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The Key People

The Senior Leadership Team

Palak Shah

The Headteacher at Hugh Christie with the responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the school.

Aimee Acton

The Senior Deputy Headteacher with oversight of Safeguarding, Attendance & Behaviour. She is supported by Matthew Wright, Deputy Headteacher for Behaviour.

Matthew Harris

The Senior Deputy Headteacher with oversight of Teaching, Learning, Assessment and the Curriculum. He is supported by Nikki Underwood, Deputy Headteacher for Quality of Education and Matthew Goss, Assistant Headteacher for Raising Standards.

Paul Bargery

The Deputy Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). He is responsible for children with additional educational needs.


Justin Sheppard  

The Deputy Headteacher responsible for the Sixth Form. He also oversees the Lighthouse Provision and leads Geography. 


Heather Swinnerton

The Deputy Headteacher responsible for Personal Development and Wellbeing. She also leads English and is responsible for improving Literacy skills across the school.


Sarah Stewart

The Federation Business Manager who has responsibility for the school budget, infrastructure and transport.

The School Governors

The Governing Body consists of fifteen governors and several other associates. The governing body comprises parents, school staff and community members, who support, challenge and scrutinise the school leadership team. They also agree on the school policies, many of which can be found in this booklet.


The Chair of Governors is Lesley Broom and the Vice Chairs are Isabel Handyside and Terri Daters.

If you wish to contact the governing body please do so via Julia Souter:

Telephone: 01732 353544 Ext. 279

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 readiness, responsibility and respectfulness. They should be your first line of communication if you have any general concerns or questions.


My Child’s Teachers

Don't hesitate to get in touch with the subject teachers if you have specific questions or concerns about those lessons.


Our preferred method of contact is via email.

Pastoral Team

Each Year Group has a Pastoral Academic Leader (PAL) who is there to support students with improving achievement, attendance and behaviour. 


The Pastoral Academic Leader (PAL's) are:

They are supported by Pastoral and Academic Managers (PAMs):

Years 7 & 8 - Cindy O'Hare

Years 9 & 10 - Casey Miller

Key Telephone Extensions

Call the main school number 01732 353544 and then dial the extension number when prompted:

272:     Year 7 PAL Team

255:      Year 8 PAL Team

286:     Year 9 PAL Team

281:     Year 10 PAL Team         

239:     Michelle Harding (HOY 11)  

227:     Laura Allen (HOY 12 & 13)    


266:    English Department

231:    Maths Department

263:    Science Department

254:    Art & Photography Department

265:    PE Department

285:    REAL Department

258:    Humanities & Languages Department

256:    Technology & Business Department

270:    Performing Arts Department

288:    The Lighthouse

235:     Safeguarding Team

230:     Wendy Pike (Attendance Manager)

228:    Learning Support Department

240:    Admin Department / Admissions

241:    Finance Department

242:    Nicki Riddle (PA to Headteacher & HR Manager)

275:     Sarah Stewart (Business Manager & Transport) 

279:     Julia Souter (Examinations & Cover Manager)

280:     Medical Room

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