School Governors, Trustees & Staff


Miss B Holbrooke MSc (Oxford) Child Development and Education, MSc (Oxford Brookes) Psychology – Chair
Former teacher and educational researcher, GDST alumna

After starting out working in Early Childhood Education in London, Becki moved to Oxford to study Education and Child Development at University of Oxford Department of Education where she also worked on research into inclusive education. Her other interests include: early childhood education and care; special and inclusive education; child development & psychology; further and higher education; quality measurement in education;further and higher education; and professional development, skills, training and competence. Becki is a member of the care team at Helen House children’s hospice and has recently started to train as a children’s nurse. The Chair can be contacted via e mail () or by writing to the following address:

The Chair of SGB
Sydenham High School
19 Westwood Hill
London SE26 6BL

Mrs A Hall BA (London) English – Deputy Chair
Mentor and former parent

For many years Angela has worked closely with various local groups to provide a safer environment for the community. She is Chair of Sydenham SNT Police Ward Panel; panel member for the Lewisham Police Safer Neighbourhood Board; Executive Committee Member of the Sydenham Society, and Coordinating Group Member for the Sydenham Assembly. She also mentors girls aged 14-16 who have been removed from mainstream education. Angela is a former Sydenham High parent and is taking the lead for Marketing on the SGB.

Mrs D Coolahan BCL (Oxford)

Deirdre Coolahan is a qualified solicitor admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales and is currently taking a lead for safeguarding on the SGB.

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Sanjay Prasad is a Consultant Cardiologist and a Reader in Imperial College, London. He trained in Cardiff, Geneva, London and Boston. He runs a busy NHS Clinical Service and in addition leads a large research group. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School, Boston and currently supports the Harvard Selection Committee for UK applicants. Previously, he has also sat on the Fulbright Selection Committee. Dr Prasad regularly teaches medical students as well as post-grads and is a current Sydenham High parent.

Mrs P Hossain B.Eng(Hons) (Bristol) FBCS CITP FRSA
Business and Technology Advisor and GDST alumna

Punita is a senior business advisor with deep technology expertise and broad experience in the Financial Services Industry, Olympics and blue chip consulting. She is an expert in combining strategy, operational and digital experience with change management to deliver business change. She is alumna from Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDST and a current parent of another GDST school in South West London.

Mrs A Egan BA (Exeter) Accounting, MSc (Belfast) Finance, Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries

Andrea is a qualified Actuary, specialising in risk management. She currently works as a Risk Manager at a large global insurance company in the City. Prior to this, she worked for two of the Big Four financial services firms in a variety of actuarial roles. Andrea enjoys using her finance skills in a variety of settings and has previous experience as a school governor, with a particular interest in financial management.

Miss R Benetyte Postgraduate Diploma (London) – ARB Architect, Vita Architecture (RIBA) Director

Ruta is a qualified architect passionate about community led architecture and introducing innovative and technologically forward approach to design. She has extensive experience in educational, commercial and residential projects. Currently a Director of a practice in London and Lecturer of Architecture at Vilnius Academy of Arts of in Lithuania.

Mr C Njamma MPhys (Oxford) Physics, MSc (London) Actuarial Finance, Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, Investment Director

Cyprian is a qualified Actuary with focus on providing investment strategy advice to pension schemes, charities, endowments and other institutional clients. He is currently an Investment Director within an Asset Management firm in the City of London. He’s passionate about personal finance and the importance of financial education to students.

Miss S-J Pendleton BA (St Mary’s)

Sarah-Jane Pendleton qualified with a First Class honours degree in Primary Education and Drama from St.Mary’s University in Strawberry Hill in 1998. She has been a teacher for 21 years and has also worked as a National Strategies Literacy consultant. She has been Deputy Head at Rathfern Primary School for 6 years, prior to taking up the position of Head teacher at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School 3 years ago and is extremely proud of her little hidden gem in the heart of Lewisham. She is also Mummy to Bronte-Isabella who is 7 years old.


