Teaching Staff

Headmaster

David Goulbourn, BA (Hons), PGCE (distinction)

ISI Schools Inspector
Previously Head of Fulneck School, Deputy Head of Terra Nova School
Qualified Rugby and Hockey Coach
History and sports specialist

“In my history lessons it is my ambition to bring the voice of a historical person or an event alive, and to make their message fascinating and relevant to the children’s lives.”

Head of Maths

Susan Coyle, BA (Ed) Hons

Form 4 Teacher

Maths specialist for 15 years

Previously taught at Withington School

“I am a primary mathematics specialist by training – we are a rare breed. Maths is such an important subject – an almost universal language with endless possibilities for developing reasoning and logic. I love helping our Form 4 children to discover just how amazing numbers are.”

Deputy Head, Academic

Oliver Barlow, BA (Hons), PGCE

English Specialist for Years 5 & 6
Previously taught at Manchester Grammar School
Rugby coach and Rugby Development Officer for Lancashire

“Giving pupils a purpose to explore, question and develop their thinking skills is always a joy. I feel I can get so much more out of them when they can see a meaningful end product. Creativity, style and passion pour out of their pens when they are so obviously engaged.”

Head of English

Phillippa Marshall, BSc. (Hons), PGCE

Year 3 Teacher

“Seeing children develop academically and as individuals is a very rewarding part of teaching. Giving children the tools to progress to their full potential has always been a priority of mine and seeing how proud they can be of their achievements is priceless. I thoroughly enjoy becoming absorbed in a good book and feel that being able to create a love of literature, to inspire reading and enthuse creative writers, is hugely important for children developing their confidence and enjoyment of English lessons.”

Head of Science

Heather Chapman, MI Biol, PGCE

Science teaching specialist.
Previously consultant for the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service

“I enjoy encouraging the children to question what they see in the world around them and to develop their enquiry skills…”

Head of Art and Design Technology

Heather Henning-Lee, Cert Ed

Art & Design teacher for 30 years.
Previously Deputy Head at State Primary School

“I am passionate about delivering an inspiring curriculum and in teaching children about artists, crafts people and designers through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, 3D and textiles. I just love the sound of children’s feet running up the stairs to my art studio, all eager to begin our next exciting topic….”

Head of Music

Sarah Le Sueur, BMus (Hons), PGCE

Previously taught at Stockport Grammar School and was an A Level Music Examiner
Plays cello, cornet, French horn, piano and has conducted orchestras at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Conservatoire. Choral conductor.

“Music provides children with so much. My aim is to provide enjoyable musical experiences for every child which inspire and develop valuable skills that they can transfer to all areas of their life. All children are encouraged to participate, enjoy performing and develop a knowledge and love of music and singing that they will always remember. From the nervous first timer to the gifted and talented, musical talents are carefully nurtured and the results amaze me and their proud parents.

Head of PE and Sport

Sharon Johnstone, BA (Hons), QTS

Cheshire Road Running champion 2012. Ranked 18th in UK for half marathon (veterans)
Ex fire-fighter

“I understand the highs and lows of competitive sport and the camaraderie that sport brings. My aim is to introduce a wide variety of sports to the children in a safe, happy and unique environment so that they may learn those lessons, enhance their sporting skills and find their sporting passion.”

Head of Learning Support

Liz Stone, B Ed (Hons)

10 years of SENCo experience

“I help any child who is experiencing any difficulties with additional support. This may be in any area across the curriculum and could be on 1:1 basis or as part of a small group.”

Languages Teacher

Nathalie Pettecrew, MA, PGCE

French national, modern languages teacher.

“As a French national, I feel that I can offer children a true insight into French culture and I am keen to make language learning an exciting and fun experience.”

Digital Strategy and Teaching Consultant

David Winfield, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Implementing 21st Cenury Teaching and Learning
Ex-Deputy Head of Fulneck Prep School

Independent Association of Preparatory Schools North West IT Subject Advisor

Director of an educational software company

“Technology fundamentally changes the way our children learn every subject. It takes their learning experience, enthusiasm and engagement to higher levels and makes learning richer and more personalised.”

Year 2 Teacher

Fiona Harrison, LLB, PGCE

Year 2 teacher for 10 years
10 years a solicitor before retraining as a teacher

“I have a legal background as well as academic, bringing wider experiences to the classroom to enhance learning. I hope to inspire the children with a blend of the formal and the imaginative to achieve the ideal classroom balance.”

Year 2 Teacher

Carolyn Lees, B Ed

Year 2 teacher for 25 years
Expertise in drama and dance, was the youngest ever teacher of ballet in the North West

“My expertise in Drama and Dance is applied in the creative and inspirational delivery of my lessons. I love working with Year 2 children. They are at such an interesting point in their lives and I feel privileged to share and enhance that experience.”

Year 1 Teacher

Belinda Hardy, BA (Hons), PGCE

Experienced Key Stage 1 Teacher

Previously taught at an ‘outstanding’ primary school.

“I take pride in planning a rich and varied curriculum to encourage children to be creative and enthused during lessons. I love teaching Year 1 because it is wonderful to see the rapid development of the children’s phonics and reading. It is extremely rewarding to witness their excitement when they realise they can now recognise words in the world around them. It gives me great satisfaction to see them progress towards a lifetime’s love of reading.”

Year 1 Teacher

Katherine Lowther, BSc (Hons), QTS

Previously taught at North London Collegiate Girls School

“I love Pownall for the feeling of belonging to a supportive family and I enjoy coming to work every day to be surrounded by a leafy environment and wonderfully vibrant children.”

Head of Early Years Foundation Stage

Beryl Spence, B.Ed (Hons)

Reception teacher for 30 years

“I recognise the uniqueness of each child and I nurture this to develop confident and independent learners in a happy and secure environment. During their time in Reception children experience daily Literacy and Numeracy activities as part of a rich and stimulating curriculum.”

Kindergarten Teacher

Georgia Flynn, BA (Hons), QTS

“In my view, Early Years are the most exciting in a child’s school years; a time when they develop so quickly and, stimulated by their new discoveries, become independent learners.”

Year 3 Teacher

Lindsey Birchall, QTS, BA (Hons) Sports Development, Qualified swimming teacher

Junior specialist

“I believe that teaching is a challenging, demanding and exciting career that makes a lasting contribution to a young person; therefore I hope to be an important role model, passing on my energy and creativity to inspire children to achieve their dreams.”

Kindergarten Teacher

Megan Randles, BSc, PGCE

Kindergarten (pre-school) teacher
Qualified swimming instructor

“I am particularly interested in phonics and reading development which has been enhanced through my specialism in English, and preparing the children for their transition to Reception classes.”

Head of Nursery

Judith Earl, BA (Hons), EYPS

Award winning nursery practitioner

“I am incredibly lucky to be working alongside an excellent team of Early Years Practitioners and with parents in order to offer high quality, personalised provision, supporting children’s learning and development.”

Form 5 Teacher.

Louise EdwardsBA Hons, PGCE, MaST (Maths Specialist Teacher)

Head of Key Stage 2 and Head of Achievement
Form 5 Teacher
Maths Specialist

“I have taught mostly years 5 and 6 for the last 12 years. I love maths, it’s all around us and part of our everyday lives. Everyone can be a mathematician is about finding the right approach to understanding it. I want to inspire mathematical curiosity in all children, making it hands on, interactive and thought provoking and relevant.”