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Staff & Governors

Mr M Gibbons Headmaster
B Comm, Rhodes, MSc, Derby, QTS
Mrs T Evans Bursar
MAAT, HNC
Mr M Wilson Senior Master
B Ed (Hons), Birmingham (Maths & Pastoral Care)
Mrs M Eaton Maths & Year 10 Form Teacher
BA (Hons) (Liverpool), PGCE (Maths) (Chester)
Mrs S Hepworth English & RE
BA (Hons) (University of East Anglia), PGCE (College of Ripon & York St John) (English & RE)
Mrs A Gibbons Head of Junior & Infant
HDE in Junior Primary Education (Natal Training College) (Year 3 Form Teacher)
Ms E Harvey EYFS Manager
BA Hons in Primary Ed, Diploma in Early Years, Wrexham, QTS (Reception Teacher)
Mrs K Buglass Headmaster’s Secretary

Mr H Bradby

Vice Chairman

Mrs J Bonner

Clerk to Board of Governors

Mr S Kumar

Finance and General Purpose

Mrs C Lanceley

Mrs P Rani

Mr M Watts

Mr M Wilson

B Ed (Hons), Birmingham
(Maths & Pastoral Care)

Mrs F Austin

BSc (Hons) (Nottingham), PGCE (Liverpool)
(Biology & Year 7 Form Teacher)

Ms A Byrne

BA (Hons)(Birmingham), PGCE (Birmingham)
(PE, Maths & English)

Mr Christensen

BA (La Trobe), GDipLib (Ballarat), GDipEd. (Ballarat), QTS (LJMU)(History)

Mr D Clegg

BA (Hons), PGCE (IM Marsh Liverpool)

Mr R Dooley

B Eng (Hons) (Sheffield), PGCE Science (LJMU) (Physics, Chemistry & Year 8 Form Teacher)

Mrs M Eaton

BA (Hons) (Liverpool), PGCE (Maths) (Chester)
(Maths & Year 10 Form Teacher)

Mrs C Gelder

BA (Hons) Textile & Marketing, French (Huddersfield), PGCE (Warwick)(French & Year 9 Form Teacher)

Mr J Glover

BA (Hons) (Swansea), PGCE (Computer Science) (Edge Hill)(Computing)

Mrs S Hepworth

BA (Hons) (University of East Anglia), PGCE (College of Ripon & York St John)(English & RE)

Mrs S Hepworth

BA (Hons) (University of East Anglia), PGCE (College of Ripon & York St John)
(English & RE)

Mrs N Higgs

BA (Hons) (Manchester Polytechnic), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan University)(Art and Food & Nutrition & Year 9 Form Teacher)

Mr J Jenkins

B Ed (Hons) (University of London) (DT and RE)

Mrs S Kellett

B Ed (Hons) (University of London)(DT and RE)

Mr J Rees

BSc (Hons) (Aberystwyth), MSc, PGCE (Geography & Year 11 Form Teacher)

Mrs Williamson

(University of Exeter) PGCE (University of Plymouth)(Music and Year 12 Form Teacher)

Mrs A Gibbons

HDE in Junior Primary Education (Natal Training College)(Year 3 Form Teacher)

Mrs E Ellis

B Ed (Hons) (College of Ripon and York St John)(Year 5 Form Teacher)

Mr S Rathe

BA, Keele, MA, University of Liverpool, PGCE, University of Chester (Year 4 Form Teacher)

Mrs L Scoffield

BA (Hons) (LJMU), PGCE (Northumbria) (Year 6 Form Teacher)

Mr M Rentell

B Ed (Hons) Birmingham (Year 5 Form Teacher)

Ms E J Harvey

BA Hons in Primary  Ed, Diploma in Early Years, Wrexham, QTS (Reception Teacher)

Mrs J Blair

Diploma in Nursery Nursing. (Kindergarten)

Mrs V Gois

NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development (Kindergarten)