The Trustees of the school are the Trustees of the GDST, details of whom can be found here on the GDST website. The Chairman of the Trustees, Juliet Humphries can be contacted via Alison Smith at the GDST office – 

Senior Leadership Team

Head: Ms A Geldeard
MA (Cambridge), BA (Cambridge), PGCE
Deputy Head (Pastoral): Dr E Waites
PhD (Birmingham), Maitrise (Poitiers), BSc (Liverpool), PGCE
Deputy Head (Academic): Mr C Batty
BSc (Bangor, Wales), PGCE
Deputy Head (Operations): Ms S Munday
MA (University of London), BA (Bristol), PGCE
Head of Prep School: Mrs G Panton
MA (St Andrews), PGCE
Deputy Head of Prep School: Miss H Cuthbert
BA (Oxford), PGCE
Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Head: Ms R Parrish (maternity leave)
BA (Southampton), PGCE
Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Mr R Stevens
MA (London), BA (Sheffield), PGCE
Assistant Head (Enrichment): Miss L Dodds
BA (Nottingham)
Director of Finance & Operations: Mr J Nelson
BA (Napier)
Director of Marketing & Communications: Ms L Hooper
BAEcon (Manchester), PGDip School Business Management
  • Prep School Teaching Staff
    Prep School Leadership Team
    Head of Prep School: Mrs G PantonMA (St Andrews), PGCE
    Deputy Head of Prep School: Miss H CuthbertBA (Oxford), PGCE
    Assistant Head (Academic & Innovation): Miss J WollastonBA (Hertfordshire)
    Assistant Head (Pupil Development & Enrichment): Mrs Z LakerBEd (Cambridge)
    Head of Pre-Prep: Mrs C Tomalin-PayneBSc (London Southbank), PGCE
    Ms G BazieuBA (Brighton), MSc (Birbeck), PGCE
    Ms H CuthbertBA (Oxford), PGCE
    Mrs F DaviesBEd (Cambridge), QTS
    Mrs S DuffyMA (Usti Nad Laben, Czech Rep)
    Mr M Duke (maternity cover)BA (Swansea), PGCE
    Ms B Duval (maternity leave)MA (OU) BMus (Lancs), PGCE
    Miss D ElliottNational Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (UCL) PGDip BSc (Brunel), PGCE
    Mrs S Fabricant-LaceyBSc (Nottingham), PGCE
    Ms A Karmock-GoldsBA (Warwick), PGCE
    Mrs Z LakerBEd (Cambridge)
    Mrs C McLellanBA (Nottingham), PGCE
    Mrs C Mitchell MorganBA (Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama), QTS
    Mrs S Murphy-MorrisBA (Lancaster), PGCE
    Mrs P PatrickBEd (Roehampton)
    Ms F PennBA (Bath), PGCE
    Mr A PorterBSc (Sunderland), PGCE
    Mrs Routledge (maternity cover)MA (Wales), BA (Birmingham)
    Mr J RowlandsBSc (Birmingham), PGCE
    Ms F Stockdale-Bridson (maternity leave)BA (Leeds), PGCE
    Mrs C Tomalin-PayneBSc (London Southbank), PGCE
    Miss J WollastonBA (Hertfordshire)
    Mr B WelchBMus (Canterbury), PGCE
  • Prep School Teaching Assistants
    Ms V BlaguNVQIII
    Mrs S ByrneNVQIII
    Ms J DormanMBA (Hull), BSc (Lancashire Polytechnic), PGCE, CIM
    Ms C Kay
    Mr B Matthews
    Mrs H MooneyNVQIII
    Mrs S Taak
    Mrs A DudaniLevel 3 Teaching Assistant (QCF) (De Montford)
  • Prep School Wrap Around Care
    Mrs H MooneyNVQIII
    Mrs H Thomas
    Ms R Salmon
  • Senior School Teaching Staff
    Heads of Section
    Head of Year 7: Ms S SookdeoBSc (London), PGCE, PDip (London)
    Head of Year 8: Miss L BlairBSc (Bath), PGCE
    Head of Year 9: Mrs K EvansMA (Lille), PGCE
    Head of Upper School (Year 10 & 11): Ms S Gonzalez LensBA (Santiago de Compostela)
    Deputy Head of Upper School (Years 10 & 11): Ms S CrossBA (Birmingham), PGCE
    Head of Sixth Form: Ms R ParrishBA (Southampton), PGCE
    Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Mr R StevensMA (London), BA (Sheffield), PGCE
