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Matthew Larminie

Matthew has been with The Mandeville School since September 2020, having previously been at St Michael's Catholic School in High Wycombe, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the school. Matthew's background is as a history teacher and he taught in Maidenhead prior to entering senior leadership. He is passionate about developing students as life long learners and has always been keen to continue to learn himself: he completed an MSc in Learning and Teaching at the University of Oxford in 2014. 

Since arriving, he has led significant changes at The Mandeville School while guiding the school through unprecedented times resulting from the pandemic.

"My fundamental goal is that students will flourish here. For me, flourishing means developing successfully in both academic and non-academic ways because of the environment around you. The school will become a place where students achieve great things, including a significant improvement in GCSE, vocational, and A-Level performance. Yet, the school will not measure achievement only through exam results, it will also do this through the kind of people our students become."

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, Teaching and 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 student achievement and experience at the school. 


Sara Durose - Deputy Headteacher

Sara is an experienced Dance, Drama and English teacher. Sara joined us in September 2021 from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, and brings a wealth of experience in various areas of school leadership. At The Mandeville School she leads on behaviour and safeguarding. 


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, and leads on inclusion at the school. 


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 assessment, curriculum planning, and teacher development. 

Extended Senior Leadership Team


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 - Head of Sixth Form

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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