Staff summary

There is no staff room at Sands School – this, added to the general ethos of the school, encourages a very close relationship between staff and students. This applies to everyone who works at Sands; both teaching and non-teaching staff.

The staff at Sands come from a variety of professional backgrounds giving them a balanced and interesting set of skills and experiences.  All the teaching staff are fully qualified to teach their subjects and were employed by the students for their teaching ability and social compatibility with the ethos of the school.  All staff are free of strict teaching guidelines and so can provide an exciting and diverse education.

School administration

Alison Irens School office (mornings)
Angie Watson School office (mornings)
Donald Barr School administration, Exams Officer, Admissions
Irwin Smith Maintenance
Peta Cox Bursar
Jemma Ingles SEND Administrator


School Counsellor

Kate Day BA Phil, Cert Coun, AD Coun, , MBACP


Teaching team

Bridget Dare Languages and PSHE Teacher BA, PGCE
Byrony Wild Literacy support BA, PGCE
Clare Tyler Art Teacher BA Hons
Ellie Guy Art Technician BA Hons
Georgia Swallow Music teacher BA, PGCE
Heidi Ruskin Drama and English Teacher BA, PGCE
Huw Morgan Science teacher and DSL BSc ExeHons, PGCE
Jasper Solomou Science teacher BSc
Julyan Levy Humanities teacher BA, MA, PGCE
Mark Gregory Art Teacher BA, PGCE
Martin Roberts English Teacher and SEND Lead BA, PGCE
Nathan Gribble Maths Teacher and Safeguarding Lead BSc, PGCE
Paul Petrie-Ritchie Woodwork teacher
Sean Bellamy Administrator and Humanities Teacher BA Cantab, PGCE
Susan Widlake English & Maths Support BSc, PGCE


1-to-1 learning support team


More information about each member of staff and, for teachers, their subjects can be found by following the links from the Staff heading drop-down menu.

In addition to the permanent staff listed above details of any temporary or short-term staff can be found on the school website.