Governors Local Advisory Board

Governance Structure

HHHS Ltd Corporate Board
Local Advisory Board
Sub- Committees

Sub-Committees Structure

Local Advisory Board
Curriculum, Quality & Standards


 Dr Julie Smith
Chair of Board (Director) and Proprietor

Julie has many years of experience in Education. She has a first degree in Chemistry and Education, Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Librarianship and Information Studies, and a PhD in Education.


She has also worked in a variety of teaching and learning environments, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language at a private school in Europe, Learning Resource Centre management at a Further Education College and in Education and Training in the National Health Service.


As well as the Board Chair, Julie is also responsible for safeguarding.

You can contact Julie by post at the school address, or at


Gina Wagland
BA(Hon), NPQH, Counselling PGDIP

Gina has been working with children and young people with additional and complex needs for many years and is passionate about the role of education in transforming lives.


Having spent 11 years as Headteacher of a special school in Sussex, turning it around from 'inadequate' to 'good' in just 14 months, I bring with me a wealth of experience and enthusiasm which I believe will benefit each and every one of our children. 

Gina has also recently completed a Counselling degree at Brighton University, before relocating to Cornwall to continue working within the special education sector.  

You can contact Gina at

Sir Peter Birkett
Cert Ed, MSc 
Ambassador and Head of Strategy and Partnerships


As a British educator and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience, Sir Peter’s ambition is to find and deliver innovative solutions that ensure every student regardless of their age, ability or background receives the very best education and progression opportunities.


Awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours for Services to Further Education, Schools and the Academy movement, Peter founded the UK's first college-led Federation turning around two underperforming schools and taking the college to number 1 in the UK for 16 – 18-year-olds.


He has held Government advisory and Director roles on several National Boards, and continues to present at national and international conferences around the world.

Charlotte Kelly
BA (Hons)
Marketing and Communications Manager

Charlotte has a vast experience of marketing to potential parents and professionals, using online and offline channels.

Very passionate about putting Highgate Hill House School on the map within the SEN community, Charlotte has developed a range of above and below-the-line marketing skills in previous Marketing and PR management roles in both the public and private sectors, in the UK and Germany.

You can contact Charlotte at

External Advisors

Dr Martin Stephens
Martin was a former High Master of Manchester Grammar School, an independent school in Manchester.


He served as chairman of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, a group of 250 independent schools.


In 2004 he moved from Manchester independent school to High Master of St Paul's school, London.

Christine Bamford
Vice Chair of Board

Before her role as Visiting Professor, Christine held many top leadership positions such as Director - Department of Health and Social Services, Welsh Government and later director of Leadership for 44 hospitals across Wales.


She achieved outstanding service improvement and leadership development. Christine is President of International Dance Council/UNESCO UK promoting UN values to enhance cultural and social cohesion.


Her engagement with the Mayor of London has resulted in confirmation that dance, as well as sports, will be considered as part of diversity policy agenda.


She also advises on organisational change, mergers, leadership and talent development and has been a regular speaker at the UK and International conferences.

Meet Our Staff

Gina Wagland



Deputy Headteacher

Andrew German

School Bursar

Steve Badham

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Manager

Martyn Smith


Charlotte Kelly

Marketing & Communications


Luke Medhurst


Paul Hayes

Senior Teacher & SENCO

Caroline Harding


Amy Whiteley

Lead Therapist

Kim Ross


Gill Puxley


Kirsty Budd

Play Therapist

Jen Jones-Giles

Assistant Therapist

Sophie Ogden

School Mental Health Practitioner

Hannah Lloyd


Ollie Norton

Practical Skills Senior Instructor

Ian Sampson

Sports Coach

Kim Tester

Outdoor Instructor

Izzy Skelton


Sarah Burnard


Karen Seymour

School Cook

Tara Thompson

Speech & Language Therapy Asst

Kurtis Blake


Charlie Stringer


Clare King


Kerry Paterson


Jade Stewart


Shelley Knight


Sam Roberts


Michelle Measey

School Administrator