Secondary Subject Teaching and Departments

Within the Secondary section all subjects are taught by subject specialists who have been trained in and recruited from the UK and/or had substantial experience of the British curriculum.

The Secondary Section academic staff are organised into subject departments. The teaching staff within these departments work together on departmental and subject initiatives. Each department has a leader who can be contacted if you require further information.

Art and Design Department

Head of Department: Mrs. Lisa Black

Art is taught from Year 7 to 13 and Design Technology from Year 7 to 11.  The teachers in the department are Mrs. Black and Mrs. Backhouse.

English Department

Head of Department: Mr. Thomas O'Brien

This department includes the teachers of English and Drama; these are Mr. O'Brien, Ms. Butler and Mr. Graham. Students follow courses in English Language and Literature in Years 7 to 11 and in Literature at AS/A Level. Drama is taught as a separate subject in Years 7 to 9.

Geography Department

Head of Department: Mr. William Rigby

The Geography department teaches the subject from Year 7 to 13. It has two staff members, Mr. Rigby and Mr. Priest.

History Department

Head of Department: Ms. Gemma Caines

The History department teaches the subject from Year 7 to 13. It has two staff members, Ms. Caines and Dr. Moore.

ICT Department

Head of Department: Mr. Kanwarjeet Thakral

The ICT department are responsible for the management of ICT systems throughout the school. At secondary level ICT and Computing are taught from Year 7 to Year 13. The teachers in the department are Mr. Thakral and Mr. Zwanenbeek. 

Mathematics Department

Head of Department: Mr. Richard Black

This department includes the teachers of Mathematics and Statistics. Mathematics is taught from Year 7 to 13 and Statistics in Years 10 and 11. The teachers in the department are Mr. Black, Mr. Shah and Mr. Zwanenbeek.

Music Department

Director of Music: Mr. Iain Gordon

Music is taught throughout the school, as an examination subject in Years 10 and 11 and through specialist instrumental lessons. The teachers in the department are Mr. Gordon, Mr. Jones, Mr. Shahi, Ms. Shrestha and Mr. Tuladhar.  

Physical Education Department

Head of Department: Mr. Raphael O'Sullivan

PE is taught throughout the primary and secondary schools and as an examination subject at Years 10 and 11. The teachers in the department are Mr. O'Sullivan, Mr. Gywali, Mrs. Malla, Mrs. Wambeek and Mr. Wambeek.

Science Department

Head of Department: Mr. Robin Backhouse

This department includes the teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as general Science. Science is taught from Year 7 to 11 and the three separate sciences from Year 10 to 13. The teachers in the department are Mr. Backhouse, Ms. Hands, Ms. Hinchly and Ms. Kennedy.

Social Sciences Department

Head of Department: Mr. Philip Jackson

The Social Sciences department teaches Business Studies in Years 10 and 11, Economics in Years 10 to 13, Psychology in Years 12 and 13 and Travel & Tourism in Years 12 and 13. It has two staff members, Mr. Jackson and Ms. Patterson.

Nepali 

Teacher i/c Nepali: Mr. Subash Khatiwada

Nepali is taught from Year 3 to 11 as a first language qualification. 

Chinese 

Teacher i/c Chinese: Ms. Casey Deng

Chinese is taught from Year 7 to 9 as an introduction to the language.  

PSHE

Teacher i/c PSHE: Ms. Jennifer Hinchly

Personal, Social and Health Education are taught by different teachers and class mentors throughout the secondary school.