Leadership team

Head Teacher
Mrs Helen Cullen

BSc (Hons)
Sports and Exercise Science with Human Biology, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Cullen was educated at Leweston School in Sherborne before studying a degree in Sports and Exercise Science with Human Biology. She completed her PGCE at St Luke’s, Exeter University. With a teaching career based in the South West, Mrs Cullen has worked in schools in both Devon and Somerset, starting her career as a PE teacher before quickly progressing to middle leadership positions including Head of Year and Head of PE.

Mrs Cullen joined Sexey’s in September 2018 after being Vice Principal at Preston School in Yeovil for 10 years. During this time she was the whole school lead for Pastoral matters including safeguarding, students’ wellbeing and support, student achievement and vulnerable students. Having been a SENDCo for 8 years Mrs Cullen is passionate about inclusion and ensuring education is accessible for all students and that no student is disadvantaged by opportunity or resource. She is Designated Safeguarding Lead at Sexey’s.

Mrs Cullen is delighted to be leading the school & staff at Sexey’s and will be further developing the strong reputation that Sexey’s has for being a highly successful State Boarding school, with strong GCSE and A level results.

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Assistant Headteacher Curriculum and Raising Standards
Mr Ross Dalzell

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Statistics (Hertfordshire)
Mathematics

Mr Dalzell joined Sexey’s School in April 2019, having worked at King Arthur’s Community School as Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum and Assessment and Head of Mathematics since 2014. While there, he led on curriculum development, timetable design, examinations and data, and implemented strategies to improve students’ progress. He brings this knowledge with him to Sexey’s, along with a passion for tailoring solutions so that each student has a unique learning and development experience.

A keen traveller and sportsman, Mr Dalzell has participated in many running events, triathlons, multi-obstacle races and the round the Isle of Wight yacht race alongside building his teaching career in schools in Portsmouth, Somerset and Dorset since completing his PGCE in Mathematics at Cambridge University in 1999. He also enjoys spending family time with his wife and young daughter.

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Assistant Head - Teaching and Learning
Mr Dan Glover

BSc (Loughborough)
Geography

Mr Glover was educated at Great Torrington School and North Devon College, before studying Geography at Loughborough University. He went on to undertake his PGCE at Nottingham University and his first teaching post was at Longsands Academy, St Neots, Cambridgeshire for three years. During this time he became the Head of a Key Stage Three House. An overseas position as Head of Geography at Greentsteds International School, Kenya, held for two years, allowed him the opportunity to broaden both his teaching and travelling experiences.

He returned to Longsands Academy as the Head of Key Stage 4 where he had the overall responsibility for raising standards and for the pastoral support of the entire Key Stage 4 cohort. In 2016 he made the move with his family to Somerset when he was appointed Head of Geography at Sexey’s School, a role that he thoroughly enjoyed.

The experiences that he gained in Cambridgeshire, Kenya and Sexey’s allowed him the opportunity to undertake his current role of Assistant Headteacher, Teaching and Learning. He is passionate about teaching and learning and is building upon the outstanding practice that is taking place in Sexey’s with a forward-thinking and student-centred outlook in all that we do.

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Head of Boarding
Mr Matt Kiely

BSc (Loughborough), BSA Diploma
Geography, Physical Education & Deputy DSL

Mr Kiely joins Sexey’s in 2018 having previously held roles as Head of Boarding at Walden School in Essex and Alexanders College in Suffolk, where he led boarding through a successful renaissance and inspection.

A graduate of both Loughborough and Durham Universities, Mr Kiely has also taught in South Africa and played representative rugby and basketball. He’s a keen Science Fiction reader and sports enthusiast.

 

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Assistant Head - Pastoral
Mr Philip Clackson

BSc (OU)
Mathematics & Deputy DSL

Mr Clackson joined Sexey’s in 2002 as Head of Mathematics. He also served as Housemaster of Walwin House from 2003-2008 and was a Staff Governor from 2008 – 16.

Mr Clackson became Assistant Head – Pastoral in 2016 and sits on the School’s Safeguarding Team. He is also father to four children who have all attended (or continue to attend) Sexey’s, making him well placed to understand the challenges and expectations of both secondary school students and their parents!

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Business Manager
Mrs Helen Rogerson

CIPD

Mrs Rogerson joined Sexey’s in 2008 and has steered the business side of the School with a firm hand ever since. A proud Northerner, she has a wicked sense of fun and is a keen walker, traveller and cook.

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