Mrs L Randall

B Ed (Hons) (Birmingham University), MA in Education (Open University) (Years 1 & 2 Form Teacher)

Mrs J Schanck

NNEB, ADCE (Nursery Teacher)

Mrs J Billington

B Ed (Hons) (Liverpool University), PGCE

Mrs C Liddy

BA Joint Hons, PGCE and Post Grad Cert in SENCo

Mrs A Coulthard

BA Joint (Hons) (Lancaster University), CELTA (English as an additional language) (Wirral Met)

Mrs P Wright

BSc (Hons) (University of Liverpool), PGCE (University of Chester), Post Grad Cert in SENCo (Edge Hill)

Mrs A Coulthard

Miss A Gryba

Mrs C Hodgson

Miss E Jordan

Miss E Rowlands

Mrs J Maycox

Mrs Z Mudalige

Mrs K Pitts

Mrs H Thomas

Mrs H Thomas

Mrs K Buglass

(Headmaster’s Secretary)

Mrs T Evans

MAAT, HNC (Bursar)

Ms K Kaur

(Web Designer/Developer)

Mrs K Kendall

(Receptionist)

Mr J Glover

(House Master)

Mrs H Thomas

(House Mistress)

Mr Keith Roberts

Caretaker/Maintenance

Mrs Angela Baird

Mrs Hilary Campbell

Ms Marina Feoktistova

Ms Eileen Forsyth

Neil McGill

Chef

Kim Marchbank

Assistant Chef

Philip Chan

Sous Chef

Lilian Frederick

Kitchen Assistant

Denise Small

Kitchen Assistant

Caroline Richardson

Kitchen Assistant

Mr Wilson studied at Westhill College Birmingham where he was awarded a B.Ed (Hons) in Maths. He worked as a Primary School Teacher for five years, four of them at Christ Church Primary School in Moreton. He then decided to try secondary teaching and worked for a year teaching Years 7, 8 & 9 at the old Park High School. He joined Kingsmead in September 2002 and began by teaching in the Juniors and Seniors. Since then he has been promoted to Senior Master and does all his teaching with the Seniors.
However, Mr Wilson keeps in touch with the Junior children through weekly Running Club and the Cross-Country races – normally between 20 and 30 cross-country or athletic events each year. As well as teaching Maths and some Games, he is responsible for the pastoral care in the Senior Department.
Mr Wilson is also a GCSE examiner for Maths with the AQA exam board which gives him a good insight into how GCSE papers are constructed and marked. He also has a small Maths tuition business in which he provides private one-to-one maths lessons.
When not in school he lives locally with his wife and four children, one of whom attends Kingsmead. He is a member of St Mary’s Church, Upton where he helps to lead the Explorers group, and he is a member of the Children’s Management Committee. He is also a keen sportsman and runs for Wallasey Running Club, plays football, competes in Triathlons and cycles to school most days

Mrs Austin studied Zoology at Nottingham University where she gained a BSc (Hons) degree. She then taught English as a Foreign Language for several years in Zaragoza and Madrid as well as summer posts in Cambridge and Chester. On returning to the UK she went to Liverpool University for her Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Over her teaching career she has taught A level and GCSE Biology, and Science at GCSE and KS3 as well as GCSE Food and Nutrition. She very much enjoys her role as form tutor at Kingsmead and greatly appreciates the special, supportive, Christian environment.

Outside school, Mrs Austin enjoys family time, travel, sewing, reading, bird-watching. She worships at St Barnabas Church in Bromborough.

Ms Byrne came to Kingsmead with a University of Birmingham Physical Education BA, and almost matchless enthusiasm!

Her impressive sports record includes being a former county hockey player and a former captain of Cheshire Women’s Cricket Team. These days, she loves Salsa and is a member of the drumming group La Bomba.

Mr Christensen was born in Ballarat (a Koorie word which means ‘meeting place’) in Victoria, Australia. It is famous for two reasons; the first being something of a Mecca for gold prospectors in the 1850s, and the second, a notoriety for staging the infamous Eureka Stockade rebellion of 1854.

