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Supporting the vision and values of the School

Meet the Team

QM employs a dedicated team of loyal staff who provide exceptional teaching and pastoral care for our girls.

All students receive support and guidance from a strong network of academic and pastoral staff; from our Head of Years, Personal Tutors and Teachers, to our Pastoral Staff, Housemistresses and Nurses.

At QM we’re proud of our staff, who are experts at teaching the girls their specialist subjects. Small class numbers mean strong relationships are able to develop between teacher and student at Queen Margaret’s.

Beyond the classroom, staff enrich girls through various co-curricular activities that you can find out more about here - Co-Curricular Enrichment.

To learn more about our School, click here - About Queen Margaret's School.

Head, Sue Baillie

Head, Sue Baillie leads the Senior Leadership Team at Queen Margaret's

Meet the Head

Head, Sue Baillie

Head, Sue Baillie leads the Senior Leadership Team at Queen Margaret's

Meet the Head

The Head is supported by

The Senior Leadership Team

The Academic Leadership Team

Our Governors

Guiding and advising on the management of the School

Meet the Governors

Queen Margaret's is further supported by a team of brilliant individuals, each passionate about their profession and committed to providing an exceptional education and environment for our girls.


Art & Design

Sarah Porritt*

Head of Art

Paula Alpine-Eales

BA (Sunderland), PGCE

Assistant Director of Boarding

Helen Colman

BA (Leeds), MA (Newcastle), PGCE

Teacher of Art

Debbie Stewart

BA (Wolverhampton), MA (Leeds), PGCE

Teacher of Art

Sally Wade



William Grant*

MA (Hons), (St Andrews), MSt (Oxford), PGCE

Head of Classics
Charmian BadgerBA (Hons) (OU), PGCETeacher of Classics
Alison Leadley*DDE, AISTD(CB), RAD, UABPA Dip, BA (Hons) (Surrey), MA (Leeds Met)Head of Dance
Samantha BolsherAISTD (MD, TD)Teacher of Dance
Adrienne PithersLISTD (B, MD, TD, ND)Teacher of Dance
Rebecca WelburnAISTD (MD, TD)Teacher of Dance
Danielle CooperDDE (B,MD)Teacher of Dance
Drama, Theatre and Film

Mary Griffin*

BA (Hons) (Middlesex), PGCE(M)Director of Drama
Rachel LavellBEd (Hons) (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)Teacher of LAMDA
Chelsey GillBA (Hons) Musical TheatreResidential Graduate Assistant
Nicholas SchneiderTheatre/Events Technician
Economics and Business Studies
Shealagh Derrig*BEd (Hons) (Leeds), TDLB’s – D32, D33 and D34Head of Economics and Business
Claire NadinBSc (Hons) (Hertfordshire), PGCESenior Tutor – Key Stage 4 and Teacher of Business
Mark Payton*MA (Oxon), PGCEHead of English
Julia MillhouseMA (Cantab), PGCETeacher of English
Nicola OnyettBA (Hons) (York), DPhil, PGCE

Head of Careers, Higher Education and Project Qualifications

Andrea WatsonBA (Nottingham), MA (Durham), PGCETeacher of English and History

Henry Fairnington

BA (York), PGCETeacher of English
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Michael Walker*Head of EAL

Food Preparation and Nutrition/Leiths

Sarah ClarkBA (Hons), (Leeds), QTSTeacher of Food Technology/Leiths
Leyla Seeney*BSc (Leicester), PGCEDirector of Academic Department Development
Head of Geography
Lauren CookeBA, PGDip (Birmingham), PGCE (Cantab)Teacher of Geography
Fiona WhittleBEd (Bedford CPE), FIOSTeacher of Geography
History and Politics

Shaun Aston*

BSc (Hons) (Teeside), MA (York), PGCEHead of History and Politics
Lidia JanczynskaTeacher of History
History of Art

Laura North

BA (Hons) (Oxon), PGCE (Cantab), MEd (Cantab)Teacher of History of Art
Alicia Viant*BSc (Hons) (Hull), Advanced Diploma in Mathematics, PGCEHead of Mathematics
Louise McAllisterBSc (Hons) (Leeds), PGCETeacher of Mathematics
Dominic FigonBSc (Hons) (London), PGCETeacher of Mathematics

Modern Foreign Languages

Estelle Leclerc*BA (Hons) (Leeds), PGCE Spanish and FrenchHead of MFL. Teacher of Spanish, French and EAL. Key Stage 4 Tutor
Amanda DebenhamBA (Hons) (Newcastle) PGCE French and SpanishTeacher of French, Spanish and EAL. Senior Tutor Key Stage 3
Maria Algobia VilaBA, MA (Madrid), PGCE Spanish and FrenchTeacher of Spanish and French. Key Stage 4 Tutor