    Teaching Staff
    * denotes Head of Department
    Art and Design
    Mr A Dunne*BA (Nottingham Trent) PGCE
    Ms T FerrierBA (Middlesex), PGCE
    Mrs M Frankland*MA, BA (Pembroke, Cambridge), PGCE
    Mrs C SaundersBA (Kings College, London), QTS
    Computer Science
    Ms F Diallo*MA (King’s College London), MSc (Glamorgan), BA (Glamorgan)
    Mrs E JourzacBA (Greenwich), PGCE
    Design Technology
    Mrs P Curran*BEd (Sheffield, Hallam)
    Miss E OppongBA (Huddersfield), PGCE
    Mrs F Eastaugh*BA (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Acting Diploma (Drama Studio London), PGCE
    Ms K Palmer (EPQ Co-ordinator)MA (Lancaster), BA (Warwick), PGCE
    Ms S MurphyBA (Leeds)
    Ms S Elliott*BA (Exeter), PGCE
    Ms S MacdougalMA (Birkbeck College, University of London), BA (Nottingham)
    Mrs K RoseBA (Warwick), PGCE
    Mr D WiseMA (Birkbeck), BA (Southhampton), PGCE
    Mrs C Buckler*MA (Bath), BSc (Sheffield) PGCE
    Mrs J DracupBSc (Sheffield) PGCE
    Government & Politics
    Mrs J Ellison*MA Russian Studies, BSC Sociology
    Dr S Wallace*PhD (Cambridge), PGCE
    Ms S CrossBA (Birmingham), PGCE
    Ms R ParrishBA (Southampton), PGCE
    Mrs S O’NeillBA (Sheffield), PGCE
    History of Art
    Ms C CondronMA (SOAS), BA (East Anglia)
    Mrs H Parker*BEd Modern Languages (Anglia)
    Mrs K EvansMA (Lille), PGCE
    Ms S Gonzalez LensBA (Santiago de Compostela)
    Miss L Job (French Language Assistant)BA (Stirling)
    Miss L Board (SCITT)
    Miss N GibbsBA (Leeds), PGCE
    Ms M BelardoBA (Messina), MFL, QTS
    Mrs H CollinsBA (Exeter), PGCE
    Ms S Gonzalez LensBA (Santiago de Compostela)
    Mr K Brewin*BEng (Bristol), PGCE
    Mrs J TibbleBA (Oxon), BSc (OU), PGCE
    Mr A Bruni (maternity cover)BSc (London), B.Ed Open University
    Mr R WhitleyBSc (Queens, Belfast), PGCE
    Ms A MullinMA (Goldsmiths), BA (Cambridge), PGCE
    Miss S Hawley (maternity leave)BSc (Cumbria), QTS
    Mrs A Dudani (maternity leave)MSc (Bristol), BSc (Delhi), PGCE
    Ms D Brown*BMus (Manchester), PGCE
    Ms S BloorBMus LRAM
    Miss J Matthews*BSc (Loughborough), PGCE
    Mrs G Calvert (PSHE & Enrichment Co-ordinator)BEd (Greenwich)
    Ms H ParnisBSc (Birmingham), PGCE
    Miss P EmbureyBA (Oxford Brookes)
    Mr R WallbankBA (Brunel), PGCE
    Mr M Angel (Head of Rowing and Outdoor Education)*BA (Westminster), PGCE
    Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
    Mrs R Vaughan*MA (Heythrop), BA (Roehampton), PGCE
    Mrs C MalacridaMA (Edinburgh), PGCE
    Mr R StevensMA (London), BA (Sheffield), PGCE
    Dr G Hill*PhD (York), BSc (Sheffield), PGCE
    Mr C BattyBSc (Bangor, Wales), PGCE
    Dr E WaitesPhD (Birmingham), Maitrise (Poitiers), BSc (Liverpool), PGCE
    Mr X Tan*BSc (Surrey), PGCE
    Mrs S O’ConnellBPharm (University of London), MSc (St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London)
    Ms L BlairBSc (Bath), PGCE
    Mr R GuevaraBSc (De Montfort)
    Miss A Inchenko*MSc (Bristol), MSc (Imperial), PGCE
    Mrs J TilleyBSc (Southampton), PGCE
    Mr R Newton (SCITT)
    Mrs J Ellison*MA Russian Studies, BSC Sociology
    Learning Support – Senior School
    Ms C PascalPGDip, BA (London), PGCE
  • Operational Departments
    Director of Finance & Operations: Mr J NelsonBA (Napier)
    Director of Marketing & Communications: Miss L HooperBAEcon (Manchester), PGDip School Business Management
