Head's blog


The strength of a school is firmly built upon the quality and commitment of its staff. At Bedford Girls' School we are rightly proud of our school team. From our Heads of Department to our Catering Manager and Grounds Staff, each individual has a vital role to play in every pupil's learning journey.

As educators, we have immense responsibility to each individual and to our future society. To ensure our team is prepared and well supported we have a clear appraisal system and continuing professional development programme. Our Horizon Hour provides our staff with an opportunity to keep at the forefront of their subject, and ensures that like our pupils, they remain continuous learners.

One of the benefits of being a member of The Harpur Trust is that our staff are able to share ideas, experience and best practice with counterparts across the Charity, feeding into and enhancing the overall experience at Bedford Girls' School.

Senior Leadership Team

Head Miss J MacKenzie BSc, MSc

Deputy Head Mr T Hill MA, BA

Bursar Mr J-M Hodgkin BSc, FCA, FSI, ACIS, DChA, MEd

Assistant Head Mrs K Jones BSc, MEd

Assistant Head Mrs N Keeler BSc

Assistant Head Mrs S Mason Patel BA

Assistant Head Ms E Teale BSc

Head of Junior School Mrs C Howe BA

Director of Sixth Form Dr J Walters  

Pastoral Care Team

Assistant Head Ms E Teale BSc

Head of Sixth Form Mrs A Goodman, BEd


Head of Years 10 and 11 Mrs J Wilkins BA

Assistant Head of Years 10 and 11 Miss Z Gray BSc

Head of Years 9 Mrs K Cruse BA

Head of Years 7 and 8 Mrs F Clements BSc

Assistant Head of Years 7 and 8 Mrs E Gardner BSc


Heads of House

Mrs B Tarrant BSc

Mr O Hertout DEUG, Licence Amiens

Mrs V Mason-Macleod BSc

Miss K Nelson BA

Mr R Jeffryes BSc

Mr M Mason-Macleod BA

Senior School Departments

Director of Digital Strategy Mr J Potter BA, MA

Director of International Baccalaureate Dr J Walters 

Head of Careers Mrs L Longstaff BEng

Head of PSHE Mrs A Lang BA

Head of Learning Support Mr T Williams BA

Academic Support Tutor Mr P Ellis

Challenge and Extend Co-ordinator Mrs C Hoar BA

Eco Co-ordinator Mrs N Morgan

Art and Technology Mrs C Lugsden BA, MA


Miss K Nelson BA

Mrs R Smith BA

Design Technology Mrs S Hill MA, BA

Mrs A Goodman BTEC, BEd

Miss K Maher BA 

Mrs J Wilkins BA

Food Technology Mrs G Sayce Cert Ed

Mrs T Mundell BA

Textiles Mrs J Brearley BEd, BA

Miss K Maher BA

Miss K Nelson BA 

Classics Miss C Brice BA

Mrs D Day BA

Mrs C Everitt BA

Mrs S Mason Patel BA 

Dance and Drama Mrs C Howe BA

Mrs A Lang BA

Mrs V Redford LLAM

Mrs S Winter BEd

Miss L Bream LCDD Dip, AISTD Dip, CDE

Economics and Business Studies Miss L Birch BA, Cert Ed

Mrs P Hooley LLB

Mrs C Rogers BA, PG Dip

English Mrs C Hopkins BEd

Mrs R Cassell BA

Mrs C Everitt BA

Mrs C Hoar BA 

Mrs S Mason-Patel BA

Ms J McLeod BA

Mrs E Smart BA

Dr J Walters 

Mrs A Wilson BA, MA, Higher Dip Ed

Geography Mrs D Whiteley BSc 

Mrs S McPhail BA

Mrs K Page BSc

Ms C Rogers BA, PG Dip

Mr A Thurston BA

History and Politics  Mrs L Sadler BA

Mrs K Cruse BA

Mrs S Hardy BA

Mrs L O’Cleirigh BA, MA 

Head of Modern Foreign Languages Ms C Kyle BA

French Ms C Kyle BA 

Mrs D Arrowsmith MA

Mr O Hertout DEUG, Licence Amiens

