Senior School Staff

The outstanding results that we have achieved at Long Close in recent years are no accident. Nor is the warm, friendly atmosphere at the school, or the fact that our pupils emerge as such well-rounded, thoughtful young men and women. All of this stems from the excellence of our teaching staff.

Nor is this excellence down to chance. We take great care to recruit the best candidates we can find and we give them every opportunity to improve their teaching skills term by term and year by year. In other words we take an individualised approach to the development of our teachers as well as to the progress of our pupils.

In practice this means that we monitor the work of all our teachers, giving them detailed feedback on where they can improve and providing them with the support they need to make it happen. Sometimes this might mean pairing up two teachers with differing sets of strengths so that they can learn from each other’s methods. Other times it can come down to the everyday culture of our staff room, where we are constantly swapping notes on the progress of our pupils and the teaching methods that seem to be working best.

Our specialist subject teachers bring both knowledge and passion to the classroom. We believe that this is the basis for the truly inspirational teaching that we aim to provide at Long Close.

Please use the link below to download a list of all the school staff. If you would rather speak to a member of staff over the phone, please call the school office on 01753 520095 and we will do our best to put you in contact.

Staff NameStaff TitleQualifications

Ms M McBride

HeadteacherBA (Hons), B Ed, MA

Mr D McCarthy

Deputy Head, Head of Senior School, Head of RS and Designated Safeguarding Lead Years 7-11BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd

Mr D Sargeant

Head of ScienceBA (Hons), PGCE

Mr E Jones

Year 7 & Head of SportsBA (Hons), PGCE

Mrs Z Amod

Year 7 & Head of EnglishBA (Hons), MA, QTS (AOR)

Mrs R Gajree

Year 8 & Teacher of Maths & ScienceBSc (Hons), PGCE

Mr P Brazier

Year 8 & Teacher of MathematicsBA (Hons), PGCE

Mr G Larcombe

Year 9 & Head of Art/DT & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Yrs 7-11BA (Hons), MA, PGCE

Mr A Poulter-Dunford

Year 10 & Head of HistoryMA (Hons), LLB (Acc), PGCE

Mr I Powell

Year 11 & Head of GeographyBA (Hons), QTS

Mrs M McCauley

Head of MFLBA, PGCE

Mrs A Bingham

Director of MusicBMus (Hons), MMus, PGCE

Mrs K Wall

Head of Learning SupportDiploma in SEN Support