Executive Principal

Mr John Waszek



Rev’d Dr Rob Beamish (RBeamish@rydalpenrhos.com)

Deputy Principals

Mrs Lucy Davies (LDavies@rydalpenrhos.com)

Mr Phil Sutton (PSutton@rydalpenrhos.com)

Assistant Principals

Mrs Rhian Williams – Director of Studies/Exams Officer (REWilliams@rydalpenrhos.com)

Mr Andy Thomas – Director of Teaching & Learning (AJThomas@rydalpenrhos.com)


John Waszek was educated at St Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-Trent where he became Head Boy and represented Staffordshire at rugby.

He has an Economics degree from City, University of London, a Master’s degree in Public Sector Economics from the University of Leicester and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Loughborough (Physical Education).

After teaching posts at Mill Hill School and Rugby School, where he was also a Boarding House Master, John was appointed Principal of St Edward’s College, Liverpool.

During his 24 years (1992-2016) in the role, St Edward’s secured seven consecutive “outstanding inspections” and was subsequently designated as “exempt” from inspection by the Department for Education.

Following the organ retention revelations, John was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital (Alder Hey). He also served as a Chair of the Northern Division of the Choir Schools’ Association (for Cathedral and Collegiate Choir Schools).

Following retirement in 2016, John became a School Improvement Advisor, working in particular with School Governing Boards and Leadership teams to advise them on steps to take following their receipt of “poor” inspection reports.

He has also been the Chair of Governors at St Aidan’s Primary School in Huyton, Knowsley.

John has a keen interest in sport. He played football and rugby at university, representing Loughborough Students and English Universities at rugby. He subsequently played rugby for Saracens and Cambridgeshire. John has coached rugby at school and county level (Middlesex) and is currently a season ticket holder at St Helens Rugby League Football Club.


Pastoral Leaders

Ms Sarah Bollan (Year 7-10 Pastoral Lead) – SABollan@rydalpenrhos.com

Mr Alun Brown (Year 11-13 Pastoral Lead) – AMBrown@rydalpenrhos.com

Language, Literacy & Communications Faculty

Mr Steve Williams (Faculty Leader)

  • Mr Alun Brown (English)
  • Mrs Jessica Clarke-McLean (English)
  • Miss Hannah Jones (English & Welsh)
  • Ms Marta Martin De Vidales Sanchez (Spanish)
  • Miss Fiona Earle (Drama & PSHE)
  • Dr Daniela Molinari (Spanish)

Expressive Arts Faculty

  • Mr Mark Harmsworth (Head of DT)
  • Mr Alan McGuinness (Music)
  • Mr Mark Sherrington (Head of Art)
  • Mr Phil Sutton (DT)
  • Mr Peter Williams (Director of Music)

Health & Wellbeing Faculty

  • Mr Mark Harmsworth (Food Studies)
  • Mrs Nicky Head (Head of PE)
  • Dr Jim Lewis (Outdoor Ed)

Humanities Faculty

Mrs Fleur Coates and Mrs Maria Freeman (Faculty Leaders)

  • Rev’d Dr Rob Beamish (Religious Studies)
  • Ms Sarah Bollan (Business & Economics)
  • Mrs Maria Freeman (History)
  • Dr Jim Lewis (Geography)
  • Ms Sandra Morgan (Psychology)
  • Mrs Mary Richardson (RS/PSHE/RSE)
  • Mr John Speakman (Business Studies)

Maths & Computer Science Faculty

Mr Andy Thomas (Faculty Leader)

  • Dr Luke Adamson (Maths and Computer Science)
  • Mr Darren Baker (Maths)
  • Dr Jim Lewis (Maths)
  • Mr Andrew Thomas (Maths and Computer Science)
  • Mrs Rhian Williams (Maths)

Science Faculty

Mr Dave Robson (Faculty Leader)

  • Ms Angharad Davies (Biology)
  • Mr Michael Pender (Chemistry)
  • Mr Ian Richardson (Biology)
  • Mr Dave Robson (Physics)
  • Mrs Deanna Rogers (Physics)



TEACHING STAFF - Pre-School-Year 6

Middle Leaders

Mrs Catherine Culver (Middle Leader – Curriculum & Key Stage 1)

Mrs Victoria Martin (Additional Learning Needs Co-Ordinator)

Mrs Katie Oliver (Middle Leader – Assessment and Progress & Key Stage 2)

Miss Letitia Spencer (Pre-School Manager)

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs Clare Chamberlain
  • Mrs Catherine Culver
  • Mrs Louise Devilleforte
  • Mrs Sue Hughes (Music & Welsh)
  • Mr Alan McGuinness (Music)
  • Mr Jamie McLeod
  • Mrs Victoria Martin
  • Mrs Nicola Merrick
  • Dr Daniela Molinari (Spanish)
  • Mrs Katie Oliver
  • Mrs Jude Pyves
  • Miss Elizabeth Richards
  • Mrs Julie Woodthorpe





