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Key People

The school governors

The governing body consists of fifteen governors and a number of other associates. The governing body is made up of parents, school staff and community members, who support, challenge and scrutinise the school leadership team. They also agree the school policies, many of which can be found in this booklet.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Sue Mason. If you wish to contact the governing body please contact the clerk, Mrs Silvia Ricondo (

My child’s Advisor

Your child will see their Advisor every day. Advisors are responsible for supporting your child at the school and monitoring their achievement, attendance, progress and behaviour. They should be your first line of communication if you have any general concerns or questions.

My child’s Teachers

You will find these listed on the timetable in your child’s planner and from the Parent Portal. Please contact the subject teachers if you have specific questions or concerns about those lessons.

My child’s Head of Year

Every year group from 7 to 11 has a member of support staff who is trained to support the team of Advisors and work with individual children. They may be called upon to support students with improving achievement, attendance and behaviour.

The Heads of Year are:

Year 7:          Mrs. Cindy Nye

Year 8:          Miss. Michelle Harding

Year 9:          Mrs. Claire Hickmott

Year 10:        Mr. Charlie Barker

Year 11:        Ms. Kelly Midwinter


Jon Barker is the Executive Principal and has the strategic oversight of Hugh Christie and Long Mead Community Primary School. His responsibilities cover both schools in areas such as Student Leadership, Gifted and Talented provision, Children’s Services, staff appointments, training and development, finance and site issues and community partnerships.

Mark Fenn is Head of School at Hugh Christie and is in charge of the day to day operation of Hugh Christie including oversight of  the curriculum, teaching, learning and behaviour.

Palak Shah is the Senior Deputy Headteacher with overall responsibility for improving teaching, learning, assessment and the curriculum. He is assisted by two Assistant Principals – Fiona Linter and Jane Salisbury

Paul Bargery is Deputy Headteacher and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Paul is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). He is responsible for children with additional educational needs. He is assisted by Rosamund Maxwell as Head of the Skills Centre (ASD) and Michelle Harding as Family Liaison Officer within the Skills Centre.

Justin Sheppard is Deputy  Headteacher for the Upper School including Sixth Form. He has responsibility for all aspects of pastoral care and student support. He leads the Upper School Academy teams.  He is supported by Sarah Sowten (who oversees the Student Support Managers and School Counsellor) and Graeme Ions (who oversees behaviour and pastoral interventions).

Heather Swinnerton is Deputy Headteacher of the Lower School. She is also responsible for improving literacy skills across the school. She is supported by Jane Davies as Head of the REAL curriculum.

Pauline Brookman is the Federation Business Manager and has responsibility for the budget, infrastructure and transport.




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