Senior Leadership Team

Caroline Derbyshire

Caroline Derbyshire 

Headteacher

Caroline Derbyshire has been Headteacher at SWCHS since January 2016. Additionally she is the CEO of Saffron Academy Trust. Caroline studied English Literature at Cambridge University. She was Deputy Headteacher at SWCHS and Executive Principal of an outstanding school in Cambridgeshire for ten years before re-joining County High.

Jennifer Sims

Jennifer Sims

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Jennifer Sims is Senior Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead at SWCHS, having joined as an Assistant Head in September 2001.  Jennifer studied Theology at Manchester University and completed her PGCE at Cambridge University. She started her teaching career in Burnley, Lancashire and was Senior Tutor at Netherhall School before joining SWCHS.

Polly Lankester

Polly Lankester

Deputy Headteacher

Polly Lankester has been Deputy Headteacher at SWCHS since September 2014.  Part of the Teaching and Learning team, her responsibilities include staff training and school self-evaluation.  Polly studied History at Cambridge University.  She joined the school in 1995 and has had a number of different roles before joining the Senior Leadership Team in 2011.

Mark Norman

Mark Norman

Deputy Headteacher

Mark Norman has been Deputy Headteacher at SWCHS since September 2016, having been an Assistant Headteacher at the school since 2013.  Part of the Teaching and Learning team, his responsibilities include student performance analysis, assessment and reporting, and teaching staff.  He is also Director of The Saffron Alliance.  Mark studied English Literature at Cambridge University and Theology at Oxford University.  Previously he was Assistant Head at another Essex secondary school.

Graham Oxborrow

Graham Oxborrow

Senior Assistant Headteacher

Graham Oxborrow has been Senior Assistant Headteacher at SWCHS since 2006. He has responsibility for the school's curriculum, timetabling operations, and careers and PSHE programmes. Graham studied Geography at Cambridge University and now thoroughly enjoys teaching A level Geology. Graham joined SWCHS in 1993, having previously worked in industry. Prior to his current role Graham was Director of Sixth Form.

Helen Cox

Helen Cox

Director of Sixth Form

Helen Cox has been a teacher at SWCHS since 1986 when she moved here from Yorkshire after getting married. For the last eight years she has been Director of Sixth Form, having previously  worked as Year Achievement Coordinator and Area Coordinator. She has a Biology Degree from Durham University and completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Loughborough University. 

Catherine Davis

Catherine Davis

Assistant Headteacher

Catherine Davis joined SWCHS as an NQT in 2005. She was Area Coordinator for English before becoming Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning. Catherine studied English and Drama at Leeds University and then worked in Arts Education for six years before becoming a teacher. She has overall responsibility for the Arts subjects at SWCHS an acts as the school's link with Saffron Hall and Saffron Screen.  She also oversees teacher research, primary/secondary transition and KS3 Teaching and Learning.

Mark Vaughan-Shaw

Assistant Headteacher

Mark Vaughan-Shaw has been Assistant Headteacher at SWCHS since September 2014. Mark studied French and German at Birmingham University. He joined SWCHS in 2004 and spent five years as a Year Achievement Coordinator before moving to his current role. Mark is Assistant Director of Student Achievement.

Angela Rodda

Angela Rodda

Assistant Headteacher

Angela Rodda is an Assistant Headteacher and Director of Initial Teacher Training. She has worked at SWCHS for 12 years within the Drama Department. In addition, Angela is a Senior Tutor for the CTSN School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Angela studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Leeds University.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Finance Director

Paul Wilson FCCA, member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Paul has spent most of his working life within the finance industry in the City of London. He has been a Governor at his local secondary school for over 10 years and has worked in education finance since 2011. When not counting beans Paul has been practising martial arts for over 30 years and now teaches Shotokan Karate twice a week.