St Philip's School


St Philip’s has a well-qualified, long-standing and dedicated teaching staff. There has been a remarkable continuity and loyalty of teaching staff over the years, which has been of huge benefit to the pupils. Apart from the team of full-time class and subject teachers, St Philip’s has the benefit of a Roman Catholic chaplain, a highly professional in-house learning support unit, a director of music who oversees several instrumental teachers and professional sport and swimming coaches.

St Philip’s is fortunate to have a full time housekeeper, Mrs Sue Arnold. Mrs Arnold is an ex-parent and former governor of the School. She looks after domestic arrangements ranging from supplying second hand uniform and providing medication for boys who are not feeling well to providing staff lunch and presenting the prizes at Sports Day!

A vital and traditional post at St Philip's is that of Junior Master. It is a short-term appointment intended for gap-year students and young people looking for life experience or working experience in the teaching profession. Junior Masters at St Philip's have organised plays, sports activities and trips abroad in the past, and we are always on the look-out for suitable candidates.

Staff List

Senior management

Head Master, Mr Wulffen-Thomas

Deputy Head, Ms Hawtone (Geography, Reasoning)

Deputy Head (Academic), Mr Jeffery (English, RS)

Form teachers

Form 8W Mr Walters (Maths)

Form 8M Mr Mules (History & Games)

Form 7 Mr Jeffery (English & RS)

Form 6 Mr Schirone (French)

Form 5 Mr Mannering (Science)

Form 4 Mrs Sullivan (SENCo)

Form 3 Mrs Purnell

Teaching staff

Classics, Mr Aitken

Art, Mrs Bolam

Director of Music, Mr Cole

Science, Mr Mannering

Chaplain, Fr Rupert McHardy

Junior Masters: Mr Darling, Mr Mattar, Mr Whittle

Geography, Ms Hawtone

English and Maths, Mr Singh

Administrative and non-teaching staff

Housekeeper, Mrs Arnold

School Secretary, Mrs Barnes

Registrar & Head Master’s PA, Mrs Kendall


Dog, Otto

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