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Deputy & Assistant Headteachers


Hannah Tongue - Deputy Headteacher

Hannah joined The Mandeville School in September 2016 from The Bridge Academy in Hackney where she has been Assistant Vice Principal responsible for Key Stage Three.  Hannah has been a History teacher for 12 years. Hannah leads on Curriculum, Achievement and Teaching & Learning at the school. 


Giselle Hobbs - Deputy Headteacher

Giselle is an English and Media specialist who has been teaching for 16 years. Originally from Australia, she has worked in schools in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and now Buckinghamshire. Giselle leads on Pastoral Care and Behaviour of students, including the Mandeville Charter. 


Sara Durose - Assistant Headteacher

Sara is an experienced Dance, Drama and English teacher. Sara joins us in September 2021 from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, and brings a wealth of experience on Teaching & Learning and staff training. 


Maria Gomez - Assistant Headteacher

Maria is an experienced English specialist, who has worked at The Mandeville School for almost two decades. Maria is a qualified SENDCO who leads the SEND team and is responsible for the Pupil Premium. 


Paul Miles - Assistant Headteacher

Paul joined in September 2005 as Subject Leader for PE when The Mandeville School was awarded Specialist Sports College status.  He held the same role previously at Isleworth and Syon School for Boys in Hounslow.  Paul became Head of Hartwell House when our pastoral system changed to vertical and joined the Leadership Team in June 2014. Paul leads on Raising Achievement and Assessment. 


Jenny Thompson - Assistant Headteacher

Jenny joined The Mandeville School in September 2001 as Head of Year.  In September 2005 Jenny became Director of Key Stage 4 and 5 and has been an Assistant Head since this time.  Jenny was approached by the LA to lead on a project working with those at risk of permanent exclusion at Key Stage 3 and had a secondment for 6 months in 2010 to deliver this programme in the South of Buckinghamshire. Jenny leads on Safeguarding and PSHE. 

Extended Senior Leadership Team


Patrick Donoghue - Associate Senior Leader

Patrick joined the school in 2006 as an Overseas Trained Teacher of English. He has worked as Year 8 Leader before becoming Second in Department and subsequently Whole School Literacy Coordinator. During his time here, Patrick has worked alongside University College London, the Institute of Education, the Arts Council, and as an executive on the National Writing Project.


Chris Penson - Associate Senior Leader

Chris joined The Mandeville School in 2012 as a teacher of science. For a period of time he was a Staff Governor saying he became a Governor because he felt passionate about the school and would like to see it continue the journey to good and then outstanding. He has been Subject Leader for Science since September 2018. 


Justine Webb - Associate Senior Leader

Justine joined the school in 2019. She is originally from South Africa and has been teaching since 2008. She worked as second in the Maths department team before being appointed as the Head of Maths in 2020. Justine also enjoys contributing to the school's wider life by offering trips and clubs! 

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David Cockroft - Sixth Form Progress Leader

David joined us in 2006 as an NQT English Teacher, having previously worked for a decade in the motor industry. He was worked in a variety of pastoral roles, having headed up Windsor House and subsequently worked as Year Leader for a variety of age groups. He started his new role as Sixth Form Leader in June 2017.

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