Miss G Stuart BA

French Foreign Language Assistant Ms J Huart  

German Mrs C Lessig MA

Mrs D Arrowsmith MA 

Mrs R Launder-Braybrook BA

German Foreign Language Assistant Mrs M Schreiter

Spanish Mrs M Gomez-Alonso Licenciàda en Filologia Inglesa

Ms R Moral MA

Mrs R Fudger Gálvez BA

Ms M Fernandez-Giganto BA

Spanish Foreign Language Assistant Miss M López-Álvarez

International Studies Mrs D Arrowsmith MA

Miss K Nelson BA 

Mathematics Mr A Palmer MSc

Mrs G Hubbard BSc

Mrs C Bawden BSc, Cert Ed

Ms A Dorber BSc, BA, MSc

Dr K Dwamena MSc, PhD

Mrs M Ellwood BSc

Mrs E Gardner BSc

Mrs C Gribben BSc

Mr R Jeffryes BSc

Mrs K Jones BSc, MEd

Mrs L Longstaff BEng 

Music Miss J Turner GRNCM, PPRNCM, PGdipGSMD 

Mrs H Parsons MMus BA

Mr B Atkins BA

Physical Education Mrs J Axford BA Ed

Mrs N Howlett (Deputy Head of PE/Junior PE) BA, BEd 

Miss S Bentley BSc

Mrs B Tarrant BSc

Miss Z Gray BSc

Miss C Higginson BA

Mr M Mason-McLeod BA

Mrs V Mason-McLeod BSc

Mrs P Milton BEd

Mrs R Lombaard BBA

Philosophy & Religion Mrs E Pagliaro BEd

Mrs J Ackroyd BA

Mrs P Harrold BA, MA

Science Mr T Hill BA,MA

Mrs E Smart BSc, MEd 

Biology Mrs M Wathen BSc

Miss H Dawson BSc

Mrs S Jenkin BSc

Ms E Teale BSc

Mrs H Woolley BA 

Chemistry Dr H Gates

Dr A Clewlow

Mrs R Houghton MA

Mr P Jones

Physics Mr O Bowden BEng

Mr G Burden BSc

Mrs F Clements BSc

Dr A Clewlow

Mrs A Goodman BTEC, BEd

Mrs S Hill MA, BA

Mrs N Keeler BSc


Mrs P Harrold BA

Mrs A Lang BA

Ms J McLeod BA

Thinking Skills

Mr T Hill MA, BA

Theory of Knowledge

Mrs C Everitt BA 

Additional Responsibilities

Charities and CAS Co-ordinator Miss H Dawson BSc

Oxbridge Co-ordinator Mrs C Everitt BA

Head of Speech and Drama Mrs V Redford LLAM

Junior School Teaching Staff

Head of the Junior School Mrs C Howe BA

Deputy Head of the Junior School Mrs T Copp (Maths Co-ordinator) BA

Head of Year 3 Mrs C Martin (Science Co-ordinator) BA

Head of Year 4 Mrs H Schofield BA

Head of Year 5 Mrs T Button BEd

Head of Year 6 Mrs N Childs BSc (Eco Schools and Sustainability Co-ordinator)

Class Teachers

Miss N Arnold (PSHE and Charities Co-ordinator) BA

Mrs Rachel Baker BA

Miss H Crawford-Smith BEd (ICT Co-ordinator)

Miss J Fisher BA

Miss A-R Morris BEd

Mrs K Potter BSc

Mrs J Thomas BEd (Humanities Co-ordinator)

Mrs K Whomsley BA

Mrs P Woodhouse BEd (English Co-ordinator)

Visiting Staff

Visiting Music Teachers

Mr L Arnold (Drum Kit and Percussion)

Miss E Attwood, BA, LRAM, ARCM, FTCL, FLCM, Professional Cert RAM (Cello, Piano)

Mrs L Bagnall MA (Cantab.) (Singing)

Mrs L Banning CT ABRSM, DIP ABRSM Piano Teaching, DIP ABRSM Piano Performance (Piano and Theory) 

Mr A Boynton BA, FRCO, ARCM, LRAM, FTCL, CHM, ADCM  (Piano)

Mrs L Brazel ABRSM (Clarinet & Saxophone)

Mrs A Davies GLCM, LLCM (TD) (Theory, Flute, Recorder & Piano) 

Mr P Davies ALCM, ONC, HNC (Guitar)

Mr M Fatichenti MA (Piano)

Mrs M Favell-Wright BA MPhil (Double Bass)  

Mr M Gemmill MA (Violin & Viola)

Miss B Gillard (Harp)

Mr S Goble BMus (Brass)

Mrs E Howard ARCM, Dip RCM (Flute)

Mrs C John GRSM, RCM, ARCM, LRAM, MTC (Clarinet, Piano & Theory)

Miss E Lewis BA MMus (voice) (Singing)

Mr A McPhee (Singing)

