• Senior Leadership
  • Teaching Staff
  • Pastoral Staff
  • Support Staff
  • Governors
  • Students

    Imagine a typical maths school student…

    There’s probably someone just like that who attends EMS but there will also be a whole range of students who don’t fit the picture in your mind.  Visitors are often surprised by the diversity within our student population: the range of interests they have, the variety of schools they come from and their differing personal qualities.  There really is no such thing as a typical student.

    We’ve created some student profiles with the aim of illustrating that anyone can enjoy and succeed in mathematics and that there is no single type of person who attends EMS.  Just click on the names below to read each profile and watch this space for further updates

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    Senior Leadership

    Kerry Burnham

    Headteacher

    Kerry Burnham is a graduate of the University of Exeter and an Advanced Skills Mathematics Teacher who has taught in the state sector since 1998.

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    Liam Cantle

    Assistant Headteacher

    Liam is responsible for academic progress and support. He is a Mathematics graduate of Warwick University and completed his PGCE at the University of Exeter.

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    Henry Cummins

    Business Manager

    Henry joined EMS in February 2022 as Business Manager with extensive experience in business and financial management.

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    Joe Rowing

    Deputy Headteacher

    Joe is responsible for the school’s pastoral system and residential provision.

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    Teaching Staff

    Stuart Allen

    Teacher of Maths and Lead Teacher for UCAS

    Stuart joined the EMS teaching team in September 2016. A graduate of the University of Plymouth, Stuart has been teaching in the South West for over fifteen years.

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    Nick Dean

    Teacher of Maths

    Nick first worked with EMS when he was an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, supporting our students with their EMC projects. He then went on to join our Teaching Internship to get a taste of what teaching is all about.

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    Melanie Dennig

    Lead teacher of Computer Science

    Computing Hub Secondary Lead

    Melanie joined the EMS team in September 2018, following her son’s successful completion of his A-level studies with us.

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    Aeran Fleming

    Teacher of Maths

    Aeran joined EMS in September 2021 for a two year development post.  Prior to training to become a teacher, Aeran completed a Masters…

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    Will Halwyn

    Teacher of Maths and Computer Science

    Will studied Maths at Cambridge University, specialising in Pure Mathematics such as Algebraic Topology.

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    Ed Horncastle

    Teacher of Physics and Lead Teacher of EMC

    Ed is the lead teacher for the Exeter Mathematics Certificate (EMC). Having gained a first class degree in Geophysics at Liverpool University, Ed went on to complete his PhD in Theoretical Physics.

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    Bethany Jones

    Teacher of Maths

    Bethany joined EMS in September 2021. She studied Mathematics and Plymouth University before being offered a scholarship from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications to complete her teacher training…

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    Malcolm Simpson

    Lead Teacher of Physics

    Malcolm is the lead teacher for Physics after obtaining two degrees, one in maths and a Bsc in physics.  He joined the school in September 2015 and has over 15 year experience in both comprehensive and selective schools.

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    Fiona Thomas

    Teacher of Maths

    Fiona joined EMS in January 2020, already well-versed in Maths Schools, having taught at King’s College London Maths School for two years.

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    Claire Willman

    Lead Teacher of Mathematics

    An exceptionally experienced and highly regarded teacher, Claire is the lead teacher for mathematics.  She joined us in 2015 from Exeter College, where she had taught successfully for the last 30 years.

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    Pastoral Staff

    Sam Chidley-Bedford

    Student Support Tutor

    Sam brings with her a wide range of experience from various roles she has undertaken in her career.

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    Bill Hughes

    Pastoral Accommodation Tutor

    Bill joined the accommodation team in September 2017 bringing with him over ten years experience in schools.

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    Charlotte King

    Student Support Tutor

    Charlotte has extensive experience working in a post-16 setting and is well aware of the issues that affect our students.

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    Shirin Monks

    Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Pastoral

    Since graduating with a drama degree from the University of Exeter, Shirin has worked with and for young people…

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    Jade Prince

    Pastoral Accommodation Tutor

    Having worked as a support worker for elderly residents, as a manager in the hospitality sector and as a youth support worker with children, Jade brings a wealth of experience to this role.

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    Devon Roper

    Pastoral Accommodation Tutor

    Devon joined the Boarding team in September 2022 after previously working as a Mentor for our Maths Circles.

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    Grace Strachan

    Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Residential and SEND

    Grace’s role is based in accommodation and school where she offers SEND and pastoral support, helping students prepare for life beyond EMS.

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    Support Staff

    Louise Brind

    School Administrator

    Louise joined EMS in summer 2022 and works part-time in reception on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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    Sophie Brown

    Director of Outreach

    Sophie is the key member of staff for the school’s student and teacher outreach activities.

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    Jodie Greatorex

    Outreach Administrator

    Jodie joined the Outreach team in September 2022 bringing a wealth of administrative experience.

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    Phil Hatchard

    Outreach Administrator

    Phil joined the Outreach and Admissions Team in August 2022, providing support for our outreach programmes and ensuring the application process runs smoothly.

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    Dinah Lees

    PA to the Headteacher and SLT Coordinator

    Joining EMS in February 2022, Dinah is Kerry’s PA and provides admin support to the Senior Leadership Team.

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    Jane Lucas

    Clerk to Governors

    Jane provides administrative support and advice to our governors.

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    Tamsin Muir

    Finance Officer

    Tamsin is responsible for the day-to-day accounts of the School.

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    Jo Potts

    Examinations Officer

    Jo is responsible for the smooth running of examinations and also supports teachers with…

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    Toria Turner

    School Administrator

    Tor provides admin support on Thursday afternoons and is the friendly face in reception on Fridays.

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    Governor Profiles

    Andy Bartin

    Parent Governor

    Andy Bartin was elected as a parent governor in September 2021.

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    Dr Sally Basker

    Governor

    Dr Sally Basker is CEO of Exeter Science Park Ltd (ESPL).

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    Kerry Burnham

    Headteacher/Governor

    Kerry Burnham is a graduate of the University of Exeter and an Advanced Skills Mathematics Teacher who has taught in the state sector since 1998.

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    Jeremy Child

    Parent Governor

    Jeremy Child was elected as a Parent Governor in September 2022.

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    Richard Church

    Governor

    Richard is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Exeter College as Chief Financial Officer.

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    Lewis Day

    Governor

    Lewis is an alumnus of EMS completing his A-Levels with us in 2017, he returns to us now as a graduand of the University of Exeter.

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    Cathy Durston

    Governor

    She is Director of College Operations at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter.

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    Ken Evans

    Governor

    Ken Evans joined the Board from Exeter University in September 2021.

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    Taro Fujita

    Governor

    Dr Fujita is a senior lecturer in mathematics education at the Graduate School of Education, Exeter University.

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    Jennie Hamilton

    Governor

    Jennie has worked at Exeter College for 25 years, having started as a part time teacher, working with young people with additional needs.

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    Nathan Harvey

    Vice Chair of Governors

    Nathan’s current role is Programme Director in the Fraud & Financial Crime Prevention team.

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    Stephen Mariadas

    Governor

    Steve is the Chief Executive Officer for the South West Institute of Technology.

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    Dr Tim Paulden

    Chair of Governors

    Tim is the Innovation & Development Manager at ATASS Sports in Exeter.

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    Fiona Thomas

    Staff Governor

    Fiona joined EMS in January 2020, already well-versed in Maths Schools, having taught at King’s College London Maths School for two years.

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    Professor Pete Vukusic

    Governor

    Pete is Professor of BioPhotonics and is the Associate Dean for Education in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter.

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