Mrs Anne Wallace (Admin Manager and PA to Executive Principal)

  • Mrs Sian Durrans (Academic Administrator)
  • Mr Lloyd Parry-Williams (Clerk to the Governors)
  • Mrs Zoe Roberts (Prep Receptionist)
  • Mrs Hannah Skinner (Receptionist)
  • Mrs Susan Williams (Prep Secretary)


  • Mrs Samantha Calderbank (HR Advisor)


Mr Gareth Robinson (IT Services Manager)

  • Mr Joshua Clancy (IT Apprentice)


Mrs Laura Spencer – Finance Manager

  • Mrs Melaney Davies (Finance Officer)
  • Mr Ben Halsey (Finance Assistant)
  • Mr David Lloyd (Finance Assistant)

Marketing & Communications

Mrs Maria McLean – Admissions and Marketing Manager

  • Mrs Elaine Furnival-Watling (Admissions and Marketing Co-ordinator)
  • Mr Dean Jones (Communications Manager)
  • Mr Lloyd Parry-Williams (Marketing Officer)
  • Mrs Helen Thomas (Commercial Assistant)

Educational Support

  • Miss Charlotte Ball (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Petrina Blomeley (Sailing Principal)
  • Mr James Bonser (DT Technician)
  • Mr Ben Brame (Sailing Instructor)
  • Mrs Satnam Kaur Chahal (Prep After School Club Assistant)
  • Mrs Carol Davies (Science Technician)
  • Miss Louisha Doran (Sports Coach)
  • Mr Stephen Dorman (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Amanda Dracup (Food Technician)
  • Mr Andrew Edgley (Swimming Coach)
  • Mrs Zoe Evans (Additional Learning Needs Teaching Assistant)
  • Mr Mike Farnell (Cover Manager/UCAS and Careers)
  • Miss Samantha Forrest (Additional Learning Needs Teaching Assistant)
  • Mr Ben Granger (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Lucy Healy (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mrs Rebecca Hindley (Pre-School Practitioner – Apprentice)
  • Mrs Jessica Holroyd (Additional Learning Needs Teaching Assistant)
  • Miss Rebecca Howcroft (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mrs Tara James (Science Technician & Additional Learning Needs Teaching Assistant)
  • Miss Rebecca Jewkes (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mrs Dawn Jones (Sports Coach)
  • Miss Ffion Jones (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mr Ryan Kirby (Sports Coach – Head of Rugby)
  • Mrs Jane Lister (ALN Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Emma McDuff (Science Technician)
  • Miss Elizabeth Richards (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Dawn Roberts (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mrs Holly Roberts (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Louise Roberts (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Ms Leah Shepherd (Sailing Instructor)
  • Miss Letitia Spencer (Pre-School Manager)
  • Mrs Nicky Taylor (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Miss Antonia Walker (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mr Matthew Wilkinson (Sports Coach)
  • Mrs Becky Williams (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mrs Caroline Williams (Prep Teaching Assistant)


Mr Richard Smith (Estates Manager)

Grounds & Maintenance

  • Mr Sam Chambers (Maintenance Assistant)
  • Mr David Collins (Security Guard)
  • Mr Paul McGuigan (Estates Foreperson)
  • Mr Nicholas Oliver (Groundsperson)
  • Mr Philip Pritchard (Maintenance)
  • Mr Howard Street (Senior Groundsperson)
  • Mr John Williams (Groundsperson)


  • Miss Tracie Alder (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Nina Armstrong (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Nia Davies (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Kathy Flynn (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Alison Gibbs (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Vivienne Hankey (Cleaner)
  • Mr Jeff Harris (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Lorraine Jones (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Regina Kasparaviciene (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Beverley Northall (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Donna Poppleton (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Leanne Roberts (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Tracy Saunderson (Cleaner)
  • Miss Lowri Williams (Cleaner)


Miss Louisha Doran – Transport Co-Ordinator

  • Mr Jonathan Bottom (Driver)
  • Mr Paul Beynon (Driver)
  • Mrs Denise Collins (Driver)
  • Mr Paul Garnett (Driver)
  • Mrs Ellen Higgins (Driver)
  • Mr Richard Novak (Driver)
  • Mr John Williams (Driver)

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Andy Thomas (Assistant Principal)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Lucy Davies (Deputy Principal)

Mr Phil Sutton (Deputy Principal)

Ms Sarah Bollan (Years 7-10 Pastoral Lead)

Mrs Letitia Spencer (Pre-School Manager)

Mr Alun Brown (Years 11-13 Pastoral Lead)