Our Staff

The quality of learning at Ipswich High School is a testament to the expertise and commitment of all the staff at the school. Our teachers, Heads of Department, members of the leadership teams along with Support Staff are able to share ideas, experience and best practice with fellow colleagues, feeding into and enhancing the learning experience at Ipswich High School.

Senior Leadership Team

Mark Howe

Mark Howe, Head

Mr Howe trained as a teacher of history and has experience of working in the UK state and independent sectors, as well as being a Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form in a British international school. Mark joined Ipswich High School in 2020 following four years as a Head of an independent boarding school in the South West of England, during which time the school enjoyed its best ever examination results, student enrolment and won national independent school awards. Mark has moved to Suffolk with his wife Nicola (also a teacher) and their two young daughters, Elodie and Dottie.

Rebecca Rees, Deputy Head

Ms Rees embarked on her career after training as an Art teacher in Australia and moved to London, where she was Head of Department and Head of Year in an all-boys school in Hackney. Prior to joining Ipswich High School, she was an Assistant Headteacher in Colchester, and also acted as Lead SENCO for the SIGMA Trust and has been an Essex Partnership SENCO.

Lisa Finch, Head of Prep School

Mrs Finch joined Ipswich High School in Spring 2019 as Head of the Prep School and is also our whole school Designated Safeguarding Lead . With substantial and varied experience as a primary headteacher, her leadership has been described by an external review as inspirational and dynamic. Mrs Finch completed a degree in Drama and Theatre and Education, with subsidiary mathematics and physical education, at University of Roehampton (London), which has a global reputation for research and teaching innovation and cultural engagement. Mrs Finch has wide experience of teaching, across all Prep year groups, and is also a qualified SENCO.

Rob Hastings, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Boarding

Mr Hastings joined Ipswich High School in Spring 2016 as Head of Sixth Form and recently became Head of Boarding too. Mr Hastings gained his PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge, after previously studying English at De Montfort University, Leicester. Mr Hastings was Head of Sixth Form at Bloxham School, Oxfordshire, teaching English and spending four years as an Assistant Housemaster.

Kaye Extance, Head of Senior School, Head of Co-curricular

Ms Extance joined Ipswich High School as Director of Music in September 2009, creating and developing our unique enrichment offer before taking on her current post of Head Co-Curricular and Enrichment in 2014. Having trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she completed her PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge, and began her teaching career in Dorset, before taking on a post at Kesgrave High School. She is also an accomplished cellist and conductor, running a number of music ensembles both in school and within the wider community.

Elizabeth Hill

Elizabeth Hill, Head of Finance and Operations

Mrs Hill was delighted to be appointed to Ipswich High School in August 2019, at such an exciting time. Having spent over 20 years in retail banking as a Bank Manager and a Financial Planning Manager, Elizabeth transferred these skills to another independent school in 2013 as the Business Manager. Elizabeth enjoys the diversity and challenges of everyday school life at Ipswich High School and is thrilled to be part of the school’s continuing history.

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