Mr J Murray Headteacher BSc (Hons), Bristol; PGCE Roehampton IHE

Mr Murray has been the Headteacher at the Catholic High School since September 2004. He is a Chemistry graduate and teaches Chemistry and Science. Mr Murray has a daughter and two sons who have all attended the school. His daughter has just qualified as a barrister, while the older son is studying Medicine and his younger brother has just completed Sixth Form. He has been a teacher at schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire before moving to Chester; previous posts have included being Head of Sixth Form at the John Bentley School, Calne, and Head of Science and Curriculum at St Benedict’s, Cheltenham. He was Headteacher at St Benedict’s for six years prior to joining The Catholic High School, Chester.

Mr Murray is also an enthusiastic musician and singer, playing guitar, saxophone and the ukulele, and he sings with the Ellesmere Port Music Society choir. He supports Sunderland AFC, loves Airfix kits, riding his bike and reading historical novels. He is a parishioner at St Clare’s, Lache.

Mrs M Nordmann Deputy Headteacher, BA (Hons) Lancaster, PGCE Manchester

Mrs Nordmann specialised in Physical Geography at University and this still remains her main interest within the school curriculum. Currently she teaches KS3 Geography and AS/A2 Travel and Tourism which is a course she has built up both here and in her previous school. Mrs Nordmann moved to The Catholic High School in 2006 as Assistant Head. Prior to this she was Assistant Head at another Chester school. Currently her focus is KS3 and she is developing teaching and learning at school to move the school towards Outstanding. She is married with one son who attends one of our partner primary schools.

Ms U Mort Assistant Headteacher – Achievement and Curriculum, BA Hons History (University of Manchester), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan)

Ms Mort taught History at a variety of grammar and comprehensive schools in the south east before moving back to the northwest in 2010 to take up her second assistant headship at the Catholic High School, Chester. Here her main responsibilities are raising achievement and curriculum development. Ms Mort is totally committed to improving student attainment, raising aspirations and unlocking potential.

Ms Mort specialised in British Political History at University. Since then she has taught various courses at GCSE and A level, as well as the International Baccalaureate. Ms Mort current interest and area of expertise is German and Russian History 1870 to 1945.

Mr N Cross – Assistant Headteacher, BSc (Hons) Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography – Loughborough University. PGCE Physical Education - Liverpool John Moores University

Mr Cross teaches Physical Education including A2 Sports Psychology and KS3 Geography. He has taught at several schools in the North West and overseas; previous posts have included being Assistant Head of Upper School at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and more recently he was Head of PE and Health at St Bede’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand. Mr Cross joined The Catholic High School in 2009 and has been Head of Year for students in years 9, 10 and 11. His main responsibility is for the pastoral welfare of all students, ensuring that there are no barriers to students achieving their full potential. Mr Cross is a keen sportsman, playing cricket and rugby and he is also a very keen skier.

Mr S Gauller Assistant Headteacher – Resources and Company Secretary to the Chester Catholic Academies Partnership. MA Human Resource Management, Chartered FCIPD

Mr Gauller leads on all business support activities for the school including HR, administration, finance, facilities, health and safety and ICT whilst supporting the Head teacher in the provision of business leadership, management and high level strategic and operational support. Before joining the school in 2006 he enjoyed a 20 year career path within the Utilities sector in both the engineering field and corporate office. Mr Gauller is keen sportsman, recently completing UK Ironman, and is married with two young children.

Teaching Staff from September 2016:

Year Leader of Learning: YLL

Curriculum Leader of Learning: CLL


Name and email


Job Title

Mrs A M


BA(Hons) Theology & Sociology, PGCE

CLL Religious Education

Mr D


BSc (LJMU) PGCE (LJMU) PG Dip (Chester)

CLL Business and ICT

Mrs A


B.Ed Hons Divinity (Liverpool)

YLL of Yr7, Teacher of Religious Education



Graduate Teaching Programme

Teacher of Modern Languages



MA (John Moores University), BA (University of Liverpool), PGCE (Edge Hill) PGDL (The College of Law, Chester)

CLL English

Mrs Boyham-Williams BSC Biology 2.1 University of Bristol, PGCE University of Chester Teacher of Science - CLL Biology

Miss L


BA French & Hispanic Studies (Nottingham), PGCE

Teacher of Modern Languages and Assistant Head of Sixth Form

Miss K


BA Hons  Sport Studies and English, Liverpool Hope University, PGCE

Teacher of English

 Mr J


BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature. Graduated GTP Graduate

Teacher of English and Maths - Maternity Cover

Mr A


BEd (Hons) Craft, Design & Technology  (Lancaster)

Second CLL of Design Technology

Mr N


BSc (hons) Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography (Loughborough University), PGCE Physical Education (Liverpool JMU)

Assistant Head, Teacher of PE/Geography

Miss G


BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies PGCE

Teacher of Religious Education

Mrs C Ellet BA Graphic Design, Secondary Design Technology (Welsh medium) PGCE at University of Wales, Newport Teacher of Design Technology
 Mrs K Ellis BA (Hons) History, PGCE (Leeds) Teacher of History

Miss F


BSc (Hons) Psychology With Criminology, PGCE Social Science.