Mr J Metzger BMus, GCSMD, Dip Lic (Cello)

Ms R Middleton BMus (Singing)

Mrs H Palmer FTCL, GTCL, LTCL (Oboe, Piano & Recorder)

Mrs R Thompson BMus, ARCM, LRAM (Violin & Viola)

Miss A Tweedale MMus BMus (Singing)

Ms H Western LRAM, ARCM (Singing)

Mrs D Williams BA, ATCL (Violin & Singing)

Visiting Speech & Drama Teachers

Mrs V Redford LLAM, MSTSD

Miss D Burns LLAM

Ms Jenaya Smith MA, BA, LLAM

Visiting Dance Teachers

Miss H Dennis LRAD

Mrs K Power BA, AISTD

Mrs E Richardson BA, AISTD

Junior School Support Staff

Junior School Manager and PA to the Head of the Junior School Mrs C Thorpe

Administrator Mrs L Cavener

Receptionist Mrs C Eagles

Classroom Assistants

Mrs S Jones

Mrs G Thompson

Mrs D Savage

General Assistants

Mrs E Beckett

Miss J Garner

Mrs L Green


Support Staff

PA to the Headmistress and Deputy Head Miss K Green

Assistant Heads’ PA Ms K Thompson 

Accounts Manager Mrs D Orbell

Accounts Senior Mrs D Stanton

Accounts Assistant Mrs K Crossland

Careers Assistant Mrs E Fox BA, MSc

Examinations Manager Mrs L Smith

Executive Head Chef Mr S Skipper

Sous Chefs

Mr S Clark

Mr D Jones 

Chefs de Partie

Mrs S Trainer

Mrs D Traisneau

Mrs S Tuck

Commis Chefs

Miss J Garner

Mrs L Green

Mrs A Langley

Miss E Rostkowska 

Front of House Supervisor Mrs L Jackson

Catering Assistants

Mrs B Gaddu

Mrs D Jackson

Mrs S Masih

Mrs S Molloy

Mr G Ramunni 

Mrs R Ruffhead

Miss N Tobin

Kitchen Porter Mr V Mankrelis

Educational Visits Co-ordinator Mr M Worth

Estates and Facilities Manager Mrs S Natus

Head Groundsman Miss L Boston


Mr A Frizzell

Mr B Phelps

Premises Assistants

Mr K Endersby

Mr R Hill

Mr K Ruff

Mr R Vaughan

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Manager Mr P Ellis

Director of Marketing, Admissions and Development Mrs J Trobe

Admissions Managers

Mrs S Ashby

Mrs M Habershon

Mrs N Morgan

Marketing Executive Mr P Day

Admissions and Development Officer Mrs E Mackenzie

Admissions and Development Assistant Mrs J Taylor

Human Resources Adviser Mrs D Morrison BA, CIPD

Human Resources Assistant Mrs N Read BA, CIPD

IT Manager Mr M Rumfitt

Systems Support Engineer Mr J Keating

Mobile Device Technician Mr G Howson

IT/AV Technician Mr S Whitney

IT Technician Mr S Roberts

Digital Design Creator Ms K Davies

Learning and Resource Centre Manager Mrs K Lawrence

Learning Resources Assistants

Mrs S Spong

Music Administrator Mrs H Essien

Office Manager Mrs C Mortimer

Senior Administrator Mrs P Walker

Office Team

Mrs L Cavener

Mrs J Damon

Mrs C Eagles  

Mrs L Hawkins

Mrs J McRoberts

Miss R Vassallo

Miss K Zwetsloot

Pool Manager Mr E Castro

Head of Netball Miss J Huckle

Head of Rowing Miss J Round

Assistant Rowing Coach Miss N Pallot

Coaching Professional (Rowing) Mr M Deards

Sports Coaches

Hockey Mr M Mason-McLeod, Miss E Dickson 

Netball Miss R Guttridge

Swimming Mr E Castro

Rowing Mr M Rooney, Miss E Harris

Water Polo Mrs C Boast

PE Administrator Mrs S Bullerwell

Project Support Officer Mrs N Morgan

School Nursing Manager Mrs L Ensor-Clinch RGN

School Nurses

Mrs H Clifton

Mrs M Lenehan 


Art and Design Technology Technician Mrs J Smedley

Drama Costume Maker Miss C Gardner 

Food Technology Technicians

Mrs H Caffrey

Miss L Hawkins

Science Technicians

Mrs G Bhamra

Mrs L Fordham

Mrs I Everest

Mrs E Pope

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