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It is 'our people' that make us special. Durham School staff are all skilled practitioners, each with a passion for Durham School.
Our teachers and coaches love their subject or sport and have a burning desire to enthuse the pupils they teach.

Creating inspiring lessons which expose pupils to a range of media and learning styles, they aim to help young people of all abilities to develop learning habits which will not only lead them to exam success but stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

As well as their own subject specialisms, our staff bring a diverse range of talents and contacts to Durham School which help enrich the life of the school - from arranging special trips, sporting events or learning challenges to staging concerts, exhibitions and school plays.

Teachers, tutors, house parents and management teams also work collaboratively to create a positive and purposeful atmosphere where young people feel happy and valued, can express their individuality and learn to conduct themselves with maturity, courtesy and respect, whilst developing a quiet ‘confidence for life’.

If you're interested in working with us, please browse our latest vacancies.

Senior Management Team

Mr KJ McLaughlin MA


Dr JM Burns BA PhD

Deputy Headmistress [Pastoral]

Dr MP Alderson BA MA PhD

Deputy Headmaster [Staff]

Mrs D Leigh BA FCA


PC Gerrard BEd

Head of Sixth Form

Mrs SL Harrod BA QTS

Headmistress of Bow

Col. N Millen OBE

Director of Operations

Mrs KL Rochester BA

Director of Co-Curriculum, Senior Housemistress Pimlico

Mrs E Cathrae

Director of Admissions and Marketing

A Beales MSci MInstF(dip)

Director of Development

AJ Pearson BSc

Deputy Headmaster [Academic]

Administrative Staff

Mrs J Green

Bow Head's PA

Mrs S Langthorne

Admissions Officer

Mrs D Leigh BA FCA


C Looker

Print Manager

Col. N Millen OBE

Director of Operations

Mrs E Cathrae

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Mrs D Stanford BA

Assistant Development Director and Events Officer

Mrs S Spence

Headmaster's PA

A Beales MSci MInstF(dip)

Director of Development

Miss R Langthorne BSc

Marketing/Social Media Assistant

Miss R Sanderson


Mrs E Mussell

Assistant Bursar

Mrs G Wotton BA

Examinations and Data Assistant

Mrs K Hunt BA

Admissions Officer

Art and Design and Photography

MCT Baldwin BA

Head of Art and Design

M Clayton BA

Mrs NJ Thompson BA, MA

Senior Housemistress MacLeod, Head of PSHE Education

M Younger BA

Senior Housemaster School


MF Burke BSc

Head of Biology

Dr M Smith BSc PhD

Deputy Housemaster Poole

PD Sturt BSc

Deputy Housemaster School, O/C CCF, DoE Co-ordinator

Bow Classoom Assistants

Miss M Cleasby

Mrs G Fletcher

Learning Support Assistant

Miss D Nattrass

Mrs F Lee

Mrs S Parker


Mrs T Moore BSc, MChem

Head of Science, Head of Chemistry

AR Wallace BSc

Mrs F Gowland BSc


C Hope BA MA MPhil

Head of Classics, Elite Applications' Coordinator

Miss K Baylis BA MA

Mrs A Warne BA


Miss B Yates BA MSc


DM Rumble BSc

Resident Tutor School

EC Bryant BSc MSc

Head of Rowing

M Fishwick

Head of Cricket

Mrs N Fordyce

Swimming, Director of International Pupils

Mrs S Sweeting



Mrs A Brownlee BA

Head of Drama

Mrs K Gatziou-Gidopoulos

Visiting Drama Staff - LMADA

Economic and Business Studies

A Gouge BA

Miss J Little

Mrs V Turnbull BA


Mrs F Swan BA

Head of English

Mrs E Melville BA MA

D Reith MA

Senior Housemaster Poole

S Thompson BA

Deputy Housemaster Caffinites

English as an Additional Language

Mrs C Pin BA

Head of English as an Additional Language

Estates Staff

BM Hunter BSc(Hons) MCIOB

Estates Manager

B Boustead


S Lithgow

Maintenance Craftsman

G Gamble

Maintenance Craftsman

D Merrigan


H Shannon

Maintenance Craftsman

R Wilson

Maintenance Craftsman

D Keeler

Maintenance Assistant


Dr C Scott-Warburton BSc PhD

Head of Geography, Assistant Head of Middle School

Miss SA Buist BA

History and Politics

S McNair BA MSc

Head of Politics, Careers Adviser

House Matrons

Mrs I Relph


Mrs J Haley


Mrs S Taylor


Information Communication Technology

A McMillan BSc

Head of ICT, Resident House Tutor Poole

Miss J Little BSc

Learning Support

Mrs J Wood BA

MO Stephens BA MA


CS Fordyce BSc

Senior Housemaster Caffinites, Educational Adviser DSI

AJ Pearson BSc

Deputy Headmaster [Academic]

JE Armitage BSc MSc

Mrs MC Gordon BA

Assistant Head of Lower School

S Wright BSc

T Middleton BSc MSc

Head of Mathematics

Medical Centre Staff

Mrs A Dutton RGN


Mrs P Abbott BA, Cert.Ed RGN

Nurse, Junior Housemistress Macleod

Modern Languages

Mrs K Wilkinson BA

Head of Modern Languages,

Dr JM Burns BA PhD

Deputy Headmistress [Pastoral]

Dr MP Alderson BA MA PhD

Deputy Headmaster [Staff]

Miss LJ Hinde MA

Junior Housemistress Pimlico

Mrs C Pin BA

Subject leader Spanish

Mrs CL Eccleston BA


RA Muttitt BMus MA ARCO

Director of Music, Director of Scholars

Mrs EP Murray BA, LRSM

Assistant Director of Music

PE and Games

MI Bedworth BA

Director of Sport

Mrs KE Dougall BA

Head of Girls Games

Mrs KL Rochester BA

Senior Housemistress Pimlico House, Director of Co-Curriculum

PC Gerrard BEd

Head of Academic PE, Head of Sixth Form

PJ Dias BSc

Head of Boys' Games


T Williams BSc

EPQ Co-ordinator

A Smith BSc

Head of Physics

KJ McLaughlin MA


S Hetherington BSc


Miss S Watchman BSc

Religious Studies


Chaplain, Head of Religious Studies, Philosophy & Ethics

Miss T Black BA MA

Resident Tutors

Miss R Dean BA MA

Pimlico Resident Tutor

Catriona McLellan

Cordelia Griffith

Roshini Turner

School Marshall

PR Atkinson


Technical Staff

P Sanderson BSc Dip Comp

Head of Digital Strategy

Mrs P Hughes

Laboratory Technician

D Burton

Laboratory Technician

JC Renshaw BA

Art/DT Technician

M Ridsdale

Network Manager

Miss F Kelly BA

Laboratory Technican

Visiting Music Staff

A Lewis

Trumpet and Trombone

B Stewart


C Senior

French Horn

D Dixon

Drum Kit

L Watson

Clarinet & Saxophone

M Haynes


Mrs C Slater


Mrs E Leckie

Cello and Piano

Mrs J Woods


Mrs L Layfied

Clarinet & Saxophone

P Coulson


P Cull


R Woods


S Wilson


V Bojkova


V Fleming

Violin / Viola

W Watson


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