He completed an Arts degree at La Trobe University, Melbourne; majoring in English and History. As an undergraduate, Mr Christensen keenly pursued his other love – film – as a hobby, and then took a year out to work as a freelance script writer for various community arts groups.

After completing postgraduate studies in Librarianship & Information Management, Mr Christensen worked as an administrator at the University of Ballarat for eight years, and discovered that the part of the job he found most rewarding was helping students and he pursued further postgraduate study in Education.

Mr Christensen first visited England in 1995 and fell in love with the place for its rich history and natural beauty. He returned several times before finally moving here permanently in Autumn, 2000.

He has held teaching jobs in the private and public sector since then, and feels very fortunate to have found Kingsmead, where he began teaching in September 2006. Mr Christensen says that the place feels very much like a small country school in Australia, where pupils develop friendships across age and year levels, and where there is a palpable sense of community, and everyone is valued and respected.

His hobbies include playing cricket (no surprises for an Aussie!), chess, music and exploring new places. He also retains a keen interest in film and drama, having directed several school productions over the years.

Mr Dooley grew up in the local area and initially trained as a material scientist at Sheffield University before training to be a teacher a few years later. He has taught Physics and Chemistry from Key Stage 2 to Higher National Diploma level, has a detailed subject knowledge and a passion for all things scientific.
Mr Dooley is a fan of all things Science Fiction including comic book characters and is keen to share this with the students he teaches. He enjoys watching and discussing films and listens to a wide range of music. As a member of a Christian philosophy group Mr Dooley enjoys engaging in debate. He has also tutored towards 11+, GCSE, AS, A level and Royal Navy entrance examinations.

Mrs Eaton was born in Wirral and now lives close to school in Hoylake. She attended Upton Convent (now Upton Hall School) until the age of 15, when she left to complete her ‘A’ levels at Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire.
She then returned to the northwest to study law at Liverpool University, and qualified as a solicitor.
While her children were very young, she studied mathematics with the Open University, subsequently completing a PGCE at Chester College. Mrs Eaton joined the Kingsmead staff in 1996.
As well as teaching maths, Mrs Eaton is also Exams Officer for the school. This involves liaising with pupils, staff and exam boards to ensure everyone is entered for the correct exam. She also tries to make the GCSE exams run as smoothly as possible with as little tension for the students as can be in the circumstances. She finds this very rewarding, but it does make Results Day in August doubly nerve-wracking.
Outside school, Mrs Eaton now delights in two grandsons, and relaxes by singing, reading and gardening.

Originally from Chester, Mrs Gelder completed a French and Textile Marketing Degree at Huddersfield University. This gave her the opportunity to work for a large textile company in France for a year and become a fluent French speaker.
Following graduation, she worked in Bradford in sales and training roles. This led her to train as a teacher and she completed her PGCE at Warwick University.
Mrs Gelder’s first teaching post was in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, before returning to the northwest to get married.
She has taught in Wirral for a number of years and is “passionate” about teaching French at Kingsmead.
She loves going to France and has explored most parts of it with family and French friends. She spends most summer holidays in France with her own family. Aside from being a devoted Francophile, Mrs Gelder enjoys making cakes, walking her dog, going to the gym and being a committee member of her local swimming club.

Mrs Hepworth teaches English and RE in the Senior Department, with a particular interest in poetry, Shakespeare and creative writing.
She is a practising Christian, worshipping with her family at St Luke’s Church in Hoylake. However, having grown up in a very multi-cultural society in Bradford, West Yorkshire, she is also keen to encourage students to develop broader understanding of other world faiths in her teaching of RE.
Interests include the outdoors and theatre. Mrs Hepworth has directed a number of school drama productions over the years, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ Her love of the outdoors has led her to organise regular school ski trips and initiate the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award at the school, which has an excellent record of enabling several students each year to finish their Silver Award before they leave the school at 16.
Mrs Hepworth is a keen supporter of all that the school offers, especially in enriching the broader curriculum and teaching the ‘soft skills’ which help our students thrive in the wider world. Her own son, William, was at the school from the age of 3 to 16.

