Our Teachers & Staff
Mrs. Donna Vinsome
Mr. Philip Sturgess
Head of Mathematics, Upper School Form Tutor
Mrs. Kirsten Fletcher
Deputy Head, Upper School Form Tutor,
Head of Girls’ Games & English
Mr. Martin Spooner
Head of Science, IT and Outdoor Education,
Upper School Form Tutor
Mrs. Lynsey Wrightson
Director of Music, Lower School Class Teacher
Mr Andrew Hetherington
Director of Sport
Mrs. Ella Tarrant
Head of Art, Lower School Class Teacher
Mme. Mathilde Roberts
Mrs Georgina Griffiths
Lower School & Foundation Stage Coordinator, Reception Teacher
Mrs Rachel Palmer
Upper School Form Tutor
Miss. Laura Graham
Pre-school and whole school Teaching Assistant
Miss. Sarah Borthwick
Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Judith Wilson
Classroom support/ Uniform shop keeper & Cookery Club
Mrs Gill Slessor
Learning Support Teacher
Mr. David White
Bursar and Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Olivia Colbear
Mr. Geoff Ellerton
Site Manager & School Caretaker
Board of Governors
Our Board of Governors oversee the school and are a vital part of our school community. They perform a voluntary, non-executive role to ensure that we stay true to our aims and objectives.
Mrs. Natalie Harling
Natalie Harling has lived in the Lake District for over 22 years now, having lived previously in the South of England and the Alps. As Director of Business Development for The Outward Bound Trust, an Educational Charity focused on supporting young people to unlock their potential through learning and adventure in the wild. Natalie has spent the past 19 years working within the Education system and a wide range of Senior Leadership Teams across schools in England, Scotland and Wales. She has vast experience of Marketing and Sales strategies and practical experience of implementation. Natalie has had one child who has completed their education at Hunter Hall and another in Upper school.
Mr. Gerard Ainsworth
Mr. Mark Turnbull
Mrs. Charlotte Young
Mr. Dave Butler
Mrs. Nicola Ewbank
Mr. John Pallister
John was brought up in the Eden Valley and has lived in Penrith since his early twenties. After attending Austin Friars School in Carlisle he joined the family Civil Engineering & Road Surfacing business. Wanting to get experience of life at the sharp end he started work in the road gangs & over the next 25 years worked his way up to the top of the business to work alongside his Father. Having built the business up to a substantial size they sold it to Hanson Plc, a global quarry materials company, in 2004. Working at a senior level in Hanson for 3 years John gained great experience of management within a FTSE100 company.
Following 5 years jointly managing a house building firm John then decided to set up his own alternative lending business. After the financial crisis of 2008 he saw a gap in the market and PallisterCo now provides invaluable funding for small to medium sized businesses, mainly in the home construction sector, across the north of England.
John also manages a number of investment portfolios so has a good understanding of finance and the markets which all helps in his role on the Finance committee.
Having had his youngest two children at Hunter Hall, John has a passion to help the board drive the school forward to build on the success it has seen to date.
Mrs. Laura Millburn
Laura grew up in Windermere and was educated in the independent sector. She joined Cumbria Police in 2002 and is currently the Penrith problem solving Sergeant. In her role she works closely with the local safeguarding board which lends itself to her position as safeguarding governor.
Laura has a child at Hunter Hall in Upper school.
Mrs. Tracey Taylor
Tracey has lived and worked in the local area for over 30 years and has always been a Human Resource Manager. She has worked in the Logistics sector, Interiors and Chartered Accountancy. Tracey has two children now at university but both who attended Hunter Hall School.