Meet the Durham School Staff
Mr K J McLaughlinHeadmaster
Born and raised in Liverpool, Mr Kieran McLaughlin won an Assisted Place to study at St Edward's College, a selective boys' School in the city. Following his A Levels, he took up a place to read Natural Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge, eventually specialising in Physics and Theoretical Physics. Following his PGCE, he taught in London at a number of academic schools before becoming Head of Physics at City of London Girls' School. Kieran then moved to Sevenoaks School as their Head of Science and Technology, where he spent four years before taking up the role as Deputy Head (Academic) at Rugby School. During his career he has been involved with a number of national curriculum initiatives, as well as delivering INSET on behalf of HMC and the National College of School Leadership. In his past he has also been the bass player in an obscure Liverpudlian rock band, as well as pursuing the ancient martial art of Ju-Jitsu to black belt level. Current interests include the arts, travel and family life.
Mr J M Webb MA, PGCEDeputy Head
Mr Jonathan Webb was educated at Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire and Christ's College, Cambridge University, where he gained an honours degree in History. He started his teaching career at Giggleswick School and The Manchester Grammar School. Prior to taking up his post at Durham School he taught for 9 years at Pocklington School in East Yorkshire, first as Head of History department and then as Director of Teaching and Learning.
Dr JM Burns, BA (Dunelm), PhDDeputy Head (pastoral)
Born in Northern Ireland, Dr Burns was a pupil at the Methodist College, Belfast. Having taken her first degree in French and Spanish at Durham University, she taught for three years at the University's School for Modern Languages and Cultures and completed her doctorate in 2006. Dr Burns took up her post as French and Spanish teacher at Durham School in September 2005. She was appointed as Junior Housemistress of Pimlico House in September 2007 and as Senior Housemistress between September 2008 - July 2012. Dr Burns was appointed Head of Boarding in July 2012.
Mrs Debbie Leigh, BA, FCABursar
Mrs Leigh was appointed Bursar in June 2012. She was educated in Sheffield and has an honours degree in economics from Leeds. Mrs Leigh is a Chartered Accountant. She trained and gained post qualification experience with KPMG before joining Darlington College as Finance Director in 1992.
Mr P C Gerrard, BEd Hons (Carnegie)Director of Sixth Form Studies, Head of PE
Mr. Gerrard was educated at Wirral Grammar School and Carnegie College. He has played representative rugby for Cheshire at U16, U18, U21 and senior levels (Rugby Union) and, as a student, for England Polytechnics (Rugby League). After teaching posts at Dulwich College, Sandbach School and Gosforth High School, he joined Durham School as Director of Sport in 1996. He is now Head of academic Physical Education and was appointed Director Sixth Form Studies in September 2006. In addition to his duties here, he coaches the North of England Under 18 rugby and Newcastle Falcons U18 teams.
Mr R A Muttitt, MA (Dunelm), BMus (Hull), ARCO, FRSADirector of Scholars, Head of Music
Born and educated in Shropshire, Mr. Muttitt won a scholarship to the University of Hull where he won many prizes for outstanding performance. In 1987 he won the organ scholarship to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He taught in schools in Kent and Essex before moving to Durham in 1994. He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and is much in demand as an organist, pianist, conductor and adjudicator. Mr Muttitt was appointed Director of Middle School Studies in September 2006 until his recent appointment as Director of Scholars.
Mrs Nicola McCann, DipCIPR, MCIPRDirector of Marketing
With over twenty years of marketing experience gained in a top London advertising agency and in the North East charity sector, Nicola joined Durham School's marketing department in 2001. Promoted to Marketing & PR Manager in January 2009, Nicola was then further promoted to the position of Marketing Director in September 2009. Nicola is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and an Accredited Practitioner. Nicola has two sons who both attended Durham School. She is an Ambassador for Cancer Research UK and is a passionate supporter of this charity.
Mrs Eileen CathraeAdmissions Officer
Born and educated in the North East, Mrs Cathrae joined Durham School in 2011 and moved into the admissions role in 2013. She has worked in Germany and Kuwait and has 15 years' experience in Business Development. She spent several years in Germany with British Forces Children, initially running a kindergarten for pre-school children. The latter years of her stay were spent as a classroom technician in a secondary school. Eileen also lived in Kuwait for 2 years, working as a librarian in a local school, some of her duties included organising international book fairs, and delivering 'storytime' to children of all ages and nationalities. She lives in Durham, enjoys walking her dog and has a passion for interior design.
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