Welcome - Goffs Academy


A very warm welcome to Goffs Academy.

We are a mixed 11-18 comprehensive Academy with approximately 1300 students on roll, including a thriving and successful Sixth Form. Our Academy is extremely popular in the local area, with an average of over 800 applications annually for the 240 places available, and significant waiting lists for places across the year groups.

Our firm belief is that successful learning takes place when students feel safe, confident, respected and valued, and are engaged.

All staff place a great deal of emphasis on pastoral care and very close links with parents. We also have very high behaviour expectations, with a zero tolerance approach to disruption of any kind to learning. We were delighted to see Ofsted’s comments in our last inspection that “students’ behaviour and attitudes are outstanding”, and that “students feel very safe, because bullying is extremely rare and they are very confident that any incidents that concern them will be dealt with swiftly and effectively.”

We pride ourselves on our sense of community – both within the school itself, and in the wider locality. We want our students to become good citizens and know how to work successfully with others: our students actively support local charities such as the Isabel Hospice, as well as having an involvement with events at local primary schools and retirement homes. We have a thriving house system and each house has a charity that is supported via a variety of events throughout the school year.

Each student is known and valued as an individual and has our absolute support in achieving his or her potential. Students are actively encouraged to join the Goffs Student Leadership Academy with responsibilities including Digital Leaders, Community & Charity Leaders, House Leaders, Sports Leaders and Learning Leaders. Each leadership group has an active involvement in writing and delivering the Student School Development Plan each year.

In January 2017 we moved into a £20 million brand new school building. The building contains world-class new facilities including a suite of high spec Science laboratories, top range ICT provision and a host of amazing sporting facilities, including a new 4th Generation Astro Turf, to name but a few.

We are very proud of our students; the outcomes that they achieve reflect the hard work and commitment of everyone in our community including our exceptionally  dedicated staff body and highly engaged Trustees. We are delighted that the vast majority of our students are able to progress to their chosen next step having achieved the outcomes they were hoping for. It is always a pleasure to see them develop into aspirational, enthusiastic and mature young adults.

Hopefully this website will give you a sense of our ethos and sense of community. However, you are also warmly encouraged to visit and to see first-hand what makes us such a popular and successful school. We look forward to meeting you.

Ben Pearce


Staff Contact Details


The Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Alison J Garner AGa  English Executive Principal
PA: Nina Wood
Ian Denchfield IDe Business and Operations MAT Chief Finance Officer ide@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Ben Pearce  BPe Maths Principal
PA: Nina Wood
Caroline Legg CLe Geography Vice Principal - Achievement, SLT Link – Year 11 cle@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Mark Ellis MEl Science Vice Principal – Curriculum KS3, SLT Link - Year 10 mel@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Phil Ellard PEl Science Assistant Principal – Student Learning, Progress and Support, SLT Link – Year 8 pel@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Peter Petrou PPe ICT Assistant Principal Assessment/Data/New Technologies, SLT Link – Year 7 ppe@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Laura Edwards LEd Maths Assistant Principal – Learning & Teaching,  SLT Link  - Year 9 led@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Tom Cahill TCa RS Assistant Principal – Sixth Form, SLT Link - Year 12 & 13 tca@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Cheryl Poag CPo History Associate Assistant Principal - Most Able/Head of History cpo@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Ephie Petrou EZo English Head of English ezo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Lisa Collins LCs English KS5 Co-ordinator lc@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Bahar Ali BAl English Lead Practitioner  bal@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Martha Booth MBo English School Direct mbo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sophie Everist  SEv English Head of Whole School Literacy sev@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Gemma Reffell  GRe English   gre@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Laura Huseyin  LHu English Director of House System, Teaching Staff Governor lhu@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Alice Marshall AMa English   ama@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Androulla Michael AM English   am@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Tom Scovell TSc English   tsc@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Natasha Stewart  NSt English Key Stage 3 English Co-ordinator  Part-Time nst@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Eleanor Wakeling EWa English NQT ewa@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Wendy Wilson WWi English Director of Learning – Year 12 wwi@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Clare Holland  CHo Drama Head of Drama cho@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Ellie Myers  EMy Drama   emy@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Kelly McBride KMc Drama NQT, Director of Learning - Year 7 kmc@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Kate Dawson  KDa Media HOD Health & Social Care and Childcare, KS4 BTEC Co-ordinator kda@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Olivia Garner  OGa Health & Social  Care and Childcare Y11 Achievement Support Co-ordinator oga@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Nigel Taken  NTa Music Head of Music nta@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Richard Ashdown  RAs PE Head of P.E   ras@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Carla Ball  CBa PE 2nd i/c of PE & Community Sport - GSA cba@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Jude Bell JBe PE   jbe@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Emma Fleet EFl PE Maternity Leave efl@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Lynsey Hague LHe PE NQT lh@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Ben Spaul  BSp PE   bsp@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Modern Languages