Lars Fox

MA (Hons) (Rostock) English & Russian; PGCE German & RussianTeacher of German. Senior Deputy Head & Designated Safeguarding Lead. Key Stage 4 Tutor
Milagros GreenCert Ed (York St John)Spanish Conversation Teacher
Veronique WellerCert Ed (York St John)French conversation Teacher

Daniela Corbitt

Dip Accountancy (Pouzini), CTLLS City & GuildsExtra curricular Italian Tutor


Samantha Horseman*

BMus (Huddersfield), MA (York), PhD (Huddersfield)

Director of Music
Matthew Hartley-StevensBA Hons (Bristol), PGCETeacher of Music
Simon DearsleyHead of Keyboard Studies
Eleanor KornasBA, MA (Cantab)Head of Keyboard Studies
Louise EvansBA Hons (Huddersfield) LTCLTeacher of Flute
Jonathan SageBA (York), MA (York)Teacher of Woodwind
Paul MilhauBMus (Hons), PGDip (RCM)Upper Strings
Nick MontgomeryBMus (Hons) (RSC)Teacher of Lower Strings
Mark CurreyBMus (Hons), ATCLTeacher of Guitar
Dave BostonBA Hons. (YSJ)Teacher of Percussion and Drums
Kevin HolbroughGDip (LCM)Teacher of Brass
Philip TitcombeBA Hons. (York)Teacher of Piano
Heather WattsBA (Texas), PGDipMus (RCM)Teacher of Singing
Elizabeth HarborneBA (LCM)Teacher of Singing
Lucy BatesBA (RNCM), PGDipMus (RNCM)Teacher of Singing
Simon GrangeBA (Hons) (Oxford), MPerf (RCM)Teacher of Singing

Oriental Studies

Tracy GongMA TEFL, PGCETeacher of Mandarin


Kathryn HornbyBSc (Hons), PGCE, QTLSHead of Psychology and Learning Support Teacher

Religion and Philosophy

Rev’d Robert Owen*BD (Wales), PGCEChaplain


Joseph Hazlewood*BSc (Hons) (Aston), MA, PGCE, RSA Prep Cert TEFL

Head of Science

Claire BainesBSc (Hons) (Newcastle), PGCETeacher of Biology and Physics
David FreeMChem (Hons) (Dunelm), PhD, PGCEDirector of Academic Administration
Subject Leader Chemistry
Sarah GortonBSc (Hons) (Leeds), PGCETeacher of Chemistry
Eileen RustTechnician
Neal JacksonTechnician
Jacqueline BarkerTechnician
Amandine SpaansPhDTeacher of Physics
Sian Thomas*BSc (York), PGCEDirector of Learning
Teacher of Physics


Anne Davies*

MEd (Wales), NPQH, PGCE

Director of Sport
Jill RastallBSc (Wales), PGCEDeputy Head of Sport
Karen MitchellTeacher of PE
Fiona WhittleBEd (Bedford CPE), FIOSTeacher of PE
Lorraine TaylorBEd (Liverpool)Teacher of PE
Jude KilburnBA (Hons) (Liverpool John Moores)Teacher of PE
Nigel Allison

BA (Ripon & York St John)

Sports Technician
Steven Alpine-EalesFitness Coach – Personal Training
Matthew BridsonSports Coach
Chloe HagenSports Coach

Careers and Higher Education

Nicola Onyett*BA, DPhil (York), PGCEHead of Careers, Higher Education and Project Qualifications
Julia MillhouseMA (Cantab), PGCETeacher of English

Progress Achievement and Student Support

Juliet Edwards*BSc.Hons (Dunelm), PGCE, PG Cert. SEN (Open), PG Dip. Psych (Open), MA SEN (Leeds), MSc. Psych (Open), MSc. MHS (Open), CCET (BPS), SpLD APC, CPsychol, CMaths

Progress, Achievement and Student Support Coordinator and SENDCO

Dawn HillBA Hons (UCRYSJ), PGCE, MAEd (Open)Progress, Achievement and Student Support Teacher
Senior Tutors
Amanda DebenhamBA (Newcastle), PGCESenior Tutor Key Stage 3
Mary GriffinBA (Hons) (Middlesex), PGCE(M)Senior Tutor Key Stage 4
Claire NadinBSc (Hatfield), PGCESenior Tutor Key Stage 5
Sian ThomasBSc (York), PGCESenior Tutor (Academic Achievement)
William GrantMA (St Andrews), MSt (Oxon), PGCESenior Tutor (Scholars)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Nicola Onyett

BA, DPhil (York), PGCEHead of Careers, Higher Education and Project Qualifications

QM Diploma Coordinator

Kathryn HornbyBSc (Hons) (Lincoln), PGCETeacher of Psychology
Duke of Edinburgh
Caroline GoddardDuke of Edinburgh Coordinator
Heads of Houses
Alison LeadleyRAD, AISTD (CB), UABPA Dip, BA (Surrey), MA (Leeds Met)School House
Jude KilburnBA (Hons) (Liverpool John Moores)QM Hall
David FreeMChem (Hons) (Dunelm), PhD, PGCEGarry
Mark PaytonMA (Oxon), PGCESt Aidan's
William GrantMA (St Andrews), MSt (Oxon), PGCEPitlochry
Charmian BadgerBA (Hons) (OU), PGCEDuncan


