Amy Whittall

Headmistress

Having completed a Theology degree at the University of Nottingham, I began my teaching career in a large comprehensive school teaching Religious Education. My senior leadership experience has been within the selective sector at another school within the Schools of King Edward VI Foundation.

I am particularly interested in teaching and learning, staff professional development and believe that education can transform the lives of students to allow them to achieve their ambitions. A broad and balanced curriculum, along with a rich extra curricular provision allows students to develop as well-rounded, confident students with tolerance and integrity, ready for the challenges and opportunities they will face after they leave the school.

Clare Berry

Deputy Head

I graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Classics. Before joining King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, I enjoyed roles as Head of Year 9, Head of Year 11 and Head of Religious Education at a large comprehensive school in Staffordshire. I joined King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls in 2006 and have been a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team since 2009.

As Deputy Head I have been responsible for pastoral care, teaching and learning and safeguarding. From September 2017, I am the Director of Teaching and Learning.

I still love and teach Religious Studies and am keen to remain in the classroom to keep up to date with exciting developments in Learning and Teaching. I am interested in helping students to develop effective habits for learning which gives them the confidence and flexibility to cope in different situations. I am also interested in nurturing a growth mindset approach to learning, encouraging students to act upon feedback and learn from mistakes.

Jackie Kendall

Deputy Head

Having thoroughly enjoyed my time studying for a Joint Honours degree in Mathematics and Physics at The University of Nottingham, I decided to stay there to complete a PGCE course before starting my teaching career at a secondary Modern school in Kent.

Returning to the Midlands, moving into the selective sector and after promotions to Head of Mathematics and Assistant Head, I was delighted to return to KE Handsworth as Deputy Head in September 2013.

Throughout my career I have been interested in assessment, curriculum design and data analysis, although since taking up post here I have overseen a variety of other operational areas around school.

I enjoy all the Performing Arts events in school, supporting music residentials and even occasionally dusting the cobwebs off my clarinet to join in. Relaxing is a mixture of family excursions such as skiing, visiting National Trust properties and tandem rides, to more “me time” activities such as needlecraft and baking.

Nicolas Heppel

Assistant Head

I read Music at The Queen's College, Oxford and then took an MA in History at Durham. My teaching experience has taken me from Manchester to East Anglia and now to Birmingham, and I was Head of Music here at King Edward VI Handsworth for several years before taking up my present post.

My chief interests are in how students learn and in how they can acquire the habits of mind which will make them thoughtful and positive contributors to society in the future.

Charles Trotter

Assistant Head

I qualified as a Teacher of Physics at The University of Nottingham having studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Loughborough. I began my teaching career at a large comprehensive school in London close to where I grew up. After moving to the Midlands to become Head of Physics, I joined King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls which led to me leading the Science Specialism and joining the Leadership Team as the Director of Science. I became an Assistant Head in 2012.

My current interests in education and the school are target setting and the use of data, ensuring that students are aware of their potential and are challenged to reach it. It is important that school is about more than being in classrooms. My role coordinating the school council, form charity work and House competitions as well as promoting extra-curricular participation and provision means that students are able to strengthen other skills such as leadership, persuasiveness and communication over their time in the school.

Jane Glendenning

Assistant Head

After completing a Humanities degree and going on to teach English abroad for three years, I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing before working in advertising and direct marketing for ten years. I then retrained as an English teacher in 2005 at a comprehensive in Sutton Coldfield where I became Head of House, a role I continued at another comprehensive in Netherton before moving here as Head of English in 2009.

In 2014 I became an Assistant Head initially with responsibility for widening access and Key Stage 2 to 3 transition. This year I have become the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school and have responsibility for overseeing the Special Education Needs Department and the pastoral care of pupils in years 7 to 11.

I was very lucky to go to a school where the ethos was the focus on the development of the whole child. To me, education is not simply about a range of subjects and qualifications, but also about becoming a rounded individual who is aware of the world around them. During their time at school, it’s therefore important that our students develop their creativity, sociability, resilience and confidence. In order to achieve all this, they need to have strong pastoral support around them; my role is to facilitate this and ensure every student has the opportunity to flourish.

Nicola Murrall

Assistant Head teacher

I completed a Joint Honours Degree in French and German Studies at the University of Birmingham before going to work for two years for a Fortune 500 company in their foreign sales division. I then decided to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Education Studies at The University of Birmingham. I began my teaching career at a large mixed comprehensive school in Birmingham where I was Head of German. I moved here to King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls in 2014.

In 2016, I was appointed Acting Assistant Head with responsibility for Widening Access and Collaboration. I am now Assistant Head with responsibility for Staff Professional Development, Widening Access and Collaboration and CEAIG years 7-11.

I still love my subject and enjoy the time I spend in the classroom, I am passionate about Language learning. Outside of my subject, I am particularly interested in developments in Learning and Teaching, Staff Professional Development and forging links within our community.