Our team

At Guildford High School, we have a dedicated team of Junior School, Senior School and Support Staff led by our Senior Leadership Team. A full staff list can be found below.



Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Karen Laurie


Karen is the Head at Guildford High School. She has been a member of the Senior Management Team since 2009, when she was appointed Deputy Head Pastoral. Karen joined Guildford High School in 2003 as teacher of History.

Karen is currently a member of the governing body of St Ives Prep School.

Mr Duncan Peel

Deputy Head Academic

Duncan oversees the structure, content and delivery of the curriculum and has responsibility for all compliance matters. Deputy Head Academic since 2017, Duncan joined Guildford High School from Hampton School where he was Head of Modern Languages.

Mr Will Saunders

Deputy Head Enrichment

Will oversees curriculum enrichment and the school’s co-curricular activities, including the House system and trips and expeditions. Will joined Guildford High School in 2006 and was appointed Deputy Head in 2008. Prior to GHS, Will was Head of History at The Perse School for Girls, Cambridge.

Mrs Catherine Gilmore

Deputy Head Pastoral

Catherine leads pastoral care within the school. Her pastoral team includes Heads of Year, Form Tutors and our nursing staff. Catherine joined Guildford High School in 2002 as teacher of Biology and was appointed as Head of Year in 2014.

Mr Allistair Williamson

Head of Junior School

Allistair joins Guildford High School from Surbiton Girls’ & Boys’ Preparatory Schools where he was Deputy Head overseeing staff development. He has previously held Head of Year roles and responsibility for digital learning strategy in schools in both England and New Zealand.