Rev’d Robert Owen*BD (Wales), PGCEChaplain
Health and Wellbeing Centre
Dawn Bradford TaylorSenior Sister
Joan EvansBSc (Hons), RGN, RSCNNurse
Geraldine LeesHealthcare Assistant
Rosalyn LesterBA (Hons) (York)Emotional and Wellbeing Practitioner
The Cottages (UVI)
Paula Alpine-EalesBA (Sunderland), PGCEHousemistress
Kristina ClixbyBEd HonsAssistant Housemistress
Ella TimmisResidential Graduate Assistant
Cloisters (LVI)
Julia MillhouseMA (Cantab), PGCEHousemistress
Caroline GoddardResidential
Tracy GongResidential
Julie SimpsonAssistant

Winnie's (Year V)

Lauren CookeBA, PGDip (Birmingham), PGCEHousemistress
Jane HylandAssistant
Siobhan HeustonAssistant (Maternity Leave Cover)
Chelsey GillResidential
Atholl House (Years III & IV)
Jill RoeHousemistress
Fiona PattinsonBA (Hons) (Surrey), MA (Southampton)Assistant Housemistress
Rebecca Brook


Georgia CaslingResidential Graduate Assistant
Red House (Years I and II)
Naida BurtonHousemistress
Clarisse BaleResidential
Nicole McCreadieResidential Graduate Assistant

Administration and Development

PA to the Head
Louise CapponiHead’s PA
School Administration
Michelle Randall*Head of Examinations
Camila Piccolo LawranceData Analyst
Karen Romeniuk-HorsleySchool Administrator: Pastoral
Marina RobsonSchool Administrator: Academic
Admissions and Communications
Alison RuddickRegistrar
Alice KirkupAdmissions Officer
Gina SkeneReceptionist
Sylvia IbbetsonReceptionist
Emily SowdenBA Hons (Leeds), MCIMMarketing Manager
Matthew WilkinsonBMus Hons, MMus (RNCM)Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Strategy
Jonathan Witts*BA Hons (Lincolnshire), FDa (Huddersfield), ITIL, CEOP (Director of Digital Strategy)Director of Digital Strategy
James Beck(IT Manager)IT Manager
Stuart Clark(IT Technician)IT Technician
Lauren KirkSenior Chef
Rose McNultyChef
Michael BrookChef
Stephen HewittChef
David OxerChef
Cathy PopeCatering Supervisor
James LambertCatering Assistant
Mark LeesCatering Assistant
Jacqui MartinCatering Assistant
David NewsomeCatering Assistant
Richie RoqueCatering Assistant
Irma SaltieneCatering Assistant
Nick WorfolkCatering Assistant
Elizabeth CarlillCatering Assistant
Kara ManganCatering Assistant
Pauline BerryCatering Assistant
Valerie BateCatering Assistant
Kerry EmmersonCatering Assistant
Daniel OxerCatering Assistant
Quinn Cardy*Estate Manager & Health & Safety Officer
Katie DuncanEstate & Health & Safety Administrative Assistant
Lynsey GriggsBA (Southampton)Administrative Assistant
Stacy BramleyWorkshop Supervisor – Carpenter & Joiner
Peter JacksonElectrician
Kieran SouthonPlumber & Heating Engineer
Colin MasseyBricklayer & Plasterer
Graham ThackrayRoofer
David PowellHead of Garden & Grounds
Neil ColeGroundsman
Robert LeadbeaterGroundsman
Tom RaperTemporary Labourer
Philip BreslinFacilities Assistant and Minibus Driver
Phillip OliverFacilities Assistant and Minibus Driver
Elaine Ryan*Finance Manager
Hazel BrownBursar’s Assistant
Lesley WaltonBursar’s Assistant
Beth HudsonHR/Payroll Assistant
Pamela Bridges*School Housekeeper
Kate SmithDeputy School Housekeeper
Sandra BeallHousekeeping Assistant
Jane CieplyHousekeeping Assistant
Amy GaskellHousekeeping Assistant
Caron GibsonHousekeeping Assistant
Vanessa GeenHousekeeping Assistant
Joan GrayHousekeeping Assistant
Jackie HatfieldHousekeeping Assistant
Mandy JohnsonHousekeeping Assistant
Josie LeeHousekeeping Assistant
Lynne MuirheadHousekeeping Assistant
Lynne PaylorHousekeeping Assistant
Gwen RushtonHousekeeping Assistant
Anne WardHousekeeping Assistant
Dorothy Whiteford
Housekeeping Assistant
* indicates Head of Department

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