Staffing

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

Title

Name and email

Qualification

Job Title

Mrs A M

Appleton

BA(Hons) Theology & Sociology, PGCE

CLL Religious Education

Mr A

Aubrey

BSc Hons Liverpool University

PGCE Liverpool University

CLL Maths

Mr D

Baddeley

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

CLL Business and Computing

 Mr A

Barnsley

BSc Hons Animal Science Glyndwr University

PGCE Chester University

Teacher of Maths

Mrs V

Baxter

BSc (Hons) Neuroscience Leeds University

PGCE Liverpool John Moores University

Teacher of Science

Mrs A

Bilko

B.Ed Hons Divinity (Liverpool)

YLL of Year 7, Teacher of Religious Education

Mrs

Bosch

Language Assistant

Teacher of Modern Languages

Mrs C Bradley

BA Hons Drama and Psychology

Manchester Metropolitan University

PGCE University of Chester

Teacher of Drama

Miss K

Burke

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

Teacher of English

Mr A

Crewe

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

Second CLL of Design Technology

Mr N

Cross

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

Assistant Head, Teacher of PE/Geography

Mrs G

Durcan-Smith

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 V

Ellison

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

2nd CLL Religious Education

Mrs U

Mort

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

Assistant Head - Achievement, Teacher of History

Miss C

Forster

BA Hons European Business & Languages, PGCE

CLL Modern Languages

Mr S Gauller MA Human Resource Management, FCIPD

Assistant Headteacher - Resources and Company Secretary to the Chester Academies Partnership

Mr D

Green

BA Physical Education and Geography York St John University, PGCE

YLL Year 11, Teacher of Physical Education

 Mr L

Hardwick

 BA(Hons) Band Musicianship, PGCE

Teacher of Music 

Mrs

Hawkins

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

Teacher of English

Ms H

Higgins

BEd (Hons) Home Economics, Worcester

CLL Design & Technology

Mrs D

Holmes

BSc (Hons) Maths, Open University

Teacher of Mathematics

Miss E M

Ireland

BA English Studies (York), PGCE

Teacher of English

Mrs A

Jones

Cert.Ed Dip Lang & Communication

Specialist Teacher - ASD

Miss

Kershaw-Jones

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

Teacher of Art

Mrs B

Letissier

BA Modern Language (Salford), PGCE (Lancaster)

YLL Yr 10, Teacher of French.

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

Mrs W

Moore

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

Teacher of Geography

Mr J S

Murray

BSc Hon Chemistry (Bristol), PGCE (Surrey)

Head Teacher and Teacher of Science

Mrs M

Nordmann

BA Geography (Lancaster), PGCE (Manchester)

Deputy Head and Teacher of Geography

Mrs L

Orain

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

YLL Year 12 and Teacher of Modern Languages

Mrs W

Peate

M Ed, BA Hons, PGCE

Teacher of Modern Languages

Mr J

Rhodes

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

YLL Year 9 and Teacher of Physical Education

Mrs D

Richards

BSc Sport and Exercise Science (NEWI)), PGCE

Teacher of Science

Miss J

Roberts

BSc Broadcast Technology (John Moores), PGCE

Teacher of Mathematics and Careers

Coordinator

Mr M

Robinson

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

Teacher of English

YLL Year 13

Ms S

Sankey

BA Hons Culture, Mind and Modernity

PGCE Liverpool john Moores University

Teacher of RE

Miss R

Sargeant

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

YLL Year 8 Teacher of IT/Business Studies

Mr R

Sawle

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

Teacher of Physics

Mrs F

Sommerton

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

CLL Social Sciences, Teacher of Psychology

Mrs H

Hodgeman

MSc Physics (Durham), PGCE

CLL Science

Mrs S

Speed

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

Lead Teacher of ASD base

Mrs K

Stevenson

BSc Mathematics Heriot Watt University

PGCE University of Edinburgh  

Teacher of Maths

Miss C Tomley BSc Sport and Exercise Science (University of Chester), PGCE (Edge Hill) Teacher of Physical Education and Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator
Mr J Topping

BA Hons University of Wales Aberystwyth

BA Hons Acting Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

PGCE London Metropolitan University

2nd CLL English

Mr K

Tout

Ba (Hons) Music

CLL Music and City Jazz Director

Miss M

Tromans

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 H

Waites

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

CLL Physical Education

 Mrs E

White

Bsc (Hons)  Zoology, PGCE 

CLL Science

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

Mrs G

Wilkinson

BSc (Hons) Maths (Edge Hill)

CLL Mathematics (Temporary)

Mr A

Wilson

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

CLL English

 Mr T

Wilson

LLB Hons John Moores, LLM University of Liverpool, BVC Manchester Met, MA 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

Wraige

BSc  Geography  (Leeds), PGCE (Leeds)

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

SENCO

Mrs G

Young

BA (Hons) Fashion, PGCE

Teacher of Design & Technology