Mrs Hepworth teaches English and RE in the Senior Department, with a particular interest in poetry, Shakespeare and creative writing.
She is a practising Christian, worshipping with her family at St Luke’s Church in Hoylake. However, having grown up in a very multi-cultural society in Bradford, West Yorkshire, she is also keen to encourage students to develop broader understanding of other world faiths in her teaching of RE.
Interests include the outdoors and theatre. Mrs Hepworth has directed a number of school drama productions over the years, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ Her love of the outdoors has led her to organise regular school ski trips and initiate the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award at the school, which has an excellent record of enabling several students each year to finish their Silver Award before they leave the school at 16.
Mrs Hepworth is a keen supporter of all that the school offers, especially in enriching the broader curriculum and teaching the ‘soft skills’ which help our students thrive in the wider world. Her own son, William, was at the school from the age of 3 to 16.

Mrs Higgs grew up in West Kirby and studied for her degree in Manchester, gaining her BA (Hons) in Textile Design from Manchester Polytechnic. She worked freelance for a year before being given the exciting opportunity to teach Art at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. She stayed there for 2 years before returning to the North West to gain her PGCE in Secondary Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. She then worked for 5 years at Clough Hall School in Kidsgrove before becoming Head of Art at Bishop Heber High School in Cheshire. After 6 years she left to have her family, and from 2009 she has taught Art/Textiles part-time at Wirral Metropolitan College.
Mrs Higgs started teaching Art at Kingsmead in 2014 and now teaches the full range of senior classes. She is passionate about developing confidence and creativity in all pupils.
She still likes to draw, paint, print and stitch and occasionally has artwork in local exhibitions. Her other passions are walking in the countryside with her family and dog, cooking, going to the theatre and reading novels.

Mrs Kellett was born in Wirral and attended Wirral Grammar School for Girls, before studying at Leeds Metropolitan University (Carnegie) to complete her B.A. (Hons).
During her schooldays, Mrs Kellett proved herself an all-round sportswoman, representing the county at netball, lacrosse, athletics and swimming. She ran the London Marathon in 1999.
Mrs Kellett spent her early working life in the capital, working as a mobile fitness manager, running corporate fitness centres at venues which included the House of Commons, the BBC and Coca-Cola’s London base. She moved to Wantage, Oxford, taking a post as a PE teacher at King Alfred’s Sports College, before returning to Wirral and a post at Kingsmead.
Mrs Kellett also teaches swimming to EYFS and Key Stage 1, alongside her teaching in Juniors and Seniors. Her many talents include qualifications as a coach in many disciplines, including gymnastics, swimming, trampolining, step and aerobics.

Mr Rees was born in Swansea and moved to the Wirral attending Great Meols Primary and Pensby High School for Boys. His interest in the environment lead naturally to Geographical studies at Aberystwyth University where, after getting an honours degree, he undertook an MSc at the Palynological Research Centre, Aberystwyth. As a palynologist (pollen scientist) ,he started to broaden his horizons into plant evolution, palaeontology, archaeology and crucially climate change – an issue which he still maintains significant interest in to this day.
Mr Rees then worked for the Field Studies Council on the North Downs, Surrey where, as tutor, he ran courses for a range of ages and abilities in and around Box Hill. This lead to an interest in teaching, so he did a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church, Kent. His first teaching post was at Westcliff High School for Boys in Essex where he went on to become Head of Department.
When Mr Rees arrived at Kingsmead, he was a member of the boarding team and took over the running of the Geography Department where he has been ever since. He also works closely with the Science Department, utilising his lab-based background in Key Stage 3 Chemistry and Physics.
His interest in Geography and travel led to reaching Everest Base Camp, Nepal for Claire House in May 2004 and the following year, higher again to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In 2006 he completed the ‘three peaks challenge’ of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.
Mr Rees has raised money for charity with cycling and half marathons and presently, with the School charity Compassion supporting three children in various developing countries.
He plays mandolin, guitar and bass guitar and has been writing music and performing in bands since he was 16. Other interests include walking, running, cooking and gardening and especially Yoga. He has two children – Owen and Annabelle.

