Our Staff2018-10-16T08:00:48+00:00

Our Staff

The quality of learning at Ipswich High School is testament to the expertise, dynamism 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.


Our Senior Leadership Team

Oona Carlin, Head

Ms Carlin joined Ipswich High School in September 2013 from her position as Deputy Head Academic at Putney High School, where she was a key member of the senior leadership team for six years. Prior to Putney High, she was Head of Chemistry at The Royal Masonic School.

Eileen Fisher, Head of Prep School

Mrs Fisher has been Head of the Prep School at Ipswich High School since September 2009. She trained at the University of Chichester where she studied a four year B. Ed English Degree. Previously, Mrs Fisher was Deputy Principal (Head of Juniors) at St. Margaret’s School in Edinburgh.

Rob Hastings, Head of Sixth Form

Mr Hastings joined Ipswich High School in Spring 2016 as Head of Sixth Form. 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.

Nicola Griffiths, Deputy Head

Mrs Griffiths gained her Masters degree in Biological Sciences and PGCE in Science from Oxford University. She has worked in both co-educational and single gender schools, most notably Ruby School and Benenden School. Prior to Ipswich High School, she was Head of Science where she led the development of STEM. Throughout her career, Mrs Griffiths has been very involved in both GCSE and A Level examining.

Ipswich High School's Assistant Head (Wellbeing), Joanna Fox

Joanna Fox, Assistant Head (Wellbeing)

Mrs Fox joined the school in January 2016 as Assistant Head (Wellbeing). Previously, Mrs Fox worked at the Royal Hospital School where she was Head of Lower School and a teacher of English. She was also fully involved in boarding as she had been Housemistress in both senior and junior girls’ boarding houses and, as Head of Lower School, had oversight of the two junior houses.

Kaye Extance, Assistant Head (Co-Curricular)

Ms Extance joined Ipswich High School as Director of Music in September 2009, creating and developing our unique enrichment offer, since taking on her current post of Assistant 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 as Head of Music at Highcliffe School, Dorset, before taking on a post at Kesgrave High School when she moved to Suffolk. She is also an accomplished cellist and conductor, running a number of music ensembles both in school and within the wider community.

Lucy Beavon, Director of Marketing and Communications

Mrs Beavon joined the school in 2016. She has worked in education marketing for over ten years and was previously Head of International Recruitment at UCL’s Institute of Education. Mrs Beavon gained her degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of East Anglia and holds a professional marketing qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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Other Team Members


Naomi Looker, Head of Year 7

 Ipswich High School's Head of Year 11, Pippa Barley

Pippa Barley, Head of Year 8


Ross Rands, Head of Year 9


Andrew Gardener, Head of Year 10


Sandie Lister, Head of Year 11

 Ipswich High School's Deputy Head of Prep School, Cat Allen

Cat Allen, Deputy Head Prep School

 Ipswich High School's Head of EYFS, Ruth Hatcher

Ruth Hatcher, Head of EYFS


Dianna Firbank, SENCO


Alison Garratt, School Nurse


Sarah Ghiglino, School Counsellor