Natasha Andreou NAn Spanish / French Head of MFL nan@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Beatrice Campbell-Higgins BCh French Primary Schools & MFLA Oct – May bch@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Ann-Marie Crabb ACr French / German Director of Learning Year 8 acr@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Mirella Fetta MFe French / Italian Head of Italian  mfe@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sangeeta Silva  SSi French   ssi@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Antonina Theodorou  ATh Spanish   ath@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Eva Ruiz Valenzuela ERv Spanish MFLA Oct – May erv@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Mark Holding  MHo Spanish Director of Learning Year 9 mho@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Marisa Prencipe MPe Italian MFLA Oct – May mpe@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Cheryl Poag  CPo History Head of History, D of E Co-ordinator cpo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Nigel Appleyard NAp History Lead Practitioner – Staff Training and Performance Mentor nap@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Justin Clarke JCl History   jcl@goffs.herts.sch.uk
David Emmott DEm History Director of EBacc dem@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sangetta Shergill  SSh History Y11 Achievement Support Co-ordinator ssa@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Tom Cahill  TCa Religious Studies / Sociology RS/ Assistant Principal tca@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Daniel Chichester-Miles  DCh Religious Studies Cadet Force Adult Volunteer, Joint Head of RS/Sociology dch@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Erhan Bora  EBo Religious Studies Joint Head of RS/Sociology ebo@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Klaudia Car KCr Geography Head of Geography  kcr@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Jennifer Fleeman  JFl Geography Head of Geography, D of E Co-ordinator jfl@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Joseph Baker JBa Geography   jba@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Laura Connolly  LCo Geography   lco@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Business Studies

Antonitsa Camacho  ACa Business Studies / Economics Maternity Leave aca@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Yoofi Bannerman  YBa Business Studies   yba@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Toyin Oyelade  TOy  Business Studies / Economics Acting Head of Department toy@goffs.herts.sch.uk


John Vyras  JVy Maths Head of Maths jvy@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Anja Collier  ACo Maths 2nd i/c Maths with Strategic Responsibility for KS5 aco@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Richard Cooper RCo Maths   rco@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Katie Diamond KDi Maths   kdi@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Harvey Donnelly  HDo  Maths   hdo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Jan Laya JLa Maths   jla@goffs.herts.sch.uk
David Lynton DLy Maths   dly@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Christopher Melvin  CMe Maths KS3 Maths Co-ordinator cme@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Naomi Jobson Mitchual NMi Maths   nmi@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Alexander Stylianou ASt Maths   as@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Hasina Nessa HNe ICT 2nd I/C hne@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Andrea Nicola ANi ICT KS5 Btec Co-ordinator ani@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Anthony Hopwood  AHo Science 2nd I/C aho@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Richard Alexander RAl     ral@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Suzanne Alexander SAr Science (Physics)   sar@goffs.herts.sch.uk
James Collingwood  JCo Science   jco@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Kirsty Drath KD Science (Biology)   kd@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Michelle Kempthorne  MKe Science (Biology) KS3 Co-ordinator  mke@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Patrick McEgan PMc Science   pmc@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sheena Muller SMu Science   smu@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Elizabeth Nicholson ENi Science   eni@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Luzaan Sparks LSp Science (Biology) Lead Practitioner Science BFL & Leadership Academy – Part-time  lsp@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Syeda Anila Komal SKo Science   sko@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Eleanor Upton EUp Science   eup@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Tiffany Brown TBr Art, Photography Head of Art tbr@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Hayley Brown HBr Art, Photography   hbr@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Design & Technology