Mrs Gibbons was born and brought up in Zimbabwe. After completing ‘A’ Levels, she went to South Africa to train as a teacher at the Natal College of Education in Pietermaritzburg. After four very happy years there she graduated and was posted to a tiny mine school in Northern Natal where she taught a combined class of 11 children from Foundation 1 age to Year 4 age . She says “I think that gave me four years’ experience in one!”
From there Mrs Gibbons moved to another school in Northern Natal where she taught for five years – a range of subjects, ages and sports including helping out coaching the under 10 boys cricket team.
In 1994 she returned to Zimbabwe to teach at Gateway Primary School and lecture part-time at the Gateway Teacher Training Programme until she and her husband and two boys emigrated as a family to England at the end of 2001. In September 2002 she took up a teaching post at Barrow Hills School in Witley, Surrey, as one of the Year 3 form teachers as well as Head of House. She also enjoyed producing the annual Year 3 production. In September 2010 she moved up to Kingsmead when her husband was appointed headmaster and she is now part of the Junior Department team.
When not involved with school, Mrs Gibbons loves going on holiday to the seaside, walking on the beach and swimming in the sea.

Mr Rentell hails from Formby, where he attended St Luke’s Church of England Primary School before moving on to Waterloo Grammar School for Boys.
He qualified as a diesel fitter and worked in PSV maintenance before returning to full time education as a mature student at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, where he achieved an honours degree in Education.
Mr Rentell spent 14 years in the state sector, working in local primary schools before rejoining his former colleague Mrs Hepworth at Kingsmead.
Mr Rentell’s main interest, some say obsession, is motorcycling in all its forms. He also enjoys reading and walking and spending time with friends and family. Mr Rentell feels at home with positive people as well as traditional values. He dislikes bad manners.
Musically, Mr Rentell finds himself in a 70s time warp, but does enjoy some modern music influenced by that era.
He thoroughly enjoys his work at Kingsmead because it enables him to work with positive people in a family ethos.

Mrs Blair grew up on the Wirral and has always wanted to work with children, even as a young girl. After attending Neston High School, Mrs Blair decided to go on to study for her Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB), and on leaving college went on to work within a private day nursery. During this time, Mrs Blair met her husband and they married, and she decided to take a break in her career to raise their family. During her children’s early years in school, she decided to become a volunteer for a charity called Home-start, giving help, advice and support to parents and families who needed it. She then went on to work at a pre-school which reignited her love of working with young children and she hasn’t looked back since.
Mrs Blair finds it exciting and a privilege to work at Kingsmead. She enjoys the close knit, family feel to the school, and particularly likes the small classes where the individual child is the focus. This allows her to tailor activities and resources to really excite and ignite a love of learning in the children in her care.
Mrs Blair is married with two boys and they are a very active family, enjoying mountain biking, walking and family holidays in their caravan and with their bikes to Wales, Scotland and France. She also loves to unwind with a good book, and enjoys cooking for her family.

Mrs Gois has worked in Early Years Education for many years and enjoys providing a stimulating, enabling environment and planning challenging and engaging activities to meet the needs of all children in her care. She was previously employed at Dawpool Church of England Pre School, and before that at Rainbow Pre School and Irby Primary School.
She has lived in Wirral for most of her life, and attended West Kirby Grammar School. She is married to Manuel and has 3 children, Laura 25, Jess 21 and Alex 16. She enjoys spending holidays visiting family in Madeira and is a fairly recent convert to exercise, enjoying Metafit and Zumba classes.
Mrs Gois says she enjoys the “family feel” that Kingsmead offers and the small class sizes and the seamless transitions the children make through the school.

