At Clifton High School we take a modern, business approach to how the School is managed and run. Dr Alison Neill, Head of School, Dr Mark Caddy and Dr Helen Pascoe, Deputy Heads of School and Mr Guy Cowper, Director of Finance and Operations make decisions on strategy and the day-to-day running of the School. We have a strong Council of Governors, a committed team of teaching and business support staff and are supported by an inspiring and knowledgeable patron.
Under the leadership of Dr Neill and her excellent team, Clifton High School has been on an exciting journey over the last few years. Through their commitment, passion and innovative thinking they have transformed Clifton High into the flourishing, co-educational School it is today. They have had the foresight to embrace change and have a restless curiosity to find new and better ways of doing things. The leadership team has created a culture of optimism and energy with staff embracing the change but always having the best interest of the children and young people at the forefront of their minds; they have ensured that the School and the education it provides are current and relevant for today’s young people and their parents. Clifton High School’s story is one of success and due to its outstanding leadership, can look forward to the future with great optimism.
Clifton High School, Council of Governors
Head of School, Dr Alison Neill: After training as a biologist, Dr Neill worked with undergraduates and taught at a Further Education college and then at a large co-educational secondary school in the maintained sector. She has also worked in industry, in particular with scientific companies. She joined Clifton High as a teacher of biology over thirty years ago. She progressed to being Head of Sixth Form and then took on management of the senior years before becoming overall Head of School. She has responsibility for educational strategy and direction, children and pupil welfare and staff appointments. Dr Neill is an Independent Schools inspector and a member of The Society of Heads for independent schools where she sits on their Professional Development Committee. She is also a member of the Child Welfare Expert Group, part of the Independent Schools Council.
Director of Finance and Operations, Mr Guy Cowper: With a wealth of experience and a background in management consultancy, change and general management, Mr Cowper joined Clifton High in June 2008. He is responsible for managing the business and operational functions of the School. Mr Cowper is also Clerk to the Council of Governors and Secretary of Clifton High School Foundation. Mr Cowper is one of the first Compliance Trained inspectors in the country and has already inspected a number of other independent schools.
Deputy Head of School, Dr Helen Pascoe: A scientist and a teacher of chemistry, Dr Pascoe has a degree in Food Science and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Reading. Dr Pascoe is actively engaged in educational issues, is a Community School Governor and has an MSc in Educational Leadership. She has an excellent track record in quality assurance, assessment and tracking. Dr Pascoe has previously held positions of leadership, has been a deputy head and has experience in managing successful school inspections. She joined Clifton High in April 2015.
Deputy Head of School, Dr Mark Caddy: With a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Warwick, Dr Caddy has taught both mathematics and science. He has teaching and management experience in all-through schools, has been a deputy head and has experience in managing successful school inspections. He has particular experience in academic, curricular and pastoral matters. Dr Caddy joined Clifton High School in April 2015.
Our Patron and Our Council of Governors
Patron, Dr Richard Gliddon: Dr Gliddon has been Patron of Clifton High School since 2008. He has taught at Winchester College, Clifton College and was Headmaster at QEH until 2000. He has also been President of the Council of Governors and a council member at Cheltenham Ladies College.
Our Council of Governors
Clifton High School has a strong governing body currently consisting of eight active members and a Patron, together with the Head of School and Director of Operations.
Council of Governors
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