Laura Abazi LAb  Technology (Textiles) Head of Textiles lcl@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Heather Crighton  HCr  Food Tech Head of Food Tech hcr@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Melanie Fusco MFu Technology (Product Design / Engineering) Head of Product Design mfu@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Learning Support

Sue Pressney SPr Learning Support SENCo; Counselling; Anger Management and Access Arrangements spr@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Victoria Hewitt VHe Lead Teaching Assistant   vhe@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Tracey Fowler TFo Teaching Assistant   tfo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Elaine Haggerty EHg Teaching Assistant   ehg@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Penny Johnson PJo Teaching Assistant   pjo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Penny Knott PKn Teaching Assistant   pkn@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sheryl Swift SSw Teaching Assistant   ssw@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Linda Noble LNo School Counsellor   lno@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Sarah Robertson SRo Cover Manager   sro@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Ransford Davies-King RDa Cover Supervisor   rda@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Angela Suarez  ASu Cover Supervisor   asu@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Denice Allen DAl Cover Supervisor   dal@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Victoria Scripps VSc Cover Supervisor   vsc@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Tracey Backman TBa MAT HR Director   tba@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Nina Wood NWo

Executive PA to Executive Principal and Principal, Human Resources Officer

Qualified First Aider nwo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Kerry Cook KCo Human Resources Officer    kco@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Tara Waters TW Human Resources and Cover Officer   tw@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Francoise Grote FGr Attendance and Parent Support Officer Qualified First Aider fgr@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Lisa Hardwick  LHa 6th Form Administrator Qualified First Aider lha@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Gill Hayes GHa Curriculum and Achievement Officer   gha@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Charmaine Charles CCh Director Of Learning Year 8 (Maternity Cover)   cch@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Karen Lawrence KLa Director Of Learning Year 11 Qualified First Aider kla@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Simon Stow  SSt Business and Education Analyst    sst@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Lisa Thorogood LTh Examination and Assessment/Data Manager Student Leadership Co-ordinator                         lth@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Kevin Yardley KYa Income Generation Consultant kya@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Mark Collins MCo Finance Manager   mco@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Julie Whitehead JWh Finance Assistant    jwh@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Rebecca Grant RGr Learning Resources Manager  EPQ Co-ordinator & School Photographer rgr@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Reception & Repographics

Carol Doherty CDo Administration Officer – Reception   cdo@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sarah Shearsby SSh Administration Officer – Reception   ssy@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Tina Tong  TTo Reprographics Technician   tto@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Student Support 

Maria Thornton MTh Student Support Officer – Careers  Qualified First Aider mth@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Nicky Walters NWa Student Support Officer - Admissions Qualified First Aider nwa@goffs.herts.sch.uk


Jane Lloyd JLl Senior Lab. Technician   scitech@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Sarah Massey SMa Technician    scitech@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Peter Andrews PAn Des/Tech Technician   RMG_Tech@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Keith Cullen KCu Des/Tech Technician   RMG_Tech@goffs.herts.sch.uk
Liz Southey  LSo Food/Textiles Technician   Textiles_tech@goffs
Lynn Sapsford LSa Food/Textiles Technician   Textiles_tech@goffs
Jackie Badcock JBa Art Technician    jb@goffs.herts.sch.uk

ICT Support

Steve Floyd SFl MAT Network and Systems Manager  



John Waknell JWk Senior ICT Technician   jwk@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Midday Supervisory Assistants

Susan Williams   MSA Co-ordinator    
Angela Colby    MSA and 6th Form Administrator    
Tracy Doyle   MSA    
Lynn Goodall   MSA and Clerical Assistant to Departments    
Leila Sacks   MSA    

Site Team

David Kitchenside DKi Caretaker  Part-time  
Martin Townsend MTo Caretaker Full-time