Mrs Billington has taught in the Infant, Junior and Senior Departments. Currently she teaches in the LDU Department. Pupils have lessons 1:1 with her, mostly developing their skills in reading, writing and spelling.

Mrs Liddy is passionate about her role as SENCo at Kingsmead and delighted to do her job in an inclusive, warm and caring school. She started her teaching career in 2001 as a Teacher of French and Spanish and moved into Special Educational Needs from 2005.
In the Learning Development Unit and across the mainstream life of the school, she supports a number of pupils and caters for a wide range of needs. The LDU supports pupils in a 1:1 or small group setting.
Before Joining Kingsmead in 2015, Mrs Liddy worked as Head of Learning Support / SENCo for an International School in Switzerland for three years where she developed skills with pupils from the age of three through to eighteen years in the beauty of Lake Geneva. Prior to that, she was the Teacher in Charge of a County Resource for Asperger Syndrome and Autism in a mainstream secondary school in North Wales.
During her time in Switzerland, she studied for the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination (the qualification required to be a SENCo in the UK.) She also worked as an online Tutor, delivering training courses to Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Parents on Autistic Spectrum Conditions. She is currently taking a year course in Psychometric Testing and Assessment.
Mrs Liddy is dedicated to the development of the young people in her care and appreciates the uniqueness and individuality of each one.

Mrs Boojawon has a number of qualifications in addition to her Cache Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.
She has a PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and was a lecturer in Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University for eight years. She taught A Level, AS Level and GCSE Psychology and Sociology at Runcorn Sixth Form College for 2 years and has a PhD in Student Learning. Mrs Boojawon has a particular interest in educational psychology and autistic spectrum conditions. Her two boys, Reece and Jamie, attend Kingsmead.
She is a keen runner and has completed a number of half marathons and the Manchester Marathon this year. She enjoys park runs with her boys at the weekend – although she’s not sure the boys enjoy them quite as much!

Miss Davies attended Kingsmead from September 1985 until 1999.
After Kingsmead she studied Child Care at Birkenhead Sixth Form College for 3 years and achieved a Diploma in Child Care and Education. During this time she also began a 3 year boarding assistant role (a time when Kingsmead still took boarders).
After college her role changed to Learning Support Assistant where she has remained to date. She has worked with a range of children with SEN difficulties andfinds her job really rewarding. Miss Davies is also a leader of Minizone the youngest of the three holiday clubs at Kingsmead.
Miss Davies has also worked at Holy Cross RC Primary School in Bidston, where she supported a boy with behaviour difficulties, successfully integrating him back into the classroom.
A Christian, Miss Davies says her faith plays an important role in her daily life. She manages a Christian Children’s Club for primary school age children at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Hoylake.

Mr Pearson is an old boy of the school. He started Kingsmead in 1987 and left in 1994 to then return in 2000 as a member of the PE Department. He runs the U/11 s football and cricket teams and is a Liverpool fan who also enjoys playing golf at Royal Liverpool with a handicap of 11.

Mr Pearson thinks Kingsmead is “a fantastic place to work” and he hopes and plans to be here for many years to come.

After finishing at West Kirby Grammar School, Mrs Buglass learned Shorthand and Typing at Chester Secretarial College. Before joining Kingsmead in January 2014, she had worked for British Gas, CEWTEC, Littlewoods and Wirral Met College. She says she loves it here and will be most happy to continue in the steps of many previous Headmaster’s Secretaries by remaining in post until her retirement!

She is married to Peter and has two sons, Chris (27) and Phil (24). Her 2 year old Cockapoo, Lottie, completes her family!

Mrs Evans started at Kingsmead in 2007 and was appointed Bursar in 2010.  She was, until very recently, also a Kingsmead parent – her son Richard featured regularly on the website news pages as a talented runner.

When not keeping the School’s finances in strict order, Mrs Evans enjoys walking in the Lake District with her family and being outdoors in general.