CLL Social Sciences, Teacher of Psychology

Miss V


BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies and English Literature PGCE

2nd CLL Religious Education

Mrs U


BA Hons History (Manchester), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy)

Assistant Head - Achievement, Teacher of History

Miss C


BA Hons European Business & Languages, PGCE

CLL Modern Languages

 Mr S


BSc Mathematics with Drama (Northampton), PGCE Secondary Maths (Manchester)

Teacher of Maths

Mr S Gauller MA Human Resource Management, FCIPD

Assistant Headteacher - Resources and

Company Secretary to the Chester Academies Partnership

Mr G


BSc Maths with Engineering, PGCE

Teacher of Mathematics

Mr D


BA Physical Education and Geography York St John University, PGCE

YLL Yr 10, Teacher of Physical Education

 Mr L


 BA(Hons) Band Musicianship, PGCE

Teacher of Music 



BA (Hons) English (Chester), MA in Creative Writing, PGCE

Teacher of English

Ms H


BEd (Hons) Home Economics, Worcester

CLL Design & Technology

Mrs D


BSc (Hons) Maths, Open University

Teacher of Mathematics

Miss E M


BA English Studies (York), PGCE

Teacher of English

Mrs A


Cert.Ed Dip Lang & Communication

Specialist Teacher - ASD

Miss G


BA (Hons) Fashion, PGCE

Teacher of Design & Technology



MA Creativity and Education,  B.A. (Hons) Art & Design PGCE Art & Design

Teacher of Art

Mrs B


BA Modern Language (Salford), PGCE (Lancaster)

YLL Yr 11, Teacher of French.

Mrs N


BA Hons Literature, Liverpool

2 CLL English

Mr R Mawhinney BSC Computer Science (First)  University of Chester, PGCE University of Chester Teacher of Computing

Mrs W


BSc Geography and Geomatics (Chester), PGCE (Manchester)

Teacher of Geography

Mr J S


BSc Hon Chemistry (Bristol), PGCE (Surrey)

Head Teacher and Teacher of Science

Mrs M


BA Geography (Lancaster), PGCE (Manchester)

Deputy Head and Teacher of Geography

Mrs W


M Ed, BA Hons, PGCE

Lead Practitioner and Teacher of Modern Languages

Mr J


BA Hons – Physical Education with QTS, John Moores IM Marsh

YLL Year 9 and Teacher of Physical Education

Mrs D


BSc Sport and Exercise Science (NEWI)), PGCE

Teacher of Science

Miss J


BSc Broadcast Technology (John Moores), PGCE

Teacher of Mathematics and Careers


Mr M


BA  English & Journalism (Salford) PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan)

Teacher of English

Assistant Head of 6th form

 Miss R


MA Education (Edge Hill), PGCE (Edge Hill), BA (Hons) HR University of East London.

Teacher of IT/Business Studies

 Mr R


BSc (Hons) Music Technology. Physics Enhancement and PGCE (Keele)

 Teacher of Physics



MSc Physics (Durham), PGCE

2nd CLL Science (Maternity cover)

Mrs S


BA Hons. PGCE (Liverpool) MA (distinction) Inclusive education - University of Chester

Lead Teacher of ASD base

 Miss C Tomley BSc Sport and Exercise Science (University of Chester), PGCE (Edge Hill) Teacher of Physical Education

Mr K


Ba (Hons) Music

Head of Music

Miss M


BA Hons History and Psychology (Wolverhampton) PGCE (Birmingham)

Teacher of History

Miss L

Van der Zwan

MA Creativity and Education, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, PGCE Art & Design

CLL Art & Design

Mss L Vasey BA (Hons) in Music Theatre, PGCE (University of Chester) Teacher of Drama

Mrs A


BSc (Hons) Chemistry (Salford), PGCE

Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of Chemistry

Mrs H


BSc Sports Science 2:1 Hons and PGCE Physical Education University of Chester

CLL Physical Education

 Mrs E


Bsc (Hons)  Zoology, PGCE 

CLL of Science

Mr D Whittingham BA Geography (Sheffield), PGCE (Manchester) CLLof Geography

Mrs G


BSc (Hons) Maths (Edge Hill)

CLL Mathematics (Temporary)

Mr A


BA (Hons) English & Media Studies(University of Wales) MA (University of Manchester) PGCE

Teacher of English and Training Manager

 Mr T


LLB Hons John Moores, LLM University of Liverpool, BVC Manchester Met, MA with merits University of Liverpool and PGCE University of Chester

 CLL History and Government and Politics

Mr E Willis BSc Environmental Studies, University of Manchester, PGCE (Chester) Teacher of Chemistry

Mrs J


BSc  Geography  (Leeds), PGCE (Leeds)

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) PGCert The University of Chester