Meet the Sixth Form team

Mrs Clair Denman

Assistant Headteacher

Head of Sixth Form


Our core values are SUCCESS, AMBITION, CHALLENGE, SUPPORT and COMMUNITY.  When you join us you will be looked after by a team of Sixth form staff who are keen to help you realise your potential across the five terms that make up this critical phase in your education.  We aim to maximise your development over these months to build the independence and effectiveness that will bring you successful outcomes and prepare you for what comes next, whether your ambition leads you to be an undergraduate, apprentice or in your first job.


You will be offered excellent academic experiences, challenge and support; but also the chance to love Sixth Form life through a wealth of extra-curricular activities from employability skills, to sport, to residential trips; and the chance to contribute to the lives of others as the most senior students in our community.

I look  forward to working with you.


Ask me about:

Sixth Form Entrance; how to choose your courses, what you’ll need to start them and how to succeed once in the Sixth Form

Academic expectations and Support; how you can give yourself the best chance of success

Your learning experience as a Sixth Form Student; working with your teaching teams to ensure you have a positive experience in your final years at Oriel.


Mrs Pippa Bates

Deputy Head of Sixth Form


While you are in Sixth Form we will offer you a range of opportunities to learn about what to do when you leave! My aim is to help you make an informed decision. If you decide to go to university I will then make sure you make a great application and get to the university of your choice.

My role is also to help you adjust to the demands of Sixth Form life be it adapting to the new freedoms or learning how to meet the academic expectations of your teachers.


I look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form.


Ask me about:

Academic Support and Behaviour/Sanctions; what we expect and what you can expect from us in return

University Pathways and School Leaver Programmes


Mr Simon Withell

Assistant Head of Sixth Form


Ask me about:

Apprenticeship Pathways and School Leaver Programmes

Senior Student Leadership roles; how you can get involved in the wider life of the school


Ms Sharon Slayford

Student Support Officer


Ask me about:

General Guidance and Pastoral Support; how to succeed and thrive in the 6th form


Mr Ross Thornton

Careers Advisor and Work-Related Learning Administrator


Ask me about:

Work Experience Opportunities, Apprenticeships and Careers Advice


Sixth Form Tutors


Christian Cottingham, Subject Leader Media Studies and Politics

Jim Smith, Teacher of History and Politics

Hilary Glentworth, Subject Leader, History

Helen Nichols, Subject Leader Art

Pippa Creese, Teacher of PE and Sport & Exercise Science

Gareth Creese, Teacher of Science

Andy Bairsto, Teacher of Computer Science and ICT

Hannah Ashleigh Morris, Teacher of PE and Sport

Marion Matchett, Teacher of English

Tom Freeman, Teacher of Psychology and PE

Michelle Vickers, Subject Leader Health & Social Care

Nadia Nathani, Teacher of Computer Science

Nicky Barnes, Teacher of RE

Avril Carr, MedSoc (Medical Applications Coach)

Shamira Holmes, Oxbridge Applications Coach


Thinking of joining us?
Please view our Sixth Form Admissions page for more details