Head of Sixth

Curriculum and Pastoral Guidance, management and advice.

Jessica Pearce

Jessica joined Parkside Sixth in September 2016. She has worked with the 16-19 age group for a number of years, both at Parkside and as Head of Sixth Form at another local school. She originally trained in Humanities, specialising in Religious Studies, and she now teaches IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, GCSE English, and is the IB EE supervisor for Anthropology. Prior to training as a teacher, Jessica worked as part of the Leadership team at a residential American summer camp where she designed progression based Outdoor Education programmes for young women. Jessica’s Masters degree focused on the importance of dialogue and communication in learning.

As part of her Leadership role at Parkside Sixth, Jessica’s remit is to ensure the success and wellbeing of all students at Parkside Sixth, and will regularly meet with groups of students to discuss these areas.

Parkside Sixth team

The team also includes:

Heads of IB

These people manage the Core aspects of the IB Diploma Programme, and is the member of staff who has oversight of the progress of IBDP students in these areas.

Hannah Robinson: Hannah is an experienced specialist Physics teacher, helping to earn the school an award for the attainment of girls in GCSE Physics She has worked at Parkside Sixth since its beginnings, setting up the Physics IB course and is passionate about the teaching and learning of Physics. Hannah has also volunteered in science outreach, setting up and running events in Cambridge for the British Science Association, and she mentors a trainee teacher in Ghana for the Institute of Physics.
Joanna Haywood: Jo teaches Chemistry and Science at Parkside and Parkside Sixth as well as being involved with Chemistry teaching and admissions at Cambridge University. She studied Natural Sciences at Peterhouse, specialising in Chemistry which was followed by a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (the colourful part of Chemistry) and post-doc. During this time she had the opportunity to work in Japan for a while and present research in Israel and Australia. She completed a PGCE after really enjoying teaching undergraduates during her PhD. She is also involved in teacher training at Chemistry University Faculty of Education. Outside of Chemistry she has completed level two BSL (and is always looking for people to practice with) and is a trustee of a charity which organises student volunteering.

BTEC/IBCP Coordinator

This person has oversight of the core aspects of the IB Careers Programme and ensures all IBCP students are meeting the requirements for their different courses. The IBCP coordinator also has responsibility as the BTEC coordinator for Parkside Sixth.

Rachel Biltcliffe: Rachel teaches Mathematics and Psychology at Parkside Sixth and is currently acting head of the highly successful Mathematics department and is now going to co-ordinate the new IBCP course. She has spent four years as a pastoral tutor and pastoral programme co-ordinator for Parkside Sixth students and loves the level of personalised support which a small school such as Parkside Sixth is able to offer to its students. She studied Natural Sciences (Psychology, Mathematics and Philosophy) at Durham University and, as well as her MEd, has completed certificates in educational leadership and counselling skills. Outside of work, she plays the flute in Cambridge Wind Band.

Subject Teachers

Your teachers will run your weekly lessons, but are also available for extra support via email, clubs and drop-in sessions.

Learning Mentor

Your Learning Mentor will meet with you regularly to discuss your progress. They will support you in completing the CAS programme and monitor your achievement in your lessons. Your Learning Mentor will also support you with your employment and Higher Education applications.


The Parkside Sixth Admin team offer day-to-day administrative support and guidance. They are always available to answer any questions you might have.

Jo Cesaro Sixth Form Administrator

Jo provides a customer focussed administrative and reception service to all users and visitors to the Sixth Form. She has worked in education for over fifteen years, providing support and assist with a variety or request / issues, updating student files, and working closely with the Attendance Officer. As our Sixth Form Event Coordinator Jo enjoys helping students to fundraise for our Year 13s Proms and various causes.

Jo is a qualified ‘Designated Person for Child Protection’ and a First Aider for the Sixth Form.  

Holly Walker Sixth Form Student Support Administrator

She supports students with any pastoral and mental health needs, assisting Jess in caring for the wellbeing and safeguarding of all students at Parkside Sixth. Holly also supports students with their progression by supporting them through the UCAS process and answering any questions they may have about their futures including university, apprenticeships and other paths. She has a BSc in Psychology, and is a qualified ‘Designated Person for Child Protection’ and first aider for the Sixth Form.

In her spare time, Holly likes to bake, and occasionally uses this hobby to help fundraise for various causes.

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