Executive Principal

Mr John Waszek



Rev’d Dr Rob Beamish

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)

Senior Teacher

Mr Dave Robson – Monitoring & Reporting



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.


Key Stage Leads

Ms Sarah Bollan (Key Stage 3 Lead) – SABollan@rydalpenrhos.com

Mr Paul Sanders (Key Stage 4 Lead) – PASanders@rydalpenrhos.com

Language, Literacy & Communications Faculty

Mr Steve Williams (Faculty Leader)

  • Mrs Jessica Clarke-McLean (English)
  • Miss Fiona Earle (English)
  • Dr Daniela Molinari (Spanish)
  • Ms Helen Roberts (Welsh & English)

Expressive Arts Faculty

  • Miss Fiona Earle (Drama/English)
  • 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 (Head of Food Studies)
  • Mrs Nicky Head (PE)
  • Dr Jim Lewis (Outdoor Ed)

Humanities Faculty

Mrs Fleur Coates and Mrs Maria Freeman (Faculty Leaders)

  • Ms Sarah Bollan (Business & Economics)
  • Mrs Maria Freeman (History)
  • Dr Jim Lewis (Geography)
  • Ms Sandra Morgan (Psychology)
  • Mrs Mary Richardson (RS/PSHE)
  • Ms Helen Roberts (Religious Studies)
  • Mr Paul Sanders (Business & Economics)

Maths & Computer Science Faculty

Mr Andy Thomas (Faculty Leader – Assistant Principal – Director of Teaching & Learning)

  • Dr Luke Adamson (Maths and Computer Science)
  • Mr Darren Baker (Maths)
  • Dr Jim Lewis (Maths)
  • Mr Andrew Thomas (Maths – Assistant Principal)

Science Faculty

Mr Dave Robson (Faculty Leader – Senior Teacher)

  • Ms Angharad Davies
  • Mr Michael Pender
  • Mr Ian Richardson
  • Mrs Deanna Rogers

Learning Support

Mrs Sarah Seenan (Head of Learning Support)

  • Mrs Tara James
  • Miss Samantha Forrest (Key Stage 3 ALN Teaching Assistant)


TEACHING STAFF - Pre-School-Year 6

Middle Leaders

Mrs Catherine Culver (Middle Leader – Curriculum)

Mrs Katie Oliver (Middle Leader – Assessment and Progress)

Pre-School & Nursery Manager

Miss Letitia Spencer

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs Clare Chamberlain
  • Mrs Catherine Culver (Middle Leader – Curriculum)
  • 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 (Middle Leader – Assessment and Progress)
  • Mrs Jude Pyves
  • Miss Elizabeth Richards (Cover Teacher)
  • Mrs Julie Woodthorpe





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

  • Mrs Sian Durrans (Academic Administrator)
  • Mrs Elaine Furnival-Watling (Administration Assistant)
  • Mrs Zoe Roberts (Prep Receptionist)
  • Mrs Hannah Skinner (Receptionist)
  • Mrs Susan Williams (Prep Secretary)


Mrs Kayleigh Walters (HR Manager)

  • Mrs Samantha Calderbank (HR Advisor)


Mr Gareth Robinson (IT Services Manager)

  • Mr Joshua Clancy (IT Apprentice)


  • Mrs Melaney Davies (Assistant Head of Finance)
  • Miss Wendy Davies (Assistant Head of Finance)

Marketing & Communications

Mrs Debbie McCluskey (Registrar)

  • Mr Dean Jones (Communications Manager)
  • Mrs Maria McLean (Commercial Manager)
  • Mr Lloyd Parry-Williams (Marketing & Admissions Assistant)
  • Mrs Helen Thomas (Commercial Assistant)

Educational Support

  • Mrs Petrina Blomeley (Sailing Principal)
  • Mr James Bonser (DT Technician)
  • Mrs Satnam Kaur Chahal (Prep After School Club Assistant)
  • Mrs Carol Davies (Science Technician)
  • Mrs Amanda Dracup (Food Technician)
  • Mr Andrew Edgley (Swimming Coach)
  • Mrs Zoe Evans (Additional Learning Needs Teaching Assistants)
  • Mr Mike Farnell (Cover Manager/UCAS and Careers)
  • Mr Ben Granger (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Lucy Healy (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Rebecca Hindley (Prep Teaching Assistant – Apprentice)
  • Mrs Jessica Holroyd (Additional Learning Needs Teaching Assistants)
  • Miss Rebecca Howcroft (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Miss Sarah James (Pupil Welfare Assistant)
  • Miss Ruby James (Prep Play Scheme Assistant)
  • Mrs Tara James (Science Technician)
  • Miss Rebecca Jewkes (Pre-School Practitioner)
  • Mrs Dawn Jones (Sports Coach)
  • Miss Ffion Jones (Prep Teaching Assistant – Apprentice)
  • Mr Ryan Kirby (Sports Coach)
  • Miss Elizabeth Richards (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Dawn Roberts (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Holly Roberts (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Louise Roberts (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Ms Leah Shepherd (Sailing Instructor)
  • Miss Letitia Spencer (Pre-School Manager)
  • Miss Eva Sutton (Prep Holiday Play Scheme)
  • Mrs Nicky Taylor (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • Miss Antonia Walker (Prep Teaching Assistant)
  • 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)


  • Mrs Nina Armstrong (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Joanne Cashmore (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Nia Davies (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Kathy Flynn (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Alison Gibbs (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Vivienne Hankey (Cleaner)
  • Mr Jeff Harris (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Gemma Harrison (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Carol Hughes (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Lorraine Jones (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Regina Kasparaviciene (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Michelle Matthews (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Beverley Northall (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Donna Poppleton (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Leanne Roberts (Cleaner)
  • Mrs Tracy Saunderson (Cleaner)


  • Mr Paul Beynon (Driver)
  • Mrs Ellen Higgins (Driver)
  • Mr Richard Novak (Driver)
  • Mr John Williams (Driver)

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Lucy Davies (Deputy Principal)

Mr Phil Sutton (Deputy Principal)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Ms Sarah Bollan (Key Stage 3 Lead)

Mr Paul Sanders (Key Stage 4 Lead)

Mrs Letitia Spencer (Pre-School Manager)