    HR & Compliance Manager: Mrs O FashoroMSc (Surrey), BSc (University of Ghana, Legon)
    Finance Manager: Mrs A Clarke-JosephsBA (London, South Bank)
    Finance Officer/Lettings Adminstrator: Ms G KellyLevel 3 Accounting Diploma
    Head’s PA: Ms J ThomasMA (The London College of Fashion), BA (King’s College London)
    Registrar: Mrs T Culmer-GuevaraExecutive PA Diploma
    Marketing & Admissions Assistant: Mr A BishopBA (Brunel)
    Front Office Administrator: Miss S Gloucester-Trotman
    Front Office and Systems Administrator: Ms Y NevrklaMSc, BA (Sheffield)
    Alumnae & Development Coordinator: Ms N HallMA (Edinburgh), PGCert (Birkbeck)
    Graphic Design & Teaching Resources Officer: Mrs C WilliamsBA (University College for the Creative Arts)
    Prep School Office Manager: Mrs T DoyleBTec National Diploma (Bromley College)
    Prep School Administration Assistant: Ms J CatchpoleBSc (Open University)
    Prep School Receptionist/Administrator: Miss M Drepaul
    Librarian & Careers Leader: Mrs S PettMSc (City, London), BA (Roehampton)
    School Nurse: Miss S Mendez
    School Nurse: Mrs J McManus
    School Counsellor: Ms H Coudyser-Brushett (maternity leave)MA (Goldsmiths, University of London), BA (Bird College Conservatoire of Dance and Musical Theatre)
    School Counsellor: Ms R SkinnerBSc (Open University), PGDip
    ICT Operations & Development Manager: Mr B Vanner
    ICT Technician: Mr Y Sumaili
    SIMS Data Manager: Mr J Kerr
    Examinations and Attendance Officer: Mr N TytherleighBA (Rhodes, South Africa)
    Assistant Examinations, Attendance & Cover Officer: Miss H DixonBTEC, NVQ L2
    Art Technician: Miss G DavenportBA (Warwick)
    DT Technician: Miss H LlewellynBA (Kingston)
    Languages Assistant: Mrs T Urra-SpiessPGCE (Santiago)
    Science Technician (Senior Technician): Mrs S K KoonerMSc (Punjab)
    Science Technician: Mr R GuevaraBSc (De Montfort)
    Performing Arts Technical Manager: Mr I MatthewsHND, BTEC
    Premises Manager: Mr P Griffin
  • Visiting Teachers
    Speech & Drama
    Speech & Drama: Miss A BorgeFVCM (TD) Hons
    Speech & Drama: Mrs A HighmanBA (London) P.G.C.E
    Brass: Mr T HarrisonBMus (Guildhall School of Music & Drama)
    Cello: Ms M Bruce MitfordL.R.A.M, A.R.C.M
    Clarinet & Saxophone: Mr F ChristouL.R.A.M, A.R.C.M
    Drums/Percussion: Mr S RothBA Music (York)
    Flute: Ms K BertolacciniPGCE
    Guitar: Mr C OlmosBMus (Boston USA)
    Horn: Ms S PullenATCL, BMus (University of Birmingham) PGDip (Perf), MMus (TCL)
    Harp: Ms L EvansDIP RCM ARCM (Royal College of Music)
    Jazz Clarinet & Saxophone: Ms L LaleMMus (Guildhall)
    Oboe: Ms J BrittonBMus, PGDip, LTCL
    Piano: Ms L BodeBMus (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music), MMus (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
    Piano: Mr A LawBMus (Royal Academy of Music) PgDip, PGCE
    Piano: Ms J Rutt
    Singing: Ms B Duval (maternity leave)MA (OU) BMus (Lancs), PGCE
    Singing/Voice: Ms L GoddardMA (Cambridge), MA (Royal Academy of Music)
    Voice: Ms A WhyteBA (The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama), PgDip (Trinity College of Music), PgAdDip (Trinity Laban Conservatoire)
    Violin: Mr M BasiliscoPGDip, BMus
    Violin: Mr E WangArtist Fellowship, MA and PgDip (Guildhall School of Music & Drama)
    Violin: Ms P WyattDIP RCM (Royal College of Music)

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