Week B

Headteacher

  • Ms R Cave

    Headteacher

    Rachel joined the academy as Headteacher in 2013. She joined Highdown having worked as a Deputy Headteacher in a large secondary school in West London. Rachel is a teacher of Science, specialising in Chemistry. Away from Highdown, Rachel enjoys visiting her ‘second home’ of Wigmore Hall to listen to chamber music such as Bach

Senior Leader

  • Mr M Grantham

    Senior Leader

    Matthew joined the academy as Deputy Headteacher in 2013, having been an Assistant Headteacher in a large secondary school in West London. Matthew is a teacher of Geography and a designated safeguarding officer.  Whenever possible, Matthew enjoys escaping to the countryside to hike up and down some mountains, most recently in the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Mr J Reid

    Senior Leader

    John was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in 2015, having worked at Highdown School since 2002 as Head of History, Head of Humanities and an Assistant Headteacher prior to his current post. John is a teacher of History and Politics. Away from Highdown, John manages a youth football team – AFC Reading Red Arrows.

  • Dr S Capaldi

    Senior Leader

    Sara has worked at Highdown School since 2002 and was Curriculum Leader for Science prior to being appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2016. Sara is responsible for culture and attitude and promoted student leadership through re-introducing our House System. In and out of Highdown, Sara is a keen choral singer.

  • Mrs S Flynn

    Senior Leader

    Sarah has worked at Highdown School since 2005 as Head of Mathematics and was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2014. Sarah is responsible for learning and teaching. Sarah enjoys singing in the Senior Choir whenever possible.

  • Mr A Franks

    Senior Leader

    Andy joined Highdown in 2009, coming to the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Andy has also worked as a Head of Achievement before joining the Senior Leadership team in 2018. Andy is a History teacher but has also taught Politics and Sociology. Outside of school Andy enjoys reading, spending time with his family and friends, and enjoying using his newly acquired National Trust membership.

  • Mrs M Grantham

    Senior Leader

    Mary has worked at Highdown since 2016 when she joined as an English teacher. In her previous roles, Mary has been Head of English and Learning and Teaching Lead, although now she is responsible for raising standards within the curriculum. Away from school, Mary enjoys running in the great outdoors, combined with a good audiobook. 

  • Mr D Clawson

    Senior Leader

  • Mr D Burnell

    Senior Leader

    Daniel started Highdown School to finish his Newly Qualified Teacher training in 2014. He quickly became an Assistant Head of Achievement in 2015, Head of House in 2016 and then Head of Achievement in 2018. He continues to work in this role in addition to his Academy leadership responsibilities. Daniel’s main passion is sport, in particular playing competitive rugby.

  • Mr K Prior

    Senior Leader

    Kevin has been at Highdown since 1998, when he joined as a newly qualified History teacher.  He has worked as Head of History, Head of Year at KS3 and in Sixth Form, before becoming Head of Sixth Form.  He also works as an examiner for AQA Sociology.  Kevin is also a Highdown parent, and spends his spare time following Reading FC and watching every MCU film repeatedly.

  • Ms D Company

    Senior Leader

Sixth Form

  • Mr K Prior

    Sixth Form

    Head of Sixth Form

  • Mr M Flynn

    Sixth Form

    Head of Achievement Year 12 & 13

  • Miss H Gundry

    Sixth Form

    Assistant Head of Achievement Year 12 & 13

  • Mrs J Kaminska

    Sixth Form

    Sixth Form Learning Mentor

  • Mrs V Hamer

    Sixth Form

    Sixth Form Administrative Assistant

Curriculum Leader

  • Mrs J Arnold

    Curriculum Leader

    SENDCO

  • Mr W Dineley

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Maths

  • Mrs R Eaton

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Geography

  • Miss J Fathers

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Science

  • Miss E Garner

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Art

  • Ms A Duncan

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for History

  • Mr M Hampson

    Curriculum Leader

    Subject Leader for RE, Ethics and Citizenship

  • Mrs L Guianvarch

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages

  • Mrs S Lake

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Performing Arts

  • Miss C Lobo

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Design Technology

  • Mr N Norris

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for PE

  • Mrs N Salmon

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for English

  • Mr H Santer

    Curriculum Leader

    Subject Leader for Music

  • Mr D Stephenson

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Computing and ICT

  • Mrs S Stevens

    Curriculum Leader

    Curriculum Leader for Business Studies

Heads of Achievement

  • Mrs S Pearce

    Heads of Achievement

    Head of Achievement - Year 7

  • Miss V Clark

    Heads of Achievement

    Assistant Head of Achievement - Year 7

  • Mr J Lester

    Heads of Achievement

    Head of Achievement - Year 8

  • Mr J Norris

    Heads of Achievement

    Assistant Head of Achievement - Year 8

  • Miss F Probert

    Heads of Achievement

    Head of Achievement - Year 9

  • Mr B Bowler

    Heads of Achievement

    Assistant Head of Achievement - Year 9

  • Mr D Burnell

    Heads of Achievement

    Head of Achievement - Year 10

  • Mrs S Bonnett

    Heads of Achievement

    Assistant Head of Achievement - Year 10

  • Mrs T Taylor

    Heads of Achievement

    Head of Achievement - Year 11

  • Mrs V Coombe

    Heads of Achievement

    Assistant Head of Achievement - Year 11 (Maternity Cover for Mrs V Coombe is Miss E Imperato).