marketing Director
Mrs Amanda Jones, BA (Hons), AMCIS Cert in Admissions Management

School Secretary
Mrs Lydia Hampshire, NVQ3 – Business & Administration

Mrs Megan Lane
Mrs Jeanette Wedge
Mrs Jackie Noel


Catering Department
Catering Manager: Mrs Kerry Davies – NVQ3 Food Preparation & Cooking – Intermediate Food Hygiene, NCFE Cache Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

Mrs Nicki Ball – Assistant Chef – Level 2 Food Safety in Catering, City & Guilds Food Preparation and Cooking
Mrs Victoria Brown – Assistant Chef – Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety
Mr Brenden Gabe-Fry – Assistant Chef – NVQ 2 Food Preparation & Cooking – Level 3 City & Guilds Food Safety & Hygiene for Supervisors
Mrs Sarah King – Assistant Chef – NVQ3 Food Preparation & Cooking – Intermediate Food Hygiene
Miss Tracey Ward – Kitchen Assistant – Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety
Miss Leanne Ward – Kitchen Assistant – Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety

Estate Management
Mr Les Senter
Mr Ray Smith
Mrs Liz Stein – Head Gardener

Housekeeping Department
Mrs Sharon Studley – Head of Housekeeping and Kitchen Assistant – Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety
Mrs Maureen Legg – Housekeeper
Miss Julie Waddle – Housekeeper

Bus Drivers
Mr Robbie Dennett
Mr Gavin Jones
Mr Maurice Read